If you are not able to view this “Rompida” video, please click here.

Rompida is a striking technique common to Filipino Martial Arts, where the player strikes straight down, turns his stick hand, and strikes straight up. The player then turns the stick hand once again to strike down.

As illustrated in the video, regardless of whether you are going up or down, it is essential that you strike in a straight vertical line. Otherwise, you lose the power of the strike. In the case of a bladed weapon, the cut will not be there.

The most common error with rompida is in the upward motion. Often, the verticality of the motion becomes almost horizontal, which is an ineffective technique. 

Fixing this requires slowing the technique down and focusing on making sure that the strikes are vertically straight. Have a partner watch you and call you out when your strikes are performed incorrectly.

Not mentioned in the video is the coordination of the body shifting with the strikes. As you can see in the video, I lowered my center of gravity while doing the downward strike. Let gravity assist you with the downward motion. Likewise, when I execute the upward strike, I straighten my body upwards. Doing so adds power to the strike.

The correct execution of rompida is just for more than looks. Clean rompida technique (or as close as you can get to it) leads to clean applications. One example is a cut block against angle 1 and transition into an armbar. Hey, a video idea for the future! 🙂

In any case, this short video illustrates some applications of rompida from Kali Illustrisimo:

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Very similar to what we do in Modern Arnis. Same technique, somewhat different application. 

Over to you, have you spotted other issues with the rompida technique? Let’s hear it from you!

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