Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Grappling is one of the most primal forms of fighting found it nature. It's no surprise that as man evolved (yes, evolution is real - Dana White even knows so) he developed grappling arts that can be found in every culture and on every continent. Most of us are familiar with wrestling, Judo, BJJ and even some of the more obscure arts that we have featured in the past. Today's grappling art of Dumog, comes straight from the Philippines. The Philippines have been a melting pot of cultures for years and the native fighting arts of the area are often recognized as the stick and knife systems of Kali, Arnis, Silat and Eskrima. What many neglect to realize is how vast these arts are. They contain empty hand striking of panantukan and pananjakman, as well as a system of grappling known as Dumog. Generally considered upright wrestling, Dumog contains a variety of standing and grounded pins, throws and locks. Eerily similar to to what we know as submission wrestling - just dirtier.

Some may pass off the Filipino arts as unrealistic or simply to heavily concentrated on weapons, but from personal experience - they are legit. As with most arts, if you find yourself a good instructor, you will learn the intricate systems within the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). My Dumog training comes directly from Jeet Kune Do, and in its contemporary form has a large influence of FMA in it, thanks to Bruce Lee's protege Dan Inosanto. A majority of Dumog techniques encompasses a variety of pushes, pulls, weight shifts and joint locks designed to move an opponent. The are utilized to create a quick change in motion or an off-balancing (kuzushi) found in other grappling arts. Much like Judo or Aikido the core techniques utilize the attacker's own body weight against themself. Techniques seem almost passive but they rely on attacking the body's control points and creating an opportunity for further attack, whether that be grappling, striking or weapons.

These beauty of Dumog is that it's used seamlessly in conjunction with the other empty hand and weapons based styles of FMA. If you have an opportunity to train in FMA, and in particular Dumog, do yourself a favor an do it. I assure you, you will not be disappointed.


  1. All Dumog and no Filipinos to be seen.

  2. that bottom video - i believe thats Paul Vunack. I went to a seminar of his some 20 years ago in NYC, way before BJJ was what it was today. Anyway, good memories...


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