The Federation was created during the First European Stickfighting Championship in London in March 1993. Seven nations were represented, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. During the event Bobby Breen (England) and Jeff Espinous (France) were elected respectively President and Vice-President. The European Federation was recognized under the WEKAF (World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation) in June 1993.

In 1995 during the Second European Stickfighting Championship in Paris, Jeff Espinous (France) and Johan Skålberg (Sweden) were elected President and Vice-President. In 1997, Göteborg (Sweden), Johan Skålberg (Sweden) and Anders Randin (Sweden) were elected President and Vice-President. Jeff Espinous (France) became the first European Technical Director. In 2000 in Hamburg (Germany) the EKAEF was renamed IKAEF (International Kali Arnis Eskrima Federation). Johan Skålberg (Sweden) retained the position as President and Jeff Espinous (France) was appointed as International Technical Director.

Since 2008 Jeff Espinous has held the positions as President and International Technical Director of the IKAEF. Today the goal of the IKAEF is to promote the Filipino Martial Arts Worldwide, inside a non Political Organization. The IKAEF is trademarked since 2006 (N˚003624401).

IKAEF Statement

The goal of the IKAEF (International Kali Arnis Eskrima Federation) is to promote and share Filipino Martial Arts around the world. We offer a technically structured educational program for anyone who would like to develop skill sets, improve their background and in-depth knowledge in Filipino Martial Arts. The IKAEF program is also available to organizations, clubs and Instructors of other martial arts who would like to add a weapon-based art to their portfolio. You can become a certified Instructor, recognized, supported and promoted by the IKAEF. By this you become an international leader in Filipino Martial Arts education.

For instructors and students who would like to attain further knowledge in the Filipino Martial Arts, we offer you the opportunity to train and work with some of the most prominent Filipino Martial Arts Instructors in the world. Discover the traditional fighting methods of the Philippines with Cinco Tero, Doce Pares, Inayan Eskrima, Kali De Mano, Warrior Eskrima and Kali Sikaran. Our main focus is to help you gain knowledge and improve your skill level. We invite you to enrich your personal training and that of your students with the IKAEF.