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Senkotiros Arnis, Basis and Highlights
Senkotiros Arnis is unique when compared to many forms of the Philippine martial arts in that it is taught and practiced to be a free-formed style of martial arts. In its purest form, the movements, counters and fighting techniques of the style are based on some very simple rules and concepts. These rules and concepts are the building blocks of the style, rather than the patterned or repetitious responses and techniques common to many other styles. The response to an attack is based on what the Senkotiros practitioner feels and senses in response to what is presented by the attacker.
Many Philippine martial arts teach patterned movements as the method to respond to an attack. If the attacker does this, you do that, is often the way encounters are dissected. The responsive techniques are practiced over and over. The Senkotiros practitioner, however, does not respond to an attack with a single prescribed or predetermined technique. The Senkotiros Arnis practitioner views a counter attack as a response with an infinite number of possibilities. In any combat encounter, the interactions are unpredictable, complex and varied instantaneously. Senkotiros looks upon the response to an encounter as the ability to respond to anything, with anything. The actual movements or techniques are based more on the dynamics of the situation and combined with what the practitioner senses at the given moment of the response.
The style is taught and practiced in such a way as to allow the experienced practitioner to react and respond instantly to the situation presented by the actions and movements of his opponent. What the practitioner sees, feels (with the hands, arms and arnis stick) and hears is combined with the intuition he has developed over the course of the training. It is commonly referred to as the Sensitivity Concept.
This heightened level of awareness comes naturally as the practitioner comes to understand the complex interactions of his and his opponent’s movements. The Senkotiros Arnis training helps the practitioner to integrate this with the physical techniques that one is taught in the Philippine martial arts. Such traditional techniques such as distance, angle of attack, hand and foot position, footwork, etc., when combined with this high level of sensitivity, enables the Senkotiros practitioner to respond in a way that is sudden and devastating.
Senkotiros Arnis Principles and Theory
Several of the more important principles and theories presented here are at the foundation of the style of Senkotiros. These are based on the teachings and philosophies of Professor Max M. Pallen.
Unique Aspects of Senkotiros
Senkotiros Arnis is a fighting style. All Filipino martial arts were ultimately developed to defend their homeland from the many invaders they encountered over hundreds of years. Many modern day styles of the Philippine martial arts have come to emphasize different elements of arnis. Some have come to stress elements of other martial arts such as locking and jui jitsu type movements. Further confusing this, the Philippine martial arts has been integrated into other martial arts styles and presented as a part of those styles.
Senkotiros Arnis emphasizes fighting and is based on the traditional method of self-defense practiced in the Camarines of the Bicol region of Southern Luzon in the Philippines. The style represents a fighting stystem that addresses all aspects of combat (from all distances or ranges) between individuals with much emphasis on striking (with the baston or hand).
As a testament to this, the Senkotiros Arnis system has produced several WEKAF World Champions and its practitioners are always competitive in national and international competition.
The Five Angles
Senkotiros Arnis measures strikes different from other arnis styles. Strikes are measured by angle and direction. Striking areas are more simply illustrated. Senkotiros targets the most vulnerable areas of the body such as joints (fingers, wrist, knees, etc), shallow bones (forearms, shins), nerve endings or pressure points and vulnerable areas of the body (eyes, nose, ears, groin, solar plexus, etc).
Senkotiros Arnis measures all strikes by three factors:
1. The direction of the strike (from the right or left side or from overhead)
2. The angle of the path of travel of the tip of the baston (horizontal, angled downward or angle
3. The motion of the strike created by the rotation of the wrist.
Senkotiros Arnis has only five strikes, each measured as described by direction and angle. Each can be delivered from the right or the left side of the striker’s body. They are referred to as the “The Five Angle of Strikes.”
Senkotiros Arnis, as with most Philippine martial arts, is simplistic in its basic approach to self-defense. Any motion or technique in the style is straightforward, short, and makes the simplest of motions. With this simplicity comes speed and power.
Senkotiros Arnis is also based on the natural movements of the human body. For instance, bringing the hands up to block an attack is an instinctive action and one that comes naturally to us all, passed on from thousands of years of our ancestors defending themselves from the attacks of others. Senkotiros simply uses this instinctive motion, in much the same way, to achieve the same goal. In many instances students need not learn new techniques, but give in to the instinctive motions they already possess.
This also makes the basics easy to learn and quick to understand. The real challenge exists where one must put all of the small simple movement together as one. Many times every part of the body will have a different job to do, or a different technique to execute, all simultaneously. This is what makes the style so challenging and interesting. To many, it is addicting.