Urban Escrima are a team of certified Escrima Concepts instructors delivering realistic self-defence training in a professional and welcoming environment.

We are focused on the needs of the student and love to teach everybody regardless of training experience.

We tailor training to your individual needs, so tell us what your goals are and we will help you achieve them.

We will teach you the skills to protect yourself, your friends and family, while getting fitter and stronger.

Contact us for our regular training sessions, personal training and group workshops.


Escrima Concepts is a combat system which has evolved from Escrima. Master Steve Tappin has developed the Escrima Concepts system to focus on concepts rather than techniques. The concepts are a set of theories which are applied to all attacks that you may face.

When facing a threat, the human stress response is typically freeze, then flight or fight. During the freeze phase your awareness and alertness becomes heightened. Ideally you will be able to make an escape (flight phase).  However, if you need to fight to escape, you need to be able to counter-attack quickly. With Escrima Concepts you don’t need to shuffle your mind through a multitude of techniques in an emergency situation, you just automatically use the concepts you have learned.  This enables you to defend yourself against all types of attacks such as punches, kicks, baseball bats, knives and bottles using one set of concepts which work for all, rather than individual techniques.

The concepts work in all environments and makes Escrima Concepts much more than a street self-defence system. It can be applied in all walks of life and is taught to those who want to train for fun and get fit, those wanting to protect themselves and their loved ones, amateur or professional fighters, those working in the security services and those wanting a system to supplement their existing knowledge or martial art.

Many martial arts teach stationary self-defence techniques. Real attackers continually move while attacking. Applying our concepts will prove practical in a real attack. You learn to deal with continually flowing pressured attacks from all angles.

Is Escrima Concepts just stick fighting? No! We also concentrate on unarmed applications. The concepts you learn work seamlessly armed and unarmed. With our practice of body mechanics, you will find your body moving as one and the production of incredible explosive energy. Training this way will provide you with an unarmed self-defence which has increased balance, focus, strength and aerobic fighting fitness.

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