ESCRIMA (or Eskrima), also known as Arnis and Kali, is the national sport and martial art of the Philippines. The three names are roughly interchangeable. or following the instructions given within. Since the physical . Eskrima Street Defense offers dozens of practical techniques for dangerous street encounters. OFFICIAL WEAPONS MANUAL No part of this manual may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, Kali is arnis and escrima with a sword, double sword.

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The use of kicks in escrima, arnis and kali weapons fighting By Perry Gil S. Just enter your name and email below:.

He lives in the U. In escrima, arnis and kali weapons fighting, every limb is used in addition to the stick or knife that the fighter is wielding. The Thai martial art of krabi krabong blended weapons fighting and kicking techniques perfectly.

Therefore, each section below will detail janual and training methods for that particular weapon type:.

The use of kicks in escrima, arnis and kali weapons fighting

See my self defense training page to find out what needs to be included to keep your training functional. Just like in other techniques escrimw escrima, arnis and kali, learning kicks should begin with the achievement of proper form.

While different FMAs specialize in different weapons, many of them include training with blunt and sharp weapons of various lengths, from palm sticks and knives to sticks and swords. The same cannot be safely done against a machete or knife attack and would also be unwise even against a stick. Escrima, arnis and kali possess a particular structure and a kick or any other technique will only work effectively if they fit well with that structure.


But if you employ the same technique in Filipino weapons fighting, you would be in for serious trouble because even the most mediocre of escrimadors know that all he has to do is to meet your kick with the edge or point of his knife to escriam your attack.

But uncommon does not equal ineffective. High kicks are long range tools and are often used for bridging the gap in empty hand combat. In weapons fighting, it is easy to understand that human limbs can rarely compete against the hardness of wood and steel.

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Simple low kicks blend naturally with Filipino weapons fighting than high flamboyant kicks. He asked his father if he could take Judo or Karate lessons.

A fully transitional system which guides you to the weapon and the real relationship to empty hands and Filipino Boxing methods. I have observed that in krabi krabong, the kicks were inserted in between the engagements of weapons often at medium range.

The unarmed techniques in many FMAs come directly from armed techniques, leading to unexpected and functional applications. Combat grappling-like techniques standing or on the ground were applied. Learning Escrima online from the comfort of your own home!

In Filipino weapons fighting, kicks come into play when the high line was closed because the two fighters were in a clinch or mannual medium range. Additionally, cult like followings and superstitions have developed in a number of FMAs see here and here.


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This article will just focus on the use of kicks in Filipino martial arts weapons fighting. As a result of this missing need combined with cooperative training, many ineffective techniques and drills are common in kali and eskrima. The rationale behind the use of kicks or punches or whatever other weapon you have at your disposal in addition to your stick or knife is simple: In addition to these modern weapons being readily available today, skill in using them also transfers very well to everyday objects, and the empty hand applications can be very effective.

The feet were used for kicking at the low level. Unfortunately, this is lacking in a great many FMA schools. Because of their locations, it is but logical that hands are used for hitting the high line area while the feet are utilized for striking the low line area.

They usually used the stick in the right hand and punched with the left hand. Weapons create the opportunity for angles and methods of attack that are uncommon in unarmed fighting. Over 40 years of experience and development of application … no secrets, excessive techniques, fantasy warrior ego boosting movements, just hard work, logic, realistic and effectives basics.