Disclaimer. Trigger Warning-Contains real blood, minor injuries, mild violence
Filipino Stick Fighting is an excellent introduction into weapons systems. It all begins with using an Arnis and Escrima stick. I began my journey in stick fighting as a youth and found an excellent instructor named Damien Barr in my early 20s.
Damien Barr taught me a good bit about proper stance and form which prepared me greatly in moving into the public sector as a correctional professional. The 12 strikes of Arnis and the accompanying blocks are practical in eastern and western fighting.
Today, I was wildly excited to have a sparring partner who was willing to go hard and wasn’t squeamish about striking me in the hand if I showed weakness. Having a solid grip on your weapon system is important.
I did find that all was better with the application of snoopy bandaids.
I followed up my training with a good old fashioned chalk fight. It looks like I had better brush up and practice more!
Well friends, be safe out there!