Also known as “Buno” is a Southeast Asian martial art form known as Dumhog. This “grappling” form of combat is said to have originated from the Philippines and is basically practiced by ethnic groups such as Tagalog, Ilokano, Cebuano, Bicolano, Pampanga, and Pangasinan. Furthermore, Dumog is essentially based on the principles of “control points” and “choke points”. In addition, “nerve point” attacks are also usually used frequently in this martial art form.

History/origin of the Dumog:

According to the cultural history of Philippines, the Dumog was basically created by using elements from wrestling, Judo, and Jujutsu. Furthermore, it is said to have been developed during the post World War II period when many practitioners of the FMA (Filipino Martial Art) also trained in this form of combat. Apparently, Dumog during this period was also referred to as “Combat Judo”.

Weapons used in the Dumog:

Since “grappling” techniques are mainly used in Dumog it is usually “hands and legs” of a wrestler that are used as a weapon.

Techniques used in the Dumog and training availability:

In terms of technique, a wrestler basically needs to forcefully push the opponent on to the ground to achieve victory. Furthermore, it is moves such as weight shifts, head butts, knee strike, forearm strike, elbow strike and joint locks that are used frequently by the wrestler in this combat form. In addition, control points, nerve points, and choke points are identified in the human body by the wrestler which is then manipulated to overcome an opponent. As for training centers/schools, there are a few available especially in Philippines for those interested in learning this “grappling” combat form.


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