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First, palis palis is a Filipino term meaning to pass or sweep an attack from one side to the other. The late Professor Presas first learned this as a 6-year-old from his father and grandfather. Palis palis was his family style, and he passed this on to many of his students.

Second, let’s distinguish between the standard passing/sweeping technique from the high palis palis technique. The former is a defense against lower line attacks such as angles 3 and 4. For those not familiar with Filipino Martial Arts terminology, these are forehand and backhand strikes at the shoulder to the elbow area. Against such attacks, the standard passing technique is utilized. See the video below.

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As one can see in the video, I am passing, both with the stick and my check hand, the attack from one side to the other. It is not a force to force technique. I am riding the opponent’s attack and passing it to the other side to counter-attack.

But what if the attack is a high line attack? In other words, what if the opponent is swinging at your head? In this case, the standard passing technique is impractical. Hence, the need for the high palis palis technique.

However, the concept is still the same. I am taking the opponent’s attack and passing it over my head. But to do so requires the correct technique as discussed in the first video.

As discussed in the video, my stick comes up behind Alex’s baston to pass it over my head. In addition to bringing the stick up, one would need to flick the stick to add force to the passing maneuver. To do this, one needs to hold the stick in a handshake position. Doing so provides an excellent technique.

By holding the baston correctly, you will have the proper body structure to execute the high palis palis. One common mistake, as illustrated in the video, involves changing the grip on the stick from a handshake position to an upside down position. The result is that the intended passing technique looks similar to an umbrella block. Such a technique would result in greater difficulty in passing the stick over one’s head.

In addition, the umbrella version leaves one in less than an optimal position for a follow up strike.

So be sure to hold the stick in a handshake position and you’ll have the high palis palis technique down cold in no time!

Over to you, have you had any issues with this technique? Let’s hear it from you!

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