From Weapons to Empty Hands
‘From weapons to empty hands’ the motto is called in Ezcrima. Starting with weapons from the beginning is a different way than most other Martial Arts go. This helps to see and to ‘read’ the opponent faster.
It is a fact that only somebody who really knows how to use weapons has a chance against an opponent who is armed with a weapon.
Higher EWO Ezcrima Programs
At EWO, the higher Ezcrima programs are about using a variety of swords, shields, staff weapons etc. from the European Medieval and Renaissance combat systems.
While the term ‘martial arts’ today is typically synonymous with ‘Asian fighting arts’, it is very well known that for centuries highly sophisticated European martial art systems existed from ages ago.
Martial Art – Art of Mars
It is from the Latin language that we derive the English term, ‘martial arts’ – ‘arts of Mars’, which is actually the Roman god of war.
The term ‘martial art’ was used in regard to fighting skills as early as the 1550s and in an English fencing manual of 1639 referred specifically to the science and art of swordplay.
Exercise of Arms in Ezcrima
In reference to Medieval and Renaissance combat systems the terms ‘fencing’ and ‘martial arts’ should thus be viewed as synonymous.
Fencing was in essence the ‘exercise of arms’ – and arms meant more than just using a sword.