Filipino Martial Arts - Rapid Strikes with Whirlwind

Rapido Redonda

This very important destructive technique is fast and explosive in application and is considered a more advanced method in some systems of the Filipino martial arts. The name rapido redonda (rapid strikes with whirlwind) is descriptive of the aggressive nature of the technique that utilises two very fast strikes as a precursor to the delivery of redonda (whirlwind). The first element of the technique is rapido (rapid strikes), which has two components and is derived from the solo baston (single stick) techniques of sima (hooking parry), abierta bagsak (open side downward diagonal strike) and serrada bagsak (closed side downward diagonal strike). These applications are aspects of the sabayan (synchronised or simultaneous) practice within the sinawali (woven or to weave) category. The redonda element if derived from the core basics of abierta bagsak, serrada bagsak (closed side downward diagonal strike) and magbabayo (to pound or downward X). Among other methods, rapido redonda informs the more advanced techniques of rapido redonda salok saboy (rapid strikes with reverse whirlwind), de cuerdas (rebounding strikes) and rapido redonda sinalakot (rapid strikes with whirlwind and vertex).


Commence rapido redonda (rapid strikes with whirlwind) from a left stance and with both sticks held in a high abierta (open) chamber at shoulder height. Take a slight sidestep with the left foot to the left to move off centre and simultaneously execute a left abierta sima (open side hooking parry) and a right abierta bagsak (open side downward diagonal strike). The left sima travels from the open guard to a conclusion over the right shoulder and the right bagsak has a trajectory from the right high open guard to conclude on the centreline at head height. Reverse the motion by executing a right serrada sima (closed side hooking parry) and a left serrada bagsak (closed side downward diagonal strike) which ends on the centreline at head height.


Step forwards into a right stance and using the left stick execute doblete (vertically downward circular strike) that is targeted at the centreline and concludes underneath the right stick in a low serrada (closed) position. Immediately strike with the right stick in a downward diagonal trajectory that begins in a high abierta (open) location and concludes in a low serrada point with the stick pointing to the rear. Following the same striking line of the right stick, strike with the left stick from a high left serrada position and ending in a low left abierta location with the tip of the stick pointing to the rear. The final right circular strike of redonda travels towards the centreline from a high right serrada point and ends in a middle to high abierta position.



Strike 1 of Rapido Redonda


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