Tim Hartman

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Tim Hartman (born 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). [1]


In 2000, he tested for his 6th degree black belt and Datu at the Michigan summer camp, making him the highest tested rank in the U.S.[ citation needed ] [2] under Remy Presas, [3] [ failed verification ] founder of modern arnis.

Hartman gives seminars and camps across North America and Europe. [4] In June 2005, Hartman was promoted to 9th degree by the WMAA Advisory Board. [5] This promotion reflected his leadership position within the WMAA, and was not meant to replace the rank that he earned from Presas.

Hartman is a competitor in Nafma, where he holds state, national and a world title.[ citation needed ] His most recognized success in tournament fighting is in stick fighting,[ citation needed ] where competitors compete against one another sparring with two padded sticks to score points. He is also a notable practitioner in kata, specifically Filipeno kata, which is the event for which he currently holds the world title.[ citation needed ]

On April 23, 2007, Hartman was promoted to 9th degree in Kombatan and awarded the Grandmaster title by Presas.[ citation needed ]

Hartman resides in West Seneca, New York, and teaches at Horizon Martial Arts, the school he founded.

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