Arnis de Mano is a Filipino martial art that encompasses the use of stick, knife and unarmed technique in its practice. The art has roots to the Philippines where the natives would utilize sticks made of rattan to defend themselves against the spanish conquistadors in the 16th century.

The art existed before then; however that was when it was exposed to the Western world. Practitioners begin their training with one stick and familiarize themselves with the distance required for striking areas and systems.