Main weapon is a single
or double 'Rattan' sticks often can be used as effective as an sword or
blade ! Once you master it you can inflict multiple strikes in few
seconds. And even apply it in empty hand fighting, as you know the 'flow'
of the weapon.. In Eskrima you can use your body (to hit) along with the
In Eskrima from the Philippines, the emphasis strongly lays on the usage of weapons ( sticks and various weapons for cutting and stabbing ). Only when the application of the weapons have been mastered, combat without weapons is instructed. In the past, in the Philippines serious combats were regularly organized by those who were instructed in different styles, challenging each other repeatedly. These fights, mostly fought with weapons were well-known as "death matches" in which the fighters defended the
honor of their styles without any protection at all.
But in modern times in Eskrima, too, ways had to be found to perform training and matches as realistically as possible, but at the same time the participants should be protected as best as they should. The best-known and now world-wide accepted method was developed in the Philippines in the 70's by grandmaster Dionisio Caņete of the famous Doce Pares Club in Cebu. Grandmaster Caņete is one of the leaders of Doce Pares and has witnessed a great many "death matches" himself. Since the 60's he has played an important part in the development and promotion of Eskrima in the Philippines and far beyond this country. Grandmaster Caņete made the rules for the First National Philippines Championships in 1979 and designed the protecting outfit for the participants. It was a great success and this did not remain restricted to the Philippines. After grandmaster Caņete had toured throughout the United States, the first national Eskrima Championships were organized in 1988. This resulted in the first Open Eskrima Kali Arnis Championships in Cebu in 1989, in which ten countries took part. Meanwhile more than 20 countries take part in the world championships that are organized each year under the auspices of the World Eskima Kali Arnis Federation.
During these matches the ordinary rattan sticks are used and the fighter is "well packed" for the necessary protection. The participants wear a helmet that protects the head and the (nape of the ) neck, an outfit that protects the upper part of the body to the knees, and hand and armprotectors. The matches consist of three rounds, each lasting a minute. Every match is observed by more than one referee; one in the ring and one in each corner of the ring. The speed in handling the stick makes it impossible to record each single blow. Therefore, it is not only decisive which fighter lashes out more, but also motion, footwork attitude and emanation.
Warrior's Principle :
"With my hand and my heart, I cherish the knowledge my
instructor has given me, for it is my life in combat."
"If my body falls to you in combat you have only
defeated my physical body, For my fighting spirit
and soul arise to the heavens, for they are unconquerable."
Doce Pares Eskrima Training :
Various types of Striking techniques
Twirling ( Amarra ) -Single and
Footwork and Stances in all ranges
of Eskrima and Espada y Daga
Disarming with or without olisi
Sparring in traditional, progressive
and tournament type
Pingki-Pingki (Sinawali) Doble Olisi
Sayaw (Form) - all the popular 12
form of Doce Pares
Baraw (Knife) - all knife defense
and drill techniques
Abesedario - the five types of
abesedario, a comprehensive, defense/ counter strike drill, which
incorporate all the basic Principles of the various ranges of
Espada Y Daga -emphasis of footwork
and body angling in coordination with Olisi and dagger and easily
connect to locks and takedown
Locks and Takedowns ( Eskrido with
the use of Olisi ( Stick) techniques to lock and takedown/throw
(whether the attacker is unarmed or wields a blade or olisi )
Mano y Mano using the same patterns
of olisi technques, with emphasis of open palm blocks and counter
strikes, utilizing the very effective "kaw-it" technqiues.
Suntok-Patid/Sikaran is part of this subject
The highly sophisticated form of
trapping and checking (tapi-tapi) with all its accompanying energy
drills- the ultimate in training methods