Monday, 23 July 2012

The Labuyo Technique

Like the ancient warriors of the Philippines who smeared the tips of their arrows, spears or blades with deadly poision, the KOMBOKAN Labuyo Technique uses the siling labuyo or bird's eye chili as a fighting or defence technique. This technique is suited for the frail or light framed individuals who will definitely have a hard time defending themselves against bigger and stronger attackers. The technique employs the crushing of dried or fresh labuyo in the fingers and hands and as soon as the attacker approches, the defender goes straight to the attacker's eyes causing him temporary blindness. This can either be followed up by series of strikes or escape. The exercise for this technique is hand speed and coordination. Instead of focusing on the attacker's hands or limbs, it is best effective to go straight to the eyes especially if the attacker is armed with a weapon. Take note, the eyes are very easy target :-)

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Shadow Boxing

Many of the Filipino Martial Arts masters have taught themselves alone. Shadow boxing plays an important role in developing your skills. Using the drills and exercises, the practitioner executes the strikes based on his imaginary opponent. Though a sparring partner is encouraged for every martial artist, it is not necessary as minds can expand and enhance a martial artist's skills better than his partner. A 10 to 15 minute shadow boxing or practice is encouraged daily to improve skills. Good luck!

Thursday, 7 June 2012


KOMBOKAN (KOMBAT, BOKSING at TADYAKAN) is a reality-based freestyle modern self-defense system developed by GM Jun Ometer and Noel Royeca. The system is purely based on Filipino Boxing (Panantukan) with a combination of close combative techniques and low line kicks borrowed from traditional Japanese and Southeast Asian Martial Arts. The KOMBOKAN is designed to provide practical, simple and effective forms of defence and counter-attack applications based on natural defensive reflexes and moves. The purpose of the system is to immediately stop any forms of attack or fight by applying the simplest, shortest yet effective possible moves. Though the system is purely defensive, its defence applications could prove fatal and is not to be used for any types of combative or martial arts sports orunprotective sparring.

The KOMBOKAN aims to train the individual to become empty-handedly equipped to defend against all types of street-based attacks including multiple and weapons attacks, various locks, sweeps or take downs. The system only uses and applies natural but simple, practical yet fast effective techniques that can be used in real scenarios where movements are restricted. The system taught employs manipulations, limb destruction, trappings, blocks, elbow strikes, body/shoulder rams, jerking/flicks, deflections, short-range quick punching (boxing) and low-line kicks (Tadyakan) in stationary incorporating  the “dirty”, "fake/ deceptive" or “sneaky” tactics including bakbakan or banatan (brawling), sapak (slapping),  biting (kagat), spitting (dura) and hair pull (sabunot) in between strikes. The KOMBOKAN being also an authentic Filipino Martial Arts also uses ordinary items as weapons. It is also known for its Labuyo (A Philippine native chilli) strike being one of its most effective techniques taught to frail individuals.

The techniques in KOMBOKAN have been simplified to teach individuals to defend themselves in the shortest possible time. The system only uses techniques based on natural defence moves of a human being. There are no KATAS or choreographed/ memorised stances and techniques but rather it teaches the individual to think and react quickly on his feet by executing the techniques before the attacker delivers his next strikes using the exericses and drills practiced. The goal of the KOMBOKAN is to always finding all angles of entry.

Unlike traditional martial arts which are based on regimented classes or structured styles and “intricate” or choreographed techniques, KOMBOKAN on the other hand teaches its students in a very non-systematic style to suit varying individual’s capabilities without compromising the “flow” or “fluid” movements and most importantly footwork. The instructor teaches the individual simple to advanced techniques that are based on ordinary exercises, footwork, simple practical drills and flows that can be done anywhere in order to improve reflexes and ultimately achieve defensive and offensive fatal techniques. The exercises or drills eventually become a way of healthy lifestyle.

The practice of KOMBOKAN requires careful discipline, judgment and application. It is not encouraged to publicly display the art to gain fame or popularity. In fact, a real practitioner is discouraged from joining competition, sparring or to even to throw the first punch in the event of a potential fight. Extreme self-control and patience are much needed and the practitioner must avoid, prevent and stop all types of danger and fighting. Running away from trouble is always the first option and he or she may only use his/her skills to defend his/her life or the life of others only when necessary.

The art of KOMBOKAN has always been a private art and only taught to very few individuals in General Santos City, Philippines. Its founder GM Jun Ometer had always named this art as COJUKA or Combat Judo Karate (no affiliation or relations with GM Miguel Fernandez who registered COJUKA as a Filipino Martial Arts). Only a handful of  students have been privately taught and now Noel Royeca has incorporated other moves to this art renaming it as the art of KOMBOKAN with the blessings of GM Ometer. 

GM Ometer has now resumed providing more and more techniques to this art. The art has been tested in military training and other forms of martial arts in the Southern Philippines and has been proven effective. KOMBOKAN can also be associated with Panantukan and both can also form as a single fighting style but focuses more on simplified but fast defensive boxing moves. The founders wish to revive and preserve the art and KOMBOKAN is now slowly gaining acceptance in the field of modern Filipino Martial Arts.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Posing With GM Jun Ometer

My cousin Emar Sta. Maria (former childhood boxing sparring partner) and brother-in-law Robert with GM Jun Ometer.