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Filipino Kali Stick Sparring

When used correctly, a stick enhances your combat capabilities. Perhaps the most prolific form of stick fighting was developed in the Philippines. It is a system of martial arts that today is referred to as
Eskrima, Kali or Arnis. In the 1500s, Spanish conquerors armed with knives and swords forced their will upon the Philippine natives, who fought back with thin lengths of wood that were previously used for recreation. Stick fighting is ideal for self-defense situations when an attacker wields a weapon. As the early innovators did, you can increase your chances of survival by fighting back with a stick.

Hand Position
Hold your stick about one fist length from the bottom. This creates a double ended weapon. The primary end being the long side that you strike with. The secondary end is below your fist, which can be used as a bludgeon during close quarter combat. Do not squeeze the stick too tightly as this will waste energy and make your movements too rigid. When out of striking range, point your stick at your opponent's face. This skews their depth perception of the stick, how long it is and how close it is to them.

Filipino Martial ArtsContinuous Motion
Swing in an '
X' or figure-eight motion, emphasizing downward horizontal strikes that are aimed at collarbone level. Your swinging hand should be in the front of your fighting stance with your back hand guarding your face. The same figure-eight motion can be reversed with striking emphasis on the upswing motion, aimed at the midsection level. Swing the stick using body motion that starts in the knees and hips and continues through the shoulders and arms. Keep your wrists rigid. Vary your swings from figure-eights to horizontal back-and-forth motions aimed at knee level, mid-level and head level.
When fighting with sticks, always keep your stick moving. This is important for the following reasons:
It prevents inertia from setting in during combat.
It enhances the overall velocity of your strikes.
It minimizes weapon telegraphing, especially prior to striking with your stick.
It enhances your defensive reaction time.
It minimizes your hand and digit exposure when fighting.
It significantly enhances the offensive flow.
It makes your assailant misjudge the range of your stick.

Target Areas
Use your continuous swings to knock away strike attempts from your opponent while targeting specific areas areas of his or her body, like the side of the head, side of the neck, collarbone, outer upper arm, outside of the elbow, outer thigh and outside of the knee.
The only target more important than these areas is the attacker's weapon hand. Whenever possible, use your stick to hit his or her hand, forcing him or her to drop the weapon.

Fighting with a stick, although it strengthens your offensive and defensive capabilities, also presents its own dangers. If your stick leaves your hand, it can be used against you. Minimize the probability of this by avoiding wide swings that compromise your defense and leave you open to counter strikes. A hard blow to the body or head could cause you to drop your stick. Constant motion will also decrease the probability of your attacker knocking your stick away with a direct hit to your stick hand.


Stick Sparring Categories
Single Stick vs Single Stick
Single Stick vs Double Sticks
Double Sticks vs Double Sticks
Staff vs Single Stick or Double Sticks
Nguni style rules


Stick Sparring Points:
5 points
4 points
Attack By Combination
3 points
Effective Feint
2 points
Single Direct Attack
1 point
Double Killing
0 points


Stick Sparring Positions
There are nine general stick combat positions that you and your adversary can engage. They include the following:
Both you and your assailant are in the prone position.
You are kneeling and your assailant is prone position.
Your assailant is kneeling and you are prone position.
Both you and your assailant are kneeling.
You are standing and your assailant is prone.
Your assailant is standing and you are prone.
You are standing and your assailant is kneeling.
Your assailant is standing and you are kneeling.
Both you and your assailant are standing.


Stick Sparring Benefits

Improve your overall self confidence.
Improve your mental and physical speed.
Increase the power of your arm blows.
Minimize overall telegraphic movements in your body mechanics.
Improves your eye-hand coordination.
Improve your ability to adapt to weapon attacks from unpredictable angles.
Refine and enhance your ability to move in combat.
Develops and sharpens your sense of timing.
Teach you range specificity.
Reinforces your sense of target recognition.




Academy Map

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