379th blog … labanan sa katagalugan

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… sa maraming paraan, ang pagtatanggol sa sarili at pananakit sa iba ay karaniwan lang sa mga taga-ilog … tamang paggamit ng paningin, pang-amoy, pangdama  at talino ang kanilang gamit at kalasag sa anumang labanan …

… pambuno, suntukan, sipaan, saksakan, bugbugan, umbagan, panaan, itakan, hambalusan, sibatan,  patiran, murahan, duraan, siraan, lasunan, hanggang sa paggamit ng kulam o gaway ay pamamaraan ng mga tagalog sa pagtatanggol ng sarili o paninira sa mga kalaban …

… noong una, tinawag nila itong kali na isang pagsasanay at paghahanda ng mga mandirigmang tagalog sa mga napipintong pagsalakay ng mga banyagang dayuhan mula sa mga malalayong pulo …

Filipino martial arts  are varied and extremely deadly when intended. Training usually starts with learning how to use a stick, sword and knife as weapons.

Empty hand techniques are taught when proficiency with the stick/sword and knife have been mastered. But even if the practitioner is empty-handed, strikes are usually performed as if a weapon is being used.

Incorporated styles and  techniques such as biting, eye gouging, groin shots, joint bending, pinching and finger locks are used. Basically, you do whatever it takes to win the fight – even if it means poking someone’s eyes out. Otherwise, you’re dead.

When it’s life and death, being flashy or  looking pretty while fighting are inferior techniques than the simple, fast, and effective in combat style of the natives of luzon.

Ancient training of tagalog warriors gives you the ability to pick up everyday objects and use them as weapons, whether it’s a rolled up magazine, a pen, car keys, an umbrella, a jacket or even the belt you’re wearing.

You learn how to quickly adapt to any situation and be able to use any object to your lethal advantage.

Nothing promotes a specific martial art faster than being glamourized in action movies. Unfortunately, when it comes to martial arts movie actors,   people from luzon do not have that one undisputed representative.

Chinese martial arts has Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li. Aikido has Steven Seagal. Karate has Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme. Muay Thai has Tony Jaa. Boxing has Rocky. Vampire hunting has Blade. And so far, no filipinos. Yet,  the best movie fight scenes showcase Filipino Martial Arts.

Enter The Dragon

It’s a no-brainer to start off with one of the greatest martial arts movie ever made where  Bruce Lee demonstrates Escrima when he picks up two sticks and beats the crap out of several guards.

Wrong Side Of Town

Big Ronnie (Dave Batista) and Markus (Marrese Crump) use Escrima in this fight scene with cheesy fight music. After the ground and pound, notice how things get dirty quickly: sucker shanks, biting, strangling the other dude with their own belt. Big Ronnie should’ve just shot him in the beginning though.

The Bourne Identity

Using a mere pen while the other dude has a knife, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) wins a well-matched struggle with an assassin. Director Doug Liman said that principles of minimal effort influenced their development of  Bourne’s character.

The Bourne Supremacy

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and Jarda (Marton Csokas) fight hand to hand, close and dirty. Watch how Bourne uses a rolled up magazine as a weapon while the other dude attacks with a knife.

The Bourne Ultimatum

Bourne (Matt Damon) catches up to Desh (Joey Ansah) who is chasing Nicky (Julia Stiles) and the two fight to the death. This time, Bourne beats him down with a thick hardcover book and uses a small towel to defend himself against a shaving knife.

Bourne Legacy

Filmed in the Philippines, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) beats up a bunch of Filipino security guards. Notice his “dirty” tactics like his kick to the groin and his punch to the throat. Jonathan Eusebio picked up the reins for The Bourne Legacy as the fight coordinator, after being assistant coordinator under Jeff Imada on The Bourne Ultimatum. Both are students of  Dan Inosanto, a living legend of  filipino martial arts.

The Book of Eli

An awesome bar fight scene. Eli (Denzel Washington), uses a stylized Bolo blade (Filipino machete) in self-defense. Washington trained for months to prepare for the role under Dan Inosanto and his senior student Jeff Imada.

James Bond: Quantum Of Solace

James Bond (Daniel Craig) uses Filipino Martial Arts to subdue a knife-wielding assassin, a great example of picking up whatever you can in order to win the fight. Dan Bradley, the 2nd-unit director, worked with the same team from the Bourne series of movies for the fight choreography.

Death Grip

A straight-to-DVD movie that has one of the baddest double knife vs. empty-hand fight scenes ever. The Asian dude (Alvin Hsing) uses a Filipino weapon: a balisong (or butterfly knife), which is a folding pocket knife.

The Hunted

Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro showcased Filipino knife fighting which was choreographed by Sayoc Master Instructors, Tom Kier and Rafael Kayanan, from Sayoc Kali.

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