Before reading forward, please watch the following video. It was a story filmed by Jeff Canoy, an ABS-CBN journalist in the Philippines. In it you will find a little bit of what I do, why I do it, and the instructors and students who continue to give me a reason to keep doing what I do.
Below is an overview of the Filipino martial arts curriculum taught by NYC eskrima instructor, Punong Guro Alex Gruezo. It can also be tailored to fit your specific needs.
FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS – KALI – ARNIS – ESKRIMA
PANUNTUKAN AND DUMOG
In unarmed combat we utilize nerve disruptions, limb and bone destructions, coupled with low-line kicks, elbow and knee strikes, and elements of silat to comprise our pununtukan system. Joint locks, grappling, and throwing techniques form our dumog system to complement our panuntukan and create a unique, modern, pragmatic system of unarmed self defense which is constantly evolving to address situations that our students might encounter in a street confrontation.
Single stick techniques from various styles/systems of Kali, Arnis and Eskrima covering respectively; Long Range (Largo), Medium Range (Media), and Short Range (Corto). Training in solo baston techniques progress towards the use of the itak (sword). Students are first taught the proper form for striking, defending, evasion, and disarming and progress towards free sparring drills. Discarding preset patterns, slowly moving towards expert training at their own pace.
Double stick techniques are regarded as being the highest form of Kali, Arnis, Eskrima requiring many years of training. Students begin with preset coordination drills, and progress towards defensive skills. Training with doble baston is necessary for moving to the next phase of training. Because of its complexity, many years must be spent studying doble baston in order to become proficient in its combative use.
ESPADA Y DAGA
Espada y Daga (Sword and Dagger) techniques are favored by many grandmasters in the Philippines. The practicality of it’s training can enhance the practitioner’s single and double stick skills; providing an essential link in any Eskrimador’s progression. The student will learn the basic form for Espada y Daga, and move towards partnered drills. Eventually he/she will begin free form practice learning to defend against single stick, double stick, and stick and dagger attacks without preset patterns.
Dulo-Dulo is a double pointed palm stick that can be used to strike nerve clusters, bone and vital areas. These same techniques can be applied with improvised weapons such as pens, cell phones and flashlights. This training is practiced in pairs and progresses towards free form practice, discarding preset patterns.
Everything you learn in our system can be applied with improvised weapons such as books, bottles, magazines and umbrellas. Our students get to experience various scenarios where they face off with multiple armed attackers utilizing whatever they have on hand to defend themselves. This phase of training is essential to FMA students of all levels who are interested in realistic self-defense.
For more information about the system you can check out the main site, Kuntaw Kali Kruzada Headquarters.
What Else Is Taught?
Although Kuntaw Kali Kruzada is the main system of Filipino Martial Arts (kali, arnis, eskrima), NYC eskrima instructor, Guro Alex teaches, additional martial arts concepts from the following styles and systems are taught as necessary:
- Kali Arnis International
- International Modern Arnis Federation Philippines
- Lightning Scientific Kali Federation
- Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai
- Japanese Jujutsu
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
(NYC Kali, NYC Eskrima, NYC Arnis, NYC Filipino Martial Arts)
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