The ‘Estrella’ technique of Eskrima

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The techniques shown here are derived from Filipino sword-based arts. This technique is called estrella, which is the Spanish word for star. It is a defense maneuver, which resembles the asterisk or a star hence the name.

Photo 1 shows both eskrimadors in a ready position. Photo 2 shows the eskrimador on the left starting to swing his stick to attack the other person. Photo 3 shows the defender quickly delivering      an upward thrust. Photo 4 shows the execution of the technique called estrella cerrada. Photo 5 shows an upward strike seen in Photo 4.  Then finally, Photo 6 shows a downward strike called bagsak.

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