Escrima Sticks

Filipino Martial Arts knife concepts represent some of the most revered knife training in martial arts. Edged weapons have always been a staple of Filipino Martial Arts training since well before the days of Lapu Lapu and Ferdinand Magellan. In the escrima video below, Guro Nathan Defensor and Guro Rich Draney present a brief conceptual overview of knife fighting training.

A key term in this presentation that you may or may not be familiar with is Pekiti Tirsia, a Filipino Martial Arts style founded by Tuhon Leo Gaje.

In this clip, Guro Nate provides an explanation of Filipino Martial Arts knife variations from basic concepts and an example of a knife drill (sumbrada drill) as a patterned base with variations to flow into numerada concepts.

Filipino Knife Concepts

Filipino Martial Arts Concepts

This video clip is a short glimpse into Punong Guro Nathan Defensor's style of Filipino Martial Arts call the "Defensor Method" and training concepts that are predominant in the Filipino Martial Arts. Numerada and Sumbrada are FMA concepts featured here as two widely used escrima training methods.

Numerada is different from sumbrada in that numerada drills require one player to initiate an action or "energy" for the training partner to defend against. Patterns may be used in numerada drills, but typically, one person drives the flow of the drill. Sumbra in Spanish means shadow, so sumbrada drills typically have training partners shadowing the pattern of each other.

The great part about these types of training drills is that escrima training partners may flow from one type of drill into another and back again. For example, in a single stick sumbrada drill two people begin flowing back and forth in a pattern. At any point, one of the partners may initiate a disarm, lock or takedown. All of a sudden, the drill becomes a numerada drill. It can be loads of fun and provide great Filipino Martial Arts training.