Videos: Balisong flipping by my 13 year old nephew


My nephew RG likes music, gadgets, and soccer but if you want to see his face really light up, talk to him about blades. Short, long, new, old, utility, or weapon, whatever, as long as it’s a blade.

It’s not surprising really. Afterall, he has it in his blood: his grandfather was a military officer, and he has a warrior aunt… ehem.

Uhhh… okay 🙂

Anyway, watch these videos as he shows some of his balisong skills.

1. RG demonstrates how you can take a balisong out from your pocket and use just one hand to open and close it.

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2. Since the balisong is now popular all over the world, different styles of flipping have been developed. Here RG, shows what he calls the “Filipino freestyle.”

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3. Now, flipping two balisongs.

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Pretty cool, right?

Well, someday I’m going to post one of my balisong videos too. Just give me time… 🙂

***Photo credit: wikipedia


7 thoughts on “Videos: Balisong flipping by my 13 year old nephew

  1. Mio January 3, 2014 / 3:21 PM

    Here is my thought on this. Constantly practice the speed on how to draw the balisong from wherever part of the body that you conceal it and/or from wherever position, e.g. standing, sitting, etc. Along with developing the speed of drawing the knife, improve on the blinding speed delivery of multiple strikes (thrust, slice, etc.) as taught by the Dagooc style (tuloy-tuloy).

    There is nothing wrong with getting fascinated from time to time with flipping the balisong dahil, ika nga, pagsasawaan ninyo iyan. Pakakatandaan lamang na ang buhay natin ay maaaring nakasalalay sa bilis ng pagbunot sa anumang sandata. Unahan mo ang kalaban, kundi ay uunahan ka niya. Also remember that because of its length, it is a close quarter combat weapon…kaya kailangan lumapit ka sa kalaban (o lalapit siya sa iyo). Recall the principle of Dekiti Tercia escrima. “Dikitan” (Dekiti) and kaaway by one third (Tercia) of approximately your arm’s length.

    (Remember that 1994 film The Professsional starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman? Jean Reno, the assassin-mentor taught Natalie Portman this rule: the highest skill of an assassin is not measured by the use of a sniper’s rifle but by the use of a knife at a close distance.)

    Also note that the hand holding the balisong needs the help of your other hand that will trap, parry, grab, check or cause the arms of your opponent to be in a serrada (close) position.

  2. thedeadlydance January 6, 2014 / 8:56 PM

    I know that flipping now is mainly used as entertainment and hobby. But I’m sure it also helps build confidence in wielding it and keeping the knife moving during attacks.
    I once saw a youtube video about close combat fighting being taught to those fighting the feared abu sayaff.
    The “live hand” component is one of the reasons why I believe FMA is a cut above many other martial arts.

    • Mio January 7, 2014 / 2:27 AM

      Ok ang simpleng pag-flip niyan dahil kasama yan sa seamless flow ng pagbunot at pagsaksak. Pero ingat sa sobrang bukas-sara. Magastos yan in terms of maintaining your balisong collection. Ilan balisong na rin ang nasira ko sa kakaganyan. Iwas sa flipping ng balisong pag nakatayo sa concrete (or kahit wooden) floor (lalo na kung walang carpet o di rubberized). Pag naibagsak mo iyan ng ilang beses sa semento, mas lumuluwang ang joint niyan bukod sa pagluwang dahil sa bukas-sara.

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