Photos: My weapons

Here are the weapons I use when I train. What’s good about Arnis is if you know how to use one, you’d know how to use the rest.


Fro left: Rattan Sticks,  Single Edged Practice Bolo, Kamagong practice knives and Dulo-dulo made from carabao horn
From left: Rattan Stick, Single Edged Practice Bolo, Kamagong practice knives and Dulo-dulo made from carabao horn

Arnis Weapons

My rattan sticks have gloss and traditional burn markings. (I think they burn the sticks to straighten them.) I also have kamagong and bahi sticks but they’re too heavy for practice. If you want to see them, click here.

My bolo was bought from Grandmaster Rodel Dagooc’s Arnis products store. I want more!

The knives are made from a hardwood called Kamagong. They’re kris knives but are slightly different from each other.

The dulo-dulo is made from Carabao horn similar to what the old Arnisadors used. (I actually just borrowed this from Master Cris. I don’t have my own yet).

Arnis Weapons

To be a woman with weapons is an awesome thing.

I’m in a good place. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, that’s it for now.

I hope everything is well with you, my friends.




17 thoughts on “Photos: My weapons

  1. mattkevin July 9, 2013 / 1:30 PM

    The good thing about Arnis is that once you’re used to the weapons flow and training…
    It somehow goes natural flow with your empty hands ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. mattkevin July 10, 2013 / 10:58 PM

    Love the weapons, I want to own a training sword and a training knife myself. I only have a wooden training knife, a dulo, and a lot of sticks.

  3. Mio December 11, 2013 / 8:35 AM

    Hi Joy. Explore other weapons and the logic of their respective designs. For instance, look at the Gurkha weapon called Khukri. Why is the sharp side of the blade curved? The answer is that curved shape allows the wielder to experience the ease of not moving his or her wrist too much during slashing motions. This also prevents wrist injuries.

    BTW, in case you visit Singapore, you might see a Gurkha guarding the home of Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew or the important military installations. They are actually “imported” from Nepal by Singapore and have been used by the British, Indian and Malaysian armies in various regional and global armed conflicts. They quelled the riot days ago at Little India in Singapore.

    Anyway, you may notice the Khukri knife on the back of the waist of a Gurkha serving under the Singapore police force. Gurkhas are short relative to the average Filipino height. You may want to read about the lethal Gurkha knife and its wielder in

    • thedeadlydance December 11, 2013 / 10:19 AM

      Thanks mio! Interesting weapon/utility knife. At first fist I thought that because of its curve, it’s only for slashing not chopping. Is it legal for ordinary folks to carry that? That train story is like those in the movies. One wins over many. He’s a brave highly skilled man.

      • Mio December 11, 2013 / 12:37 PM

        Definitely it is not lawful for ordinary folks to carry the Khukri (or others pronounce it Khukuri), knife, machete, or similar bladed weapons. It’s not lawful for barangay (village) tanods to walk around with it, even if some claim that they have a barangay permit. It’s not also lawful for some street vendors pushing karitons (wooden carts) filled with coconuts to carry a machete even if their reason is for commercial use. Usually, uniformed policemen would just confiscate these machetes and let go of the vendor.

  4. Mio December 11, 2013 / 1:17 PM

    Another thing. Some arnisadors would keep saying that the weapon is an extension of the arm. I beg to strongly disagree. If we swallow this erroneous belief, chances are we will carry the thought that doing arnis is the same as doing wing chun because, as a fool would think, both these arts have trapping techniques. But please remember that it is difficult to trap the elbow or forearm of a seasoned arnisador because he could use his wrist to hit you with an abanico strike to the forehead.

    I prefer to say that holding a weapon indicates the level or degree of one’s sense of practical survival. If you walk unarmed in the dead of the night, say you forgot your dulo-dulo, cutter, pen-like balisong, or retractable metal baton, but along the way you see stones, barbecue sticks, pointed branches of trees that fell on the ground, an empty beer bottle, or sand, would you not wish to pick up any of them before proceeding to walk? Or after dining in a Chinese restaurant and you have to commute and walk back to your house, would you not pick up the chopsticks and arm yourself with it?

    • thedeadlydance December 11, 2013 / 10:31 PM

      What does extension of the arm really mean? You know, I as a relative beginner I say that also to my friends. It seems right to me.

      • Mio December 12, 2013 / 11:20 AM

        I prefer to avoid saying that a weapon is an extension of one’s arm. Why? Because whether you look at it from the linguistic, medical, philosophical, pragmatic or whatever point of view, it just doesn’t make sense.

        If I use a brass knuckle, for example, is that brass knuckle an extension of my arm? Is a ring with a protruded yet unnoticeable sharp metal an extension of one’s arm? Is a lug bolt used by FPJ in that film where he beats up a bunch of rowdy soldiers an extension of one’s arm?

        Now, let’s go to our lower appendages. Could steel-toed shoes, when worn as a weapon like what Jet Li did in The Expendables, be considered an extension of one’s legs?

        (BTW, I have seen steel-toed shoes sold here in Canadian department stores that are so light and durable that they can be used in casual walking. What if they are used to kick any part of the body, especially when an assailant is already down?)

        I’d like to stick to my definition that a weapon is a reflection or indication of one’s sense of practical survival for the benefit or self, or others, or both.

        I was once tempted to define a weapon as a reflection of one’s will to elicit obedience on another. But it is a short-sighted definition. Because every time I do this, I return to the thought that obedience is not possible if the person imposing it does not exist, or does not survive. I mean, why should you impose obedience if survival is not your ultimate goal?

        I will stop my piece here because it is getting a bit “heavy” :).

  5. Mio December 11, 2013 / 1:37 PM

    Time and again, I keep telling arnisadors not to limit themselves with the use of conventional weapons of the art, e.g. rattan sticks, wooden dulo-dulo, balisong, etc.

    Get out of the box!

    The greater part of learning arnis is to explore, experiment and apply the use of unconventional or alternative weapons. From time to time, let your hands feel the grip of some of the tools or items you have at home, e.g. screw driver, ballpen, edges of a hardbound book, flashlight with batteries for added weight, hammer, golf clubs, baseball bat, 1-lb dumb bells, monkey wrench, padlock, crowbar, steel or wooden cane, sharp end of a can opener, etc. and try to swing it in a manner as if to effectively hit somebody with a stab, slash, chop, etc.

    Ika nga, pag nagkagipitan, at buhay at kamatayan ang pinag-uusapan, matuto tayong maghawak at gumamit ng kahit ano. Hindi sa lahat ng araw ay meron tayong bitbit na rattan o kamagong.

  6. Mio December 11, 2013 / 2:15 PM

    I know of a lady newspaper reporter who almost got robbed of her belongings by a guy holding a knife inside a bus. She hit the guy hard and many times on the head with her handheld Nextel communication gadget (which we used as journalists 15 years ago) until he took a good nap on the floor of the bus. She has never been a martial arts practitioner because of her polio-stricken frame and diminutive size. But this lady has displayed to a remarkable degree that sense of practical survival. She may not be an arnisador, but by all means, she is a warrior who would not hesitate, even for a second, to stubbornly defend her life and the needs of her family.

  7. Lester Usapdin August 15, 2014 / 6:04 PM


    2 Rattan sticks – Toby’s = PHP100+
    Blunt Aluminum dagger – Recto = PHP900
    Blunt Aluminum Karambit – Recto = PHP900
    2 Bahi sticks – Recto = Can’t remember but it’s around PHP250 – PHP500 each
    2 Yantok sticks – Recto = PHP100+
    2 Machetes/Bolos made in Brazil (Blunted in Sharpening shops in the market) – Ace Hardware in SM Malls = PHP300+
    cloth bags = PHP30 if it’s already made, PHP100 – customized
    Dunlop 6 Green Tennis Rackets Bag – Toby’s in SM malls = PHP2,000+ I got on sale

  8. thedeadlydance August 19, 2014 / 8:00 PM

    Great collection. So many things to enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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