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Feb

All Cleveland Kali Students are ask to attend.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER

Sign up today for the Martial Arts Weapons event of the year!

This amazing three day camp will cover:
– Single & Double Stick,
– Single & Double Knife
– Single & Double Sword
– Espada Y Daga
– Filipino Staff

Seminars on a wide range of subjects including:
-Simple & Direct Combat Application
– Disarming
– Flow Drills
– Trapping
– Knife Tapping & Counter Tapping
– Technique Development
– and More

A Free Weapon Tournament will be held at the camp. Participation is optional.

Also included will be a Shooting Range for basic gun awareness, safety and handling for Rifle & Pistol. There will be both a Static Target Shooting range, as well as a Combat Shooting range and competition. Participation Optional.
($10 extra, due to ammunition costs)

Although there are Motels in the surrounding area, Onsite Camping is available. Electrical hook-up available for RV’s. 24 hr. bathroom access available as well.
($20 additional flat fee for onsite camping)

DISCOUNT for online Pre-Registration
Reserve your spot today and take advantage of big savings by pre-registering online. You can purchase passes for One, Two, or all Three days of this event.

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER
Be sure to choose which options you would like from our drop-down menu before purchase.

DATE & LOCATION:
JUNE 3-5, 2011
1880 Plains Rd.
Leslie, MI. 49251

SCHEDULE:
Friday – June 3, 2011
10-Noon Registration & Camping Set Ups
12pm – Combat Interception
2pm – Single Knife flow development
4pm – Stick Disarms
Tournament – Single Stick Hand Sparring
Shooting Range – Rifle: Static Target Shoot (all attendants welcome)

Saturday – June 4, 2011
10am – Combat Entries with the Stick
12pm – The Knife Matrix: Clearing, Tapping & Trapping
2pm – Sumbrada Flow (picking out the details) Beg. & Adv.
4pm – Intro to Armas-Kali Sword method (Espada Y Daga included)
Tournament – Single Stick / Single Sword / Double Stick
Shooting Range – Pistol: Combat Shoot & Competition ($10 extra charge for Amo)

Hand Drums Class / Drum Circle
Bonfire

Sunday – June 5, 2011
10 – Espada Y Daga
12 – Staff
Knife Thorwing competition
Certificate Presentation for Total Camp Completion

COST:
Passes—– — – 1 Day –2 Days –3 Days
Pre-registered- -$100 –$160 —-$200
At The Door— -$130 –$200—–$250

Click HERE to Pre-Register Online Be sure to choose which options you would like from our drop down menu when you purchase your Passes.

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13
Dec

Martin Johnson, instructor at the Golden Pyramid Martial Arts Center, was inducted into The U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame, November 13, 2010 at the 23rd Annual Global Leadership Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This “invitation only” private event was sponsored by the Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association and is held annually for invited participants.

Guro Johnson was inducted under the Instructor of the Year category. As Instructor of the Year for 2010, Johnson joins an elite list of martial artists from around the world, all of whom have been recognized by the Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association for their dedication to the martial arts. Johnson has been studying and teaching the art of Kali for more than 12 years, and is extremely honored to have been recognized by the association for his contributions to his art.

“This award is considered one of the highest honors given by the International Martial Arts Association and is reserved for recognition of dedication, skill, and leadership. Being inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame is a career milestone!” said Johnson, who at age 46 has trained in many styles of martial arts, including Shaolin Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, Ka Ju Ken Bo,  Marcial Tirada Kali and Armas-Kali.

Guro Johnson, a 5th Level Black Sash, founded Cleveland Kali in 2009. Cleveland Kali is located at the Golden Pyramid Martial Arts Center in Maple Heights. The school has martial arts training programs tailored for children and adults, including Ka Ju Ken Bo training, Kung Fu, Kali and Jiu -Jitsu. For more information, call 216-475-1880 or visit clevelandkali.com.

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19
Jul

Congratulations to Guro Johnson on his First Place win in the Single Sword competition at Guro T. Kent Nelson’s: Filipino Martial Arts Camp. Guro Johnson also took second place in the single stick competition.

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7
Feb

Summary: Kali sticks are not what Kali is all about. The sticks are a representation of any weapon.

Some typical Kali weapons. From left to right: cellphone and pen (for size reference), balisong, padded stick, short stick (21 inches) with handle, expandable baton, machete, 1 inch diameter stick 28 inches long, taped stick, 1 1/4 inch diameter stick, padded stick 28 inches in length

A misconception of most people while watching Kali / Escrima / Arnis being practiced is that it’s all about fighting with sticks. Even many Kali practitioners believe this to be the case. It is often referred to as “stick fighting”. However, the sticks represent much more.

A great training weapon

Rattan sticks are used because they are a safe, effective training tool. Rattan is cheap, durable, light-weight and does not splinter. It’s softer than most hard woods (safer to be hit with), but still solid. It can readily be cut to different sizes as well as sanded (to make handles of different shapes) and fire hardened. All of these properties make it an ideal training material. These properties make it ideal for other martial arts, activities and sports.

A representation of any weapon

While one can use a stick or any blunt weapon as an actual fighting weapon, in Kali the stick is a representation of any weapon of similar size, shape and function. Long sticks could be representative of a bat, sword, shield, machete, mace, baton or even more ‘improvised’ weapons such as an umbrella, lead pipe, fireplace poker, pool cue, wrench and yes – even a stick you pick up off the ground. A shorter stick could be representative of a knife, beer bottle, candlestick, or screwdriver.

All of this goes back to the topic of transferable technique (also known as One technique, many weapons): What is learned with one weapon should be easily transferred to the next. This means all weapons, including the empty hand.

A weapon of its own and the stick historically

While today it serves as mostly a representation, the stick as a weapon on its own is useful. Blunt (non bladed) weapons are extremely common historically and, from what I have heard and read, the stick has a significant place in Filipino warrior history. Bladed weapons were not immediate parts of any culture of the world. The stick is an example of early weapons ‘technology’.

Sticks were not always blunt. Warriors would sharpen the tips of their sticks to a point, possibly even a bladed point. These were used just as you might expect – for stabbing and slashing. It was common for the tips to be dipped in various poisons before battle to ensure the death of the enemy.

It’s not just a stick

It’s not just about fighting with sticks. There is a lot more to Kali and Filipino martial arts as a whole.

WANT TO LEARN KALI?

If you’re interested in training in the Filipino Martial Arts (Kali / Eskrima) in the Bedford Heights, Maple Heights, Garfield Heights Ohio area, join us on a Tuesday night at 7 PM.

Golden Pyramid Martial Arts Center
5080 Northfield Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137
216-475-1880

Simply fill out the quick and easy form on the top right, and I will contact you shortly with complete details on how you can reserve your FREE class.

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1
Jan

Check out this new movie trailer for The Book of Eli which features Filipino Martial Arts in the fight scenes. Denzel Washington was trained by Guro Dan Inosanto and Jeff Imada (Senior Instructor under Guro Dan) in preparation for his role.

WANT TO LEARN KALI?

If you’re interested in training in the Filipino Martial Arts (Kali / Eskrima) in the Bedford Heights, Maple Heights, Garfield Heights Ohio area, join us on a Tuesday night at 7 PM.

Golden Pyramid Martial Arts Center
5080 Northfield Road
Maple Heights, OH 44137
216-475-1880

Simply fill out the quick and easy form on the top right, and I will contact you shortly with complete details on how you can reserve your FREE class.

Simply fill out the quick and easy form on the right, and I will contact you shortly with complete details on how you can reserve your FREE class.

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