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Filipino Kali Limb Destructions


A Filipino Kali practitioner, because he is accustomed to wielding a weapon, identifies an opponent's punch or kick as a potential target. The emphasis of the empty hand art is on hitting instead of blocking.


Although an attack to the limb or head or body is largely dependent on the opponent's distance from you, striking first to the attacking limb or limbs has several advantages. In Kali, strikes to the attacker's limbs are designed to hit vulnerable bones, muscles and nerves, causing severe pain and immobilizing the appendage. The pain from these strikes may disrupt or offset further attacks by the opponent. The damaged limb may also restrict the opponent's mobility or leave various areas open to attack.

Moreover, with one or more limbs immobilized or impaired, the attacker has fewer options for further attack. Another advantage of striking the limbs is that it gives the Kali practitioner greater flexibility in choosing targets and forces the attacker to defend against more possibilities. The final advantage is that attacks to the limbs are more difficult to defend than attacks to the head or body. This is because the Kali practitioner does not have to commit his arm or leg as far into the opponent's defensive perimeter.


Panantukan employs all the upper body weapons to neutralize an opponent. The art, traditionally practiced without gloves, allows the practitioner to employ various parts of his body (fist, forearm, elbow) to neutralize parts of the opponent's body. This is more commonly known as Limb Destructions. By striking various nerve points and muscle tissue, partial paralysis occurs in the affected limb, thereby making it useless in combat. However, Panantukan also employs other weapons such as the shoulder (for ramming) and the head (for striking). Strikes are also not limited to the limbs. The ribs, spine, and the back of the neck are all valid targets in this art. Its value is proven in the many techniques that are found in Eskrima, Arnis, Kali and other weapon based styles which are derived from Panantukan, the most common being the limb destruction.


The Filipino art of Kali is comprised of numerous principles, all of which are based on the style's weapons systems. Among these principles is a concept called Defanging The Snake. In order to disarm an opponent, Kali practitioners will strike their opponent's weapon-wielding hand with a stick or other device, thus removing the adverary's "poisonous fangs" and rendering him harmless.


Although the concept of Defanging The Snake is most commonly employed when the practitioner is armed with one of Kali's many weapons, it can be easily applied to unarmed combat as well. Just as Kali stylists believe that any weapon is simply an extension of the hand, so too is the hand or arm a weapon in and of itself, and it can be employed in the same manner as most of Kali's weapons. This empty-hand form of Kali is referred to as Gunting.


Gunting means "scissor", and refers to the motion of a common Kali knife-disarming technique. The idea is to destroy or immobilize the opponent's limbs, especially any limb holding a weapon. If you can destroy your opponent's limb, you render him harmless, just like the defanged snake. If your opponent is unable to strike you with his arms or legs, you have an obvious advantage. Gunting techniques require minimal effort, yet can seriously weaken your opponent, cause him confusion, and incapacitate him.


***Gunting term:  From the word Ginunting, Tagalog dialect, meaning scissors; term used to describe various techniques of simultaneous parrying and nerve-center striking.


Inosanto LaCoste Kali Destruction Series 1-6

(Performed in Left & Right Lead Stance)

1st Series

(4 options dealing with a Jab)
1. Parry (Paawis)
2. Catch (Dakup)
3. Small Scoop (Dukot)
4. Large Scoop (Waslik)

(4 Siko Elbow options dealing with a Cross)
1. Vertical Elbow
2. Diagonal Up Elbow
3. Horizontal Across Elbow
4. Diagonal Down Elbow

(From Shoulder Roll position dealing with a Cross)
1. Backhand Gunting

(From open hands position dealing with a Cross)
1. Horizontal Gunting (staying inside)
2. Horizontal Gunting (goes through)

2nd Series

(Dealing with a Cross)
1. Half Vertical Gunting (Witik, inside)
2. Half Vertical Gunting (Witik, outside)
3. Full Vertical Gunting (Lobtik, inside)
4. Full Vertical Gunting (Lobtik, outside)

3rd Series

(From open hands position dealing with a Jab and a Cross)
1. Inward Gunting - Backhand Gunting
2. Inward Gunting - Inward Gunting (staying inside)
3. Inward Gunting - Inward Gunting (goes through)
4. Backhand Gunting (from False Lead position) - Backhand Gunting

4th Series

(From closed hands position dealing with a Jab and a Cross)
1. Half Vertical Gunting (Witik, outside) - Half Vertical Gunting (Witik, outside)
2. Full Vertical Gunting (Lobtik, outside) - Full Vertical Gunting (Lobtik, inside)
3. Full Vertical Gunting (Lobtik, outside) - Backhand Gunting
4. Full Vertical Gunting (Lobtik, outside) - Cover and Elbow or finger Jab to throat
5. Full Vertical Gunting (Lobtik, outside) - Cover and Backfist

5th Series

(Parry the Jab and parry the Cross)
1. (Match Lead) Parry the Jab - Low Jab (inside) - Full Vertical Gunting (Lobtik, outside)
2. (Match Lead) Parry the Jab - Jab (inside) - Horizontal Gunting (goes through)
3. (Opposite Lead) Parry the Jab - Low Jab (inside) - Backhand Gunting or Uppercut
4. (Opposite Lead) Parry the Jab - Jab (inside) - Cover and Elbow

6th Series

(Parry the Jab and dealing wth the Cross)
1. Pull down the Cross fist to Right Knee fist smash
2. Pull down the Cross fist to Left Knee fist smash
3. Pull down the Cross fist to Sipa kick (knee or shin)
4. Pull down the Cross fist to Knee Stomp



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