What is Pambuan Arnis?

Lolo Guru

Lolo Guro Isidro Pambuan was born in Santa Cruz, Laguna, Philippines on April 4, 1920. He began his journey in the family art after hearing stories from his grandfather of how Arnis was used in the Filipino – Spanish revolution. He trained in several Filipino martial arts with members of his mother and fathers side of the family. He also trained outside the family, with Alihandro Javier of Batangas. Lolo Guro is now in his 80s, and continues to cross-train with his friends in Santa Cruz.

Lolo Guro made two trips to the United States in the 90′s and was very amazed at the popularity of the Filipino martial arts here. In the Philippines, the family arts are closed to outsiders and only a very few select persons are given the opportunity to learn the Art of Arnis.




Ama GuruAma Guro Raffy Pambuan became interested in the martial arts as a child watching kung-fu movies and playing medieval knights with his friends in his hometown of Santa Cruz, Laguna, Philippines. At the age of ten, he began studying Okinawan and Shotokan Karate under his cousin Oyi Amoranto.His fascination with Arnis started when he listened to his father, Lolo, tell stories of his family history. He especially liked the stories of his great grandfather, Amoranto, on his fathers side, who was Katipunan, and fought against the Spanish. It was at this time that Lolo Guro began teaching him Arnis. He also trained in Arnis with his uncle, Tatay Vincen.           


When he was sixteen, Ama Guro took up boxing with his brother Frisco Pambuan, his cousin Vic Pambuan, and Digo Ramirez.

Ama Guro also trained in the Filipino martial arts outside his family with Tatay Beryo Talabis, Tatay Ikang Bukal of Cavite, P.I., and with Nestor Deresa of                                                 Magdalena, Laguna, P.I.

In 1983, Raffy Pambuan moved to Orlando, Fl. Soon after, he began training with Tatay Bo Sayoc. In 1993, He was convinced to begin teaching his family art of Pambuan Arnis. His few Guros and students are very thankful for this. In 1996, Ama Guro was inducted, and is a member of, the World Head of Family Sokeship Council.

Ama Guro continues to make trips to the Philippines in order to discover more of the closed art, family systems of Arnis, and exchange knowledge with them. He then brings this knowledge back and shares it with his few, very select, students.


 About Pambuan Arnis

Pambuan Arnis is a Classical Arnis System from Santa Cruz, Laguna, Philippines. 
Ama Guro Raffy Pambuan inherited his family’s system of Arnis from his father Lolo Guro Isidro Pambuan. He brought the art with him from the Philippines in 1983 when he moved to the United States. In 1993, he was convinced to begin teaching his art to a select group of students. In 1996, Ama Guro was inducted into the World Head of Family Sokeship Council. Today, he continues to teach a small group of dedicated students.


The Katipunan



KatipuninAndres Bonifacio                       


The failure of the reform movement became quite evident in 1892 when Dr. Jose Rizal was arrested and banished to Dapitan. Andres Bonifacio founded the Katipunan on the very night that the news of Rizal’s deportation to Dapitan leaked out. Bonifacio and his followers did not dream of mere reforms. They were interested in liberating the country from the tyranny of the Spaniards and the only way, in their minds, to accomplish their end was to prepare the people for armed conflict. Thus, Bonifacio founded the Katipunan on a radical platform, to secure the independence and freedom of the Philippines by force of arms. The official name of his organization was Kataastaasan, Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan, The Highest and Most Respectful Society of the Sons of the People.



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