WHAT IS KALI?
What is kali Eskrima?
The Filipino martial art Kali Eskrima, is a complete fighting system and it is unique in that unlike other oriental martial arts, students learn how to control and deal with weapons first before moving on to empty hands training and techniques.That is because lots of the empty hand techniques come from either the single or double stick, knife dagger or sword techniques. And drilling with weapons increases both sensitivity and coordination which can then be translated to empty hand techniques.
Kali Eskrima does not have forms or katas, but has a logical progression which is:
Single Stick - drilling with emphasis on single direct attack/counter-attack and stick disarms
Eskrido - Stick & empty hand grappling & locks
Arnis - Single and double stick
Knife Fighting - Including disarms
Dulo-Dulo - Double edged dagger or knife
Mano-Mano - Empty hands drilling and trapping
Panantukan - Filipino boxing
Sikaran/Pananjakman - Low kicking
Dumog - Locks and grappling
Bakaw - Long staff
Empty hand, knife and stick - sparring unprotected or with body armour as some schools prefer
Chuko - Use of nunchuka
Balisong - Butterfly knife Whip and chain