Doce Pares Amarras

Among the signature aspects of Doce Pares that we teach at Sage are the Amarras (sometimes spelled Amerras). Amarras are twirling patterns consisting of striking combinations which require proper body mechanics and illustrate fighting tactics that are particular to this system of Escrima.

Doce Pares has many Amarras, and many of the movements in them are similar. Students learn these the hard way, through gross repetition, and in doing so, program their muscle memory to deliver useful combinations with proper body mechanics.

 

Basic Amarras

The first 6 Amarras were taught to us by Grandmaster Sipin. The basic Amarras all connect, where one ends, the next one begins. The first four Amarras are required for Yellow Belt.

Amarra #1 (Bend your knees on the Reverse Arko)

Arko – Reverse Arko
Up Twice
Arko – Reverse Arko
Bartikal Redoble (Lean Backward)
2 Flywheels (Hulog)
Reverse Arko

Amarra #2 (Deeper Stance)

Upward Diagonal Slash – Downward Diagonal Slash (Bulan)
Up Twice
Upward Diagonal Slash – Reverse Arko (Bulan)
Songkite – Reverse Arko
Plansa – Reverse Arko

Amarra #3 (Upright, shallow stance)

Arko – Reverse Arko
Plansa – Medya
2 Level Backhand Kurbado Strikes
Reverse Arko (to floor)
Straight Thrust to Solar Plexus (Thrust off the bounce)

Amarra #4 (Deep stance to upright)

Air Flip (They block the thrust, you trap their hand and roll the stick)
Upward Figure 8 Strikes at the Knees
Upward Figure 8 Strikes at the Hands
2 Abaniko Strikes to the Head (Open – Closed)
Downward Punyo to Head
Upward Punyo to Ribs/Elbow
Flip Down Vertical Backhand Abaniko to Face
Reverse Arko

 

Sparring Amarras

Amarras #5 and 6 are shorter sparring combinations that illustrate tactics in the Corto Kurbado style. They have 5 strikes and 6 strikes respectively. These are required for Orange Belt.

Amarra #5

Downward Diagonal Slash to Head
Flip Downward Vertical Abaniko Strike to Face (Hand Low – Tip High)
Flip Low Vertical Abaniko Strike to Groin/Hands (Hand High – Tip Low)
Level Forehand Abaniko Strike to Temple (Open)
Level Backhand Abaniko Strike to Temple (Closed)

Amarra #6

Downward Diagonal Slash to Head (Forehand)
Downward Diagonal Slash to Head (Backhand)
Downward Diagonal Slash to Head (Forehand)
Flip Downward Vertical Abaniko Strike to Face (Hand Low – Tip High)
Level Backhand Abaniko Strike to Temple (Closed)
Downward Diagonal Slash to Head (Forehand)

 

15 Count Amarra

The 15 Count Amarra is a recent convention that requires deeper stances, the simultaneous use of the live hand while striking, and introduces the “Sidewinder” strike. We typically break this down into three parts until the students memorize the pattern. The 15 Count Amarra is required for Green Belt.

Part 1
1. Forehand Diagonal Downward Slash (Trap Inward)
2. Backhand Diagonal Downward Slash (Trap Backhand)
3. Forehand Level Slash (Trap Inward)
4. Backhand Level Slash (Trap Backhand)
5. Sidewinder Strike

Part 2
6. Forehand Kurbado Strike Low (Waist/Elbow)
7. Forehand Kurbado Strike High (Temple/Back of Head)
8. Plansa
9. Backhand Kurbado Strike Low (Waist/Elbow)
10. Backhand Kurbado Strike High (Temple/Back of Head)
11. Sidewinder Strike

Part 3
12. Half-Strike
13. Forehand Redondo
14. Songkite (Tip/Punyo/Elbow Strike)
15. Flywheel/Backhand Redondo

From the 15 Count, we also get other derivative Amarras (which are taught, but not required for promotion – shown in class):

2 Count Amarra
6 then 5 Count Amarra
9 Count Amarra

 

21 Count Series

The 21 Count Series was taught to us by Grandmaster Diony Canete. It develops fluidity in striking and introduces certain striking memes that will be seen later in forms and in Abecedario in this system. The 21 Count Amarra is required for Green Belt. The 13 and 28 Count Amarras are required for Blue Belt

13 Count Amarra

1-2. Arko
3-4. Reverse Arko
5-6. Up Twice
7-8. Arko
9-10. Reverse Arko
11. Songkite
12-13. Reverse Arko

21 Count Amarra

1-2. Arko
3-4. Reverse Arko
5-6. Up Twice
7-9. Arko & Downward Vertical Backhand Strike
10-11. Up Twice on the Left
12. Up and Across/Backhand Upward Diagonal Slash (Adlaw)
13-14. Up Twice on the Right
15-16. Arko
17-18. Reverse Arko
19. Songkite
20-21. Reverse Arko

28 Count Amarra

1-2. Arko
3-4. Reverse Arko
5-6. Up Twice
7-9. Arko & Downward Vertical Backhand Strike
10-11. Up Twice on the Left
12. Up and Across/Backhand Upward Diagonal Slash (Adlaw)
13-14. Up Twice on the Right
15-16. Arko
17-18. Reverse Arko
19. Songkite
20-21. Reverse Arko
22-25. 2 Upward 8’s
26. Plansa
27-28. Reverse Arko