A documentary film: Eskrimadors (Part 2 of 5)

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Be sure to start with Part 1 😀

Part 2 (Too bad the video has since then been removed from Youtube due to a copyright claim by Joseph Kerwin Go.) But here are my notes anyway. 

  • Clans developed and practiced their own Eskrima system
  • different styles and techniques were tightly guarded secrets passed from generation to generation
  • Take downs, blocks,disarms, locks – (very fast  and effective)

American colonial period – Filipinos were encouraged to practice their art (in this sense, thank you Americans!)

  • Labangon Fencing Club (1920-1930); the first ever martial arts club in the Philippines

Doce Pares

  • named after the twelve bodyguards of Emperor Charlemagne of France
  • formed by twelve Eskrima masters
  • each with a special style of his own (larga, media, corto, empty-hand, knife fighting, long blade or bolo)
  • rivalry minimized
  • Formerly highly secretive, each master now shared their technique with the others
  • Eskrima brought to a higher level and became popular
  • Filemon “Mamoy” Canete – chief instructor and guiding figure

Many eskrimadors were also healers who believed in charms, amulets and spoken prayers

Principle of the Live Hand (This is one of my favorite things about eskrima.)

  • when the eskrimador wields only one weapon, the extra hand is used as a shield and/or checking hand.
  • monitors, controls, and blunts the attacking weapon


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