Kali is the term used for the stick and knife fighting of the Philippines but is also known by other names like Escrima, or Arnis.
There are 12 ranges of combat in Kali alone in the Inosanto Lacosta system! It is incredibly diverse!
One reason it is diverse is that there are approximately 7,000 islands in the Philippines and each island has at least one or more version[s] of this art! Each region has slightly different terrain, so their techniques changed to adapt to the different conditions creating a plethora of effective techniques for virtually any situation!
Kali covers the same four ranges as Jeet Kune Do. However, Kali includes single stick, single knife, double stick, double knife, stick and shield, stick and dagger, flexible weapons, long weapons [Ex/staff], and projectile weapons!
You will get a great workout training in Kali, but it’s greatest benefits include hand-eye coordination, stimulus-response reaction time, environmental awareness, timing and speed!
It’s a bold statement, but few other Martial Arts teach these skills like Kali does, because it trains both sides of your brain simultaneously, at a faster pace, with a greater number of variables and combinations!
Most Arts work out your body – which is great! Of course Kali works your body, but it also works your mind more than any other art I have experienced. You react faster in Kali because the attack coming at you is so much faster. After training in Kali with sticks and knives, empty-hand techniques start to become easier and faster to recognize and your response time to empty hand attacks is greatly increased.