Arnis was widely practiced among the natives of Samar before the coming of the Spaniards. Out of the movements of arnis they are evolved the eskrima, a martial arts which does away with the wooden sticks used in arnis and instead utilizes bladed weapons, such as bolo or sundang ( a longer bolo but not really a sword) or kris. Contemporary usage tends to identify the eskrima as fencing, but this is a very rough approximation of the meaning of the term. Eskrima has several movements. It is not confined to thrust and parry. Among the ancient Waray eskrimas demanded also the use of the shields.

With the coming of the Spaniards the practice of these martial arts declined, although some old folks in Samar can still execute the eskrima very well. The reason for the decline of the practice may be the inapplicability of bladed weapons of sticks as weapons of defense against guns and cannons. The use of gunpowder, no doubt, rendered wood or bladed weapons obsolete. Consequently the martial arts associated with these metarials also became obsolescent.

Of course the Waray did not completely do away with the use of bladed weapons. In the recorded rebellions they waged against the Spaniards their weapons usually consisted of bolos and sharpened sticks, but these were used for ambush or fast attacks.

Having no more validity of battle, the eskrima and arnis became tolerated as art. The complicated movements of these martial arts as they are executed now may have been additions as they began more to approximate the dance and became mere spectacle.

The sinulog is essentially a warrior dance. Its main appeal is spectacle-the duel to the death between warriors. Its conception of the fight is formal, starting with simple measures and developing into the complex. The rhythm of the movements increases as the fight nears a climax. The warriors use kris or sundang and wooden shields. The duel is executed as a kind of dance; movements are repeated and then develop towards a climax and finale-like movements is a sonata or ballet.

What is Punite?

The word punite is the legendary fighting art of samar (waray) is any form or kind of fighting, that the ultimate goal is win/success of the fight. Punite is a waray word of fighting meaning (pag – samad, pag – gisi, pag – buka) and the is tera – kiwa, in English punit – moaning is to tears, to cut, to break and destroy the – meaning is to strike, to attack, to move and action.

Understanding the meaning
  • It's a very easy to learn dynamic and developing art to experience
  • It teaches impact and edged indigenous weapons and empty hands for different ranges concept. 
  • Flowing connections and mechanics from the old art into the modern days application
Punite \Poo-'nee-tee\ defined in the native Waray(Samar) dialect of the Philippines, as a means of winning a fight by cutting, tearing, or breaking your opponent.

Guro Oliver Formaran Garduce, a native of Samar province , originally learned the Punite system from his Grand Father, Santiago Garduce, a renowned Eskrimador and teacher. It was this early exposure to the bladed fighting arts that sparked his life long interest in Eskrima.

Guro Oliver went on to train with other renowned Masters such as Kombatan Founder Ernesto Presas, whom he studied under for 15 years before organizing the National Police Arnis KAMAO (National Capital Region Police Office of Regional Special Action Unit) 2002.

Guro Oliver has a long list of accolades and accomplishments, not only as a Police officer in the Philippine Capital of Manila, but also within the FMA community. He has authored a book titled " Defense Survival Tactics for Law Enforcers", and taught seminars in North America and Europe. 

Now he has graciously offered to pass on his knowledge of combat and the Filipino martial culture to the people of Toronto, Canada. His wish is to keep the way of Punite alive through the youth, especially those of Filipino descent, who are easy to forget the roots from which they are sprung. Punite, is not only the Waray way of fighting, but of living and walking the path of the warrior. 

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What Can You Learn From Our Teachings?

General and Personal Trainings
Seminars and Workshop
Punite Camps
Survival and Defence Tactics

PMAAC Kombatan
Arnis, Kali, Eskrima - Double/Single Stick Fighting
Espada Y Daga - Sword and Knife Fighting Method
Daga sa daga - Knife vs. Knife Techniques
Mano y mano - Hand to Hand Combat
Dulo - Dulo - A compact (knife sized) version of the DOS Puntas
Balisong - Butterfly Knife
Bangkaw - Long Pole
Dumog - Grapling Jujitsu

Sundang - Edge weapon / Blade fighting techniques
Kinugon - Edge weapon of short knife
Suntukan - Filipino waray boxing
Sipaan - Filipino waray kick systems
Silat - Counter Systems
Tapuk - Throwing Systems
Bari - Bone breaking Systems
Kaput - Grabing Systems
Hamag - Grapling Systems
Tilo - Choking Systems

The Logo Meaning

The Punite is influenced by the Asian countries especially Majapahit Empire(1293-1510) where the bull was the symbol of the Empire meaning strength and power. During 8th Century AD the area of the Phillipines Island has been according to the historians the triangle symbol on the top represents the arnis kali escrima the skull meaning that even death you cannot take the art and the side the eagle face meaning we are free for everything then Carrabao skull represent (Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda) and the shadow represents the Filipino martial arts with the name of the holder the circular shape outside is the symbol is the symbol of spiritual strength and the way of punite logo has been design to fit our concept understanding and philosophy

The training concepts of punite are unique to the systems they are based on double stick(Duha wa Pamalbag) Single Stick(Baston) Suntukan(Waray Boxing) Sipaan (Waray Kick Boxing) Stick Fighting, Daga Sa Daga (Dagger) Kinugon(Knife Fighting)Close Quartar Combat(Kamot Sa Kamot)Mano Y Mano, Silat and grappling(Dumog) These concepts are moved together into a complete and effective fighting system. The punite partitioner is trained to be able to adapt to any situation dictates and to be ultimate weapon.  

History and Concepts of Punite

From the legendary art of samar base on the historic word samar warriors the quiet and remote area in samar (waray) island, Francisco Meduza Garduce (1938 – 1999) was leading fighter during his time (boy visaya, raja kimgar or sultan, sir kikoy) after his strong days, he continued to teaching and he has established his self as a consummate instructor, competitor, coach, promote and official, he is also a proud instructor, coach, trainer of several fighters, his father Santiago (tagoy) Garduce was a famous teacher during his time. He was skilled in martial arts. And owned the local gym where Sir Kikoy/ frank his friends work out and student train frank was an accomplished street fighter, empty hands, weaponry in short a professional fighter or martial artist and a teacher. He was always called by neighbours to help defend during a time of many troubles. The group of tulisan or bandits, and most of the time if somebody uncontrolled has a weapon. It was during this time that he began developing the techniques of Punite, which he found were more effective in the street than the rules dirinated because he believed that the knowledge of the Punite in force advances is fighting, that it was developed to weaponry before translating it to empty hand where he remained for a long carroeras warrior turned to a teacher. And chief instructor of physical fitness and hand to hand combat (|Punite), he teach self defence and fighting system, quickly and easily learned to any different schools, civilians as well as other groups. Barangay Tanod, police, military industry and enforcement unit.

There is no rules in Punite! The aim is to win the fight...

Punite is the way of life, and save lives (there is no second chance)

 From: The Son Of Samar

Waray Warrior

Di Smiling Assassin

Oliver Formaran Garduce

 Punite Principles & Theory

Some of the most important principles and theories presented here are at the foundation of the way of Punite. These are based on the teachings ass philosophies of Sir Kikoy Garduce.

Agoodteacher will impart the principles of Punite to the student, and they will then be able to learn Punite the way it is meant to be. In other words, the Punite becomes the instructor.

The instructor teaches the student how to learn the techniques event if teh way this presented is east to follow. It is based on a series of profound principles. It must be remembered, however taht although the techniques used by the instructor are based on the principles. They will be tribute with individuales’ personality, like adding flesh to a skeleton.

The famous Priest in Samar called Padre Trepon

Of Sir Kikoy urge said: Dont’t look at what your professors left behindlook for what they were looking for”. The student or disciple must avoid duplicating their teacher. On the contrary the student or disciple must look at the way their teacher is looking, and how they have travelled that way so far. The techniques the student uses this to find his or her own answers.

Punite Bases & Highlights
    Punite is unique when compared to other’s forms of Philippine Martial Arts in that it is taught and practiced to be a free formed style of martial arts, the movements, counter and fighting techniques of the style are based on the connections not patterned. That you can apply everything. That you can select whatever you want. (Situation dictates)

    Many Philippine Martial Arts teach pattern thoughts as the method to respond to an attack is used during to teach how to do. Of that attacker does this, you do that, is used only during to teach how to so, If that attacker does this, you do that, is often the may practiced over and over the we called pattern. The Punite practitioner however, does not respond to an attack with a single prescribed or predetermined technique. The Punite Practitioner always a counter attack as a respond to an infinite number of possibilities. In any combat on counter the interactions are unpredictable complex and varied instantaneously. Punite looks upon the response movements or techniques are based more on the dynamic of the situation and combined??? What the practitioner sounds. At given moment or purpose. 

Punite Philippines

Among many other Filpino Martial Art styles that Oliver Formaran Garduce has learned. He reloaded and formally opened the legendary fighting arts from Samar

Pinaka Mataas Na Guro Him/Bro!

            Mataas Na Guro – Francisco Menduza Garduce

            Punong Guro – Oliver Formaran Garduce

            Punite Manager – Gary Formaran Garduce


$50 – PMAAC 1 Years Membership

$50 – Punite 1 Years Membership

$100 – 1 Years PMAAC/Punite-Complete Membership

Note: it is mandatory for puntie practitioner to have both Punite and pmaac memberships.


$150 – Including examination and certificate per art.

Students Levels

White > White w/Yellow                                            $25+

              White w/Blue

              White w/Red

Yellow>Yellow w/White                                            $35+

              Yellow w/Blue

              Yellow w/Red

Orange>Orange w/Yellow                                          $45+

              Orange w/Blue

              Orange w/Red

Green>Green w/Yellow                                              $55+

            Green w/Blue

            Green w/Red

Blue>Blue w/Yellow                                                  $65+

            Blue w/White

            Blue w/Red

Purple>Purple w/Yellow                                             $75+

            Purple w/Blue

            Purple w/Red

Brown>Brown w/Yellow                                           $85+

            Brown w/Blue

            Brown w/Red

Red>Red w/Yellow                                                    $95+

            Red w/Blue

            Red w/White

Black>Black w/Yellow                                               $105+

            Black w/Blue

            Black w/Red
Our School

            Punite-Philippine Martial Arts Academy Canada is the Filipino Martial Arts called Arnis,Kali,Eskrima. Oliver Formaran Garduce born in Norther Samar Philippines OFG is the Taga Pag-Mana of the Punite from his ancestors especially from his father the waray way of fighting because of the nature of the climates of Samar that yearly from 1 to 20 typhoons come in the family lost the documents like some of the evidence that can prove the legacy of the art. But if you have questions visit the place of Garduces at Samar then ask who are they and ask what is their backround. And OFG trained with others (AROG) Warriors.

            Oliver formaran Garduce is a first generation student of the world renound Great Grandmaster Ernesto Amador Presas Senoir and Grandmaster Ernesto (Jan-jan) Presas Junoir Founder of the international Philippine martial arts federation. Kombatan after almost 15 years of studying under Grandmaster Presas Family with the latter blazing OFG organized the police arnis kamao in the National Capital region police office of regional special action unit. Turn to Police arnis Academy (PARAC) in the Philippine national police headquarters camp crame His aim is toward promulgating the arts. The he learned from his ancestors, Grandmasters, Masters, Instructors co. Warriors and students within his mind OFG now givin name with the honor to introduce the Punite (Waray) Legendary fighting arts of Samar though his passion teaching the true meaning of Filipino martial arts

            Oliver Formaran Garduce accept the students of all ages. From all walks of life. Furthermore he handles physical education courses. Where he teach the art of arnis to college students. He is regularly tapped to teach unarmed combat & knife fighting to police officers and The PNP SWAT, PNP Scout as well as at the national police college and the pnp national training school. Since 1999 that’s the time he started travelling abroad but he doesn’t go through until such time last 2007 to Europe Asian countries, United States where he shared his skills and now here in Canada

Oliver Formaran Garduce

Founder Punite (waray)