a reply to: Maverick7
well even though novices see escrima and arnis, see sticks, and go 'oh that's a stick fighting art', the reality is that it isnt.
those sticks are just place holders for short swords. can you use a short sword in real life with out going to jail. nope. can learning things like
range, timing and footwork to avoid a live blade being swung at you be really, really important for counter offensive skills in any martial art? yep.
that's why the stick is the foundation of the art. if you see sticks when you think of FMA that's indicative of having a low level of understanding
of the art.
dog brothers are scary stick fighters. I like their programs like Die Less Often. but let's face it, no disrespect, they are stick fighting. put a
live blade in their hands as intended and I bet suddenly they are using their footwork, range and largo mano skill. and, what they do would look
very, very different. It would look much more like pekiti tirsia or kali Sayoc stick sparing.
you do know that the number one thing a escrimador trains is the 5 basic strikes. they train it like boxers train their fundamental strikes. it will
be what's used most not all sorts of fancy moves.
that being said, a scared escrimador would maybe use a #1. he may also use a watik or jab to the face initially too. maybe even a check then number
3. I'm short I'd probably use #3.
and yes training is needed to pull of the cave man #1 strike. there's a lot of detail that will make or break you. break your wrist over too soon
like a novice and ignore the 90 degree rule and if that guys armed you just broke your fingers or got them cut off. heck, even if he's not armed
screwing up the details on a number 1 could cause your weapon to rebound into your self or worse have the opponents weapon break through and you
getting struck by both yours and his.
umbrella blocks when understood are devastating to the opponent. and they look fancy and cool.
ive used florettes successfully in sparing, that's got some "twirling." both techniques came from the battlefield and have worked for centuries or
longer on multiple continents and cultures.
siniwali. interesting topic. that weaving is usefull. it's the foundation to much of Kali's outside, split and inside empty hand entries. it was
incorporated into the south east Asian martial arts concept wise by their exposure to Muslims and Persian/Indian blade work. those guys have never
historically been adept at killing people ......I guess. a good example of siniwali lineage as it travelled across the continent towards the
philippines would be in krabi kabong. you know that crazy double weapon weilding art that forged the thai empire, where the empty hand component of
it was called muay boran. you know that art they watered down to create the sport of muay thai. guess those guys never knew what they were doing
nor dudes like miamoto musashi and his use of two swords. he was a theatrical fighter too. I suppose.
wait isn't siniwali often used as a way of learning the basics of espada y daga. gee guess that being handed to the Philippinos via the Spanish
battlefield sword and dagger methods was for show too. guess the Spanish never killed anybody either in their history. you're right its all
18 years of FMA huh?