BERNAS ESTOCADAS

AN ILONGGO WAY OF FIGHTING

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The Bernas Estocadas system of Filipino Martial Arts incorporates the study of both edged and impact weapons. The core methods of the system reflect the nuances of the Ilonggo combative traditions of the Negros Occidental region where Grandmaster Bernas was born, registering the influence of both the informal but practical Wedo (Oido) traditions he was inducted into by his Grandfather and Uncle, and the systematic and structured Pekiti Tirsia (or "close quarters") methods he studied with Grandmaster Hortencio Navales, under the direct tutelage of his foremost student, Master (later Grandmaster) Romeo Postrano.

SOLO BASTON | SINGLE STICK

The core curriculum of Bernas Estocadas is focused exclusively on the Solo Baston (single stick) as an impact weapon. Its Abecedario (fundamentals) and Pang-Away (fighting applications) build the foundation for fluid and naturalistic combat capability, powered by dynamic footwork and body motion, and following the principle of Alkontra Kargada (to meet the force) or "to attack the attack". Defensive techniques include the use of De Pondo (anchored strikes), Waslik (rearward backhand beat counters), and Payong (umbrellas).

ESPADA Y DAGA | SWORD & DAGGER

The third stage of training in Bernas Estocadas focuses on the use of the Sword and Dagger, placing emphasis on range management, and methods of using a blade in close-quarters combat. There is a strong emphasis on Lab-Anay (blade first) methods of intercepting an opponent's attack, lateral evasion, Kruzada (cross) and Otso Otso (figure 8) cutting patterns, as well as a greater use of Gunting (scissoring) and Palapaw (parry and cut) methods. The methods are as effective as they are smooth, efficient, and beautiful.

ADVANCED 'CLOSED DOOR' METHODS

The system also includes advanced combative methods such as Dagaso (literally "Dagger smoke" the Ilonggo term for knife fighting), Olisi (walking stick), and Sungkod (longstick) methods that are unique to the Ilonggo region of the Philippines, and have been rarely seen in public. In the Sungkod video, with the permission of the Grandmaster, Manunudlo Robert Parkes demonstrates a little of this immensely powerful, but rare weapon of the Filipino Martial Arts.

DOBLE BASTON | DOUBLE STICK

The Filipino Martial Arts are famous for their double stick fighting methods. Drawing upon the Abecedario techniques of the system, Double Stick forms the second stage of training in Bernas Estocadas, developing your ambidexterity, and the capacity to use two (edged or impact) weapons of equal length in multiple opponent scenarios. Training with a partner includes Santikanay (striking stick against stick) to learn the various combinations, as well as a focus on Gunting (scissoring) defences, and a unique emphasis on body movement for evasion and power, and the independent movement of each stick.

ESTOKIDO | UNARMED EDGED WEAPON SURVIVAL

The fourth stage of training in Bernas Estocadas focuses on the use of the body as a weapon, adapting the principles and mechanics learnt during the Abecedario and Espada y Daga phases of training, and applies them to unarmed survival against a weapon-wielding opponent. Estokido incorporates striking, kicking, locking, throwing, and takedowns, as well as methods of weapon control and disarming. 

DON'T LIVE IN NEWCASTLE, BUT STILL WANT TO LEARN?

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BERNAS ESTOCADAS
(Vol. 1 Abesedario)
Grandmaster William Bernas
Paolo Pagaling
Robert J. Parkes

SUPPORT YOUR LEARNING WITH OUR BOOK SERIES

Grandmaster William Bernas and two of his Manunudlo (Instructors), Paolo Pagaling and Robert Parkes, are collaborating on a book series that captures the core methods of the Bernas Estocadas system. 

Volume 1: Abesedario has already been released, and is available as a paperback through our Academy, or as an ebook or paperback on Amazon. You can learn more from the publisher's website.

LEARN DIRECT FROM THE GRANDMASTER

While we offer regular classes in Bernas Estocadas, if you live at a distance from us, you can also gain access to instruction in this beautiful and deadly art direct from Grandmaster William Bernas via his online school. You will find the Grandmaster only too willing to help and support you on your journey to learn his system, which he is always eager and generous to share.