Let's do a quick breakdown of the 12 Areas of Kali to get a better look at how vast Filipino Martial Arts actually are. We don't realize it until we see it written out and then realize why it takes a life time of training. Even then, Kali is so massive we still won't be able to cover it all!
Here are the 12 Areas of Kali (Filipino Martial Arts)
It's important to note that not all styles cover material in all 12 areas and other styles may have other areas they study. This is a general guide.
On my Instagram @thekalicenter you can find some quick video clips of me performing a drill from majority of these areas. look for the videos of me in the "Red" t-shirt.
1. The Single Stick also includes the Single sword, single axe and all other mid to long length one handed weapons.
2. Double Sticks also include the double swords, double axe, sword and axe and other variations of 2 mid to long equal length weapons.
3. Espada Y Daga (or Long & Short) is commonly represented by the sword/stick and knife/dagger however, this can be any combination of long & short weapons. It can be tennis racket & shoe.
4. The Single Knife is any short weapon that can be utilized in a forward or reverse grip that can puncture or slice.
5. Double Knives is similar to area 4 but a short weapon in each hand.
6. Short-Short or extreme short can be pocket/palm sticks, a rock held in the hand or in modern times a cell phone of small pocket flashlight.
7. Pangamut/Dumog or the empty-hand skills. In Kali we use both open hand and close fist strikes along with, elbows, forearms, shoulders, knees, headbutts and a large variety of kicks, locks, throws and grappling techniques.
8. Double Handed Weapons such as the spear or staff but includes any weapon that requires 2 hands to hold such as long swords, baseball bats and other heavy weapons/tools. Weapons with awkward balances may also fall in this area as they most likely require 2 hands to use them efficiently.
9. Flexible weapons include the whip, belt, rope, chain, bandana, t-shirt, electrical cord and anything else that is super bendy and flexible.
10. Throwing weapons can technically be anything you can throw from rocks to spear and ginuntings. At the Kali Center we train how to throw each weapon to understand the what, why, how, where and when we would need to do this. you never know, it's all situational and part of the art.
11. Projectile weapons are anything ranging from a firearm to bow and arrow with blow guns and sling shots in between. This is a very important yet under looked area in Kali.
12. Healing & Mediation is the last area. do to the physical, mental and emotional toll training and Kali can play on your body and mind and your partners body and mind it's important that we do maintenance work and repair work. At the KC we incorporate corresponding Physical Fitness and "Brain" Fitness along with our Kali training. We also advocate a healthy and nutritious diet and taking good care of yourself to promote longevity in training and in life in general. Remember, KALI is about Life, Not Death!
If you want to learn more about Kali and the 12 areas and get great and fun training in each, Join Me at My Online School. I'm adding new video lessons every week!
Train Hard, Train Safe & Always Have Fun!
All the Best,
The KC Staff and I are excited and Looking Forward to training Kali with You in Person at the 2016 Kali Center Meet Up July 23 & 24 in Chicago.
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3 Minute Meditations is great for learning to add quick meditations to your daily routines. Meditation is a part of the 12 area of Kali. Adam Brewer has done a great job at making it easy to learn and integrate in your daily routine.