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Anyone who is a fan of Filipino Martial Arts will find this video entertaining. If you’re a close observer you can even pick up some cool moves and fighting drills from the clip as well.

Escrima or Kali is popularly known for their close quarter and super-fast fighting techniques. This video seems to check all the boxes that make a great fight and does so while making it look awesome. If you’re not convinced about learning Kali, you might start considering it now.  

Stay tuned till the end of the video to get to know the beautiful martial artists in the video and also for some bloopers.

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Guro Carlito Bonjoc on Stockton in FMA

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Stockton California has had a great impact on the evolution of Filipino Martial Arts. The short clip directed by Paulo De Leon Rubio brings the story of FMA to light. In his interview with Guro Carlito Bonjoc he is enlightened with the knowledge and rich history of FMA.

Back in the 1900s, the Philippians were being recruited in Stockton California for working in the farms. They worked in sugarcane, pineapple and asparagus fields. Even if they were educated they didn’t have the option to pursue studies since, at that time, there was no job other than farming.  The choices were very limited and only a fortunate few could pursue their dreams. They were mainly hired for hard labor and meal labor jobs. 

People started settling down and a community was gradually formed. But it wasn’t a community of farmers, but one of warriors. The Philippines who were brought in were originally fighters and they started preaching their skills in Stockton. Almost all of the famous names in the FMA industry made their names at this very place. They grew together as trainers, pooled in their knowledge and gave birth to the modern-day Filipino Martial Arts. 

The development cycle of FMA was going steady until fighters from all around came to learn under the tutelage of these masters. Although this was considered a good thing in terms of popularity, a short rift was slowly beginning to form among the masters. 

The different masters had different fighting techniques which practitioners began comparing with one another. The male ego came into play and the once strong community fragmented into various small sections. The politics still continue to this day, but there will always be such clashes among the masters. 

As told in the video, FMA is not about the masters or the people involved with it. It is the essence of the fight itself which is at stake and it will always prevail above anything else. It’s the culture and the heritage of the people of the Philippines that is expressed in their fighting style. As Guro Carlito Bonjoc suggests, he is optimistic regarding the future and believes that no matter the struggle, FMA will always pull through. 

The video lastly emphasizes the flexibility and adaptability of FMA, how it has evolved over the years and how it will continue to do so. The people practicing FMA has taken lessons from other fighting disciplines and thanks to that this particular form of Martial Art is slowly but surely gradually gaining the popularity it so rightly deserves. 

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Escrima Stick Technique

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Fighting is all about learning new techniques and applying them at the opportune moment. Paulo Gn Rubio demonstrates one an accumulation of such techniques. The clip is divided into three parts, each explaining a separate part of the technique. 

It consists of baiting your opponent, pulling back and hitting them when they are least expecting the shot. There is no guarantee this will work as the true essence of an escrima stick fight is to read your opponent and act accordingly.

However, adding a new technique your arsenal always a good idea. Maybe someday you could clutch a round with this very skill.

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Guro Dan Inosanto 1987

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Guru Dan Inosanto is a pioneer in the field of Filipino Martial arts. Those who have the fortune to practice under him has had the privilege to learn from a great teacher.

In this clip, he demonstrates the various mechanics of weapon-based as well as freehand fighting. Kali is all about movement and transitioning your skills from one medium)weapon to another. Guru Dan Inosanto shows how swift and threatening you can be once you you’ve mastered the basic of Escrima and Kali sticks.

The video was recorded during 1987 and, but the things he taught that day still resonate within the fighting spirit of Filipino Martial Arts.

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Filipino Martial Arts in Netflix Maria

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Action movies for the better part have always had a place in Hollywood. No matter the era, you always spot one or two fighting movies lying around in the box office.

The evolution of action movies is quite interesting. Previously, action movies consisted of fighting and were roughly divided into two categories. Hand to hand combat and gunmanship. For a majority of time, movies involving guns dominated the entertainment industry. However, that soon changed when directors started to incorporate martial arts in movies.  

Those were some interesting times. It was as if a new life was breathed into the movies and hand to hand combat shows observed a resurgence among entertainment seekers. The world of Shaolin and other martial arts was graciously accepted by movie lovers and actors like Jackie Chan, Tom Yum Goong, Jet Lee became renowned movie stars worldwide. 

This brings us to the present scenario, where movies have further evolved into a mixture of the two, gunplay and hand to hand combat. All of you must have heard of Netflix and it’s huge assortment of unending shows and movies. Recently, the online media platform has started adding Filipino action movies to their roster. This opens up the platform to a whole different culture and a different fighting style. Filipino martial arts is mainly known for their close quarter and fast pace fighting techniques and the movies seem to be fetching in a lot of views.

The particular movie Mark Guillermo is talking about in this video is Maria, an action movie with a twist. As the name suggests, the protagonist is your usual run of the mill housewife. However, as you will see in the trailer, all that goes topsy-turvy when her past catches up with her.
Her family is torn apart, and in an act of revenge, Maria fights through hordes of villains with fascinating fighting skills that will surely leave you wanting for more action.

The movie is pretty good for a budget piece and has a good collection of well-choreographed fight scenes supervised by an equally talented FMA practitioner. If you’re a fan of Filipino Martial Arts then this is one movie you shouldn’t miss. 

This movie also goes to show the rising popularity of FMA around the globe. The reason Netflix is putting up these shows on their platform goes on to show an increased demand for fighting style. People have begun to appreciate FMA and Maria is a testament to that sentiment. 


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Knife Defense

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The knife is the most commonly used weapon of crime around the globe. In the right hands they can wreak havoc to somebody on its receiving end. It’s easy to conceal and in most cases you won’t even see it coming. Defending against a knife is a skill that won’t take too long to learn, but could potentially save your life someday

Therefore, two renowned masters of martial arts have decided to come together and demonstrate how you can protect yourself if you find yourself on the other end of the knife. Paulo Rubio and Master Wong have made there are expert practitioners martial arts. The video consists of a short but informative representation of the attacker and the attacked and how the latter can gain the upper hand in such situations. 

As Paulo moves in with the training knife, Master Wong emphasizes on one thing and one thing only. That is, to restrict the movements of the threat. Since the knife can be maneuvered quite easily, his first priority is to disable the hand holding the knife. Once the weapon is taken care of, he then proceeds to solidify his position by getting a better hold of Paul. 

Notice as master Wong exposes out the choke points for you to strike to disarm the attacker. He also shows how to position yourself properly to apply maximum pressure and also to defend from any secondary attacks. 

Subduing the enemy may not be enough in some cases. The attacker may try to reposition himself and approach you from a different angle. You must think ahead and adjust your body to answer these changes accordingly. For instance, during the skirmish, Paul tries to roll out and grab Wong from a different side but fails as Master Wong readjusts his grip with his thighs and grabs hold of Paul’s head, delivering an excruciating amount of pain. 

Throughout the course of the video, Paul approaches Wong from different angles but is countered in every possible way. Master Wong is always one step ahead, not because he has mastered thousand techniques but because he knows how to adapt to a specific situation. He always emphasizes on running away from a situation if you can afford to do so. There is no shame in fleeing. Engaging in a fight increases the risk of you getting hurt and if you can’t escape, you must be quick on your feet and react to every movement from your attacker. 

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Pekiti Tersia’s Grand Tuhon Gaje

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At 80 years old, Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje is still as sharp as ever. He dedicated his life to mastering Pekiti Tirsia Kali and is strong as ever. The video is a short demonstration of his mastery over the art of fighting. It is a testimony to the masterful strokes he pulls off with his fighting stick and knives.

You would have to pause the clip if you want a good glimpse at the swift and precise strokes. Pekiti Tirsia Kali is a form of Filipino Martial Arts and is heavily practiced within their culture. Witness the mastery of Grand Tuhon Gaje as he shows his pupils the true essence of fighting. 

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Silat Master Maul Mornie

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A knife is a simple weapon, but in the right hands, it is a lethal tool. The video demonstrates Silat Master Maul Mornie defending an incoming knife attack. He repeats the same counter repeatedly so that you can have a better look at his movements. What he is performing isn’t something too complicated and represents a sound mastery over one’s basic fighting stances. 

The video can be broken down into four segments. The approach, the disarm, followed by the grip and finally ending with a hammer shot to the throat. Whenever you’re being threatened with a knife, your first course of action should be to assess your surroundings. Once you’re sure you and the assailant are the only persons present, move forward. 

  • As shown in the video, the first part involves moving towards your assailant. Once you’ve approached them, grab hold of their hands in a similar grip as demonstrated by Maul. This is to ensure the attackers had no wiggle room to slash or switch the knife to the other hand. 
  • Once you’ve caught hold of, disarm him and quickly move onto the third step, which is to apprehend the attacker in a particular grip. Your goal is to assert control and not let the attacker control the flow of the fight. 
  • The grip part is extremely important. Notice how Maul moves forward, hid armpits touching the shoulder of the assailant. Once he is in this particular position, he proceeds to get a better grip lock in the assaulter by tilting his head to an uncomfortable angle. 
  • Once you’ve full control of the situation, you can then proceed towards kneeing him on his back and finished the technique with a hammer shot. The last bit is to ensure that the attacker doesn’t have a chance to call for help.

While watching the video, you will notice Maul having more than one opportunity to finish the fight. Even as he makes initial contact, he has the option to strike the assailant in his liver, neck, shoulder, and wrist. However, he emphasizes you to stick with the full combo so that the attacker has no chance to counterattack. 

The technique shown by Maul is for beginners and can be easily adapted to advanced courses as well. This is simply because of the potential in the skill. Once you’ve made contact, you can transition into any stance and proceed accordingly. Skilled martial artists can finish the fight with first contact, by breaking their fingers and disarming them. 

The short 5-min clips pack quite the punch and it’s both entertaining and educative at the same time. 

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Grandmaster Angel Cabales

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In this short 2 minute video, we witness as Grandmaster Angel Cabales demonstrates some neat blocking skills with Serrada sticks. He specifically shows how you can block incoming strikes from the inside.

The video starts with a basic stance and develops into a more advanced variation, which GM Angel Cabales shows on his student. The first clip is in normal speed, followed by a close up in slow motion.

Though the clip is not in the best quality, it was recorded during the White Tiger seminar in Oakland. It represents a very basic and important fighting stance taught way back in 1987.

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Escrima Stick Ranges

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It’s always a pleasure seeing Guro Mark Anastacio practice his Kali techniques, simply because he manages to explain everything is precise detail. His lessons are valuables for beginners because his way of explaining things is super easy to understand. Advanced fighters also find his lessons to be extremely helpful thanks to his obsession with the basics and explanations of each step during an escrima fight/sparring session.

In this particular clip, Mark demonstrates the two fundamentals of any martial fighting style: the Range and the Levels. Just mastering the basics can give you a significant advantage over someone who hasn’t done so. This is because if you have your fundamentals in place, then you can respond to any threats without having to think about them. Your body will move on its own and you’ll have better control and pinpoint precision of your strikes.

The video is broken down into two parts with 3 subsections in each segment.

In his introductory, Mark explains his obsession with the basic fighting techniques(strikes) and moves on to emphasize how you can apply them in various ranges and levels.

There are three ranges in any given combat scenario, the long-range, medium-range, and close range. Note that there are certain strikes that can only be executed in a specific range and for this video, he demonstrates the X-pattern across all the ranges and levels. 

Long-range: This is where you reach out and strike your opponent with the farther end of your escrima sticks. The only to make contact with the enemy is with the escrima stick as in this range, the enemy is well beyond the grasp of your arms. 

Medium Range: This is sweet spot since you easily transition between long and short ranges from this particular position. Also, most flow drills disarms, entries take place in the medium range thanks to the flexibility offered by this range. 

Close range: This is where you stick just to your personal space. Here you can’t use an escrima stick and have to switch to more close combat weapon such as a training knife.

The next part of the video focuses on the levels or lines. These are imaginary planes off reference that divides your opponent onto three segments. 

High(head strikes)

Medium(floating ribs)

Low(below(knee region)

Mark heavily emphasizes on mastering your level perception and being able to transition from one level to another with relative ease. If you have only 5 to 6 strikes in your arsenal, mastering the ranges and levels will give you a lot of options to explore when going into a stick fight. 

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