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Huli - Lusob
Capture/Trap - Attack

    In Kali, Eskrima and Arnis de Mano one of the sections of learning is disarming. Pundador Aguillon was no different in this. However as he explained to disarm one must be skilled and of course the opportunity must arise. He taught some of the basic disarming, but mostly taught what he called Huli Lusob {Capture/Trap - Attack}. He felt that opportunities were to come about more in this thought of mind and trained for it using his boxing and judo skills.
     His theory was to move in while defending and use the opponents attack turning it into a advantage in hooking or grabbing and then capture and trap the opponents baston or arm, following up in countering with a strike or kick.
    So when learning Arnis Balite blockings one would always have to demonstrate a counter attack in capturing and trapping the opponents baston or hand/arm and then follow up with a counter attack. Even in the empty hands area of Arnis Balite each block that was executed against a hand or foot strike is adapted to be able to counter attack after capturing and trapping the opponents attacking tool. Of course it must be kept in mind that timing, coordination, and balance along with practice to sharpen and prefect the techniques is required.

" Basic Principles "

    Pundador Aguillon a Arnisador and Champion Boxer combined the two fighting arts ultimately to develop the style of Arnis Balite. Most people think of Arnis, Kali, and Eskrima as just a Filipino stick fighting art or the use of edged weapons. There is another side, it is believed that the stick or the weapon is the extension of the arm. Pundador Aguillon taught the use of only one stick, instead of the two sticks. He would at times instruct using two sticks. However, this was not often. He believed that one hand should be free for striking, locks, and grappling.
    Using the footwork of a boxer in actual sparring he had two theories on movement that could be used separately or in combination. First was the 'X' movement, which with the center of the 'X' as the base, the other foot could move out at angles to defend or attack the opponent. The second is the 'O' movement that when moving the stationary foot from the 'X' circled around or away from the opponent, for another angle of attack or escape.

Stepping Forward Left Foot
Stepping Forward
to the Left
Opponent
Stable Stance
Stable Stance
Facing Opponent
Stepping Forward Right Foot
Stepping Forward
to the Right
Stepping Back Left Foot
Stepping Back
to the Left
Opponent
Stable Stance
Stable Stance
Facing Opponent
Stepping Back Right Foot
Stepping Back
to the Right

     In using empty hands for attack and defense, Aguillon modified western boxing. Instead of thinking the range is from the hand to the opponents body. He believed that you should dissect your opponent using the hand to close in the distance from you to the opponent attacking the attacking limb moving into the opponent leaving their attacking limbs outside your attack. In essence if not attacking the joints and pressure points of the opponents fighting tools, then execution of parries moving the opponents attacking tools to the side and moving into the opponent to cause damage to the main body.
    Blocking is as in the basic applications of other martial arts with downward, upper, inside, and outside, however with a parrying motion. The hand forearm or elbow can be used to execute the blocks. With the hand closed into a fist the idea is to block, but also to cause damage to the opponent by striking and deflecting the opponents' strike, blocking with the hand open is to either slap the opponents attacking limb away, or to grab following into a grappling situation or direction the opponents attack away from you. Opening the opponents' main body to attack.
    Kicking which is either a thrust [using the ball of the foot] or snap [using the top of the foot] execution is not done any higher than the abdomen, the main targets being the ankles, knees, thighs, and groin areas. This is to distract the opponent or disable their mobility while moving into a close attack range. The main idea is to execute an attack with the free hand simultaneously or with the stick while executing the kick or sweep.
    The leg sweeping techniques are to take the opponent to the floor. It must be remembered while executing the sweeping techniques the free hand has grabbed the opponent for control while the opponent falls to the floor. This is so to be able to follow up with an attack instead of taking the chance that when the opponent falls they could attain their own position for attack.

" Coordination of Mind & Body "

Panimbang - (Balance) - Without balance the attitude or stance can never be effective. Balance is achieved only through correct body alignment. Keeping the feet in proper relation to each other, as well as with the body, helps to maintain correct body alignment. Proper balance permits relaxation, speed, and ease of movement, as well as a mechanical advantage making tremendous power and force possible.
Koordinasyon - (Coordination) - Coordination is the quality which enables the individual to integrate all the power and capacities of the organism into an effective action. Before movement takes place, there must be a change of muscular tension on both sides of the joint to be moved. The effectiveness of this muscular teamwork is one of the factors which determines limits of speed, endurance, power, ability, and accuracy in performance.
Resistensiya / Tatag - (Endurance) - The development is by hard and continuous practice which exceeds the steady psychological state and produces near-exhaustion temporarily.
Tindig / Tayo - (Posture) - Good posture enables a person to move with grace and ease. Posture is important because the body must have a strong foundation to impart power.
Lakas - (Power) - Power equals force times speed, learning to exert the movement with accuracy and speed causes power.
Tiempo - (Timing) - To initiate the attack or movements when the opponent has started the preparation of attack. This timing becomes a technique in taking advantage of the slight interval before the opponent can readjust to make a block.
Bilis - (Speed) - Units in length divided by units of time, (quick action). Speed as a rate of motion differs from velocity in that, speed indicates only the magnitude of the change and not the direction.
  Uri ng Bilis - (Types of Speed)
    1. Mental Speed - quickness of mind in what to select; the right moves to frustrate and counter the opponent.
    2. Perceptual Speed - quickness of the eye to see an opening to discourage the opponent, enough to confuse him and slow him down.

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