February 2, 2020

Balintawak Stick

Richard Cotterill Chief instructor of UK and Europe

Eskrima (Escrima) is a Filipino martial arts that focuses on the use of sticks, bladed and impact/blunt weapons, improvised weapons, and hand-to-hand (empty hand) techniques. Eskrima is also known as Kali and Arnis. This Philippine martial arts style uses weapons such as a Yantok (fighting stick), Baraw (knife), Bolo (machete), Bankaw (staff), etc. Eskrima is best known for its stick fighting skills.


  1. CCM what does it stand for?

CCM has dual meaning
a. Coach COT Method (COT is the first 3 letters of the developer Rich Cotterill’s surname).
b. Coach Combat Orientated Training (COT) Method

2. What is CCM

CCM is a METHOD that is based on understanding human movement, and how to leverage that movement in combative terms when faced with physical confrontation / fight situation when “flight” is not an option. It is a stripped down simple method to understand the needed biomechanical and neuromusculoskeletal responses on 3 levels
• Theory
• Practical Application
• Learning to teach others (in a way that facilitates true duality of student and coach interdependency with elevated information retention and how to better develop oneself)

In itself the method is about creating greater combative efficiency and performance using the “engine” in the fight, it utilises a simple schematic, set of concepts and a unique coaching approach. It should be thought of as the forerunner to your chosen fighting system.

Balintawak Student Training Program

Level 1

1. CCM Movement Concepts

2. Functional Calisthenics

3. 12 Strikes – Control & Full Power

4. Shadow Fighting

5. Blocking – High, Low, Centre

6. Footwork and empty hand padwork

7. Q & A

Level 2

1. Review of LEVEL 1

2. 12 Defence & Counter – Full control

3. 12 Defence & Counter – Full power

4. Semi Hitting in the defensive stage

5. Designated Elements with Blade

6. Designated Elements with opposite hand

7. Verbal Presentation

Level 3

1. Review of LEVEL 1 & 2

2. Group 1 – Lifting & clearing

3. Group 2 – Lifting,clearing using offsetting

4. Group – 3 Preparation body flexibility

5. Group – 4 Preparation speed & reflex

6. Group – 5 Punching in stickfighting motion

7. Empty Hand Manipulation / Impact

Level 4

1. Review of LEVEL 1, 2 & 3

2. Butting Techniques

3. Pushing and Pulling

4. Applications within The Grouping System

5. Teach Levels 1, 2 & 3 within your own training class/group

6. Bag & pad strike training

7. Controlled Sparring elements

History of Eskrima

According to the International Kali Arnis Eskrima Federation, “Over the centuries and with the influence of the various tribes and cultures in the Philippines, the martial arts developed to be highly effective. Certain tribes had limited stick fighting skills, such as only fighting at long range or short range, these were eventually combined which made the art a highly effective combat system. The three best known names are Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis. Kali is the oldest term and has its origin in Cebuano, a dialect of the middle island groups, “Ka” stands for camot “hand”, and “Li” for lehok “movement”. As a whole, Kali can be translated into “movement of the hand”. A practitioner of Kali would be a Kallista. The Spanish occupiers named the martial arts of the Filipinos “Eskrima”. That derives from the Spanish word ” Esgrima “describing a brief fight or fencing”.