Pretty often I get asked in one wayor another "Can someone really learn Kali online?"
Of course there are those who will always believe people can't but, to me that is a limited belief especially with today's technology. I think it also has a lot to do with who's teaching the online material. Just because someone trains with a teacher in person doesn't guarantee good skill development. Even if that person trains with the largest name in the style.
Learning martial arts is a two way street. You have information going out (teacher), information coming in (student) and then what the student chooses to do with the information.
There are many methods of training which can be categorized into 2 areas, Solitary training and partner training. There are benefits to both making both a necessary part. Neither are more important than the other.
Reasons for learning Kali Online:
- If you don't have a Kali school in or near your area
- If you cannot afford to attend the Kali school in your area
- If you own a martial arts school and want to add a Kali program or Kali to your existing curriculum.
- If you enjoy Filipino Martial Arts and want to add the training to your fitness/activity routine.
- If you're training in another Kali program but want to broaden your mind and skills.
Obviously I can go on with this list for quite a while but, for whatever your reason is here's how you can gain real skills.
Training online is the same as training from DVDs or even just attending seminars.
I understand the skeptics when it comes to training and gaining skills from online courses. I was a skeptic until I realized that it's not the format of learning as it's the who (the teacher) you're learning from. The other aspect is the time you're willing to put into training and experimentation.
When it comes to Kali the highest goal is to develop top level coordination and weapon flow across the Kali areas. This is primarily done through solitary training. Not partner training.
Partner training is done to calibrate other skills such as range, timing and contact sensitivity against resistance types. However, that cannot be achieved with out the primary coordination, agility, endurance, weapon handling skills and understanding how your body operates. In other words, there is A LOT of skill to be developed on your own.
There are many methods for solo training such as, Sayaw or Carrenza (which is equivalent to shadow boxing), practicing Forms, using heavy bags, tire stacks, footwork maps, focus mitts, and many others.
For any partner drills there are ways to simulate the partner training or create solo drills to break down the steps. When it comes time to train with a partner it's actually easier to get a training partner to share the program with than many think. Of course there are easier ways to getting a training partner and there are harder ways. But just because one trains primarily from an online source doesn't necessarily mean one has to train alone all the time.
Even with how much I teach and train with my staff, the majority of my training is still done solitary. Every day I practice my forms, my sayaw, practice my striking mechanics and coordination, push my endurance and agility. Everyday I workout to enhance my Kali performance alone.
It also depends on what your training goals are. Are you looking to be the worlds next champion stick fighter of the old classic death matches or are you interested in training because it seems fun and a great addition to your exercise and daily activity?
An argument I hear from time to time about training online is the absence of a qualified eye on you. Well, at the Kali Center Online School, I include my students being able to email me and message me their questions and videos of them performing Kali for me to make adjustments for them to work on.
Now, i'm not saying that an Online School is to replace learning from a teacher but, what I am saying is that it's a great alternative for those who don't have access to a teacher or for those who want more than just their school's source of information to expand their knowledge.
I've learned from multiple teachers, multiple formats and from multiple styles of martial arts and I can say that they're all good and none of these formats or teachers or training partners will produce results unless you (the student) is putting in effort to learn and grow, being persistent with your training and putting in the reps.
I say, train every way possible and with everyone possible!
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