Modern Arnis is the system of Filipino martial arts founded by Remy Presas as a self-defense system. His goal was to create an injury-free training method as well as an effective self-defense system in order to preserve the older Arnis systems. The term Modern Arnis was used by Remy Presas’ younger brother Ernesto Presas to describe his style of Filipino martial arts; since 1999 Ernesto Presas has called his system Kombatan. It is derived principally from the traditional Presas family style of the Bolo (machete) and the stick-dueling art of Balintawak Eskrima, with influences from other Filipino and Japanese martial arts.
Arnis is the Philippines’ national martial art and sport, after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed the Republic Act. No. 9850 in 2009. RA 9850 is a consolidation of House Bill No. 6516 authored by South Cotabato Rep. Arthur Pingoy Jr., and Senate Bill No. 1424 authored by Majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri. RA 9850 is expected to help propagate arnis as a modern martial art/sport that can compete with its popular foreign-originated brethrens like taekwondo, karate and judo. The Act mandates the Department of Education to include the sport as a Physical Education course. Arnis will be included among the priority sports in Palarong Pambansa (National Games) beginning 2010.
Tim Hartman (b 1965) is a practitioner of the Filipino martial art of Modern Arnis and Balintawak Eskrima, and the president of the World Modern Arnis Alliance (WMAA).
In 2000 he tested for his 6th degree black belt at the Michigan summer camp, making him the highest tested rank in the U.S. under Remy Presas, founder of Modern Arnis. He was granted the title Datu, or chieftain, by Presas shortly thereafter.
Hartman gives seminars and camps across North America and Europe. In June 2005, Hartman was promoted to 9th degree by the WMAA Advisory Board. This promotion reflects Hartman’s leadership position within the WMAA, and is not meant to replace the rank that he earned from Presas.
Tim Hartman is a competitor in Nafma, where he holds state, national, and even a world title. His most recognized success in tournament fighting is in stick fighting, where competitors compete against one another in a form of sparring using two padded sticks to score points. He is also a notable practitioner in kata, specifically Filipeno kata, which is the event he currently holds the world title for.
On April 23, 2007 Hartman was promoted to 9th degree in Kombatan and awarded the Grandmaster title by Ernesto Presas.
Tim Hartman resides in West Seneca NY, and teaches at Horizon Martial Arts, the school he founded.