Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kali?
Our style of Kali is a highly effective close-quarters fighting art indigenous to the Visayan region of the Philippines. It was founded in 1897 and is the system of the Tortal family. The sole heir and guardian of this system is Leo T. Gaje, Jr.
Based on tactics and strategies derived from edged weapons, Kali is a complete system incorporating both weapons and empty hands methods. Designed for both single and multiple attackers, it is an ancient art that has evolved to stay relevant for modern combat and self-defense scenarios.
Kali is proven effective in combat and invaluable for preparing Operators of the law enforcement and military community. In the country of origin, Kali has become the basis for the official combatives programs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police. Internationally, it has been taught to thousands of police and military Special Operations personnel in the United States, Europe, India, Russia and across Asia.
Do you train civilians?
Yes of course. Any law-abiding citizen over the age of 17 looking to learn self-defense is welcome here.
I am in the military/police force. How will your program benefit me?
Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. was technical advisor and made an appearance in a video entitled “Surviving Edged Weapons” in the 1980’s. It became the video training tool used by police throughout the United States. Based on the fundamental truths of blade culture, the video is so practical, its principles are still applicable today. The fundamentals of Kali can help officers increase their chance of survival on the street during a violent encounter and will also help active military become more effective at their job in theater as a supplement to their close quarter combat training. Click here to see the Philippine Force Recon Marines demonstrate some of the techniques we teach. (Yes, we teach the same style of Kali in case you were wondering.)
Do you offer any discounts to first-responders?
Yes. If you are a first-responder (Military, Law Enforcement, Fireman, Paramedics), we thank you for your service. You will be rewarded with a 20% discount on private lessons.
I have never taken martial arts before? Can I still do this?
Do you teach women?
Absolutely. Learning the art of the blade is a force multiplier and perfect for women’s self-defense against one or multiple attackers. Women are strongly encouraged to come and learn with us.Getting started is easy and affordable. You only need two rattan sticks, a trainer blade. Equipment will be loaned to you during class until you purchase your own.