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Coastal Edge 
Filipino Martial Arts

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Fite108 is happy to say that Master Steve Drayton will be holding Filipino Martial Arts classes at Fite108 Tuggerah on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm until 8.15pm.

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What is Filipino Martial Arts?

What is Filipino Martial Arts?


Arnis, Eskrima and Kali are broad terms that describe the indigenous fighting arts of the Filipino people, today it is common to use the more general term Filipino Martial Arts. The art covers such things as the use of impact tools (sticks), edged tools, as well as empty hand and improvised weapons usage. The phrase “one mind any weapon “is very applicable to Filipino Martial Arts.

In Filipino Martial Arts, students commence their learning with a rattan stick also known as a baston. What warrior ever went to war without a weapon, however in essence it is a safe training tool. The skills learned by the practioner are directly transferable to the real world. So, it doesn’t matter if you have nothing with you or you are lawfully allowed to use a tool in your self-defence or the defence of another, the skills are the same. By necessity the Filipino Martial Arts are both practical and pragmatic.

Filipino martial arts have been practiced for many hundreds of years, it is an ancient warrior art that has constantly been adapted to be relevant and effective for its time. It has been used to protect the people from invaders both foreign and internal.

Filipino Martial Arts is a tribal based art passed down through families and communities, to keep families, property, crops, animals and livestock safe

The following is a quote from Guro Dan Inosanto

Love is the highest art

In ancient times you trained so hard, not for the sake of killing people

but for the love of your family. For the love of your mother, your father, your children, your tribe and your body. That is why we train so hard, so you can preserve life


Such is the effectiveness of Filipino Martial Arts it has been used by security, law enforcement and military personnel around the world.

It has also been used in many movie fight scenes such as Enter the Dragon, The Book of Eli, The Bourne series, James Bond Quantum of Solace and The Hunted just to name a few.

Filipino Martial Arts are suitable for just about everybody

Coastal Edge Filipino Martial Arts is based on the teachings of Datu / Grand Master Bram Frank, himself a student of Founder and Father of Modern Arnis Professor Remy Presas

Filipino Martial Arts are also known as Arnis, Eskrima, Kali. It is a weapons-based art however it also uses these principles for empty hand techniques

Whilst teaching the art and concepts of Filipino Martial Arts, Coastal Edge will show you the simplicity of application and how it can be used in the real world. Enabling you to keep yourself and those you care about safe. Just as importantly you will be taught about legal use of force, so you know when you are able to legally use force, what type of reasonable force can be used.  

Being a tribal based system, we want the members of our tribe to be effective as soon as possible and no warrior ever went to war without a weapon. This means that you will be taught from the beginning about impact tools i.e. the stick. You will be taught the principles of usage and then how this translates this to other areas of application for example empty-hand. Of course, it is not just about sticks and empty hand work, Coastal Edge encourages the principle of "one mind any weapon"

At Coastal Edge FMA everyone is treated as individual because we are all different. We all have different needs and abilities. Coastal Edge FMA believes in the empowerment of its students

As you will soon see the club takes a very relaxed approach to training however we take what we do very seriously and safety is our number one priority but we do have a lot of fun along the way. 

What you can expect 

  • Quality realistic training   

  • Student welfare is our priority 

  • Friendly atmosphere 

  • No need to learn a foreign language 

  • Simple but effective 

  • Improve confidence and awareness 

  • Suitable for people of all abilities and levels of fitness  

  • Weapons dealt with realistically

  • You won’t have to wear traditional martial arts uniform (26).jpg

Meet The Trainer

Master Steve Drayton


Steve started his martial arts journey in 1980 since then he has achieved the following
6th Degree Master Sungkudan International
5th Dan in CSSD/SC Combative Systems,
4th Dan in CSSD/SC Combat Arnis: Tactical Arnis,

4th Dan CSSD/SC Arnis / Conceptual Modern Arnis,
Advanced Instructor Tactical Folder and Tactical Knife
Advanced Instructor in Stick, Baton and Impact tools

Advanced Instructor in Gunting and CRMIPT (Close Range Medium Impact Tool)
2nd Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do,
1st Black Belt in Hapkido

Steve was a serving member in the Australian Army as a Medic and Instructor

Steve has extensive experience in the Social Care industry, having worked with a wide variety of people with disabilities and mental health issues

He was also a licenced Security Officer and Industry Trainer and has worked for one of NSW leading Security RTO
Held NSW Security licences 1A,B,C 2A,B,D
Certificate IV in Asset Security (Risk Management)
Certificate IV in Assessment and Work Place Training
Cert II and III in Security (Guarding)
Use of force / Defensive Tactics Instructor
Spontaneous Knife Instructor
Batons and Handcuff Instructor
First Aid Instructor

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For more information or to book in to a class please contact Steve on

Phone – 0404187757

Email –

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