Knife Flow

Here’s another snippet from our flow. We were just warming up for one of our performances for our beloved brother Eric “E” Fructuoso RIP. As always, random flow and highly improvisational. And a touch of goofing around to keep it lighthearted.  Enjoy!



Espada Y Daga (Sword and Dagger)

Martial Artists/ Instructors of the Visayan Corto Kadena Eskrima, Guro Jay Jasper Pugao and Guro Greg Manalo are showcasing the Espada Y Daga (Sword and Dagger) flow before warming up for their performance on Friday. The late and great Master Sonny Umpad always said that you can tell who really are the advanced blade fighters because “they move their weapon, for example like a blade, like an actual blade and not like a stick”.


Visayan Style Corto Kadena Eskrima demonstration at The San Francisco GIANTS Filipino Heritage Night

Our school, The Visayan Style Corto Kadena Eskrima Martial Arts School, are thankful and honored to be invited by Grand Master Robert Castro and Punong Guro Joseph Bautista of ESKABO DAAN Filipino Martial Arts School to do a demonstration with them representing Maestro Sonny Umpad’s Style at the San Francisco GIANTS Filipino Heritage NIght.

We are grateful to be invited by SF Giants, Filipino Heritage Night organizers with special thanks to Gavin Tolentino for the tickets and Eskabo Daan school for having us share.

BBQ’in with Sonny Umpad’s people. The VSCK practitioners / instructors hang out with Sonny’s kids.

On April 28, 2012 the Visayan Style Corto Kadena group got together to meet with the son and daughter of the late and great Maestro Sonny Umpad. We gathered at our big brother’s house, Guro Renato Alfonso, as he organized a needed get together for the brother/sisterhood to flow, eat, and meet the Umpad children.












Knife Training and Flow

The VSCK style of Filipino Martial Arts knife training demonstrated here by instructors Greg Manalo and Jay Jasper Pugao showcases the “2nd Flow”, of the one of the ‘three’ types of flow within the pendulum. In the 2nd flow, the ‘players’ are within range easily accessing the ‘2nd points’ which is the knees and elbows, whereas the ‘first flow’ where the fighters/players are in a further range accessing only the ‘tips’ or the wrist and foot/feet or the ‘third flow’ where the range is closest, here the players can easily reach the ‘third points’ like the shoulders/head and hips/body area as bigger targets.

The fighters/players A and B are here are ‘giving and receiving’, free-styling the 17 strikes and guiding away slices, pokes, and cuts trying to evade cleanly with no contact (in a more realistic knife fight usually all it take is one cut/slice/poke). The artists like fighter/ player A then sets up fighter/ player B to look for openings for themselves while proactively ‘opening up for his own angles and defense’ to set up player B, their opponent, to commit so player A can then react, evade, and then attack with a strike/slice/poke to disable player B.

We hope this video can be helpful for your flow and pendulum in practice and in theory.

Maraming Salamat po.

Class Focus 022212

Hey folks! I trust that you’ve been doing your homework and are ready to add up this week! We’re going to continue with the stick curriculum  and soon transition to blade. But first here’s this weeks focus:


Single Stick

Outside blocks / moving to the outside and behind

Pandol  / Fulcrum Entries /


If we have time I’d like to add up…


Doble Kada

Inside / centerline roll

8 Count


See you this week and as always please send me your questions, concerns, comments and discoveries!


Class: 021512

My goodness! We had a big class today! Much love to everyone who came out tonight! I had a lot of fun!! We didn’t cover material I anticipated but instead we reviewed last weeks lesson. The teacher is also the student! I learned that at times I give too much information. Thank you to all the students for the reflection. Gotta dial it back a bit. Regardless, everyone had a great time!


17 Strikes

Inside Blocks / Payong Blocks

Identifying 3 strike follow up after blocks

For the advanced folks:

Pandol / Fulcrum Strikes

That’s it! We’ll continue building on this material as well as mounting onto the Pendulum of course. Folks liked the idea of Jasper and I shooting video of the material each week so we’ll start posting that up for your homework and review. Thanks again everyone, especially our new friends! We’ll see you next week!