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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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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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Fighting with kali sticks never looked so good as Julius Melegrito demonstrates a single-stick disarm in this exclusive video! Learn from the Filipino fighting sticks master how to make your opponent's stick fly using simple impact and leverage!

In this exclusive look behind the scenes during a kali sticks photo shoot featuring Black Belt Hall of Fame member Julius Melegrito, you'll learn how to engage a single-stick combatant and disarm him quickly and definitively. The technique is direct and focused, which fits with the classical approach to combat with Filipino fighting sticks. "Your whole purpose in classical Filipino stick fighting is to hit your opponent until he's out of the fight," Julius Melegrito explains. "In practice, you use your stick to hit his stick as close to his gripping hand as you can manage while staying safe, but in a real fight, you'd hit the hand. It usually makes him drop the weapon. Of course, in a fight, an attempt to hit his hand might miss, which is why you must practice follow-ups."

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Philippine Martial Arts Alliance founder Julius Melegrito demonstrates a kata-like sequence of 10 knife techniques, progressively adding moves and speed until the blade is a blur!

In this exclusive video, Julius Melegrito takes you through 10 basic knife strikes from the Philippine martial arts. This kata-like sequence of knife techniques starts slow and builds momentum, culminating in Julius Melegrito executing all 10 moves with lightning-fast speed and catlike precision. The knife strikes are based partially on the clock system, referencing the 12 clock-hand positions for precise angular execution of the various knife thrusts, slices and turns. When assembled, the 10-step sequence is an impressive display of edged-weapon training in action. These knife strikes can be applied in linear sequence, individually or interchangeably where feasible, depending on the scenario you may find yourself. Julius Melegrito's Philippine Fighting Arts 3-DVD Set presents the "why" and the "how" of Philippine arts such as arnis, kali and escrima. Along with the 10 basic knife strikes shown in the knife-technique video below, Julius Melegrito provides in-depth explanation and practical instruction on proper holds, locks, chokes, striking patterns, applied footwork, weapons techniques and various forms of empty-hand training. He also addresses the anatomy and construction of the stick itself.

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