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.