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 assailant are targeted in a bid to render their ability to attack further useless or limited. This philosophy of ‘de-fanging the snake’ has proven highly effective and is highly regarded and used by military and law enforcement agencies throughout the world today.
All ranges and combat variables are covered in the art of Kali including but not limited to weaponry, striking, grappling and joint locking. Some of the weapons which are taught in this style include; single stick, double stick, stick and knife, staff and bladed weapons such as sword and knife. Much emphasis is also placed on a variety of energy drills for attribute development. These self perfection drills are extremely useful in improving sensitivity, speed, timing, line familiarisation, target acquisition and angles of attack.
Combat Defence Systems teach predominately the Inosanto/Lacoste Kali method and with Guro Dan Inosanto having trained in numerous filipino arts, we also incorporate other training methods to compliment our system.
The art of Kali in its application and concepts are not dis-similar to ‘the intercepting way’ of JKD. So much so, that we have a combined Kali and Jeet Kune Do (JKD) class.
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.
HERE ARE SOME COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q: Why are sticks used to train with?
A: The stick was used in times of war due to its ability to break bones and unlike a sword it doesn’t need to be continually sharpened. Rattan sticks was also readily available in the natural habitat of the landscape. However, the stick also represents and type of weapon which is held and its defence and use is the same as the stick apart from some small obvious adaptations if it was an edged weapon.
Q: Is Kali a good striking art?
A: Absolutely! The hands are used in the same manner as a weapon and that is to destroy the opponents limbs by breaking or locking. The legs are also used to strike, break and sweep.
Q: Is Kali a hard art to learn?
A: Like anything worth learning, consistency is required to gain competency. However, once the basics and principles of Kali are learnt and understood, it is a relatively easy art to progress in as the concept remains exactly the same for weapon use and empty hands.
Q: Why do I have to learn to use a knife or a weapon as I would never carry one on me?
A: To defend against someone with a knife or any type of weapon, you must understand and know how to use that weapon also. It would be like trying to defend yourself against someone trying to punch you without never being taught to punch yourself.
Q: Is there a belt or grading system in place?
A: Yes, if pursuing a black belt is your aim, then we can help you achieve that.
TIMETABLE (our Kali & JKD classes are combined)
Tuesdays: 7pm – 8pm
Wednesdays: 7pm – 8pm
Thursdays: 7pm – 8pm
Saturdays: 10am – 11am
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