Why learn Kali

  • You learn practical self-defense.
  • Your upper body, arms and legs will become toned
  • You will increase your fitness and aerobic capacity
  • Parts of your body, such as your forearms, elbows and hands will benefit from conditioning, making them more resistant to pain and injury.
  • You will become more flexible.
  • You will benefit from increased manual dexterity and co-ordination. This is derived from performing exercises with two weapons and weapons of different sizes. You will probably become partially ambidextrous.
  • You will be able use any weapon , even one you have not used before.
  • It complements and enhances any martial art. It can be learned independently from other martial arts or grafted seamlessly into any form of exercise you do already.
  • Many of the techniques do not require strength or power, since most of the power is derived from body movement and economy of motion.
  • Because there is no need for strength, anyone can learn . 12 year old children can learn Kali as well as retired women.
  • It is a complete system of martial arts, training you in striking (punching, kicking,etc.), wrestling, all forms of weaponry, and even groundfighting.
  • It can be practiced anywhere. Kali can be practiced in a park as well as it’s practiced in a gym.
  • It is fun. Because it requires a training partner to practice, it is a great way to meet people.

But why Kali? Why not another martial art?

  • Kali is a complete martial art. It does not focus exclusively on unarmed self-defence techniques (like for example, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, or Muay Thai) nor does it focus exclusively on weaponry. Students are learn to interchange weaponry depending on its availability so they can fight just as well with a weapon or without it. It covers all the ranges of combat. For example Wing Chun specializes in the close range techniques, while Tae Kwon do, specializes in kicking techniques. Kali trains the student to fight at long range (with feet), medium range (hands and feet), and close range (elbows and knees). It also utilises wrestling techniques, wrenches, takedowns, sweeps, throws  and pressure point strikes.
  • There are little or no forms (or kata). Due to its combat effectiveness, there is little need to practice solo or routine exercises, since these do not train the student in anything relevant. All drills and exercises are partnered to maximize the learning benefits to the students.
  • Kali learn to use weaponry first. Most other martial arts teach weaponry only to the most senior students when they have reached a high level of proficiency in their art. However, weaponry learned this way is never related to empty hand applications and students are taught specific techniques, rather than teaching integrated principles. The benefits of learning weaponry first is that it increases the co-ordination tenfold for empty hand applications (after all, weapons are merely extensions of the limbs).
  • Students are taught sparring from the start. No time is wasted learning intricate footwork, or stances. The student is taught to spar at short range, long range, grappling range, and with a variety of weapons. Kali is probably one of the only martial arts where sparring against multiple opponents is successfully trained.
  • does not over-emphasize one part of the system. Fighting with empty hands is automatically acquired after training with weapons. Students can also fight with weapons of different size, weight and shapes without any hindrance.
  • Kali is a mixture of hard and soft styles. Styles such as Karate are all hard, while many Chinese styles such as Tai Chi Ch’uan are soft. This mixture of hard and soft styles Kali produces a martial art which can be seamlessly integrated into any other martial art without any problems. Many boxers find it hard to use their techniques in Aikido, while someone who practices Karate will find it hard to blend his art with Chi na.