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Esgrima Criolla is inevitably the knife fighting ciolla for the gauchos of old…Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and a number of other places. The lifestyle was hard and born out of need.

Many disputes were settled with the blade, as is historically documented, some of which is on this page. The most accurate comparison I can make is the samurai. One size does not fit all so they adapted what was necessary and applicable to them as their life depended on it. It was not the traditional kenjutsu we see practiced now.

Even the perpetual Friolla example is a contradiction.

The Japanese are often very structured in their martial syllabi and small minutiae are of the utmost importance. A compliation of tactics and functionality that was sewn together under the pressure of survival and not a penny less. Quite a high cost. Granted, there are techniques, terms and methods, types of specific contextual sparring, and labels for distancing, footwork, grips and positions.


But this is all done with an experimental eye — does it work with a fully-resisting opponent in front of you trying to cut you?


If not, it rapidly gets thrown away. Does it hold up? It is a dueling method and, because of this, many people state that it needs other components. I had thought the same at one point until delving further down the rabbit hole.

It is entirely because of this that it gives an entirely honest perspective on the state of modern knife combatives and the modern knife attack. There rciolla no room for the hypothetical, you just do. Then we come to conclusions that meet in the middle of truth…. There is no sure solution. Blood, pain, shock and motive are the cold, hard reality of the knife attack.

EC is not deeply codified at this moment, is not overly structured and does not go the colored belt or ritualized canon route and this is one of the reasons for its base functionality-and why I gravitated to it.

A means to an end. But I do know pragmatism and function when I see it after 25 years in this business.

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And, being entrusted with being the English-speaking representative of the ccriolla, my goal is to promote it as such and maintain it via this manner as the English-speaking conduit for the system. It may not nor may never hit the masses but it will remain pure and unadulterated. And maybe this is its place, inevitably non-mainstream due to the fact of that cold pragmatism, the types of weapons contained within it, its history, its relative simplicity to learn without 5-year program to draw out the learning and its unapologetic crilola.


It was born not in the current day as the vast number of martial arts you see today counter to the constant misrepresentation of their origins, most are recently modern, post WWII. It was born in another era where artistic merit was overruled by martial necessity.

While kenjutsu has become an avenue of perfection and specificity with minimal or no actual pressure-testing, I hope the same does not happen with EC. From my part, it will not. I am of the opinion that as a method it serves much greater purpose being low-key, in its original format and without the need to adhere to public opinion.

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