Stick fighting

The Discovery Channel has a show called Fight Quest with essentially the same structure as the History Channel’s Human Weapon: Send a couple of guys around the world to learn new (or ancient, really) fighting systems.

Last night I stumbled across Fight Quest and was introduced to Kali, also known as Arnis, the Filipino art of using a rattan stick called an escrima to whack the crap out of someone.

According to Wikipilipinas:

It is said that, originally, the cane was considered sacred by practitioners, and therefore an arnis practitioner was expected to hit his cane at the hand or forearm of his sparring partner and not at the latter’s cane. This also had the advantage of being the preferred method in actual combat, referred to as “defanging the snake”, that is, making the opponent drop his weapon so that he is less of a threat. However, it discouraged many would-be practitioners who found this training too painful and injury-inducing.

Yeah, getting hit by a stick – not fun.

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4 thoughts on “Stick fighting

  1. ive seen this entire series. very, very good.

    have you seen the one on Sumo? it is extraordinary. whilte it is not directly in the series, it is another parallel Discovery Channel show. shows the Yokozuna (grand champion) viewing back and forth to American practitioners.

    in New York, when we studied Shorinji Kempo, we shared our dojo with some arnis kali practitions. these were some bad ass dudes.

    warmest, dk

  2. for some awesome stick fighting, check out http://www.dogbrothers.com. the closest thing to a real live fight club. no rules, no referees, no trophies, just fighting for 1.5 minutes or until someone taps out, usually with escrima sticks. fighting for art and fun of fighting. you can watch some guy’s knee cap get shattered by a hit with a stick.

  3. David – not that specific series, but I have seen a fair amount of sumo. Great fun.

    Chessloser – shattered kneecaps, yuck. For me it’s about the techniques in martial arts; the violence isn’t really the appeal. (Weird eh.) In chess, now that’s where I like violence.

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