We have many gripping methods in our system. Let me share you two of them that we use for single hand held swords. I am using a pinuti sword in this video.
The movements I did which shows my fingers extending out was a deliberate exaggeration in order to stress which fingers are gripping tight and which fingers are a little bit loose on a certain grip. In actual application these transitions wouldn't be noticed. Most Filipino blades were originally used as farm implement which requires little or no guards at all. Therefore any protruding fingers would be an easy target. The grip transitions in real time application is done with subtlety.
The Pinuti is indegenous to us which comes from the Visayas region. The blade is approximately 16 to 18 inches long with a wooden handle. The term Pinuti means white or whitened. It has a very good balance and easy to carry.
Abenir Kalis Filipino Blade Art
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