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THE PHILIPPINES have a long martial tradition. With Ferdinand Magellan’s loss in armed combat against Lapu-Lapu and his men, the arts of Eskrima and Arnis have become legendary. Today, they are widespread and sought after for their no-nonsense approach to weapons and empty-hand fighting.
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We as a group fought against each other countless times as well as against others who would be brought in from outside of the group to fight with us on our special “fight-day Sundays” or “Sunday gatherings,” as we would call them. When we would fight in the “backyard,” it was no holds barred; you could close range with much aggression hitting with the “punyo” or “butt of the weapon,” punch, kick, head-butt, elbow, knee, or take your opponent to the ground.
The art of Derobio has 144 counter locks which are unique to the system. The locks and counter locks in Derobio Escrima are very complex in their simplicity and work at medium to very close range. These locks are applied to the joints, tendons, muscles, nerves and pressure points, effectively shutting down the opponent’s ability to think about anything but the pain.
By Mark V. Wiley The Serrada Escrima system was developed in the mid-1960s by the late Grandmaster Angel Cabales. While a teenager living in Cebu, Philippines, Cabales studied boxing and later de Cuerdas Escrima under Felicisimo Dizon. Upon relocating to the United...