Kali – Filipino Martial Arts

  • Syracuse, Guro Chris, Chris Thompson, FMA Academy
    Weapons Training

Filipino Martial Arts – Kali:
Kali also known as Escrima/Eskrima, or Arnis is an ancient martial art of the Philippines dating back to the ninth century.  Kali is one of the most comprehensive martial art systems available.  Encompassing an entire spectrum of weaponry, Kali also features sophisticated “empty hands” techniques, kicks, knees, sweeps, throws, and joint locking techniques.  This highly efficient, combat proven art emphasizes an understanding of motion, body angulization, timing, and footwork.  This art is practiced my many masters well into their 70′s and 80′s, yet it is still highly effective.

The system of Filipino martial arts taught by the FMA Academy is the same method taught at the Inosanto Academy in Los Angeles, California.
Traditionally this art was taught with a four level ranking system which would literally take well over a year (almost two) to reach the first rank.  However, it was often up to the school and even instructor to decide how they wanted to teach their program.
This class is being taught using a ten level ranking system.  This will allow the students to better gauge their progress as they continue their path in the Filipino martial art of Kali.
Rank levels are displayed by different colored ecot (sarong or sash).  You can find the rank levels listed below:

  • No Sash – A beginning student with no previous experience in Filipino martial arts.
  • White Sash
  • Yellow Sash
  • Orange Sash
  • Blue Sash
  • Green Sash
  • Purple Sash
  • Brown Sash
  • Red Sash
  • Black Sash

Each level has specific requirements that must be thoroughly understood before testing is allowed for the next level.  Each level delves into more or deeper into the 12 different areas of Kali.

Traditionally there are 12 areas in Kali.  Each area has it’s own sub-set of techniques, applications, and skills.

  1. Single Stick
    • Single Stick
    • Single Sword
    • Single Axe
  2. Double Stick
    • Double Stick
    • Double Sword
    • Double Axe
  3. Stick & Dagger (espada y daga)
    • Long Stick & Short Stick
    • Stick & Dagger
    • Sword & Dagger
    • Sword & Shield
  4. Single Dagger
    • Single Dagger
    • Single Short Stick
  5. Double Dagger
    • Double Dagger
    • Double Short Sticks
  6. Palm Stick or Double End Dagger
    • Palm Stick (Olisi-Palad)
    • Double End Dagger
  7. Empty Hands/Kicking
    • Panantukan – Filipino ‘Dirty’ Boxing (Includes the use of elbows)
    • Pananjakman – Filipino Kicking (Includes the use of knees and shins)
    • Dumog – Filipino Grappling
    • Hubud-Lubud – Trapping and sensitivity trainig
  8. Staff
    • Sibat (Staff)
    • Spear
    • Spear & Shield
    • Spear & Sword/Stick
    • Spear & Dagger
    • Two Handed Method
  9. Flexible Weapons
    • Sarong (clothing worn in the Southern Philippines & Indonesia)
    • Belt or sash
    • Rope
    • Scarf, headband, handkerchief
  10. Hand throw weapons
    • Coins, washers
    • Rocks, stones
    • Dagger
    • Wooden splinters, spikes
    • Sand, Mud, Dirt
    • Spear
    • Pepper, Powder
    • Any object that can be thrown
  11. Projectile Weapons
    • Bow and Arrow
    • Blowgun
    • Slingshot
  12. Mental, Emotional, Spiritual Training
    • Healing arts
    • Health skills
    • Rhythm & Dance
    • History, Philosophy, & Ethics