Kali / Escrima Terminology
 
The following are some of the more commoly used terms in both kali and escrima. Always remember that there can be different terms, or names for the same thing, depending on which of the numerous Filipino languages is being used.
 
Terms:
 
Abanico: fan (quick wrist snap strike)
 
Alive hand: your non-weapon hand or monitor hand
 
Ala contra: counter to, against
 
Alisto: look, be ready, prepared
 
Ampo: pray, meditate
 
Anting: magic amulet that gives power to the owner
 
Barong: leave shaped short sword
 
Basko: dropping strike
 
Bolo: short sword used by farmers
 
Cob cob: Tap, tap
 
Corto Curvado: bend, have curve, half the distance to abanico
 
Decadena: chain or series of strikes
 
Elastico: body shifting technique where the feet usually stay planted
 
Enganyo: to fake or feint
 
Floretti: small oval like a flower petal
 
Garotte: escrima stick, also called, kahoi, baston, or olise
 
Groupings: set of close in fighting techniques using the alive hand
 
High Eagle Wing: block with kahoi facing down, also called a roof block
 
Gunting: scissors
 
Kris: moro sword with wavy blade
 
Kalasag: shield
 
Lakang: to step
 
Larga Mano: long range fighting
 
Luhod: kneel
 
Maestro: high level instructor
 
Numerada: by the numbers
 
Otra Vez: to repeat
 
Parada: to parade or exhibit
 
Pares: pairs
 
Payong: unbrella or overhead block, strike
 
Porma: form
 
Praction: to hit an opponent a fraction of a second before the opponent strikes
 
Ritic: snap strike with the wrist vertical that returns on the same path, also called "witic"
 
Saagan: deflect or block
 
Sagawas: from the outside
 
Saludo: salute
 
Sayaw: dance, as in the kata
 
Sige: begin, start
 
Teros: strike, hit
 
Tindug: stand
 
Toyok: turn
 
V Strike: snap strike with 45 degree vertical wrist, also utilizing hip snap together with wrist snap
 
 
The Salute:
In almost every martial art there is usually some form of salutation or greeting prior to the begining of any training, either as a group or with a partner. In Shotokan karate for example, you will often have to bow to the Shomen, to your Sensei, to a Sempai, or to your partner. Balintawak Escrima is no exception.
 
In Balintawak Escrima as taught by my instructor, Datu Lowell Manabe, the following salutation is given prior to all training and it is always accompanied by a specific series of hand and foot movements.
 
From me to you, respect forever.
May you forever be shielded and protected from evil.
I want you to be blessed, from heaven and earth.
I give you this blessing from the heart.
 
It has been said many times that "karate begins and ends with courtesy", and I think it is fair to say that a similar sentiment can be found within most martial arts, regardless of their place of origin. The traditions that are upheld, and the respect that is paid to each person within the framework of Balintawak Escrima are also a prime example of this kind of respect, which is all to clearly evident by the words contained in the saludo shown above.
 
Part the clouds - see the way.
 
"The objective of karate-do is to contribute to the evolution
of the human spirit through physical and mental training."
Sensei Peter Lindsay

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