Eskrima is a Filipino Martial Art in which the participant demonstrates empty hand trapping, striking, takedowns and locks. In addition, Escrima focuses on wielding sticks, knives, swords, and daggers in lightning fast movements. There are various types of Eskrima practiced today in one collective style called the Doce Pares “Multi Style” System of Escrima.
Solo Olisi (Single Stick)
Solo Olisi techniques are taught in long, medium, and short ranges. The strong hand wields a stick and serves as the primary offense while the empty hand is used for defense and controlling the opponent’s weapon hand. The techniques used in Solo Olisi can be generalized to espada (sword) techniques. Amarra (twirling) techniques develop wrist strength, coordination and power. The long range uses evasive footwork/angling/striking to the weapon hand. The medio range teaches Tapi-Tapi, checking of the weapon hand with counterattacking as well as trapping and checking. The short range focuses on curving attacks and re angling of the strikes around the opponents defense.
The most important solo olisi drill, abesedario, is a comprehensive defense/counter-strike drill. The seven levels develop movement/angling, checking and countering in the three ranges. A variety of disarming techniques are also learned in this drill.
Doble Olisi (Double Stick)
Each hand has a stick that is used for combination attacks or defense and attack. Striking and twirling patterns are practiced to develop strength and coordination over angles of attack.
Espada y Daga (Sword and Dagger)
The strong hand—or primary offense—wields a stick or long blade; the weak hand holds a knife and is used for both offense and defense. Training begins with coordination drills that show students how to use two weapons in striking and checking patterns, eventually adding footwork and body angling lessons to the mix. Drills progress to those that involve multiple attacks, basic defenses, locks, and takedowns.
Knife training is similar in format to single stick training however the weapon utilized is a short blade. The initial training begins with empty hands that defend against the knife. Emphasis is placed on checking of the weapon hand. Various blocks and parries are taught to address the four types of attacks and counter attacks. Training eventually advances to locks, disarms, and redirections. Knife vs. knife or two man drills are also included where attack, defense and counter attack combinations are utilized.
Mano y Mano (Hand to Hand)
Empty hand drills involve boxing style attacking movements and open hand techniques. Zoning and body angling is also practiced.
This style involves learning takedown and throwing techniques; it can be practiced with or without weapons. Dumog incorporates grappling, joint locks, pressure point control, sweeps and throws. It manipulates an attacker by utilizing and redirecting their opponents strength against themselves.
Training Zone students are tested by Grandmaster and Deacon Dong Cuesta, the highest ranking black belt in North America. He is a pioneer and icon in the Filipino Martial Arts Community (FMA) and he was hand-picked by the National Arnis Association of the Philipines (NARAPHIL) to spread the Doce Pares Multi-Style System in the USA.