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Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima

Current Schedule:

  • Tuesday Nights 6pm to 8pm Adults Only Open Mat
  • Thursday Night 6pm to 645pm Kids AND 645pm to 830pm Adults
  • Friday Morning 9am to 11am Private Invite Session Adults Only
  • Saturday Morning 10am to 1045aqm Kids AND 1045am to 1230pm Adults


Pulahan Derobio Eskrima

Pulahan: literally translated “those wearing red”, we pay homage to these warriors not for their political and religious beliefs or fanatical views but to hold on to the virtues of this warrior sect of never bowing down, to never submit, to stand true to our philosophies as warriors and purveyors of the Filipino Combat Arts. We want to honor their devout faith in their beliefs, their warrior spirit and skill. We also hold on to the tradition and ranking founded within the Derobio System of the Maestro and Chief instructorship ranks wearing RED; as did our Pulahan predecessors, and as structured by GGM Pedoy in the early 1960’s. The color RED is held to high esteem within our ranks and is a symbol of accomplishment, stature, and skill.

Derobio: literally translated “Rhythm of the Horse”, the Derobio Method of Eskrima is our foundation encompassing all aspects of combat. The key to all movement and the nucleus of our combative philosophy – to evade and conquer.

This expression of Eskrima as founded by Master Chaz Siangco and the Siangco Collective is a combative progression of their foundation in the Derobio Method of Eskrima as taught to them by their maternal Grandfather; the late Great Grandmaster and Father of Derobio, Braulio Tomada Pedoy. PDE is a highly adaptive and innovative expression of the Derobio Method embracing the warrior spirit and skill of their predecessors, the Pulahan Warriors of Leyte.

Facebook-20140822-113437The Siangco Collective has incorporated various styles of fighting within Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima, keeping its foundation on the original bladed battlefield influenced movements of classical Derobio and adapting to the dynamic threats of today’s aggressors. Other major influences are that of Grandmaster Julian “Blue” Generalao’s teachings and expression of Kajukenbo/Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu/Chinese Kenpo and the Filipino boxing style, Panantukan,of Elias “Battling Bolo” Cantere, paternal grandfather of the Siangco Collective and former welter-weight boxing champ in the Filipino Smokers fight clubs of Hawaii in the 1920’s. Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima emphasizes progressive disarming techniques and defensive behaviors that encompass all range of combat that allows the fighter to overcome his aggressor and eliminate any further attack. The basis is deflecting and controlling an opponent’s aggression; effectively and efficiently bridging through all ranges of combat:

Counter-Strike Mindset
-For every block there is a corresponding attack, for every attack a block, for every lock a counter. Evade-Counter – Strike/Block with equal or greater force.

Limb Destruction
-Controlled Chaos: maximum damage without a lethal outcome.

Joint Manipulation
-Axis Control: understanding joint movement to efficiently lock and destroy.

Range Progression
-Largo / Long / “Looking” Range: To scan your opponent, visualize movement and attack/defend outside your opponents range.
-Medino / Middle / “Measure” Range: Sensory ranges, using major senses to measure up your opponent, using full extent of your weapons, EVADE.
-Corto / Close / “Combative” Range: To fully engage your opponent, to completely isolate your opponents weak side, to overcome, counter-for-counter, and CONQUER.

Dominate position in Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima.
-Centerline Targeting: Focused control of your opponent’s angles.
-Transitioning: Seamless transfer from each combative range.

These combative states are focused by one thought: A.C.E INTENT
A = Advance on your enemy, bridge seamlessly through each range of engagement.
C = Cover your position, Counter every attack and movement.
E = Empower yourself over your enemy; by leverage, positioning, both physically and mentally. Eliminate any threat…Eliminate your enemy.

Facebook-20140601-082937Instruction in the following techniques in accordance with above:

  • Weapons: Garrote (Stick), Bolo (Long Blade), Daga (knife), Dulo Dulo (Pocket Stick), Duplicada (Double Stick), Espada y Daga (Long Blade / Knife), ASP Tactical Batons, and more…
  • Street Defense / Awareness
  • Non-Lethal Tactical Training
    (Arrest / Detain / Submit)
  • Lethal Tactical Combat
  • Agaws
    (Grabs / Locks)
  • Sikiran
    (Filipino Kicking)
  • Panantukan
    (Filipino Boxing)
  • Dumog
    (Filipino Grappling / Stick Grappling)
  • Destructive Grab Arts of GM Julian “Blue” Generalao’s Chinese Kenpo.

Pulahan-Derobio is based on a 12-strike pattern or “Doce Teros.” This strike pattern allows a fighter to equally disable / strike an opponent on both sides of the body. 12 defenses are then derived from these strikes. From this base, countless techniques are at a fighter’s arsenal. Ultimate expression is the ability to remove ones mindset from structured numbers and accepting any and all attack simply as movement and countering based on reaction of movement/aggression.

Timing, Rhythm and Fluidity are the three major factors that are stressed throughout ones training in Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima. These three factors are taught to bring ones body, mind and spirit into one harmonious entity. Every movement, strike, and defense must fall into these factors for what one is trying to accomplish will not fall in to place. In Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima, every movement blends and leads into the other. Seamless transition between each counter attack and defense is emphasized in a fighter’s maturation in the art. Nothing is ever separate or rigid. As referring to the horse, envision it trotting through a field. It never loses its stride or rhythm and as it gains momentum and speed, it keeps the same timing, rhythm, and fluidity. The ultimate goal of an Eskrimador is to develop this movement because without it a fighter’s strikes and blocks would not matter. This is true with all martial art disciplines. If there is no flow of movement within a practitioner then the art will never live within him.

GGM Pedoy often commented that a fighter should behave like the wind and branches. “When the wind blows, the branch bends with the force of the wind and then snaps back when the wind stops blowing”. Learning to follow behind the opponent’s blow is an important element of learning Pulahan-Derobio. Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima relies on gliding movements, ala contra movements and inside counter to counter movements to keep the opponent off guard. “Never give the same movement twice in a row, or your opponent can easily disarm or counter you. If you take a strike on the inside take it on the outside next time. You must remain unpredictable and remember accuracy is better than speed”