Arnis, a traditional Filipino martial art utilizing sticks and open hands. It is an ancient art practiced primarily for self-defense by the Filipinos. It is a cultural heritage, a complete and perfect martial art, and above all, the pride of the Filipino people.

It is taught in Vallejo by Balintawak Arnis Academy every Tuesday, every first and second Friday and every third and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Bayanhihan Center inside the Seafood City mall at 3495 Sonoma Blvd. The class is taught by Grand Master Ver Villasin.

For more information call 477-1159 or see the website of Mel Orpilla at