A sibat is a staff or spear used as a weapon or tool by natives of the Philippines. It also called bangkaw, sumbling or palupad in the islands of Visayas and Mindanao. Sibat are typically made from rattan, either with a sharpened tip or a head made from metal. These heads may either be single-edged, double-edged or barbed. Styles vary according to function and origin. For example, a sibat designed for fishing may not be the same as those used for hunting wild game.
The sibat is widely used in Filipino martial arts such as San Miguel Eskrima, Inayan Eskrima and Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.
Sibat can either be used hand-to-hand or thrown from a distance. Blunt portions of the weapon could be used to incapacitate at closer ranges. These attacks can be used in conjunction; the shaft can be used to block an enemy's weapon and then followed with a thrust into the throat or stomach.
- Mark V. Wiley (1997). Filipino Martial Culture, ISBN 0-8048-2088-0 Tuttle Publishing.
- Eskrima Digest
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