10 Things You Probably Did Not Know About the Filipino Martial Arts

# 1:
“Sticks are an extension of the hands; without the hands, there can be no sticks.”

This is worth knowing because people still like to ask, sometimes sarcastically, “Why do you practice stick fighting it’s not like you carry sticks everywhere you go?” It’s good to be able to answer them, and it’s good to be able to remind yourself when you need to.

Although practitioners of many styles do lip service to this statement, only practitioners of the Filipino martial arts back it up by doing the same exact techniques with and without weapons.

– Guro Melegrito –