Kali Sticks Video: Julius Melegrito Demonstrates a Single-Stick Disarm

by Raymond Horwitz, partially adapted from a Black Belt article by Robert W. Young

Julius_Melegrito_sticks_150px-OPTIn this exclusive look behind the scenes during a kali sticks photo shoot featuring Black Belt Hall of Fame member Julius Melegrito, you’ll learn how to engage a single-stick combatant and disarm him quickly and definitively. The technique is direct and focused, which fits with the approach classical approach to combat with Filipino fighting sticks.

“Your whole purpose in classical Filipino stick fighting is to hit your opponent until he’s out of the fight,” Melegrito explains. “In practice, you use your stick to his stick as close to his gripping hand as you can manage while staying safe, but in a real fight, you’d hit the hand. It usually makes him drop the weapon. Of course, in a fight, an attempt to hit his hand might miss, which is why you must practice follow-ups.”

KALI STICKS VIDEO Filipino Fighting Sticks Master Julius Melegrito Shows You an Effective Single-Stick Disarm

Follow-Ups in Fighting With Kali Sticks

Julius Melegrito’s approach to follow-ups involves using an empty hand — assuming, of course, that the opponent is not holding a second stick — to check the opponent’s hand right after it’s hit.

This move serves as “insurance” in Melegrito’s take on fighting with kali sticks: If the strike doesn’t work, he can prevent his opponent from bringing the weapons hand back into action. The Filipino fighting sticks instructor then has the option of immediately following up with a stick strike to the forearm, elbow, face, neck or some other available target.

A Modern Approach to Fighting With Kali Sticks

“In the modern arts, it’s OK to touch the stick,” Julius Melegrito says. “When the guy swings at you, you intercept his strike with a strike from your stick — aimed at his hand — then you grab his weapon close to his hand if he doesn’t drop it. Grabbing it allows you to use it against him or take it away.”

Part of the modern methodology for fighting with kali sticks is separating your opponent from his weapon, Melegrito explains. You can hit the hand holding the stick with the intention of making him drop it. You can also leverage it out of his hand using a twisting motion. Or you can use your stick to push his stick out of his hand in such a way that it goes flying!

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