Visayan Style Corto Kadena / Larga Mano Eskrima is a Filipino weapon based combat system created by the late Maestro Santiago (Sonny) Umpad. It is a synthesis of Cebuano and Moro arts which Sonny Umpad studied both in the Philippines, and in America. The style combines techniques and concepts from such Filipino martial arts as Villabrille Kali, Cabales Serrada Eskrima, and Arnis de Mano. It is also influenced by such Filipino escrima styles as Balintawak, Doce Pares, and Diamondback Escrima. Sonny combined these arts and influences, and the hard won skills and experience acquired on the streets of Bogo and Cebu City, Philippines, into a comprehensive structure: Visayan Style Corto Kadena / Larga Mano Eskrima (VSCKLME or VSCKE). He established the style and name on 1976 in Oakland, Ca.
The style is based on blade (knife) concepts, strategies and techniques which are adapted and adjusted to encompass many other weapons. All ranges are accounted for in this style: short range, medium and long range tactics and strategies are taught. The name of the style, Corto Kadena - short (range) and flowing (linked or chained movements) / Larga Mano(largo mano) – long hand (range) Eskrima, clarifies the nature of the curriculum offered. Sonny’s style offers a variety of weapons both singly, in combination, and in pairs: stick, knife, sickles, long stick, staff, sword, flexible weapons, and thrown knives and darts. Key concepts in the style are “Inside Roll”, short range and fulcrum “Power Generation”, “Cordon” and “Cuerdas” (movements which coil and uncoil), “Pendulum” and “Moro Footwork”, and “ Sword Flow”.
Sonny Umpad carefully developed his style (VSCKLME or VSCKE) over a period of 35 years in 3 distinct chronological phases: a simplified combat phase which he established in 1976, a more theoretical phase emphasizing body angling, evasion through “Moro” footwork, short range power generation, and tip disarming which was completed in 1996; and a third phase which emphasized “pendulum” footwork, range reading and evasion/body waving skills, attack and counterattack strategies, and “sword flow” development. The last phase he was still exploring and developing at the time of his death on August 24, 2006. All phases of material where to be integrated into his style. The great volume of research material and data produced by Sonny Umpad over the last 3 decades has been left to his instructors and students. It is their task to organize, codify, integrate, and preserve this material for future generations.