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Martial Arts Legends
Leo M. Giron

Included in this historic DVD is private home footage and photos of one of the greatest Filipino Martial Artists of our time, Grand Master Emeritus Leo M. Giron, along with interviews with two of his closest friends, Guro Dan Inosanto and Grand Master Tony Somera. A World War II combat commando handpicked by General Douglas MacArthur for special assignment in the Philippines, Grand Master Emeritus Giron was the founder of one of the most effective, combat-proven fighting systems, Giron™ Arnis Escrima and Bahala Na™ Martial Arts.

In a rare personal interview, Dan Inosanto, the first graduate from Bahala Na™ Martial Arts, remembers Leo M. Giron as "my second Father" and speaks about Giron’s impact and contributions to the Filipino Martial Arts in America and around the world.  Also included is a special interview with Grand Master Tony Somera, heir to the Giron™ Arnis Escrima and Bahala Na™ Martial Arts system, and the only person promoted by Grand Master Emeritus Leo M. Giron to Master and then to Grand Master. It’s a collector’s item for all Martial Arts fans, regardless of style
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Giron Escrima
Estilo de Fondo
Volume 1
By Grandmaster Tony Somera


This DVD illustrates Estilo de Fondo style in the Giron™ Arnis Escrima system of Filipino Martial Arts.  Estilo de Fondo:  estilo is style, fondo is anchor.  In Filipino terminology, Estilo De Fondo means to hold your ground or anchor yourself in a solid position.  This may be called a blocked or closed style, like when a door is closed, one must either use force to break in or look for other openings.  The weapon of application is a bolo knife.  This style was used by Grandmaster Leo M. Giron as a back-up fighting system during World War II in the jungles of the Philippines, and is the foundation of Giron™ Escrima.

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Giron Escrima
Cadena de Mano
Volume 2
By Grandmaster Tony Somera


This DVD illustrates the Cadena de Mano style in the Giron™ Arnis Escrima system of Filipino Martial Arts.  The term Cadena de Mano literally means “chain of the hands.” This is a close-quarter fighting style consisting of a progression from parry to grab, twist, and lock. Your opponent may be armed or unarmed, but you have no weapon. You will always maintain contact with your opponent’s hands until you have him in a compromising position. If your opponent continues to be aggressive, you will employ finger locks, joint locks, arm bars, and/or chokes.  Grandmaster Leo M. Giron used this style as a back-up fighting system during WW II in the jungles of the Philippines.



Giron Escrima
Estilo Macabebe
Volume 3
By Grandmaster Tony Somera


This DVD illustrates Estilo Macabebe style in the Giron™ Arnis Escrima system of Filipino Martial Arts.  Macabebe is the name of a town in the province of Pampanga.  Many men in the area have chosen a trade of peddling clothing materials to families in the remote barrios. These men from Macabebe introduced an art of self-defense using two long sticks; this style is characterized by the interweaving motions of the sticks and is also known as sinawali, the weaving style.   In Giron™ Arnis Escrima, Estilo Macabebe, the weapon of application would be two bolo knives.  The Macabebe natives were known as fierce fighting warriors who were employed by others for protection. The Macabebe warriors also have a bare hand and disarming system that is used in Giron™ Escrima.

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Giron Escrima
Estilo de Abanico
Volume 4
By Grandmaster Tony Somera

In the art of Giron™ Arnis Escrima, Estilo de Abanico refers to a bolo knife defense that—with the flick of the wrist—wards off strikes or thrusts coming from the front. This is one of the fastest motions used to deflect an attack, allowing the defender time to reposition himself in a more favorable location or posture. Counter-striking is included, with the emphasis on the tip of your weapon to get the maximum amount of power in short and powerful striking ranges.  In many instances, shifting the weight of your body laterally from side to side, during the movement, is necessary to effect the Abanico style



Giron Escrima
Estilo Sonkete
Volume 5
By Grandmaster Tony Somera


Estilo de Sonkete is a thrusting and poking style using such rigid weapons as a bolo, panabas, or baston (stick). In this style, the escrimador thrusts his weapon into an opening in the opponent’s guard. This is accomplished in several ways. First, you can parry the opponent’s weapon with your left hand and thrust your weapon into the created opening. Second, you can block the oncoming weapon and slide your own weapon along your opponent’s until the point of yours makes contact with your opponent’s body. Either way, to make this style effective, the escrimador must use sidestepping to first evade the oncoming strike.



Giron Escrima
Larga Mano
Volume 6
By Grandmaster Tony Somera


The term larga mano literally means “long hand” and implies the ability to extend one’s reach. Reaching your opponent without jeopardizing safety is foremost because one can disable his enemy with less chance of getting hurt or killed. To employ this style, a practitioner must know how to systematically use a longer weapon. A person cannot just swing his longer weapon like a flail; it is an art and therefore must abide with the larga mano science. Counter-striking is included, with emphasis on the tip of your weapon to get the maximum amount of power in short and powerful striking ranges. The practice of stretching far is the daily exercise of a larga mano practitioner. Grand Master Leo M. Giron applied these larga mano concepts successfully during World War II and is known worldwide as the father of larga mano in the United States.

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Giron Escrima
Mastering the Basics
Volume 7
By Grandmaster Tony Somera


To be successfully in any martial art or professional sport, the player must be able to master the basic fundamentals of the art.  In this training DVD, we will illustrate the basic fundamentals of Giron™ Arnis Escrima/Bahala Na™ Martial Arts.  Using our basic stretching and warm-up exercise, along with basic striking patterns, we also will lead you through basic striking line drills and the twelve angles of attack from the Giron™ system.  This DVD will allow you to increase your success in mastering the basic fundamentals of Giron™ Arnis Escrima / Bahala Na™ Martial Arts and increase you knowledge of the Martial Arts



Giron Escrima
Blade and Stick Disarms
Volume 8
By Grandmaster Tony Somera


The purpose of this training DVD is to illustrate blade and stick disarms against an armed opponent.  These techniques require keen hand-eye coordination and strong footwork.  The aim of each technique is to successfully block, parry, grab, and lock an opponent’s attacking hand or arm in an attempt to subdue or discourage him/her from further aggression.  In the Giron™ system, we are taught to direct hit the target with the blade, but in some encounters it may be necessary to apply disarming techniques or pass the attacker to engage oncoming attackers.  The DVD provides battle proven examples of blade and stick disarms.



Giron Escrima
De Fondo series #2
Volume 9
By Grandmaster Tony Somera


Estilo De Fondo refers to holding your ground, anchoring your weight, or planting yourself firmly on the ground. This style also is referred to as a “blocked” or “closed” style.  The De Fondo style encompasses blocking, parrying, deflecting, and evading techniques. In this De Fondo series #2 training DVD, we will illustrate and defend from the number 6 to number 12 angles of attack. The angles of attack are related to the areas of the body toward which the attack is delivered. The De Fondo style is the foundation of Giron™ Arnis Escrima/Bahala Na™ Martial Arts.




Tony SOmera dvd 10 11 12 3 dvd setGiron Escrima
Blade and Stick Disarms
Volume 10, 11, & 12
In Memory of Grandmaster Tony Somera (1957 - 2013)

These are the last 3 videos by Grandmaster Tony Somera filmed in 2012 at Masters magazine / em3 video studio. 

Vol-10 CONTRA COMPAS (Off Beat Timing Style) Half beat counter striking including Abanico, Inside /Outside blocks & counter strikes, Contra Compas Drills... 
Vol-11 ESTILO REDONDA (Circular Style) Continuous circular striking, Striking patterns (forward, reverse, high & low, windmill, fan...). 
Vol-12 ESTILO TERO GRAVE (Critical Strike Areas) Knife & Stick techniques targeting critical areas. Drills on overcoming opponents skills.