from the same man names Santiago Toledo, can be completely different in their movement approach and trainingmethods. Styles borrow from each other, expand and contract like the universe, but each student makes a styleworkable by individualizing it for himself. Instructors remove and add their own elements to the style the teach andstudents, likewise, may add things to a style that were thrown out by their instructors. So in my opinion, there are nostyles. I prefer to use the terms methods or systems of training. Style is something individualized. (Guro Dan Inosabto)
Striking MotionsLobtik -
The long arc or stemmed blow, similar to the motion of a sword slashing through something. This is a full- powered strike that is aimed through a desired target. This method of striking does not retract or stop at the point of impact; rather it follows its path from beginning to end. This strike does not stop until it comes to the end of its motion,unless it is met with resistance or is blocked. A variation of this motion is the stem less blow, the shortened arc or stemless blow that is pulled inward halfway through the swing.
The "rap" which is a blow that returns along the same path that it went out. This method of striking involvesretraction, which is useful when switching directions or angles of attack. The advantage of this strike is its speed anduncertainty of where the next strike will come from. Faking maneuvers and multiple striking are all executed in the
The thrust or jab. Thrusting attacks primarily go right down the middle, but may occur at any angle. There aretwo types of energy that go into a thrusting motion. The first is much like a jab with the end of the weapon. With a jabequal emphasis is given to the striking and retracting motions. The motion of the jabbing thrust is much like that of thewitik where the retraction flows directly into the next motion.The second kind of energy is the stab that suggests a weapon with a pointed tip such as a sword or dagger. The stabbingthrust is a fully committed killing move, delivered
as a coupe de
grace. The only place it might be used otherwise is asa body shot with a long or heavy blunted weapon.
The abaniko strike is a fanning motion that is made with the stick. It is a
strike that switches angles of attack. The
can be executed horizontally, diagonally, or vertically. It is important that the body and arms movein sync to provide the proper mechanics needed for a powerful whipping motion. Many times the
is used tofake or set-up your opponent, enabling you to pick your desired target area.
is the basic Escrima twirl or circle of the stick. The stick can be twirled in an upward or downwardmotion. Relax your hand but keep your fingers grasping the stick.
Bantay Kamay -
Bantay Kamay is the "Alive Hand"or your empty hand. This is the hand responsible for the checkingor monitoring of your opponent's hand or the weapon itself. It is also used for disarming, striking, thrusting with a knifeand passing.
Specifics of Striking Motion
Basically, there are four striking motions that can occur in any attack. (See diagram.)1.
- The long arc or stemmed blow.2.
- The shortened arc or stemless blow that is pulled inward halfway through the swing.