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Arnis, Escrima, Kali, (A-E-K) Pangolisi and Garote are only a small number of the many names that are given to the indigenous stick based, Philippine...

Arnis–Escrima-Kali? (A-E-K) Stick Based?

September 12, 2014

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Basic Stances and Footwork

January 1, 2015

Stance – The Walking Stance


The fighting position/posture or stance of the CQC practitioner is a ‘Walking Stance’ natural to us all. This stance is to be no wider than a shoulder width and is often called the ‘Heel Toe’ stance, as if looked at sideways, the heel of one foot is often in line with the toe of the other. The CQC does not use stances like those used in other Martial Arts such as Karate or Kung Fu. CQC, teaches the student how to sometimes strengthen their natural walking stance, by slightly bending the knees, so that the student will not lose their balance if an opponent exerts force against them. Sometimes the rear heal is allowed to rise, especially when in lower body positions.


Footwork – The Natural Step


The footwork in CQC is to simply step forwards or backwards with either foot and is called the ‘Natural Step’ footwork. The average extension allowed between the feet is a shoulder width. The foot is not allowed to extend over this shoulder width in any direction either forward, backward or sideways as this would leave the leg slow to move and an easy target if struck at by a stick or a knife. Some instructors state that this walking stance, natural step footwork, with smaller, narrower stances is a more modern style and that stances with a wider, deeper set relate to the more traditional Arnis/Escrima/Kali, (A/E/K). This in my experience is not so. When I have been training with remote masters from different areas in The Philippines, almost all in the majority, have used small stances and that it is only with Kali instructors that have learnt and teach foreign martial arts that emphasize and promote wider, longer and lower stances.


The Quebec Serrada Kali Variations

Within the Basic, into the Intermediate and into the Advanced, there are the Three Basic Stepping Routines taught, which later evolve into the Forward and Reverse Stepping Patterns. This will explained in further detail in more intensive Quebec posts.




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