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What You Missed In This Month’s Workshop


We had a good workshop yesterday. Before Manong Rich got there we worked on some sumbrada. We started out in largo and after
a few minutes moved in to start adding in checks. After a few minutes of that Manong arrived and we bowed in.

We started the workshop with some light/slow sparring from largo distance so that we could practice evading and looking for targets from that range. So for example the person who initiates the first strike (feeder) goes for say angle 1, the receiver will evade and counter by attacking the nearest target they see available. It could be the weapon hand, it would be the live hand, or maybe its the leg. From there the feeder will counter attack and go for their nearest target right away. Sounds easy right? Maybe not right off the bat. Since we are going slow we have to time our strikes differently so that they land. It also shows what can be done to counter certain attacks.

A good example of this is Manong would attempt to do a sak-sak toward my right brachial. I would evade by leaning back and turning my shoulder away from the weapon and counter attack with an upward abaniko to his hand. To counter this he did a downward abaniko to my hand. This made my attempt unsuccessful while allowing his abaniko to land on my hand.

Now we see this next type of drilling a lot where one person would feed a strike (lets say from the basic 12 count) and the receiver would block and then counter with a Cinco Teros. The drill would basically reset from there starting with the next strike in the 12 count sequence. Manong had us changed it up to where the feeder would start with an attack and the receiver would defend and start to any apply multiple strikes, thus changing roles from receiver into a feeder. Each strike had to land and make sense. At any moment (though at first we counted for 5 seconds) the original feeder would block whatever the original receiver was currently trying to land and throw a strike, taking back the feeder role within 2-3 beats, and then the receiver would defend and counter with the any multiple strikes again to continue the drill. What I liked about this is that you didn’t know when or what the feeder was going to engage again.

Again doing this drill slow so that we can see opportunities and making sure that what we are trying to land makes sense. Manong pointed out that it’s easy to get a little anxious and start to anticipate the feeder which can throw you off. You can’t really do that in a sparing match because you simply don’t know unless you are always dictating the match.


From there we went into karambit. Manong had us partner up. He showed us how we can practice body manipulations while your partner is scare crowing for you. We practiced body manipulations using the karambit for a few minutes before moving on. Bernie asked Manong to explain the differences between the “S” cuts and “Triangle cuts so that everyone understood what was happening. This tied into the drill that Manong had us do.

Manong would have us start off either with hubad or right off the first right punch. Depending on which option you choose, you will either do a split entry brachial punch which would start off the “S” cut or hubad to body manipulation into the brachial punch to start the “S” cut. As a third option you could do an inside entry, bate, palusot into the brachial punch to start the “S” cut.

The next drill started from an inside entry to palusot and punch toward the groin area so that the karambit would hook around the belt area. To be nice we would punch below the sternum area into the stomach. He briefly explained what the blade would actually be targeting. The natural reaction to these targets would make the receiver buckle down and forward. This would make it easier to come up with the karambit and hook under the jaw. Using the assistance with our live hand we would grasp the head and take the receiver to the ground while keeping in the hooking the jaw with the karambit, dropping our bodies down (like in a horse stance) making sure that we do not go along with the receivers fall and end up falling on top of them. Make sense? So we are above in a control stance, not on top of them in a grappling position.


Finally we went into Sarong. The first technique we went over was just a refresher of something he showed before so we spent a little more time on the second technique. From hubad we would do inside entry to a flick in the eyes with the sarong/malong. This would make them lean back allowing their pelvic area to be in a forward position leaving the groin open for our next shot. Then we would do a downward angle groin punch. This would buckle the receiver and start to make them lose a little balance. We would follow through the punch by pushing on the inside of the knee, in a downward angle, using the sarong/malong in a bar like fashion, which would take the receiver down with little effort. The groin punch and take down could be one fluid motion. A lot of times after the receiver would hit the ground, the leg would come up in which we could tie up it around the ankle area and do a quick leg manipulation.


It was another good workshop. The only problem we had was that there wasn’t enough time in the day. lol. Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. Well that’s it for today. Happy training everyone and see you next time. ItsYoBoyFlex and I’m out.

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