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Πολεμικές Τέχνες ΑθήναAgaw - Filipino Kali Disarms


"It is nearly impossible to disarm a sword-wielding opponent if that person knows how to use a sword", Guro Dan Inosanto says.


And the difficulty of defending barehanded is doubled when a well-trained attacker is armed with two bladed weapons. If, however, the opponent is not thoroughly trained and experienced in the use of his weapon, it may be possible to take it away from him. Filipino Kali martial artists spend hours each day perfecting their skills in the time-tested art of Agaw (disarming).


In today's increasingly violent society, the art of disarming is something every martial artist must include in his daily training routine. Without disarming skills, the chances of surviving a fight with an armed attacker are virtually nonexistent.


If, as Guro Dan Inosanto says, it's virtually impossible to take a bladed weapon away from a trained opponent, why spend all this time learning disarm techniques and theories? The answer lies in reality.


Most real-life situations provide alternatives not available in training. Option number one against an armed assailant is to evade the initial attack (something which is quite possible), forget about taking the weapon away, and run like heck. Option number two is to survive for those few seconds necessary to grab something like a stick or a bottle, then continue the battle on more equal terms.


Reasoning that few street fighters are likely to be as well trained as the guys back at the martial arts studio, it may very well be possible to survive a fight with an armed opponent and perhaps even take his weapon away. In the final analysis, it's apparent that surviving the "impossible" may not be impossible after all.


Defanging The Snake

"Defanging the snake" is a technique used in Filipino Kali to effectively contain and stop an incoming weapon attack. The concept is simple, directly destroy the hands by hitting it and thereby containing the attack. This technique comes in other names such as "displacement", by that, we mean instead of hitting the weapon or stick to block, you "displace" the block to hit the hands instead. Another term that is commonly used is "praksyon" or fraction, the terms derives from the speed that is used to deliver the defanging strike, that is, a fraction of a section. These means that in order to hit the hands when an attack is deployed, you should hit faster than the attacker.



The first Filipino Kali disarm method is known as the "snake". It works only against nonbladed weapons such as a stick or pole. The snake is performed by weaving the arm around the opponent's arm and pinning it to the body. This forces the weapon free, and it usually ends up in the hands of the defender.



Next on the list of Filipino Kali disarms is the "vine", which is similar to the snake in that it too requires the defender to apply leverage to the opponent's arm and weapon. The difference is that the vine twists in the opposite direction of the snake and often sends the weapon flying away.



The "strip" is the third major disarm technique of Filipino Kali. It relies on leverage and actually strips the weapon out of the aggressor's hand. The strip is quick, effective, and closely realted to the fourth and last major Filipino Kali disarm method, the "quick release".


Quick Release

Basically, the "quick release" ends up stripping the weapon loose and sending it airborne away from the opponent's grasp.


The snake, vine, strip, and quick release techniques are all interchangeable. The highest level of disarming is one in which all four methods are blended with effortless flow.


Filipino Kali Terminology

Agaw: to seize, disarm or take away
Agaw-Sandata: disarming & retrieval of the weapon
Bigay-Bali: lock release technique
Dakip: capture
Diin: to put pressure on
Dukop: to catch
Dukot: to reach out
Hulagpos: to escape from capture or restraint
Kalas: disengage, release or disarm
Kalas-Sandata: disarming technique
Pangilog: disarming
Saplet: quick disarm
Suplete: quick disarm



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