Dear Tuhon and all, Hi, I can't completely resolve how to deal with horizontal strikes. I would say all styles of filipino martial arts train heavily with diagonal strikes but not with horizontal (or at least not defensively). My best defensive plan against a horizontal strike is to back up (either straight or on reverse triangle) and try to hit my opponents stick to disrupt them, then try to step in to hit the hand. The other way I train is just to pull my hand back so it can't be hit, then try to attack (which I believe is Offensa-Defensa?). Tuhon, can you tell me more about defense against the horizontal strike and tell me where in the system it is taught. Do any of your DVDs available on your web site cover it? Thank you very much.