12 Strikes

Like other Filipino martial arts, Eskrima employs 12 distinct strikes made with a stick, knife, or sword. Strikes #1, 2, 11, and 12 can be fatal and must be used with caution.

The targets of the 12 strikes are seen in the image on the right.

  1. Horizontal strike to defender's left temple or neck
  2. Horizontal strike to defender's right temple or neck
  3. Horizontal strike to defender's left ribcage or upper arm
  4. Horizontal strike to defender's right ribcage or upper arm
  5. Angled thrust (coming from attacker's right side) to defender's navel
  6. Angled thrust (coming from attacker's left side) to defender's navel
  7. Angled strike to defender's left knee
  8. Angled strike to defender's right knee
  9. Angled thrust (coming from attacker's right side) to defender's left shoulder
  10. Angled thrust (coming from attacker's left side) to defender's right shoulder
  11. Angled downward strike to defender's left crown
  12. Angled downward strike to defender's right crown