Doce Pares Eskrima

Doce Pares Amarras

Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Class Notes, Curriculum, Doce Pares, Kids Program | 0 comments

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...

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San Miguel Sets

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Class Notes, Curriculum, Doce Pares, Kids Program | 0 comments

San Miguel Sets

At Sage we teach the signature aspects of Doce Pares. Students are exposed first and foremost to the Amarras, San Miguel Sets, Sinawali and basic Abecedario at novice levels. From these students can begin to emulate the stylistic characteristics of movement integral to that system. At intermediate levels, the focus changes towards training the live hand, developing sensitivity and ingraining fluidity and economy of motion. At advanced levels, it has to do with flow and speed, and making previously learned skills intuitive. One of the most important aspects we train in are the San Miguel sets. Specifically, these are patterns of movement, striking, footwork and body mechanics that are used in the 12th form in the Doce Pares system referred to as ‘San Miguel.’ Even though the 12th form is not required until 3rd Degree Black Belt in this system, the reason I teach this first is because the memes that these sets represent will be seen over and over again throughout all the other forms and amarras. By being exposed to this first, students develop a familiarization with the core movements of this system, which in turn, helps them learn the other material more quickly. Each set uses the same basic footwork, specifically a back step which turns the hips, a hooking step to evade a strike at the leg or body, replacing that foot forward, then an advancing step which again turns the hips. In the San Miguel Sets each set begins with an opening strike or series of strikes, which are followed by a pattern of strikes and footwork. The end of each set is identical, the only thing that changes are the opening strikes. Beginning with the weapon in the rear hand, each set begins defensively, by stepping back: 1. Step Back [opening strike] 2. Plansa or Songkite (Turn the hips) 3. Hulog (Hook step) 4. Medya & Retract 5. Hulog (Replacement step) 6. Reverse Arko (Advance, turn the hips)   San Miguel Sets The following are the terms we use to refer to each set, and what opening strike each has. These are terms that we use, and are not universal to Doce Pares. Saka – Upward Slash Hulog – Downward Slash Bala-Bala – Downward Figure 8’s Dali-Dali – Down-Down-Up-Down Cha-Cha – Thrust-Down-Up-Medya Plansa – 5 Horizontal Slashes Abaniko – 4 Abanikos-Plansa 3 Down-Bridge-Payong – Step Back 3 Downward Strikes (Inward, backhand, vertical) – Upward slash/overhead parry – Step Forward Roof Block – Step Back Plansa Arko & Step – Step Back Arko – Step Forward Reverse – Step Back Bartikal Redoble (2 Upward Figure 8’s – Plansa) Arko & Pivot – Arko to Rear – Reverse to Front – Up Twice – Arko – Reverse – Songkite     Testing Requirements: For White thru Green Belts, we use these sets as a way to judge a student’s body mechanics. We are particularly concerned with the turning of the feet and hips as they strike, the timing of the strike with their footwork, and consistency in the accuracy of their strikes. For intermediate and advanced students, we are looking for speed and fluidity as well as intuitive body mechanics.   Essential Vocabulary:   Abaniko – A fanning strike, generating power from the wrist. Arko – A forehand flourish, two inward strikes, circling overhead. Bartikal...

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Doce Pares: Eskrido

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Doce Pares, Filipino Martial Arts, Throws & Takedowns | 0 comments

Doce Pares: Eskrido

Eskrido is a system of locking and throwing that compliments the stickfighting of Doce Pares. These strategies were created by Ciricao “Cacoy” Canete, as a combination of Eskrima, Judo and Aikido.  

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Doce Pares Documentary

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Doce Pares, Documentary, Filipino Martial Arts | 0 comments

Doce Pares Documentary

BBC Documentary “The Way of the Warrior: Eskrima, the Filipino Way” – Michael Croucher & Dr. Howard Reid, 1983. This documentary was shot one year after Doce Pares’ 50th Anniversary.

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