Stick-Fighting Video: Richard Bustillo on Translating Sinawali to Empty-Hand Techniques

In this exclusive video, Bruce Lee student, Black Belt Hall of Fame member and escrima master Richard Bustillo bridges the gap betweeen stick-fighting moves and empty-hand fighting!

Richard Bustilloi s a first-generation student of jeet kune do founder Bruce Lee. Inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as the 1989 Co-Instructor of the Year, Bustillo has devoted much of his life to preserving and propagating the teachings of his late master. A longtime practitioner of boxing, Thai boxing, escrima, kajukenbo, wrestling, jujitsu, tai chi chuan and silat, Bustillo has evolved his own version of the Bruce Lee fighting style and jeet kune do techniques — as well as the other martial arts he has studied in-depth and continues to teach — at his IMB Academy in Torrance, California. In this exclusive new footage shot at the Black Bel tmagazine photo studios, Bustillo demonstrates sinawali and how these stick-fighting techniques can translate into empty-hand fighting techniques


SINAWALI/EMPTY-HAND FIGHTING VIDEO
A Stick-Fighting Master Demonstrates the Relationship Between Sinawali and Empty-Hand Fighting

Get more stick-fighting techniques in this FREE download!
Stick Combat: Learn Doce Pares Eskrima's Most Painful Self-Defense Moves

"This is the Filipino art of sinawali — double sticks — which is going to be transposed to empty-hand [techniques]," the legendary stick-fighting master says. "You can defend with sticks and tie it up to end up in a throw. The weapons training is to coordinate the empty-hand [moves]. The weapons is just an extension of the limb."

For more videos and articles featuring this Black Belt Hall of Fame member, check out these pages:

Dr. Craig's Martial Arts Movie Lounge

When The Fast and the Furious (2001) sped into the psyche's of illegal street racing enthusiasts, with a penchant for danger and the psychotic insanity of arrant automotive adventure, the brusque bearish, quasi-hero rebel, Dominic "Dom" Toretto was caustic yet salvationally portrayed with the power of a train using a Vin Diesel engine.

Keep Reading Show less
Tamyra Mensah-Stock claimed the United States first wrestling gold medal of these Olympics when she defeated Nigeria's Blessing Oborududu 4-1 in the finals of the women's 68 kg freestyle event Tuesday in Japan. Stock scored on two takedowns during the match to seal the victory. She becomes just the second American woman to capture Olympic gold in wrestling following Helen Maroulis win at 53 kg at the 2016 Rio Games.
Keep Reading Show less
Host country Japan set a record for most gold medals in judo this Olympics with nine but couldn't add a tenth as the Tokyo Olympics closed out their judo competition Saturday with an upset in the first ever mixed team competition. France stormed the mats to knock off the favored Japanese 4-1 in the finals.
Keep Reading Show less