First recorded from the Conquistadors during the Battle of Mactan, the colonists were driven back and defeated by the native tribesmen using an already developed weapon-based system of martial arts. That year was 1521.

Kali, Escrima and Arnis are terms for the Philippines’ traditional fighting art, referred collectively as Filipino Martial Arts. It’s a weapon-based system utilising bladed weapons (knives, kris, balisong etc), sticks and various improvised weapons (latigo). As these weapons are just extensions of the flesh, hand-to-hand techniques, joint locks and grappling are also included.

The Philippines doesn’t have a martial art, it has a fighting art, proven and tested on the battleground, since 1521.




We are a fightwear company based in the UK.“Gawa ko ‘to” – a seemingly ordinary Filipino sentence that means, “I made this”… but to us, it means so much more.

Bong is a self-confessed comic book geek, dreaming of making it into the comic book scene.Instead, his art has found itself on rashguards, grappling tights, shorts, t-shirts and kimonos.

Gawakoto creations are heavily influenced by Bong’s passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and the Filipino Martial Art, Kali. He values and takes pride in his Filipino heritage, which is reflected in his designs.

Gawakoto prides itself in producing uniquely designed fightwear apparel. His unconventional take on graphics and art has appealed, not just to geeks alone, but to various martial arts/ BJJ practitioners.

Apart from designing for the brand, Gawakoto has been privileged to collaborate with some of the biggest and coolest fightwear companies in the UK, USA and Japan.

Kali Escrima Arnis - Red
Weight0.250 kg

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