• Solo baston: Arnis’ most popular weapon

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    The attacker (right) delivers a strike using his cane while Punong Lakan Garitony Nicolas counters with a vertical block.

    The attacker (right) delivers a strike using his cane while Punong Lakan Garitony Nicolas counters with a vertical block.

    While the knife is said to be the backbone of the Filipino martial arts (FMA), the solo baston or single stick is its most popular weapon.

    As a weapon, the solo baston is treated in varying ways among the many systems of FMA. In some schools, it is a mere training tool to teach the movements of the blade. In some FMA styles however, the stick is taught as a primary weapon.

    In the above photos, Punong Lakan Garitony Nicolas, the founder of Modern Arnis Mano-Mano Filipino Martial Arts demonstrates a solo baston combat technique.

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