When referring to the empty hand, this does not merely restrict the use of the fist or open palm, since all natural body weapons are used in the Filipino martial arts.
The head, shoulders, elbows, forearms, hands, knees, shins and feet are all used.
Traditionally, the weapons were made of steel, included a ring to place the finger(s) to counter disarms, and the ends were serrated and pointed, and sometimes included bladed edges for thrusting or slashing.The sticks are employed in hooking and thrusting motions to disarm, or lock armed or unarmed opponents.The double sticks can be used in the same manner as the single stick, and can also develop all the attributes that a single stick trains.However, double stick training helps the student learn the empty hand art of Escrima and Arnis.The staff is held with both hands, palms down, palms up, or a combination of both.
Traditionally, the long stick was merely a training tool for the spear, also referred to as a Karasaik or a Bangkaw, although training with both weapons is still distinctly different.
The Double sticks, especially in sparring, develop footwork, body movement and also train important empty hand applications for sparring and in-fighting.
Double stick motions are interchangeable with stick and dagger, stick and also empty hand exercises.
The dagger can be held in an earth grip (point down) or heaven grip (point up) in either the front or rear hands.
The term Balaraw or simply Baraw is often used in the Visayas to refer to a dagger.
[Back to Weapons menu] Also known as Tabak Malii or simply palm sticks.