Kali, Escrima or even Arnis as it is sometimes called is a Filipino combat art tried and tested in times of war. This highly efficient martial art is a weapons based martial art and extends all of its techniques to empty hand. It is devastatingly effective with its no-nonsense approach to dealing with an attacker that is armed or unarmed. Many times, the limbs of the opponent are targeted for destruction in a bid to render their ability to attack further limited or useless. This concept is known as ‘de-fanging the snake’ and has proven to be highly effective. Kali is highly regarded as a practical and effective martial art and is used by military and law enforcement agencies throughout the world today.

All ranges and combat are covered in this art including weaponry, striking, grappling and joint locking. Some of the weapons which are taught in this style include; single stick, double stick, stick and knife and staff. Bladed weapons such as sword and knife are also taught.  Kali employs various self-perfection training drills which are extremely useful in developing attributes such as sensitivity, speed, timing, line familiarisation and target acquisition.

Combat Defence Systems teach predominately the Inosanto/Lacoste Kali method but also employ additional methods and systems to cover all ranges with various weapons combinations.


There are many styles of Silat which stem from the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Combat Defence Systems teach mainly the Maphalindo style of Silat developed by Guro Dan Inosanto. This system represents the many styles that Guro Inosanto has trained in and builds on these foundations. With a no-nonsense, direct approach, it’s gaol is to intercept the opponent using destructions, breaks, takedowns and sweeps. It also employs devastating striking and grappling tactics using eye gauges, finger thrusts, head-butts, elbows, knees, chokes, wrenches and compressions to finish as quickly as possible. With the correct training and understanding, this art is a devastating street art for self-defence.

The arts of Kali & Silat in their application and concepts are extremely similar to ‘the intercepting way’ of JKD. So much so, that we have a combined Kali / Silat and Jeet Kune Do (JKD) class.

The Benefits of Kali - Silat

Tone Your Muscles – tone your upper & lower body and feel stronger

Better Circulation – an increased heart rate increases body circulation

Relieve Stress – there’s no better way to relieve the stress/tension

Learn to Defend Yourself – build self-confidence and become stronger

Improve Your Co-ordination – nothing improves your co-ordination like weapons training

Improve Your Coordination – build balance and core stability

Increase brain activity – weapons training on both sides of the body engages both the left and rights sides of the brain

Have Fun – you’ll feel stronger, faster, lighter and happier

Why Combat Defence Systems?

We are family friendly (Adults classes are ages 14 and up) | We have a ‘NO egos’ policy | Our students help each other to get better | Classes are fun, fast paced but challenging | We cater to ALL Levels in all classes including beginners | Our instructors are experienced and here to help you reach your goals | Our training facility is modern, safe and fully equipped with matted floors for your comfort | As kickboxing trains EVERY part of your body, you will acquire a high level of all round fitness

COMBAT – a fight, struggle, or controversy, between two persons, teams or ideas.

DEFENCE – the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury.

SYSTEMS – a procedure or process for obtaining an objective.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are these arts effective street self-defence arts?

Absolutely! Both are proven combat tested arts designed to counter attack with speed and devastation.

Are these arts difficult to learn?

Like anything worth learning, consistency is required to gain competency. However, once the basics and principles are learnt and understood, it is a relatively simplistic art to progress in as most techniques remain exactly the same for both weapons use and empty hands.

We never carry weapons so why train to use them?

To defend against someone with a knife or any type of weapon, you must understand how the weapon is used in order to defend against it. It would be like trying to defend yourself against someone trying to punch you without never being taught to punch yourself.

Is there a belt or grading system in place?

Yes, we have a combined belt Kali / Silat / JKD belt grading system.


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