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Saturday, June 18, 2005

This is off the Eskrima Digest:
The Jedi Arts

One of the most popular aspects of the "Star Wars" films are the exciting light-saber duels and swordsmanship (Lucas is an admitted fan of old Samurai films) and martial arts style fighting (which of course originates from the East). As a former student of "Eskrima Serrada" (Stick and Blade fighting developed by Muslims of the Philippines) myself, I see a lot of similarities in the fast-moving and short-range
fighting I studied for about a year and a half, and the "invented" art of the Jedi masters.

When Anakin fights Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) at the beginning of the last "Star Wars" film, at end of the fight, Anakin applies a disarm and cut that is a technique from Eskrima to Count Dooku's arm. Going back into history, the technical differences between the Japanese/Chinese arts and the Muslim arts of Southeast Asia regions of
Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia: The Muslim arts of "Pentjak Silat" and Eskrima are based on paying attention to the Limb of the attacker and not an immediate strike to the attacker's head or torso.


[Name deleted - there might be some who won't be able to resist the temptation to track him down and laugh incessantly, as I did] is an architectural designer (and Star Wars fan). He lives in San Jose, California.
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DATU_B said...

I'm a firm believer that it's called a "disarm" for a reason ;) "Dis'arm mine, punk!"

Don said...
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Don said...

Did Steve write that response you quoted? 8-)

the other don said...

No, the laughter was all mine :).