Using throws in stick fighting

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Throwing occurs in both empty hand and weapons fights. Throwing happens when the fight shifted to grappling range and the bigger and stronger combatant attempts to throw the other to the ground. This combat skill calls for destroying the opponent’s balance, lifting him up in the air and slamming him to the ground. Besides understanding leverage, one must also develop kinesthetic sensitivity or the ability to read the opponent’s intention through body-feel to be able to effectively execute throws. The former is useful in destroying the opponent’s balance while you will rely on the latter to detect if your foe is setting you up for a throw.

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stickIn a real fight where there is no safety mat, throwing can inflict serious or lethal injury. Not all Filipino stick fighting systems incorporate throwing techniques. The purpose of this article is to offer general guidelines on how to incorporate throwing techniques into your stick fighting system.

In stick fighting where the stick is the primary weapon, throwing is incidental, meaning you don’t look for it. If an opportunity to throw an opponent presents itself, you just grab the chance. Hence, knowing how to throw an opponent means you have an additional tool at your disposal and more fight options.

Integrating throwing skills into your stick fighting system entails three components: learning how to throw, learning how to survive a throw, and knowing how to fit in these skills into the structure of stick fighting.

Instead of being an impediment to the execution of a throw, the stick can be used to facilitate throwing techniques. In a stick fighting environment, the baston or the olisi can be employed as a lever or hook to destroy an opponent’s balance to throw him to the ground. Throws are best applied after you have already inflicted pain on your opponent.

And lastly, since arnis, escrima and kali are combative in orientation, it is best to distinguish the difference between a sport throw and a combat throw. A sport throw done in a competition environment aims for points and domination. A combat throw on the other hand simply intends to injure, to completely shut down an opponent, to end the fight now, simply and unceremoniously.

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