PANANANDATA, the art of Filipino weaponry taught in the northern Philippines is quite different from the southern style. The most noticeable differences are the 31" long rattan stick, the horse-whip, rattan rings and other unique weapons. Pananandata stresses footwork, explosive jumping and un-padded free-fighting. An individual's own fighting style is encouraged in this unique Filipino family system.
AMANTE P. MARINAS SR. studied Pananandata with Ingkong Leon Marcelo and arnis one-stick fighting with Grandmaster Porfirio S. Lanada.
Marinas is a former professor of chemical engineering at Adamson University in Manila. Awarded the Master rating in arnis in 1987, he holds black belts in Shorin-Ryu and Aikido. He has been practicing Pananandata since the age of eight. Marinas has authored many books on the Filipino martial arts.
Originally from Pambuan, a small barrio in Gapan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, he now lives in Queens, New York with his family. He is currently the only person teaching his family system in the U.S.