DE CAMPO 1-2-3 ORIGINAL
CLASSES EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY
Ingon ana ang mobunal. Morag mopatay ug halas nga buot mopaak nimo.
That is how you strike. Like killing a snake that wants to bite you.
Jose Diaz Caballero
Our club specialises in De Campo 1-2-3 Original, the famous system of Eskrima developed by Jose Diaz Caballero in 1925 at the age of 18, and set out in a written "lesson plan" (see image below) that is still used as the core of De Campo 1-2-3 training today.
The system is known for its specialisation in Solo Baston (Single Stick) focusing on what might be called "high percentage techniques." However, its full curriculum includes Doble Baston (Double Stick) and Pinuti (Cutlass).
The De Campo Eskrimador controls range by clever footwork and body positioning, aiming to "defang the snake" by evading the opponent's attack and counterstriking their weapon hand, then entering with a barrage of meteoric strikes in order to end the exchange. The non-weapon hand is used as a counter balance, or to Tukmod (shove) the opponent if they get too close.
A fan of gunslinger westerns, the founder favoured "fast draw" responses. Using the 1-2-3 tactical formulae of fake, counter, strike, and the concept of Praksyon (fractional timing or half-beats), the De Campo Eskrimador aims to blend strikes so seamlessly that three strikes appear as one, so they "hit first, and hit last" even if counter fighting.
The entire De Campo 1-2-3 Original Curriculum is now available as a video series featuring the founder's grandson and heir, Master Jomalin Caballero, with instruction from Maestro Paolo Pagaling. As an optional extra or alternative to our regular classes, our students are welcome to join in a weekly Zoom session with Master Jomalin and Maestro Paolo, every Saturday morning before our regular class.
MAESTRO PAOLO PAGALING
Demonstrating the meteoric strikes of De Campo 1-2-3 Original
MASTER JOMALIN CABALLERO
Demonstrating a few De Campo 1-2-3 Original Striking Patterns