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  • Writer's pictureRobert Parkes

Elusive Hip Slap in College-7

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

When a student first gets into the College curriculum of De Campo 123 Original, it is not uncommon to completely miss a very subtle movement of the alive hand in the final College-7 technique.

In the video below of Bininlan Jimalin Caballero, heir to the De Campo 123 Original system, he demonstrates the College-7 technique, known as Abaniko, twice. The first repetition is at regular speed. The second, we have deliberately slowed down the moment where Master Jomalin's executes the hip Pikpik (slap or tap).

The more you train the De Campo 123 Original college routine, seek to perfect the techniques, and work on allowing the stick to follow the body, the more likely it is for this hip tap to emerge all of its own accord in your execution of the technique. If it is not happening by itself, you can, of course, work on making it happen more deliberately.

Not only is the hip tap elusive in terms of its appearance among practitioners, its purpose can also be elusive. So in this next video, Magtutudlo Robert Parkes explains some of its Largo Mano (long hand) uses.

One thing not demonstrated or explained in the above video, is how to use this same action in Corto Mano (close hand) range. Of course, the action of the Tukmod (shove) or Pikpik (slap) can both be used to jam or parry an opponent's hand, opening a line for your final strike. This is also a completely acceptable manoeuvre in De Campo.

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