“What’s that, a can opener?”
“No… it’s a… neck opener, haha!”
That was an exchange between two of my arnis friends when I recently showed them my new karambit training knife.
“Well, it’s a neck opener alright… and an eye gouger, tendon cutter, etc., etc., “ we said with a chuckle as only martial artists would considering the gory scenario.
So, I ordered one from Grandmaster Rodel Dagooc. I think it’s a bit large for me but Master Cris said it’s fine for training purposes.
Anyway, Master Cris said that karambits are similar to the curved and traditionally bigger blade, the sanggot.
He added that when he was still in Davao, they used the sanggot to harvest coconuts, cut palay, and chop banana tree trunks for pig feed. The curved blade lessened their wrist fatigue. They usually used the foregrip and did not hook their fingers into the finger ring. The ring was mainly for the cord they tied to the scabbard on their waist.
Anyway, how did my first day of karambit practice go? Totally enjoyable!
Here I am practicing six different grips.
It felt familiar yet new. Familiar because it’s a blade and I know blades but it’s new because the curve, the two edges, and the ring allowed different technique applications.
Master Cris added a brief warning:“Be careful with the finger ring. It can prevent you from dropping your karambit but if you don’t watch out, it can also fracture your finger.”
On with my moves…
SLASH! HOOK! PUNCH! JAB! PUNCTURE! CUT! RIP! The karambit felt like a claw and brought out my animal instincts! Cat woman, Arnis version!
Totally cool, I must say. Oh yeah!!🙂
Thank you for taking time to read The Deadly Dance. Pugay!
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