In Filipino stick fighting, one of the first things you need to learn is basic striking and counter-attack. But there is more to striking and counter-attacking than most sticking fighting practitioners think, especially in Balintawak Eskrima. Some of these principles are so simple many stick fighting practitioners fail to apply them during training.
The good news is, you can develop and improve your striking abilities with proper knowledge and training. In this post, I'd like to share a couple of simple but effective drills from one of my mentors, Grandmaster Danny Casio of Red Balintawak Eskrima. I had the fortune to shoot one of our his seminars on video and I can't wait to share them with you.
So make sure you watch the videos until the end…
“These simple drills can make a huge difference in your training and growth as a martial artist”, Danny Casio used to tell me.
Balintawak Eskrima Countering Techniques
In these videos, Grandmaster Danny Casio with his son Arar Casio shares a simple yet very effective drill you can do to enhance your striking and counter-attacking skills. You can do this with or without a partner, not only will you be able to attack but also defend and counter-attack, and vise versa.
He also explains the proper way to strike.
Things you need:
- Arnis/Eskrima sticks (standard rattan sticks)
- A training partner
Reminders: You can appreciate this video better if you've already read the book review I made on Balintawak Escrima: Basics, Principles, and Values by Master Andrew Obon. In that book, Master Andrew discussed the basic strikes, defence and counters in Balintawak Eskrima – Learn Balintawak Arnis Cebu with Awesome Book
If you haven't read those parts yet, here's a video that you can watch on Balintawak basic striking, defense and counter:
Once you're finished with the video on basic striking, defense and counter-attack, you can now look at this video from GM Danny Casio and his son Master Arar Casio demonstrating the applications of attack and counter-attack in Balintawak Eskrima:
The 12 Basic Counter Techniques of Balintawak Eskrima!
Grandmaster demonstrates the 12 Basic Countering Techniques in an awesome seminar. Click Here to watch video
Grandmaster Danny Casio is a martial artist who's been training in the martial arts for 40 years now. His martial arts background includes karate, boxing, kickboxing, Kung Fu, Balintawak (with the late Grandmaster Tinong Ibanez and Dr. Go). He is a martial artist, instructor, coach and promoter of the Filipino Martial Arts.