Kali & Other Weapons

Karambit Form 1


5 Part Arnis

Demonstrate the 5 angles of attack with single baston.

  • Angles #1 and #2 strike to the collar bone. Angle #1 strikes at a right-to-left diagonal angle, impacting the attacker’s left collarbone. Angle #2 crosses the practitioner’s body, striking at a left-to-right diagonal angle, impacting the attacker’s right collarbone.
  • Angles #3 and #4 strike the rib cage or sides of the body. Angle #3 strikes from right to left, impacting the attacker’s left side. Angle #4 crosses the practitioner’s body, striking from left to right, impacting the attacker’s right side.
  • Angle #5 stabs or strikes to the solar plexus or center line.

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12 Part Arnis

Demonstrate 12 angles of attack with a single baston.

  1. Diagonal downward (left temple)
  2. Diagonal downward (right temple)
  3. Diagonal upward (left knee/waist)
  4. Diagonal upward (right knee/waist)
  5. Thrust (stomach)
  6. Horizontal cut waist (forehand)
  7. Horizontal cut waist (backhand)
  8. Forehand downward redondo top of head
  9. Forehand thrust to high line to throat
  10. Backhand thrust to high line to throat
  11. Outside backhand downward redondo top of head
  12. Double force thrust to throat/nose

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Some Kali/Escrima Terminology

There can be different terms for the same thing, depending on which of the numerous Filipino languages is being used. The following are some of the more commonly used terms in Kali, Arnis, and Escrima.

Abanico: fan (quick wrist snap strike)
Ala contra: counter to, against
Alisto: look, be ready, prepared
Ampo: pray, meditate
Anyo: form
Banda-Banda: a horizontal side to side motion,
Barong: leaf shaped short sword
Basko: dropping strike
Baston: baton or stick
Bolo: short sword used by farmers
Cob cob: Tap, tap
Corto Curvado: bend, have curve, half the distance to abanico
Decadena: chain or series of strikes
Dóble-Zero: two consecutive circular strikes out in front or off to the side
Elastico: body shifting technique where the feet usually stay planted
Enganyo: to fake or feint
Espada y Daga: Spanish for sword and dagger
Floretti: small oval like a flower petal
Garotte: escrima stick, also called kahoi, baston, or olise
Gunting: scissors
Kris: Moro sword with wavy blade
Kamagong: (Ironwood) hardwood baston
Kalasag: shield
Lakang: to step
Larga Mano: long range fighting
Luhod: kneel
Numerada: by the numbers
Otra Vez: to repeat
Ocho-Ocho: a horizontal figure 8 motion out in front.
Pakal: ice pick grip of the knife
Pares: pairs
Payong: umbrella or overhead block, strike
Punyo: the butt of the baston
Redondo: circular power strike
Ritic: snap strike with the wrist vertical that returns on the same path, also called witic
Rompída: a diagonal up and down motion
Saagan: deflect or block
SakSak: regular grip of the knife
Sagawas: from the outside
Saludo: salute
Sige: begin, start
Teros: strike, hit
Tindug: stand
Toyok: turn

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Karambit Form 1


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