(Spanish and Filipino
") is one of the primary weapons of Arnis
and Filipino martial arts
It is also known as yantok
, cane, arnis
stick or simply, stick.
The usage of bastons for historical fencing
in Spanish) has been recorded at least as far back as 400 years ago. In Fr. Pedro de San Buenaventura's "Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala
" published in 1613 in Pila, Laguna
Esgrimir: Calis pp: dos con palos o canas, nagcacalis. (Fencing: Kalis pp. two with sticks or canes, nagkakalis)
Another instance where it is recorded is in "Vocabulario de la lengua Pampanga en Romance
" by Fr. Diego Bergaño published in 1732:
CALIS. (pp.) N.S. Espada, ó daga. V. de Mi, de compañia esgrimir , ó pelear con ellas. Picalisin, el motivo, ut dama, y el lugar y tambien el de compañia: Micalis, ludir ut cañas, espadas, y todo lo demás. (Micalis, to rub canes, swords and everything else)
Various rattan, kamagong and bahi bangkaws and bastons of different sizes.
Traditional common materials for wooden bastons are usually rattan, kamagong, and bahi wood.
is the most commonly used material for bastons in Arnis training. They are light, flexible and good for training in speed. They are made from dried and cut reeds and are typically cut 26"-30" in length, 3/4"-1" in diameter and rounded at both ends.
Prolonged impact training with rattan sticks will tend to splinter their ends so some practitioners use electrical or duct tape in order to protect their bastons, as they are more expensive outside of the Philippines
(also known as Mabolo) is a dark, dense, expensive type of wood known for its weight and hardness. It is said that bone will break before a good kamagong baston will, but those of low quality can splinter or shatter on impact due to their hardness and lack of flexibility. Kamagong is also an endangered species
and its export outside the Philippines is illegal without a permit.
is a type of wood made from the heart of a palm tree. In weight and density, it is similar to kamagong, but is made of a porous material, which tends to slightly dent on impact, making it less prone to shattering than kamagong. Kamagong is a critically endangered lumber species
so it is recommended that practitioners purchase bahi instead.
A pair of rattan bastons
In Arnis and Filipino martial arts, aside from being a primary weapon, bastons are also used as implements to train in bladed weapons such as bolos
and other Philippine knives and swords as many motions using the canes are applicable when translated to blades and vice versa. Using wooden training weapons like the baston in lieu of live blades is also done for safety considerations.
For training in espada y daga
styles, a baston and a balisong knife
is a common combination. Hitting suspended or mounted vehicle tires
is also a common practice in order to build speed, power and impact by practitioners.
- ^ Fajardo, Godofredo F. (1996). "Filipino Heritage: The Fighting Art of Kali". Rapid Journal. 2 (3).
- ^ San Buenaventura, Fr. Pedro de (1613). Vocabulario de la Lengua Tagala.
- ^ Bergaño, Fr. Diego (1732). Vocabulario de la lengua Pampanga en Romance. p. 73.
- ^ Presas, Remy A. (1974). Modern Arnis "Philippine Style of Stickfighting". Modern Arnis Publishing Co.
- ^ "Filtra Timber Wood Species".
- ^ "Kamagong Lumber Seized from Local Businessman". Palawan Council for Sustainable Development. September 22, 2014.
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