Also known as the ‘El Juego Del Garrote’, Garotte Larense is a unique martial art from Venezuela, South America. While Venezuela may be considered a small country, it’s capital Caracas is known to have the highest per-capita murder rate in the world, even rivaling the death tolls of war time Iraq and Afghanistan. So clearly any martial art that has proved it’s self on these streets has definitely earned some credibility.
Garrote Larense is a fighting form combining open handed techniques, stick and knife fighting. But perhaps most notable is Garrote Larense’ machete techniques and defenses. Anyone who has been in some serious real life situations knows that defending against a machete attack is probably one of the most difficult and dangerous situations you can be in. A machete’s length and weight make it much more dangerous than a knife or bat, meaning that one strike can end your life or at least take off a limb.
Garrote Larense training can be easily recognized by it’s use of lemon wood sticks and cross shaped lines of movement. This is definitely no easy martial for those looking to practice some forms and get a colored belts. The masters of Garrote Larense firmly believe that pain is the best way to learn. If you make a mistake and get hit with the stick in class you will be twice as fast and wiser next time.
The lemon wood sticks are also used on combination with knives that are normally held in the back of the belt and used as a surprise last minute shank at close quarters. While there has been more information on Garrote Larense released lately it has mainly been a secretive fighting art. Masters of Garrote Larense where known for keeping their skills secret until the moment of a fight so that opponents could not be able to anticipate their moves.
As with some Filipino martial arts styles, Garrote Larense is also known for it’s effective hand switching techniques and ensuring students are able to use both hands equally well. This adds a unique twist to fights, giving the advantage by way of the element of surprise. However even though there is a lot of weapons training involved practitioners don’t believe in carrying weapons according to a quote by one instructor
“I never carry a stick or a machete — my enemy does. I will use his.”
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