The Abanico Corto series of techniques, off angle #1 and angle #2, is contained in the IMAF curriculum. I regularly have my students practice the basic abanico corto technique, focusing on correct execution and form before teaching any techniques. Properly done with a cane, this is an explosive and powerful technique. Obviously, there are differences between the cane and bladed versions of abanico corto. Abanico (also spelled as Abaniko) means “fanning motion.” Corto stands for “close range.” In this instance, abanico corto denotes fanning techniques executed in “close range.”

In this video, I demonstrate an abanico corto technique against angle 2, which is a bit more difficult technically than against angle 1. When executing abanico corto against either angle 1 or angle 2, it is essential that you simultaneously move the opponent’s weapon AND the weapon arm. If you move only the weapon without moving the arm, you leave yourself wide open for a counter, most likely a slice across your neck.

The palis palis techniques outlined in the IMAF curriculum are interchangeable with the abanico corto techniques. Thus, there are a variety of techniques that you can play with and explore.

In this video, I implicitly demonstrate one of the concepts of Modern Arnis. That is the fact that you can have a decision tree at any point in time, depending on the circumstances and your opponent’s reactions. I demonstrated three possibilities from the tie position: (1) the backward throw; (2) the cane takedown and (3) the stick uppercut.

The backward throw is a devastating technique and indeed, a wrist breaker as I indicated in the video. If you have a nice solid hold and the opponent is suitably situated, there is no reason to flow into another technique. Just go right into the backward throw and be done with it.

If, on the other hand, you are fumbling with the tie position or the opponent begins to move his arm in a way that will likely render the backward throw ineffective, one option is to flow into the cane takedown.

Lastly, if either you screw up the cane takedown or the opponent successful resists or counters this technique, one can go right into the stick uppercut.

It all depends. There are a number of other options available not outlined in this post that can be utilized.

As always, it’s best to practice the basics before you can begin to feel the flow.

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