Eskrima – A Traditional Filipino Martial Art
Eskrima also referred to as Arnis or Kali is a renowned national sport and Martial Art of the Philippines. The art’s emphasis is weapon-based fighting with missiles including sticks, knives, bladed weapons and several improvised weapons. It involves the use of punches, kicks, takedowns and joint lock techniques with stick and sword or knife fighting techniques.
History and Background of Eskrima
At the time of World War II, Filipino fighters used the stick-and-sword techniques to fight off invaders especially the Japanese, using swift powerful movements of the sticks and knives compensating for a lack of firearms. Probably known as one of the best for its stick and knife-fighting techniques that favor parries and deflections, thereafter followed by simple counterattacks meant to stun, wound and even kill.
Beginners are taught the styles of these Masters covering all the weapons used, terms and combat ranges. Practitioners start by learning how to fight with weapons and eventually learn how to deflect weapon strikes and disarm, trap, combat or incapacitate an opponent. Each strike in Eskrima is designed to be used in three different ways. One is empty-handed, with a knife, or with a baton, or stick, often made of a lightweight bamboo-like wood called rattan. Eskrima fighters can use single-stick, double-stick, and stick-and-dagger techniques.
Eskrima is now a sport, with organized competitions and sanctioned rules and regulations. In the modern world, its techniques are still employed by the Filipino army, especially in its struggle against guerrilla members. These form of Martial Art is used in the production of some blockbuster movies. Kali is an extremely useful and tested system. Instructors teach various empty hands systems taken from this various functional art. The training methods will add to your empty hand skills by supercharging attributes such as coordination, perception, and awareness.
Benefits Practicing Eskrima
There are many reasons for practicing joint manipulation techniques and strangle holds. It can be used as an effective self-defense method in some situations. It can be applied as forceful restraints or arrest techniques when necessary. They can be useful in controlling, defending during an attack or injuring a person to an extent. It is good to learn and master the unique art form from the qualified instructor or master. Through these forms of defense, one develops confidence, self-control, awareness, fitness, character development, and self-defense skills.