Experience Filipino Knife Culture

Learn Self Defense And The Art Of The Blade Through  Kali


“Through my life and career I have been exposed to various martial arts, hand to hand combat, and self-defense techniques. However, I have never been fully indulged in defense of edged weapons, offense, and defense against multiple attackers. That was until I met Mark. Humble and passionate were the first initial characteristics I noticed with Mark. His knowledge, skill set, and effective teaching techniques made learning not only effective for me, but fun and enjoyable. I truly believe PTK is one of the most effective and need to know self-defense arts. When a weapon is thrown into the mix, everything changes and Mark assists you to conquer that challenge and learn a great skill. That’s what I love most about Kali, it’s ever changing depending on the situation, the techniques must be practiced, it’s a challenge and that’s what keeps me involved. There’s a method behind the madness, one learned practice skill can led to many real-life scenarios to use in self-defense, every little bit of simple practicing movements play a huge role in the art. Truly worth learning and I will continue to do so as long as I can.”

– D. Tucker- Government Contractor/Combat Veteran


“Except for the fact that I’ve always carried a knife for self-defense and some very basic instruction on how to use an edged weapon in combat situations, the only thing I brought to Mark and the Filipino Kali Academy was a deep desire to become competent in edged weapons defense/offense. In a very short time, Mark has taken the mystery out of knife combatives and helped me lay a foundation for a skill I will practice and hone the rest of my life. Each training session with Mark builds upon the principles of Kali and gives me practical skills I can use immediately. Mark’s insight allows him to use whatever life experiences and fighting skill you have so that you can make the Kali system your own. Mark’s high level of knowledge and competence in the Kali combat system has made it both exciting and a pleasure to see my skill develop. Since the Kali system focuses on the principles of combat and not endless theory and techniques, the knowledge of how to use this system quickly reveals itself. I highly recommend training with Mark for anyone who desires to become well rounded in self-defense methods.”

-I.P. – Law Enforcement Officer/Combat Veteran


“What initially started as an individual journey toward continued martial arts training and improved physical fitness, quickly became a desire for self-improvement and enhanced self-awareness. Although the deadly combat martial art of Kali was derived in the 1500’s under the brutal occupation of the Spanish occupation in the Philippines, I have found that its beauty lies in its many applications to a single technique, often times hidden from the naked untrained eye. During hundreds of years of systematic cultural genocide, history reveals that the Filipino’s “secret weapon” was always concealed in the shadows in the form of dances, games, and inconspicuous gestures.
Since meeting Mark, I am consistently intrigued after our sessions by the sense of self-discovery gained after “peeling back the layers” of a single technique to ultimately reach the “fruit” or main concept. For instance, I learned that in PTK the sticks or weapons in general are an extension of the hands; and without them, one can execute the exact same technique(s) and function in the very same manner. Mark is very modest, knowledgeable, and passionate about teaching. He is committed to teaching and strives on every occasion to better himself and others. As a veteran law enforcement officer, I am noticing vast improvements and applicability translated into my professional duties since seeking out his professional expertise. I have a better appreciation for footwork, ranging, timing, speed, and accuracy. I highly recommend Mark’s services for those in the military and/or law enforcement sectors that are seeking supplemental individual and/or unit-based sustainment training.”

-R.J. – Law Enforcement Officer/Combat Veteran

Our Vision

Our Vision at FKA is to help promote and develop awareness of  Filipino culture here in San Diego. We do this by teaching the principles of Kali which is deeply ingrained in the history of the Philippines.  Join us and see how our program will enrich your life!

Military or Police?

Do you serve in the military or police? Let FKA give you valuable knife training on how to survive a knife attack on the street or on the battlefield using tools in addition to your primary weapons. Learn practical tactics that are used on the battlefield today using this combat-proven system.

The Serious Martial Artist

If you already have experience training in martial arts, our combat program is a perfect supplement to build upon what you already know.  Learn practical tactics to defend yourself with knife fighting martial arts.

Want To Get Fit By Trying Something New?

If you have no martial arts experience, no problem! Our beginner program will build your skills step by step. Your self-confidence will increase as you start to master the intricacies of bladed weapons. These skills translate into empty hand combat as well. Plus, it’s a great cardio workout!
More Testimonials

“Mark is a phenomenal instructor. I’ve learned so much in 5 sessions and will definitely sign up for more. I found this absolutely amazing. This is a through-the-looking-glass experience and that expands your mind and your skills. You can have some or no experience with martial arts or be an expert and still benefit from this training. Bring a friend! It’s great to have someone to practice with.”

C. Parck

Personal Trainer, Implicit Cycling

“Kali strengthens my spirit, mind and body. It affects how I think, feel and react to my physical surroundings. It trains my mind and body to think and act differently. It also helps me control my emotions so my emotions don’t control me. It has given me a completely new perspective on life!”

Oliver Smith


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