What is Kombatan?

Discussion in 'Kombatan' started by Bob Hubbard, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. armas

    armas Junior Member

    Sounds good. Congratulations to Lito Concepcion and Rob Castro for their promotions. They are always promoting Kombatan and Escabodaan as a team. More power to both of you.
  2. animal_stylez

    animal_stylez New Member

    Hi StixMaster,

    Yes there are quite a few places to study and learn Kombatan in California. What part of Cali are you in? My teacher just got back from that camp and said he had a great time! I can't wait to go next time they have that, saving now to make sure! :)
  3. StixMaster

    StixMaster -== Banned ==-

    Kombatan is adaptable !!

    Kombatan is combat oriented, it is adaptable to its situation, the flow drills, lock drills are excellent for over all development & to recognize that rhythm plays a significant role in all martial arts, Bruce Lee in his 'Tao" wrote on this as breaking rhythm, thus the saying everyone walks to their own beat. Check out the 'dulo-dulo' training, mano-mano.:sword2:
  4. StixMaster

    StixMaster -== Banned ==-

    Saturday in San Francisco was a beautiful sunny day & the Leo Fong seminar was great. Professor Fong started us out with boxing techniques for medium to close quarters pressure point punching,PG Steven Dowd followed with about an hour on Arnis Balite stick take- away and zoning in his system, then later GM Lito Concepcion showed us espada y daga from Kombatan and last was GM Robert Castro showing Eskabo Daan 'stick ju-jit-su' showing take-downs (dumog) , locks & disarms utilizing the stick to do the techniques. Seminar went from 10:15am with a 1 1/2 hr lunch break to about 4:30pm, straight training everyone had a good time. Special guest were GM Al Novak, GM Max Pallen ( Senkotiros)GM Emil Bautista( Nor Cal HQ K.S.D.I. ) , Master Ray Cordorba & Master Alex France (Kombatan), PG Professor Jim Hundon( Serrada) dropped by to say hello & to give support in the morning and Sigung Anthony Ramos of Wahiawa Kajukenbo. There were about 30 plus people in attendance.
  5. armas

    armas Junior Member

    Wow missed out on a good time there. Well, maybe next time.
  6. Combat Kali

    Combat Kali New Member

    view point

    I think all masters have a preference to input techniques or concepts. Maybe like a branch of a tree sharing the same trunk feeding of the same roots.
  7. StixMaster

    StixMaster -== Banned ==-

    Thats why it is important to first learn the techniques and concepts to where one doesn't have to think about them but make the moves naturally and instinctively.
  8. StixMaster

    StixMaster -== Banned ==-

    This might answer the thread's question by the founder himself,
    According to Presas, "Kombatan is a complete system of armed and unarmed fighting." Effectiveness in total combat, as the name denotes, is the art's ultimate goal. Included in its armed techniques are applications employing the dulo dulo (a double-tipped short stick), staff, the yantok, and various bladed weapons. The unarmed techniques encompass striking, kicking, throwing, and grappling.

    Presas emphasizes that while some arts distinctly separate weapons training from unarmed training, Kombatan blends both. The practitioner of the art can readily switch from bare hands to blade to stick, and back. Application techniques are a trademark of the system, as is the ability to adapt to the ever-changing nuances of a violent encounter. "In real-life combat," states Presas," the individual must be able to flow from one range to another, from grappling to striking and kicking, and from barehanded conflict to armed fighting."

    The Flow is a constant theme of the dynamic grandmaster's teachings. "All techniques in Kombatan emanate from the Flow," Presas asserts. When pressed to define the Flow, he says that it is the phenomenon of one movement leading naturally to another, and then to another endlessly. In Kombatan sequences, counters, follow-ups, and variations automatically spring from the basic, initial movements. "Kombatan is not stagnant it is a living art," Presas continues. Aware that counters to existing techniques are constantly being devised, his combat methods undergo a constant process of refinement and modification. "We are in the business of making counters to the counters," Presas says.

    "In real-life combat, the individual must be able to flow from one range to another, from grappling to striking and kicking, and from barehanded conflict to armed fighting."
  9. timagua

    timagua New Member


    It may be helpful to identify the source of the previous post by StixMaster. These are direct quotes from a 1999 article entitled “The Art of the Flow” by original Arjuken instructor graduate Jose G. Paman. This article also appears in the anthology Best of CFW Martial Arts 2000. You can find the article here:


    Paman appears on the cover of the current Rapid Journal based out of Manila (Rapid is the leading martial arts publication in the Philippines and primarily highlights native-born instructors). He is also the author of the new volume Arnis Self-Defense released by Random House. I posted a brief review of this book under the thread MT: Arnis Self Defense by Jose Paman in this forum.
  10. timagua

    timagua New Member

    deciphering the code

    Most folks who have studied under a foreign-born martial arts teacher would attest to the challenge of sometimes having to decipher the teacher’s verbal instructions. Even though the Philippines is a largely English-speaking country, arnis instructors often have their peculiar jargon and brogue that may need translating for those not native to the islands. In this post, I’d like to take a look at GGM Ernesto Presas’ unique vernacular in teaching the art of Kombatan and offer interpretations to the commands. The entries were drawn from live seminars as well as footage from GGM Presas’ line of videos filmed over the years.

    “Strike behind back” – This is an admonition to begin each strike in a chambered position for greater power in delivery. This means drawing the stick to a position toward one’s back prior to releasing the strike. While it may seem exaggerated in practice, the chamber may also be modified in actual use but always with the intention to, ideally, terminate a given encounter in the shortest time possible. Of course, failing a quick conclusion, the Kombatan practitioner continues to press the attack until the opponent is subdued.

    “Power!” – Directly related to the prior entry, GGM Presas often urges his students to strive to increase the power of their strikes though proper body mechanics, sound execution and constant training. Striking with proper intent often leads to the desire effect.

    “Steady” – This means to hold the position of the feet (i.e., do not switch stances) while executing a given sequence; a block, check and counter for instance. It may also be used to catch the student’s attention during instruction, directing him or her to hold the position to wait for the next step.

    “Speed motion” – This is the command to deliver techniques in training with greater velocity, as opposed to slow and deliberate motion, which is used for teaching purposes. It represents real-time combat speed.

    “Be like me!” – In this one, GGM Presas stresses correct delivery of the techniques, in line with Kombatan standards. While “correct delivery” may seem relative according to each particular system of FMA, Kombatan has established sound methods of execution based on decades of study, trial and actual combat by GGM Presas and his succeeding generations of Kombatan/Modern Arnis followers. In saying “Be like me,” he is advocating to execute one’s techniques as he does because this represents the most powerful and efficient way to do them.

    The preceding entries in no way exhaust the instruction one might hear in a training session with GGM Presas, but they give one a glimpse of his unique teaching vernacular. Happy training!
  11. kruzada

    kruzada Punong Guro

    I don't believe that GM Roberto is officially involved with Kombatan, but that is not to say that he does not have a close relationship with his brother GM Ernesto.
  12. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    OK, that makes sense!

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