Pangamut or pangamot is a Filipino martial art taught by Dan Inosanto, Kevin B. Smith, and many others. It is composed of panantukan (hand techniques), dumog (grappling), pananjakman (kicking and sweeping), kaukit (foot trapping), and kino mutai (biting and gouging). in its unarmed aspects; augmented by exercises and practices for development of internal power inspired by Chen Taijiquan; and, a core ground grappling component adapted from modern Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

It allows tactics that circle to opponents weakest position, zones to his sides, or closes off distance that negate use of opponents limbs in his attack. It attacks arms and legs as opponents strike, crosses them up and uses pressure point hitting while trapping deflecting and redirecting opponents strikes, as opponent reacts he is being manipulated into the next hit, the next and the next till thrown, locked up, broken or choked out.

These trapping entries cause opponents to alter his own body mechanics stopping him from striking as he wanted with any power unless he corrects by moving again. Added to that manipulation. He’ll alter his body in reaction to stings, pains of pressure point hitting, deflections interrupt strikes as they continue to vital targets (eyes, ears nose, throat). These counters play on rhythm, distance, timing, (steels beats of time opponent needs for tools of attack).

Fast flowing follow up moves quickly touch multiple vital points and lead right into Finish moves (locks, chokes, breaks, head buts, knees, elbows, throws, off balancing take downs into walls, flours, corners, obstacles or other people). The boxing and kicking is used only briefly till entry,follow up and finish (average about 23 to 60 seconds). Pangamut uses boxing and low leg techniques, only till you figure your opponent out a little, then employ trapping entries as soon as possible, then head butts, knees, elbows, push, pull arms or legs swung at you, use locking,throws etc.

Follow ups are flowing strikes after countering or entry usually after closing distance to opponent without him being able to see it. Many times Bursilot techniques or Indonesian Silat finish techniques are used. The opponent is devasted, thrown choked locked to submission or suffering broken bones/ jionts, till unable to to keep fighting. Entry and follow ups confused opponent, mind is busy , occupied in reaction and pain, giving us the timing, distance needed and position to take over with locks,grappling, breaks,chokes are easily used without opponent being able to resist or counter.

Historically, Arnis, Eskrima or Kali can be thought of basically as regional catch all names for Filipino Martial Arts. The 7,000 island group known as the Philippines was and is in the center of ocean traffic in Asia to Australia and other parts of the world for the entire European Continent. Due to frequent use and abuse they needed to defend them selves from attackers and invaders. Many streets carry names of hero’s due to this history.

They were friendly, warm, giving natives on Islands with numerous resources desired by Chinese, England, France, Spain and later was a strategic location for military concerns, attacks and bases to supply and maintain the same. There were many visitors and attacks to take and bring back resources and several occupations of the Philippines through out history up until recent times, examples Japan, then the lastly by the USA. Because of this history Martial Arts developed as hand held weaponry first.

What ever they had on them when working and attacked or what they could pick up! They hand to defend their homes and lands from attackers for 2,000 years with sticks, work and farm tools as well as various types of swords. These Art was battle tested and handed down from father to sons, generation after generation! The techniques come from the stick and knife movements. The weaponry knowledge was very well developed as a result but so to was the empty hands. If you can do the knife technique, the training drills, the flow exchanges, energy flow drills, strike and counter every strike without being touched then empty hands may seem like slow motion, easy, effortless.

Knife training starts with a wood rattan doll rod. These techniques were not created for tournaments or through forms and imagined attackers, but in response to fears of attacks, real attacks in the heat of battle. What works and did not was known through survival in many battles, time tested battles throughout history.

Empty hands are broken down into three main areas! Panantukan (boxing and elbow techniques), Pananjakan (low kicking, low leg techniques with boxing, there is also Sikaran (high kicking) lastly Palamut or Pangamut which has both the former.

Pangamut trapping ways of movement is very distinctive. It is the essence and what creates the effective look of Filipino fighting, allows for so many possibilities, fast flowing follow up hitting, the variety of finishes used in the empty hands, knife and stick fighting; which it is famous for! The use of these specialized trapping skills are used as entries which can cut through any punching or kicking the opponent tries to attach with.

Trapping entries use deflections of opponents strikes as hitting of precise pressure points occurs causing opponent to stop attack and react, as the movement continues and flows into the use of Dumog (pushing, pulling, joints, body manipulation, shaking, bumping, throwing, shoulder and head butting); Tranka (locking, countering and reversing locks); Kinamotay (biting and pinching).

Indonesian Pentjak Silat has always been a part of the empty hands especially in finish techniques. Many ways of entries, body manipulations and so many principles and movements are in common and it is hard to draw a line to say this is or is not Filipino or Indonesian! Within the Filipino Martial Arts it was know as Bursilat. The JKD way of study and practice allows us to break it up into Entries, jack hammer like follow ups and deceptive finish techniques that stop the opponent (chokes, locks, breaking joints).