SIMPLICITY- A SALIENT FEATURE OF BALINTAWAK ESKRIMA

“True refinement seeks simplicity.” – Bruce Lee

When I first learned the Balintawak Eskrima System under then Master Tinong Ibanez in 1974, I was impressed with its simplicity and flowing movements. Continue reading “SIMPLICITY- A SALIENT FEATURE OF BALINTAWAK ESKRIMA”

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THE PRINCIPLE OF SIMULTANEOUS ACTIONS IN BALINTAWAK ESKRIMA

In Balintawak Eskrima, the principle of simultaneous actions combines offense and defense into one movement, making it a complete technique in itself. It is aimed at hitting two birds with one stone. The principle turns an offense into defense and vice-versa. It deploys a combination of strikes from three, four, and even five consecutive blows. The strikes are executed in a rapid transition of flowing motion. Continue reading “THE PRINCIPLE OF SIMULTANEOUS ACTIONS IN BALINTAWAK ESKRIMA”

THE PRINCIPLE OF INSTINCTIVE ACTION IN BALINTAWAK ESRKIMA

From the outset, instinct is defined as a natural or acquired tendency, aptitude or talent. A good example is an instinct of doing the right thing at the right time. Thus, instinctive means prompted or done by instinct. Hence, the instinctive action is an act driven by instinct. In the martial parlance, it is also referred to as muscle memory. Continue reading “THE PRINCIPLE OF INSTINCTIVE ACTION IN BALINTAWAK ESRKIMA”