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Different Kinds of Martial arts: Kali Sikaran

Footwork and Fencing

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Kali sikaran is an empty-hand martial art that shares some of the entry techniques (getting past an attacker’s blows in order to strike at close range) and footwork and of fencing. It draws on two ancient arts—the weapons art of kali and the kicking art of sikaran—and blends indigenous stick-fighting techniques with fencing techniques introduced by the Spanish during their 400-year occupation of the Philippines. It also uses a number of techniques and training methods from dumog, espada y daga, panantukan, and kadena de mano. Most kali systems can also be used with a machete, as local militia proved when fighting Japanese invaders on the beaches and in the jungles during World War II. Kali’s governing body is the International Kali, Amis, and Eskrima Federation (IKAEF).

Training focuses on developing speed, stamina, strength, and good coordination, and on improving reflexes and the ability to apply the techniques in combat. Practitioners believe that the combination of weapons, empty-hand, and wrestling techniques provide a comprehensive training system for fighters.

Kadena de Mano

Kadena de mano is a martial art that combines a number of empty-hand and knife techniques of Filipino origin. A

series of short, fast movements delivered with both hands and elbows are designed to serve the purpose of simultaneous strikes and blocks. Combination techniques and reaction flow are the most important aspects of the art— like a musical rhythm, the fighter throws out a strong, interlocking chain of strikes in reaction to an attack or threat. Training focuses on methods to help the fighter shift between a variety of angles in a relaxed state of being, while throwing out powerful bursts of attacks that are effective for close-quarter combat.

The lock flow trap

The system incorporates a number of locking combinations. The most common is the “lock flow trap” practice drill, in which a locking technique is followed by a flowing strike or trapping technique. This helps the students cut down on the reaction time necessary to neutralize an incoming, aggressive threat. The; quick-fire combinations of locks, strikes, and traps are extremely difficult to defend against.

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