Skip to content


  As a general curriculum guideline, beginners are first introduced to the systems twelve strikes. These twelve strikes serve as angles of possible attack and are incorporated into separate drills to produce a conditioned response to an attack. The attack can be with a knife, stick or empty hand weapon (punch or kick).
1. Left temple
2. Right knee
3. Left knee
4. Right ribs/stomach
5. Left ribs/stomach
6. Right shoulder
7. Left shoulder
8. Right knee
9. Left knee
10. Right jaw
11. Left jaw
12. Top of head
After the twelve strikes are learnt, the students are introduced to long, medium and short range drills which have their roots in the three sub-styles of Black Eagle Eskrima.There are three main components of the weapons segment of Black Eagle Eskrima. 
1) New Generation Eskrima
Feeling that the classical arnis and eskrima styles rely too heavily on block-and-then-hit techniques (a two beat process) the black eagle system utilises the new generation style, which is characterized by aggressive stop hitting. This style employs hand smashing techniques to stop the fight at the onset. A stop hit with rapid multiple follow ups, particularly to the weapon-holding hand reduces dramatically the possibility of a dangerous altercation. As such, this style employs only direct striking techniques, such as a swift jab-like backhand strike, and hammering blows designed to cut into attacks to destroy an attackers capacity for wielding his weapon. Footwork and body shaping must be used to accommodate such techniques and is characterized by charging forward on various alternating angles.
2) De Llave (The Key/The Lock)
The de Llave style (pronounced de-Llabe) is characterised by its applications of blocks, locks and strikes while handling the weapon in a variety of hand grips. This style , due to its two step process (block and strike or block and lock) is best utilised while handling heavy weapons, long weapons or flexible weapons. If a long weapon is used, the weapons height lends itself to winding patterns swung from the shoulder. This winding pattern, when properly employed, can be extremely deceptive as it changes height, speed and angle while still maintaining its power. Although primarily a fighting style for longer weapons, de Llave is also very efficient in close quarter combat, for which there is a complex system of locks, chokes, and takedowns with the stick. To illustrate, after grappling is initiated it is more efficient and less cumbersome for the practitioner to lower his grip to the middle of the stick. This particular grip facilitates the raking motion used for disarming, locking, choking and striking.The stick locks are designed to unbalance the opponent enough to open him up for a decisive blow or expose his groin or throat to a knee or elbow strike. Hand exchanges are also common in de Llave locking techniques.
3) De Avanico (The Fan)
The de Avanico (pronounced abanico) style is characterized by fast, fan-like movements, wherein the stick can strike on many angles in a matter of seconds and quickly move around an opponents guard. The rapidity of the fanning strikes is possible by only rotating the wrist back and forth while holding the stick level. The de avanico style lends itself well to lighter or shorter weapons, such as a Maglite torch or even a broken bottle. The avanico system is best served at close range, and the empty hand (empty or hold a dagger) can be used to strike, check an opponents weapon or off balance him. When the combination of stick and dagger is used, either weapon can be used to rake the opponents limbs aside to expose vital areas. For example the stick hand might life the opponents arm upwards to enable a dagger strike to the armpit.
These principles or sub-systems are the foundation of Black Eagle eskrima and reflect the adaptable nature of the art. These principles can then be applied to all the weapons that are employed in Black Eagle eskrima or to any weapons found in other martial arts.Since there is no strict structure to the Black Eagle syllabus, it is not taught in any particular order, but within a few months or even a few weeks, a student is introduced to the following exercises:Short range sparring with single stickLong range sparring with single stickEmpty hands defences against lapel grabs, holds and punchesStriking , kicking and basic grapplingStick twirling motions (Amara) with single and double stickStick grapplingKnife defenses and disarmsStick defences and disarmsIntroduction to various weapons of the system.Tirework