In this “Fix It Friday” video, I discuss the proper way to execute the Modern Arnis version of palis palis. If it looks like you’re “reaching for the sky” then the technique needs to be fixed!


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Obviously, I exaggerated “reaching for the sky” for dramatic purposes in this video.

However, I see a number of people doing this, ranging from the obvious to a less obvious version.

Palis palis is among my favourite techniques in Modern Arnis. When practicing palis palis against either angle 1 or angle 2, it is tempting to raise the cane in anticipation of the attack.

However, such a motion leaves you vulnerable should your timing be off or the adversary is faster than anticipated.

A simple counter to one who is “reaching for the sky” is to execute a horizontal slash across their midsection, known in Modern Arnis circles as “banda y banda.”

Don’t leave yourself open to this counter!

As demonstrated in the video, you are better served with a more compact palis palis technique.

Again, good structure leads to good positioning and improved odds for your defence.

Have you seen this in your class? How have you fixed it?

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