By: Tom Zachwieja
From training Kali the past 10 years in many different terrains you will challenge mind and body more than you could ever imagine.
A plan for active recovery and injury prevention is critical when training Martial Arts.
I started training yoga for really one purpose, become more flexible in my body to increase my martial arts performance !
In Kali we use the rattan sticks to grow immense skill in coordination, agility, and flexibility. Why would that be any different for your active recovery strategy? It’s not .
Using the sticks to bring the ground closer to you allows you to focus more on:
I get asked most often,
How do I get good at Kali?
How long will it take me to get good at Kali?
The truth is I have no idea. It all comes down to what you as a student and practitioner is willing to give to the training. What I do know is that if you follow the three (3) tips I'm going to give you right now you will make tremendous progress and at a speed above average.
I've observed and learned these three tips over my lifetime of training as a student and teaching hundreds of people from all different backgrounds in person and now tens of thousands of people globally through our revolutionized long distance/online training and support methods. Meaning, I've seen what works, what doesn't and what is currently achieving the best results.
I've been getting a lot of questions regarding the Kali Center Inner Triangle. Like what exactly is included in the membership? How is this different from anything else out there in the world of Filipino Martial Arts?
Some of you have been a bit "sticker shocked" but...
Well, let me tell you everything you'll be getting!
The Inner Triangle membership is loaded with training and I'm giving A LOT!
Speed of implementation and acceleration of skill development.
One of the most common questions I get is, "How long will it take me to get good at Kali?"
It's a tricky questions to answer for a teacher but, I'm going to tackle it right now with the bare bone truth.
I DON'T KNOW!
Your skill development is 100% completely dependent on what you're willing to put into it but, here are a few things you can do that will speed up the process, A LOT!
I find it quite fascinating how many people actually think solo training is pointless and that no skill could be developed in this way. These people couldn't be further wrong.
It makes sense why so many people would think this. The vast majority of martial arts and even Kali enthusiasts don't solo train nor do they know how.
Let's face it, most instructors don't know how to solo train in the manner to grow and develop skill. Most people's solo training is to maintain a particular level of memory retention.
Ignorance is bliss. -Thomas Gray
Take a look at this comment...
It doesn't hurt my feelings however, there is a lesson to be learned here.
Before I decided to write this post, I did some research and checked out this man's channel and watched many of his videos. Why? Maybe there's something I can learn? Perhaps he's doing something much, much better than I?
Training in Kali, especially with Kali Center is a challenging and demanding experience. The dynamic athletic performance, mental expansion and emotional frustrations are battles all students must overcome time and time again as they continue to advance in skill. The more advanced one becomes the simpler Kali become but, doesn't get easier.
There are basically two ways to go about when training in Kali. This is both the teachers and the students decisions. There is the pure Kali way and like all martial arts, there is the comfort way, or watered down way. At first, it's up to the teacher to choose which he or she will represent and share with their students. Unfortunately for the students, they don't always know the difference. This trickle effect pasted on for generations of teachers make it so that even many of today's teacher don't know the difference between pure and comfort.
What's happening at Kali Center beginning January 2019? I'm getting a lot of questions about where all the training is going and here I'm going to answer everything.
2019 is the start of a new era for Kali Center. The team and I have put a lot of thought into the direction I want to take Kali Center (which we are calling the "Kali Center Evolution"). The new year will bring many new great experiences to our students all over the world.
In 2019 a lot of changes for the better are occurring. We are yet again raising the bar and changing the standard of Kali training and the teaching of martial arts. There's NO holding back.
Let's begin where most find Kali Center, YouTube, and I'll build progression from there...
New video format coming to YouTube in 2019. I'll still be uploading instructional and motivational videos along with new videos we are calling the TEST series, Weapon and Training Gear Reviews, and more Team Vlogs with behind the scenes footage. We want to give you the BEST Kali experience on YouTube.
TEST Series: We're going to be putting everything to the test from weapons, to techniques. No more guessing what works and what doesn't.
REVIEW Series: I'll be personally reviewing knives, bolos, and training gear and giving you my personal opinion on everything. Let me know if there is something specific you'd like for me to review.
TEAM VLOGS Series: Get to know the KC Team at a more personal level. Travel with us to classes, seminars, staff retreats and more with behind the scenes you never get to see normally.
People like the word secret. It drives a bit of curiosity however, there isn't really a secret but, I needed to get your attention somehow. Progression is important in your training. The feeling of achievement and the physical signs of improvement make all the effort feel worth it. However far you want to take your training and skill set there truly is only one path that will get you to hit your progress targets.
I get emails and messages everyday from people asking me how fast they'll become efficient in Kali, how long it'll take for them to become instructors and even how many repetitions do they have to do. The truth is if these types of questions are primary to you, the news whether you like it or not is, you've already quit before you even got started and will never reach those aims.
We all get a bit of motivation from time to time to boost our martial arts training and it works for a while. For a couple weeks maybe even a month or two you're pumped and training and living the martial arts life. Then the crash comes, something else grabs your attention and a day comes when you make a decision to skip your training and BAM! Before you know it, another year is on the sunrise.
The only way to get the most out of your martial arts training is by making training not just a hobby or a habit. It must become a requirement. Sounds good but, how do you do this? With 5 basic questions, what, why, how, where and when.
What do you want from your training? What is the purpose of your training? What are your options and which ones do you need to eliminate? Purpose gives you a clear direction to commit to. What's the value training gives you and how important is that value? Does the value contribute to your purpose?