The foundations for the Doce Pares International Australia System of Filipino Martial Arts were originally set back in November 1996, in Melbourne, Victoria. This came through the initial contact and expertise of the 5th Degree Doce Pares representative at the time.

GM Dionisio A. Canete & Peter ShannonApril 2000 saw the direct affiliation of the Doce Pares International Australia by Peter Shannon under the guidance of Grandmaster Dionisio A. Canete of Doce Pares Inc, Cebu, Philippines.

A series of training trips to the Philippines have seen the family ties strengthen, with representation at World Championship level and active support at the 70th & 71st Anniversary Celebrations for Doce Pares International in 2002 & 2003 in the Philippines, with the most recent training trip being in July 2005 which had the trip members training daily at the Doce Pares Headquarters in Cebu with GM Diony Canete and senior instructors.

The Doce Pares Australia Group throughout the Australasian Region is teaching the current Doce Pares Multi-styles International Curriculum of Eskrima Kali Arnis as per GM Diony Canete's instruction, including the recently formalised 12 Doce Pares Traditional Forms personally presented to Chief Instructor Peter Shannon at the Doce Pares 70th Anniversary in DVD format and reinforced during the recent training stint in the Philippines.

This direct contact establishes the Group as one of the most up-to-date Doce Pares affiliates in the World at this time.

The System incorporates Single and Double Stick, Staff, Palm Stick and Dagger training, plus Competition Stick Fighting Tournament applications.

The Empty Hand side of the Art includes: Close Quarter trapping, Sensitivity and Contactive Reflex training, plus Joint Locking, Groundwork and Controlling applications.

The system is designed to be integrated by all Instructors and Students from any Martial Arts background, without compromising any of their previous training or affiliations.

Stated simply, the Doce Pares Australia System provides the practioner with the right attitudes and habits to prepare them to develop skills and achieve the desired change. The aims are to ingrain the traits of being responsible, tolerant and adaptive to change, in terms of skill, attitude and knowledge.

GM Dionisio A. Canete presented with a plaque from Doce Pares Australia representatives Peter Shannon and Marc Toussaint

Ongoing goals and achievements have seen the establishment of clubs in various States of Australia, seminars by various Filipino Masters, annual training trips to the Philippines and regular Doce Pares Stick Fighting Tournaments using the current WEKAF rules supplied by GM. Diony Canete, twice each year.