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Dumog - Pangamut


The Filipino Dumog is a very rare art today. Dumog can be found mostly in the Southern part of Negros Island and in the island of Panay in the province of Antique. This can be found in small barrios mostly farmers where Dumog became a past time, an entertainment and a form of survival.

Dumog was a normal practice used by the farmers to catch the Carabao by the horn to control and wrestle down. To control the Carabao, the rope is entangled around the neck or at the nose rope holder made of rattan hooked to the Carabao's nose. The rope is used to pull the Carabao to brought to a place where a farmer makes them rest.

The act of controlling the Carabao catching the horn and wrestling down to the ground is called Dumog.

A Dumog expert has a well-built body with sturdy legs and broad shoulders. His legs are spread far apart when he walks and normally he doesn't wear shoes. To build the legs for strength and resistance, the mud pit (a knee high) is the training area. A farmer dip both feet into the sticky mud and take a high stride moving in circular motion until the mud is softened. It could take hours but that builds the legs as strong as the legs of the Carabao after several months or years of training. This is done as an exercise.

For the Arms and Shoulder, the farmers cut a strong branch of a tree and tried to bend it until the branch either breaks or bends. For Power Push, the farmer will position himself in front of the big tree, sometimes a coconut tree and use the legs to balance and both hands push the tree. The farmer moved around the coconut tree and execute a vigorous push and repeatedly doing until the farmer felt tired then he stopped.

For the Hand Grip, the farmer takes a rope and ties the other end against the tree and while holding the end of the rope, the farmer turns around in full force.

The Head Butts, the banana tree is used as the object, but the head butting is started by running towards the direction of the banana tree, the head hits the banana tree with vigorous force that sometimes the banana tree falls down and that ends the training for the day. The Dumog has a lot of foot work, namely the squaring/parallel footwork (the Baka) the Footwork (Panikang) the feet twisting (Palubid) strong footage (Pamigas) foot clipping (Pangipit), forward push (Pasudsud), foot deflection (Palapas) Lampasu, (foot drag), foot smashing (Panglinas), footbar (Pangligwat), ability to balance and deliver vigorous throw (Haboy). 

Pangamut- is empty hand system used in Pekiti Tirsia kali System. Pangamut can be practiced separately, but it is often applied as a prelude to Dumog tactics. panga refers to “jaw” and mut is short for kamut, “hand.” The conjunction pangamut may have derived from refering to using the hands to grab or strike the jaw or head.

In PTK, it mostly refers to the empty hands movements derived from the weapons. Pangamut would in other words be the direct translation of skills and coordination learned from the weapons to the empty hands strikes. Often one can practice the pangamut in similar flow drills or patterns like those of the weapons. 

In general, one could refer to the Pangamut of Pekiti Tirsia as the empty hands striking methods and Dumog as the grappling, breaking and takedowns. Typically a stun should precede any complex technique or takedown and pangamut is often the method used for that stun.