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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.
the late the late Interview by Mark V. Wiley Hendrik Santo is a researcher of Wing Chun Kuen, Qigong, and Buddhism. He has studied Wing Chun since 1973, is a student of the 4th generation 1850s Wing Chun successor late Master Choe Hung Choy, and also is a student of...
If we liken a fight to a dance, the attacker is leading the dance, and the defender is
following…acting in the after, responding to the leader, merely reacting. The leader
acts according to their whim, unimpeded, the follower has the difficult task of keeping
up. The leader of the dance is acting in the before. The leader is deciding where on
the floor the dance moves will take both dancers. The follower is merely along for the
ride, with no control, and no say, as they are acting in the after.
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...
Shifu Zhou Mu Tu is easily overlooked as he is often overshadowed by the presence of Shifu Lee Bei Lei, his shixiong and the man he regards as being his main teacher since Shifu Lu Tong Bao died. But he is undoubtedly a man of great skill.