In this video, I explored how one can use the “gunting” in a defensive manner. More precisely, this is a more “alive” version of the gunting that can be taught or practiced in class. Once a student learns the basics of the “gunting” technique in a one step sparring format, we can then move on to a more “alive” version of the drill where the speed and timing can be varied in order to develop the defender’s awareness, reaction speed and sensitivity. 

As always, start out with slow even speed in order to develop the skill, footwork, and angling. One can then vary the speed and timing of this drill. As with any Modern Arnis drill or technique, there are many variations that one can practice ranging from additional empty hand work, to joint locks, to knee strikes, kicks, and takedowns. The possibilities are endless. The basic concept is that you should be prepared for any counter that an adversary throws at you. In this video, Nathan’s counter was the one count parry to backfist technique.

The nice thing about this gunting is that this is often used as a counter in Modern Arnis tapi tapi. 🙂

What kind of gunting drills have you come up with?

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