Eskrima : (Doce Pares)
"Eskima Kali Arnis"

Weapons :

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 weapon. 

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.

Grandmaster Caņete :
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.


Eskrima matches
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 :

          Full contact eskrima training     

  • Various types of Striking techniques
  • Twirling ( Amarra ) -Single and Double Olisi
  • 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 Eskrima
  • 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


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