filipino martial arts

In recent years, the popularity of kali/escrima/arnis has skyrocketed among law-enforcement officers, as well as the general public. Experts believe the reason is threefold: The traditional Philippine systems offer all the benefits of the other Asian martial arts, wielding weapons provides a fine aerobic workout and, taught right, they serve as a functional form of reality-based self-defense. For all the essential facts on the stick styles, we asked Black Belt Hall of Famer Julius Melegrito to weigh in. Here are his observations.
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Sinawali drills are some of the most fundamental to Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) and kali. Literally meaning "weaving," sinawali drills are done with two escrima, one in either hand. The name refers to the patterns the sticks make as they move, weaving in and out and over and under each other's paths. Sinawali drills range from simply and pragmatic, to showy and elegant.

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Limb Destructions From the Filipino Martial Arts

Anyone who's been around the martial arts long enough no doubt has heard a certain boxing maxim: Make him miss and make him pay. That's all well and good, but what if there was a way to just make him pay and immediately reverse the momentum of the fight? It just so happens that there is.
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Black Belt Hall of Famer Julius Melegrito can't teach you everything you need to know about FMA in one post, but he can give you a conceptual framework on which to build your skills.

In this post, Julius Melegrito — who appeared on the cover of the April/May 2017 issue of Black Belt, shown below — explains key concepts from the group of styles commonly referred to as the Filipino Martial Arts: escrima, kali and arnis. If you haven't started your FMA training yet, this will whet your appetite. If you're a veteran of the stick-fighting and knife-fighting arts, you'll have your memory jogged even if you don't learn anything new. — Editor

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Grow your knowledge of FMA and become a more well-rounded martial artist. (And who knows? You might end up a student of kali, arnis or escrima!) Black Belt Hall of Famer Julius Melegrito is your guide.

1. Sticks are an extension of the hands; without the hands, there can be no sticks.

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