Our Filipino Martial Arts Curriculum is Called Kali Concepts
Kali Concepts is based on the Inosanto-LaCoste system of Kali with a slight blend of some Indonesian and Malaysian arts. Guro Dan Inosanto is one of the leading practitioners of the Filipino martial arts. He is best known for having been a student and training partner of Sijo Bruce Lee but he has also had extensive training in his ancestral arts. It was GM Ed Parker, his American Kenpo instructor who told him that he should research the combative arts of his heritage. He has trained under many different notable instructors of FMA such as Ben Largusa, Cacoy and Diony Canete, John Eliab, Rev. Estalilla Branch, John and Vincent Evangelist, Leo Gaje, Lucky LucayLucay, Leo Giron, Antonio Illustrisimo, Angel Cabales, Floro Villabrille and most influential on him John LaCoste. Which is why we refer to the system as the Inosanto-LaCoste system. Guro Dan has also trained with many others and continues to train. The old masters had had their fair share of challenge matches often with waivers of death. These men had tested their arts in actual combat and lived to continue to hand their arts down.
When discussing the combative arts of the Philippines, it’s like a look back at your social studies or history class. The first Filipino warriors descended from transplants who arrived to the Philippine islands from other lands and brought with them their own unique cultures. They had the strength and fortitude to survive the long journeys and possessed the skills to create a new land and a new culture. They traveled from places like Malaysia, Indonesia, China, India and Burma. Along with their own unique religions, languages and cultures they also brought with them their indigenous combative arts. Ancient Filipino warriors defended their lands from invaders such as Magellan. The Chieftain Lapu-Lapu is probably the most notable and most revered among them for his defeat and slaughter of Magellan.
The individual styles and systems of FMA vary from region to region. The differences can be due to adaptations in different terrains and environments or due to personal preferences developed by a particular tribe or family. FMA much like JKD is not a “classical or traditional” a system. Techniques vary and there is no standardized curriculum. There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and historically there were about an average of 3 different tribes per island. If you do the math, that’s about 21,0000 different systems of combat.
Most commonly the art is predicated on the use of numbering systems and angles of attack using the stick and knife. But it’s not limited to only weapons. The empty handed portion of the art, often called Panantukan or Filipino Boxing is also based off those same angles of attack as the stick and knife. Therefore any training that you do will develop attributes that can be used in any area of the art. It’s an art that compliments many other martial arts and blends particularly well with JKD.
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