Sounds more like something you catch than study!
This is a discussion on Anyone study escrima? within the Defensive Carry & Tactical Training forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So, um...does/did anyone? I'm going to visit a local class this week, just to take a look. I've got some experience with close combat through ...
So, um...does/did anyone?
I'm going to visit a local class this week, just to take a look. I've got some experience with close combat through military and law enforcement training...mostly basic strikes/weapons with some ground fighting...plus a few years of studying aikido, kendo, and iaido in college. Done a little boxing and rolling with some jujitsu folks as well.
Looking to do something to study as a practical method of self-defense; since I carry an ASP as part of my work gear, and often carry a knife, I figured Escrima might be an interesting way to go. Plus, it teaches joint locks and such, which are really the most useful things in my line of work.
I've had a few people tell me escrima teaches some pretty funky stances and methods, and I'm not interested in anything particularly esoteric; still, I want to check it out, both to see the art and the particular school/instructors. (The latter, in my experience, being the most important factor when studying anything...) I do want something that allows a lot of free sparring.
So...what do you guys know about escrima? And does anyone study silat?
Sounds more like something you catch than study!
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Huh... I have a lot of repsect for the Filipino martial arts.
Few things scare me more than a Filipino with a knife.
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a shot of penicillin should clear that right up...
Agentx. I learned Escrima in a martial arts form that I took back in 1983. It is informative. It opens your Eyes about stick fighting and using other weapons for self defense. It does have some weird stances though. As with All forms of self defence take with a grain of salt and use the techniques that are useful for YOU. Have fun. Jeff.
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I love the Filipino arts. Been at it for about 9 years now. Take the class and enjoy.
I don't study it, but one of my good friends who I usually practice sparring with on a regular basis does. Wierd stances, but also some very effective stuff. Good for learning a variety of weapons too, since the kali stick can basically uses machete techniques, and can be adapted for knives, so you get almost 3 types of weapons training with it.
If you carry an asp, I think you could definately learn a few things that could come in handy, its worth a shot.
FMA people with knives are not somebody I would want to get into a street fight with.
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Thanks everyone for chiming in with the experience. Definitely going to try a few lessons and see how it goes. Hopefully, it's a good school...
I am a senior student in Pekiti Tersia- a family form of Kali. (It's the art they are training Force Recon Marines working in S.E. Asia now) I have trained with some Silat guys- its fun to compare notes. If you have seen the Borne Identity movies- the empty hand Ninja stuff is Kali. I love Filipino because it is the best knife training anywhere it's fast and eficient motion.
Kali is the general term for Filipino martial arts.
Escrima is a term/ system for stick fighting
Arnis is the sport of stick sparring.
SO- Escrima is or can be useful. Like many martial arts it really comes down to your teacher. You can be a descent fighter if you have a good instructure- Ishn Ru, Jujitsu, Silat, JKD, etc. Some Escrima teachers are into the art and work over sets and drills to focus on history. Other guys will work empty hand, knife etc. and give a great education. I would strongly recommend a combat based art or teacher. "In battle you will fall to the level of your training."
I could go on- but I won't. If you want more info pm or email me.
Sorry, I had to look this up before I read the rest and saw the link. When I was looking at Wikipedia, all I could think about was that scene in Indiana Jones where the dude pulls the sword, screams and does the motion. Then Indy pulls the revolver and.... see 'ya!
I've played with the sticks since 81. Escrima and Kali forms.
The sticks are one of the fastest ways to become ambi-dextrous, and I've trained many in double stick for about 10 hours who never knew they were becoming ambi, till I popped them with "drop the right stick" and they realized they could now use their "off hand" very effectively.
They also carry over to the defensive knife and empty hand [ being able to use both arms/limbs/hands equally well, at the same time, or seperately with the same skill level.
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