Filipino Martial Arts – Problems

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When you’re training or sparring with your partners or trainers it is important to keep the big picture in mind. Training is a controlled simulation and chances are that in most real-life situations, a stick fight may not pan out the way you think it might go. In other words, you need to prepare for when things go south.

Filipino Martial Arts is beautiful to look at courtesy to the movements that are incorporated in the system. Escrima stick drills are often close quarters, with little emphasis on disengaging away from your opponent once you’ve landed a successful blow.

Flow drills are important since they help you solidify your basics in movements and strikes. They also help you develop functional attributes such as precision and range. However, flow drills are often practiced with sticks in tight pockets contrary to real life scenarios.

In a real fight, you won’t have that liberty to keep engaging your opponent as you did in your training. Keeping the fight that close, for a long period of time, makes it difficult to follow your opponent’s movements. You may land a blow but you’re also leaving yourself open to attacks.

The video emphasizes on a wide variety of engagements. According to the Pankration Philosophy, the ideal way to fight is to wound your opponent, disengage away from them and then observe the situation for your next course of action. It’s yet effective in ways you can’t comprehend.

During fights endorphins and adrenaline will be coursing through your veins, making it impossible to realize small cuts and wounds until it’s too late. Disengagements allow you to asses both you and your opponent’s situation before you start hitting them again.

The sparring game, if played the right way will help you gain a lot of practice. The sparring game is not like usual sparring.

In usual sparring, once you are hit with the weapon or by hand, you keep on going as though nothing happened. However, in a proper sparring game, once a specific body part is hit that is essential for the fight (such as the hand), you won’t be able to use that part anymore. So when you’re hit in the hand holding the knife, you would have to drop the knife and keep on fighting.

This type of practice is more beneficial because its more practical and the situation simulated within appears much more realistic.  

Useful tips:

  1. Practice flow drills
  2. Wound, Disengage, Observe, Attack/Defend/Assess further
  3. Sparring games
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