Is Stickfighting an art?

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Oh, that was fast!

Well, what do you think? Was it funny? Do you agree? Do you take offense?

I have a mixed reaction.

At first, I didn’t think it was funny and I felt a little offended. Okay, I may lack a sense of humor but I just don’t like anyone calling anything Bu****it, even if they are just joking.

But the more I thought about this video the more I see that there are points that need to be addressed.

Some comments in Youtube said that the video was not funny because it was really saying the truth.

Stick fighting is not an art. It’s just whacking somebody with a stick. Anyone can do that.

Ohhhhh….okay. Let’s examine the issue.

Class, listen. Teacher Joy will explain:

What is art?

Art is a skill acquired by experience, observation, or study.

A skill is a learned power of doing something competently.

When you whack somebody’s head while he is unarmed and with his back on you, (like Bob, the dummy in the video), that’s not art. That’s aggression. Violence. Stick fighters don’t do that.

We use our stick fighting skill for self-defense when we are attacked.

In real life, attackers often carry some sort of weapon. Our stick fighting trains us to block, disarm, and subdue strong, angry, weapon-carrying attackers whether we ourselves are armed or not.

How about sword fighting or knife fighting, would you consider those art? You say yes? Stick fighters can easily do sword or knife fighting. But we are practical people. We know that blades can easily break during practice, so we use sticks instead. Observe how sticks are handled– it’s as if they were blades. Wise, huh?

We spend years training how to be fast, powerful, and efficient with our strikes; strong in our stances and footwork; and intelligent in our strategy.

Knowing who, what, why, where, and how to hit is a skill learned through experience, observation, and study.

Now, go back to the definition of art and answer this: Is stick fighting an art?

C’mon, I’d love an intelligent discussion about this. No bad words, please. 🙂


The video does make a strong point. Look how efficient stickfighting is: you can DIE with just one hit.

Related posts:
Read what values stick fighters are taught here and here.

Interesting information about the above video:

Exclusive interview: Matt Page – The Mastermind of “Enter the Dojo” Karate Comedy Series / Karate by Jesse


10 thoughts on “Is Stickfighting an art?

  1. Joe Amargo June 12, 2013 / 6:03 AM

    if Stick fighting is a joke then I dare anyone to try it with a real Eskrima master! Please.. I’d even bet n that person.. they’d lose.. I didn’t take this video too seriously since this guy was just messng around, but yes callng something bull****… that’s just wrong!

  2. tacticaltaekwondo June 13, 2013 / 12:38 PM

    I love the whole enter the dojo show through it he comments on every other martial art and the all get the same tag “BS” i think it is a pity that some of the comments on youtube take what the guys who are doing too seriously. They either by accident or plan then cause others to argue the point

    • thedeadlydance July 11, 2013 / 12:21 PM

      Since the time I wrote this post, I have watched several episodes of Enter the Dojo. It’s hilarious! I guess, I’m more thick skinned now.:)
      And yes you’re right about some people who comment on Youtube. Some are really just out to agitate others.

  3. tacticaltaekwondo June 13, 2013 / 12:45 PM

    sorry double post, this is one reason I and my teacher don;t really think much of the dog brothers. the really for the most art seem to be just swing sticks around. for me whether they are hitting each other or not is less important than if they are actually employing any technique or skill.

    another example can be found on the bbc series “last woman standing’ when one of the competitors forgets all the training and just starts swinging. she gets called out by the others

    • thedeadlydance July 11, 2013 / 12:24 PM

      Last woman standing? Arggh! But I sort of like the Dog brothers 🙂

  4. Master Jose Isidro June 14, 2013 / 12:35 AM

    Joy, Our FMA of Arnis, Escrima, Kali so called stickfighting is a Art. It is the Filipino National Sports and Martial Arts. Majority of the people who do not know our Art, think it is all sticks. It is not, we have empty hand that translate to stick. The reason we do stick first is to teach it easier to empty hand transition. They see this sticks because, our primary training we do is stick, but reality the stick representation we do is sword, knife, dulo dulo, karambit, bangkaw, tungkod, rope, or any object we use in our Filipino Martial Arts in Arnis. People who see this as stickfighting and nothing else is uneducated in the Filipino Martial Arts. The putay above is just a comedian for fun. The more they say about our Art, the more it will be advertise for interest and curiosity. Like they say ”sticks and stone may break our bone, but words shall never hurt me.” Pugay. Master Jose Isidro

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