In this post, I discuss the most dangerous angles in Filipino Martial Arts.
Not discussed in this post are the difficulties in defending against some “traditional” striking styles. Banda y banda, rompida, figure 8, reverse figure 8 and the like are some of the “traditional” striking styles.
This post will focus on the angles of attack.
Defending against thrusts is tough. For this reason, I consider thrusting angles to be the most dangerous in Filipino Martial Arts. And no, I’m not talking about Master Ken’s “Thrust of Freedom.” 🙂
If you are not able to timely spot a thrust, how effective will your defense be? Hence, you will need to develop the ability to spot the thrusts.
Angles 1 Through 4
Angles 1 through 4 is more telegraphic than the thrusting angles. In addition, these angles are executed with a slashing motion as opposed to the thrusts. Defending against angles 1 through 4 is often easier than defending against thrusting angles. A player like you can spot these attacks quickly.
However, defending against the first four angles may not necessarily be easy. One may run into someone who is fast, has efficiency of motion, utilizes broken rhythm, distractions, and timing to his/her advantage.
Thrusting Angles (5, 6, 7, 10, and 11)
Angle 5 can be aimed at the abdomen or at the neck area.
Angles 6, 7, 10, and 11 can also be executed with an upward motion from the hips, making it extremely difficult to read.
Defending against the thrusting angles is much more difficult for two reasons:
- the cane will reach the target much quicker than angles 1 through 4, and
- thrusts are harder to spot.
Look at the above photos of angles 6, 7, 10, and 11.
You see much less of the cane. The thrusts travel in a straight line. Consequently, defending against thrusts are much more challenging. This is true especially if the cane is thrust upwards from the hip. Very, very difficult to read.
In the context of lighting fast tapi tapi, defending against thrusts is rather difficult. In the below video, Master of Tapi-Tapi Chuck Gauss illustrates how powerful the #5 thrust can be. Most noteworthy, Master Chuck either quickly hits or maneuvers Andy at will with the #5 poke. Devastating indeed.
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Over to the instructors, do you emphasize the combative aspects of the thrusts? Let’s hear your responses!