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?
I'm not interested in fame, popularity or making it into some book. I'm interested only in the journey of my chosen martial art and pushing my own physical and mental performance while diving into the furthest depths of Kali. One must walk his own path and not become confused by another's path as being his own. Goals work in the same manner. Many men set goals they've picked up from another later resulting in confusing, feeling lost and overall quitting.
The only way to prevent falling from your own path is to reflect on your purpose. What are you truly training for? Why is that purpose important? What makes the purpose important? How are you going to commit yourself to the self discipline necessary to reach the accomplishments you seek to obtain? Remain an open mind for evolution to take it's natural course during the process over years and decades.
You hear it in the martial arts all the time, "repetition is the mother to all skills." Well, not totally true.
It's like the saying, "knowledge is power." Only if it's the right knowledge. Just as repetition only works if it's the correct repetition. Of course there is always room for improvements but, a practitioner of the martial arts still has to do their homework and mechanical / technical checks.
This means in order to be dedicated to the skills and growth one has to be committed to the training and obsessed with achieving the results.
The most common asked questions I get from people all around the world are...
"How can I learn Filipino Martial Arts faster?"
"How can I get good skills fast?"
Though often times I'll answer, 'by training everyday' there is more too it than that. Make no mistake, there is no other way to develop skills faster than consistent training but, it's how you are training. How are you maintaining and developing the information further?
It's the age old argument. Which martial art is the most superior? Can it be Kali? The answer is "ABSOLUTELY YES" but, here's why and it may not be why you think!
Is there a such thing as the most superior martial art above all other styles and systems? It's really a yes and no answer. No because there are too many factors that could come into play in a life threatening and self defense situation. On the other side the answer is YES when we dig out of the limited fighting applications of martial arts and look deeper into the arts as a whole.
As a martial arts practitioner since the age of 6 I think it's safe to say I've lived (and still do) a full Martial Arts Lifestyle. I've been bullied growing up, used my various training in self defense and can say with 100% certainty that martial arts gave me the opportunity of an incredible life.