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The Art

Doce Pares de Francia was a play which dramatized the triumph of the Spanish Christians over the Muslim Moors. It was introduced to the Philippines by the Spanish via Mexico, then renamed by the Filipinos to moro-moro, and used to preserve their fighting arts as the first curriculum of arnis de mano. Garimot Arnis preserves the 30 traditional sequences of the battle-dances in the moro-moro, and all students are required to learn them and the hidden application, with a variety of weapons and shields. Every member of the Garimot lineage has been a moro-moro player.

The Five Strikes style is believed to be the original art of Luzon, where many varieties are widespread. Garimot Cinco Teros introduces the student to the basic theories of largo mano and corto, and was first brought into the family by Gat Puno's grandfather, Gran Maestro Jose "Uti" Baet (3rd generation).

Seven Colors (or Seven Flags) is named for the seven original provinces that rebelled against Spain. It is popular in Laguna and characterized by its use of seven angles. Garimot Siete Colores is introduced after a student has become an expert in Cinco Teros, and teaches new theories of largo mano and corto, and includes the Laban Tulisan (Bandit Fighting) used by guerrilla warriors in Laguna to fight the Japanese. Though Laban Tulisan was introduced by Gran Maestro Jose "Uti" Baet, Siete Colores has always been a part of the Baet family style.

This style is from Laguna, and not to be confused with the Doce Pares of Cebu. Meaning Twelve Peers, it is named for the legend of Charlemagne's knights. It is introduced after proficiency in Siete Colores, and provides further training in the classical arnis of Laguna. Doce Pares has been in the Garimot system since Gran Maestro Elias "Tata" Baet (1st generation).

From Batangas, the home of the balisong, this style is unusual in that training begins first with the knife, then progresses to the sword. It is characterized by its emphasis on thrusting and the use of three points. Garimot Tres Puntos uses the balisong and sling blade (developed by Grandmaster Felipe "Garimot" Baet), as well as common daggers and knives. It has been in the Baet family since Gat Puno's great-grandfather, Gran Maestro Lino "Bisaya" Baet (2nd generation).

This composite of native Filipino wrestling styles contains both standing (clinch) work and groundfighting, including throws, locks, and chokes. Animal characteristics are emulated, but the two primary animals are the tiger and monkey, which represent the dichotomies of aggressive/passive, direct/evasive, hard/soft, etc. Gat Puno's grandfather, Gran Maestro Jose "Uti" Baet, was an accomplished wrestler who studied with Aetas and taught his son, Gran Maestro Felipe "Garimot" Baet (4th generation), who in turn studied with the Mangyans.

Hilot refers to both the healing techniques of the Philippines and the practitioner of those arts. Every member of the Garimot lineage has been a skilled hilot. There are many types of hilot, though the Garimot system includes four.

Albularyo
This form of hilot uses herbs (both internally and externally) and massage.

Babad
Originating from the native Aetas and Mangyans, this hilot therapy is water-based, often involving massage.

Bintusa
Also known as "cupping," this hilot technique involves using fire and cup-shaped objects to create an area of low pressure around particular points of the body, similar to Chinese "cupping" methods.

Buga
This type of hilot makes use of many natural tools, including herbs, fruits, vegetables, oils, vinegar, water, and stones to treat ailments.