We are pleased to offer Kali and Filipino Martial Arts at Innovative Martial Arts Academy. The indigenous fighting arts of the Philippines, Kali is a weapons-based martial art that includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling, and weapon disarming techniques. In this article, we will take some time to outline the specifics of this effective self-defense martial arts.
What is Kali and Filipino Martial Arts?
Sometimes referred to as Arnis or Eskrima, Kali is an umbrella term for all Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). With roots in Indonesian Martial Arts and fencing, Kali develops one’s skills with sticks (both long and short) and other bladed weapons.
Most systems of Kali apply a single set of techniques for the stick, knife or empty hand combat and is referred to as “motion grouping.” Unlike most martial arts, Kali starts training with weapons because it is believed that the weapon is an extension of the body. Therefore, through the same exercises, empty hand combat is naturally acquired with the development of weapons training.
What Are the Benefits of Kali?
Kali is one of the most battle-worthy, street-smart and graceful flowing martial arts in the world. Based on centuries of tribal warfare and defense invading forces, the history of the Philippines is seen in the modern Kali style. Based on tactical strategy and survival, Kali has a long history of resistance and resilience, making it a close-quarter combat style conducive to many situations.
Being one of the most practical martial arts, Kali has many benefits. With physical and mental benefits, Kali can help:
- Keep your mind sharp with footwork, patterns, and situational awareness
- Focus your mind through problem-solving and enhanced exercise
- Learn practical self-defense techniques both with and without a weapon
- Develop confidence to defend yourself against an attacker
- Improve physical fitness
- Relieve stress
- Build strong bonds throughout the Kali community
- Improve mental discipline and focus
Want to Learn More About Kali?
At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, our Martial Arts training offers men, women, and children the opportunity to challenge their bodies and minds without the threat of injury and intimidation. Take on the best training in disciplines like Aikido, Kenpo Karate, and Kali, and build your skills one day at a time with the help of our dedicated instructors.
We are proud to serve families across Wake Forest, Wakefield and the surrounding area with a rewarding experience that can set you or your child up for success in all aspects of life. If you’re interested in learning about our martial arts program, contact us at 919.562.4663, or visit our website.
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