Linkedin What is Dumog? Dumog is the Filipino style of wrestling also known as Filipino grappling which, overtime, has been modified into an intense form of wrestling used by many different ethnic groups in the Philippines such as Tagalog, Ilokano and Cebuano. Dumog uses a range of grappling techniques which come from various other martial arts including Judo and Jujitsu. It focuses on both standing and ground grappling, depending on the situation in which it is to be used. This art is very well known throughout the Philippines.
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The techniques of Dumog are few, and simple, and they work. They can be summarized as moving the body by either pulling or pushing on the upper arm, or by using the head as a lever--where the head goes, the body must follow. The arm techniques are not mysterious. Tai Chi uses push arm techniques they do work , and so do some Brazilian Vale Tudo fighters. Wrestlers use pull-arm techniques as a matter of course, and judoka do too, although they grab cloth and use their legs for tripping at the same time.
But Vu presents them clearly and concisely in his inimitable way with the English language and shows how to combine them with various other arts. The arm pull can be done from either inside or outside. Inside works more efficiently but exposes you to chokes so it might be best to work from outside if you have a choice--in any case, beware of the choke. Now lay your forearm in his inner elbow and rotate counterclockwise in a standard whirlpool pattern.
The outside version is pretty much the same thing: grab his right wrist with your right hand, lay your forearm on his inner elbow, but this time rotate clockwise.
Be careful of your face, because his forehead is probably going to smash it. Vu teaches this as a bonus. In other words, you have to be more careful with this one. However, it certainly works. Of course, you have to get the grips first. But getting the right grips is the hardest part to executing any throw. It becomes a handle that you can use for leverage. Since there is no more "give" left and you are making him light by lifting him slightly off the floor, he will be easy to move in any direction, provided that you keep the upper arm bone tight.
This is a Tai Chi technique and now you know why it works not chi power, but anatomy and gravity. Some people will think this is a somewhat useless technique. Ricardo Liborio showed it to me during one of his visits to Tokyo. You are tied up with a tough opponent, a wrestler no doubt, because wrestlers are tough, and he has a Thai style tie-up around your neck with his right hand. You now lever yourself out, using your right hand to brace against his massively muscled chest if necessary , and grab his right wrist with your right hand.
Your hands should be facing the opposite directions in such a way that you can straighten his arm out. Now you simply turn into the angle described above, which is basically close to his back, and push. He will probably stumble off balance with his legs crossed, and you will have a perfect opportunity for a beautiful double, or a nice clinch from which to apply an uki waza into a mount, or, if this happens to be your gig, you could land some uncontested leg kicks.
If it sounds unrealistic, try it. Liborio swears by it. Vu spends a fair amount of time on set-ups. Like, how do you get your hands on a guy who is trying to hit you?
Anyone who knows Vu will be able to guess that the methods he recommends are 1 hubud, 2 straightblast, and 3 gunting. He is assuming that the man will attack with a jab. Vu assumes the punch will be a jab because that lets him enter with a gunting. Vu does it with his knuckles instead, hoping to take out the nerve. It might work. Vu thinks so. But as always, you be the judge.
Discard what is useless The straightblast is supposedly a Wing Chun concept, or at least a Jun Fan concept. As a distraction, maybe, but it seems an inefficient one at best.
Hubud is a different matter. This is the situation Liborio discussed. This is when you can make dumog work for you incidentally, aikido, which is useless in vale tudos, works very effectively in such situations. This is when you proceed to the devastating arts of head dumog. The head is the best dumog "choke point" according to Vu.
It is certainly a versatile one. However, it has to be said that seeing everything done from many angles and entries aids comprehension and Vu is entertaining to listen to, in a whacky sort of way. Vu has apparently taken acting lessons and gotten his hair styled and seems to be going for the Tinseltown look. It certainly demonstrates that these techniques can be devastating against food. Above, Igor and Alon demonstrate the dumog head twist positions.
Below, Igor and Alon demonstrate the dumog arm pull positions. All rights reserved. Revised November 1,
Dumog – The Filipino Style of Wrestling
The techniques of Dumog are few, and simple, and they work. They can be summarized as moving the body by either pulling or pushing on the upper arm, or by using the head as a lever--where the head goes, the body must follow. The arm techniques are not mysterious. Tai Chi uses push arm techniques they do work , and so do some Brazilian Vale Tudo fighters.
It consists of standup grappling and wrestling, utilizing off-balancing techniques, throws, and neck turning to force an opponent to the ground. Musang Dumog is a ground fighting art, utilizing locks, chokes and strikes to submit opponents on the ground. Both systems can be combined or learnt independently. The origins of both these styles is rather sketchy, however they are still relatively abundant in the northernmost islands of the Philippines. The Filipino art of grappling includes a wide range of locks, known as trankadas, chokes, throws, trips, sweeps and pins which blend and flow naturally from the empty handed boxing and kicking methods, applied with or without a weapon.