Kawayan Pangamut

Kawayan Pangamut is a martial art based upon the core concepts of Dr. Dom Lopez's version of Balintawak Eskrima, in its unarmed aspects; augmented by exercises and practices for development of internal power inspired by Chen Taijiquan; and, a core ground grappling component adapted from modern Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Future Postings on Kawayan Pangamut

I am gradually going to post stuff on Kawayan Panamut, which is really:

  • Dom Lopez's empty hand art - derived from stick and knife defences; plus ,
  • Villasin's (maybe Bacon's?) anti-lock and hold-escape material; plus,
  • Very, very basic ground grappling - mostly rudimentary mixed martial arts; and,
  • A body intergration and coordination component I call Optimal Core Integration Strength (OCIS).

The word Kawayan means bamboo in Cebuano. Pangamut is a generic term for unarmed fighting. Sometimes the term Mano y mano (man to man) is used instead. In Kawayan Pangamut, I have incorporated some body connection/integration drills from my studies of various disciplines, including:

  • an observation of what Dom Lopez does in Balintawak but had never been able to explain;
  • Chen Taijiquan static and dynamic foundational exercise; and,
  • bio-mechanics.

I call the body intergration discipline OCIS - Optimal Core Integration Strength. With my approach, I can explain it - I have a bio-mechanical model that I believe to be both correct and testable. I have exercises derived from several disciplines that help develop OCIS. Unless you are willing to put in the time with the exercises, you won't progress very far.

  • Extreme relaxation is a necessary component.
  • Another is correct form, including a good base, and proper alignment of the shoulder girdle, spine and hips.
  • Another is good old fashioned resistance training.
  • Another is lots and lots of practice with specific exercises, to retrain the body. Unless you are willing to put in the time with the exercises, you won't progress very far.
  • The last necessary component is probably the practice of trying to make your everday body motions conform to the OCIS discipline, to really make it your natural way of moving.

I have also added a form to Kawayan, to train the OCIS. This is heretical for Balintawak. I have some footage on the biomechanics of power blows, and the translation to empty hand strikes, waiting for an edit, but it will be fairly rough. I have some footage of my OCIS exercises, waiting for an edit, but it will be fairly rough.