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De Campo 1-2-3 Original

What is De Campo 1-2-3 Original?

De Campo Uno-Dos-Tres Orihinal is a Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) system founded by Jose D. Caballero in 1925. Caballero designed the Arnis system to be taught as a 3-level curriculum:Elementary, High School, and College. Two of Jose’s sons, Manuel and Salvador, inherited their father’s system. Currently, Manuel’s eldest son Jomalin still teaches the family art in Toledo, Cebu.

The system is exclusively weapons-based, with the practitioner trained to use solo baston (single stick) and doble baston (double stick). As with other arnis systems, the stick is treated as a substitute for an actual blade.

The De Campo system emphasizes power and accuracy, with striking done at maximum strength and intent.

As a Filipino Martial Arts system, it focuses on the importance of body dynamics to deliver strikes at optimal coverage. Body shifting is utilized twofold- first, to extend one’s striking range, and second, to execute evasive maneuvers.

De Campo 1-2-3 Original Curriculum

The Striking Features of De Campo 1-2-3

Powerful 3-strike fatal blows set De Campo 1-2-3 apart from many other kali / eskrima systems. Some call it “meteoric strikes” but really, they are just combinations done right and memorized by the muscles after years of training and thousands of repetitions.

The curriculum shown here is a testament to the few who have trained under De Campo 1-2-3 how power, flow, accuracy, and timing can be perfected by following a proven program of instruction that was created and developed by GM Jose D. Caballero in 1925.

The goal was not only to train someone to learn self-defense but also to be able to win in a Juego-Todo match (all-out no-holds-barred stick fight). This means that training is comparable to that of the military which is very exhausting and repetitive. The founder was not hesitant to drop any student who cannot keep up.

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What can I expect from De Campo?

  • Weaponize Self-Defense Skills

Completion of even the basic level of the Arnis curriculum (Elementary) would already grant the student access to devastating, efficient techniques that can be performed using any light- to medium-weight lever-handled everyday objects (umbrellas, broomsticks, frying pans, etc).

  • Improved Coordination

The mastery through repetition of each technique would automatically hone the student’s body mechanics, especially in terms of hand-eye coordination as well as upper-lower body synchronization.

  • Heightened Awareness

The student will undergo increasingly difficult bouts of sparring to prepare him or her for the instinctive “fight” response during real-life self-defense scenarios. The student will gain the confidence to emerge victorious in physical confrontations wherein escape / disengagement is not an option.

Practicing De Campo 1-2-3 Original in the yard
De Campo 1-2-3 Original Arnis FMA Most Notable Students

Most Notable Students

Manong Eric Olavides and Punong Guro Edgar Sulite.
Two of the most notable students of Grandmaster Jose Caballero.

For more than a year, PG Edgar (according to him) courted the old Grandmaster just to be accepted as a student. GM Jose is very selective with whom he teach his system and PG Edgar finally was accepted some time in the late 70s or early 80s.

Manong Eric on the other hand started training earlier in the late 60s and was promoted to Assistant Professor by the founder.

PG Edgar’s Lameco has spread all over the world and many of his students are well aware of the influence of GM Jose’s De Campo Technique on their system.

Manong Eric also created his own Filipino Martial Arts System, -the JDC-IO where he included techniques from his other influences i.e. Billy Baaclo’s Sungkite.

Today, De Campo 1-2-3 Original is still taught in its original form in Cebu as was taught by Grandmaster Jose Caballero.