Kali blade training
Kali woman

The Precision Kali program at Precision Krav Maga evolved from the influence of Filipino martial arts on the knife training in our Krav Maga curriculum. The philosophy and mindset taught in the Israeli martial arts and the Filipino martial arts are very similar to each other, and the fighting tactics from Filipino martial arts blend seamlessly into Krav Maga. The knife techniques from Filipino martial arts are well known to be highly effective in combat, which is why they have been incorporated into our Krav Maga system. Our Kali class gives our students an opportunity to dive deeper into the underlying principles of the Filipino martial arts.

There are numerous fighting systems from the Philippines that go by various names. Styles influencing our program include systems such as Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Armas Filomeno Kali, Escrima, Arnis, Panantukan, and Dumog. Our school is affiliated with the iKali Indigenous Art of Blade program of Tuhon Apolo Ladra of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, and with the Armas Filomeno Kali system whose founder, Arnold Filomeno, teaches at our school. 

Some of our Kali classes are a Kali/JKD blend. JKD refers to Jeet Kune Do, which is the martial art created by Bruce Lee. Our Kali/JKD blend class provides a mixture of skills from the Filipino martial arts as well as those taught by those in Bruce Lee’s lineage, such as Paul Vunak and Dan Inosanto. 

The iKali classes in our curriculum are focused specifically on the Pekiti Tirsia Kali program developed by Tuhon Apolo Ladra, head of the World Kali Association. Tuhon Apolo’s blade training program was a significant influence on the knife skills taught in the Precision Krav Maga curriculum. 

For more information about learning the Filipino martial arts, fill out our Contact Form or call us at (404) 850-2545.