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Eskrima Grappling Techniques

Eskrima arts are rather versatile and include blocks, strikes, locks and throws. Here I’d like to explore some grappling techniques from Eskrima. Some of them involve both fighters already having sticks while others involve you disarming the stick from the attacker and using it on him.

This first one, you block a horizontal swing of the stick, in many arts referred to as a 3-line (at least in Doce Pares and DeCuerdas, two arts I practice). You block it with your stick, disarm and then twist the wrist and apply pressure with your stick on the opponent’s chest to throw him. The pressure going out and down on the wrist and body brings him to the ground.

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Grabbing attacking hand at the thumb pad.

Grabbing attacking hand at the thumb pad.

Get his back not straight, twisting the wrist out and down while using right arm to put pressure on his stick to strip it out the thumb.

Get his back not straight, twisting the wrist out and down while using right arm to put pressure on his stick to strip it out the thumb.

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Drop down to your left knee as you put pressure on his chest down with the stick and maintain twist on wrist.

Drop down to your left knee as you put pressure on his chest down with the stick and maintain twist on wrist.

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In this next technique, you’d use the same first initial moves–the block and control of the hand–but this time put your stick under his arm and use the leverage of his back and bicep to throw him.

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Drive the butt of your stick down and to your left to throw him in that direction.

Drive the butt of your stick down and to your left to throw him in that direction.

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In this next one, you are empty-handed and he comes at you with an over-head attack with the stick. You slip to the left and parry the hand with the stick, grab his hand with your right hand and turn the hand so the long end of the stick points down. With your left, you strip the stick and then thrown him by bracing his wrist and driving your elbow down into his bicep.

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Putting pressure on his elbow joint with your body you jerk him quickly but just slightly to the right...

Putting pressure on his elbow joint with your body you jerk him quickly but just slightly to the right…

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Then immediately drop down with your elbow on his bicep muscle.

Then immediately drop down with your elbow on his bicep muscle.

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This next technique is a lock or a choke, pressuring the nerve in the neck. The attacker stabs at you with the stick using what is a 5-line in DeCuerdas and a 12-line in Doce Pares. You parry the stick and push the arm up and get your stick behind his neck; you get the long end of your stick in the crook of your arm and put your left hand on his head and push on it as you pull on your stick. This is essentially a triangle hold.

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This next one is a choke that can turn into a throw. He comes at you with an overhead attack. You block it and lock up his arm hold his wrist and twisting it out and putting your stick at his clavicle and pushing the stick up on his elbow joint. Note that you can strike him before putting on this lock to stun him. He grabs your wrist, you escape by grabbing his wrist and pulling out of his hold. Then you slide your stick to his neck, grab the other end and apply the choke.

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Here we have a couple of wrist locks that can turn into throws.

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Snake around the stick and wrap it up, put the long end of your stick at his wrist and apply pressure and twist his wrist. It is like you are choking his wrist with your stick and left arm/hand.

 

Here you get your stick to the outside of his arm and choke his wrist.

Here you get your stick to the outside of his arm and choke his wrist.

In this next technique, you disarm the opponent and use his stick to get him in a figure 4 lock.

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For the lock, you grab the wrist with your right hand, bend the wrist, get the stick on the inside of his arm and on your forearm and apply pressure going out and down on the wrist and arm and shoulder. This can turn into a throw.

For the lock, you grab the wrist with your right hand, bend the wrist, get the stick on the inside of his arm and on your forearm and apply pressure going out and down on the wrist and arm and shoulder. This can turn into a throw.

One last added note to the locks that can turn into throws: stepping back and counter-clockwise enhances the throw.

So there you have a sampling of grappling with the stick used in Eskrima arts.

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