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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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