Sunday, 20 September 2009

The 12 angles of Eskrima

The first strike is Number #1 - the caveman strike from the caveman chamber - the natural strike of the human animal.

The 2nd strike is number #2 from the backhand chamber.

There are only these two chambers - all angle strikes are delivered from these, like in tennis - the forehand and the backhand.

With 2 exceptions.

The number #5 thrust is delivered from a low hip chamber.

The tenchi strike in kenjutsu - a two handed strike which is delivered from jodan no kamae. This strike itself is neither an 8 or 11 - it is tenchi, unique to kenjutsu.

Angles are based on geometry:

+ X .

x covers the diagonal strikes - 1, 2, 9 and 10

+ covers the vertical and horizontal strikes - 3, 4, 8, 11 and 12

. is the thrusts - 5, 6, and 7

This is the number system used in Cabales serrada, and the one we adopted for STMA.

An appendix strike is the #13, which is a 12 delivered behind.

A 12 is all vertical up strikes - a kingeri, uppercut, elbow. It applies to weapons as well.
(comic buffs will know that Judge Dredd KO'd Batman with a stick 12 in Judgement Over Gotham.)

A 13 is a mule kick, groin slap or back up elbow.