I can't stress enough the importance of a good warm up before every martial arts training session. Warming up not only helps to prevent injuries, it also helps increase your focus for your training session.
Try this Warm Up routine with me right now...
What a great meet up we had this year. We had attendees from all over come and train with the Kali Center team. It was a great opportunity to meet our online students, friends and fans!
What did we cover at the Meet Up? A LOT!
We worked single stick drills, double stick drills, Kali flow drills, disarms, footwork, empty hands technics and tactical applications, close quarter knife drills, techniques and applications and got lots of flow training time in.
We had attendees of all levels from advanced to never before done a single day of Kali. Everyone left the meet up with new knowledge, new skills and a big smile which means the KC Team did a job well done.
Each year I take the Kali Center staff on a nature retreat for adventure and training. This year we voyaged off to the Badlands of South Dakota. It's a beautiful and tough terrain. A desert in the middle of rich grasslands.
I use these retreats for a couple of reasons.
1. Because my team deserves them and is a great way for us to strengthen our bond further
2. To reflect on the past year's events and to clear our minds and get ready to tackle the next extension of the Kali
3. and of course to explore and train developing our own skills further.
Here is a short highlights video of some of the hiking and training from the trip I'm sure you'll enjoy...
During a private session with my student Rafal he brought up the subject of learning how to not get hit. If you train martial arts then you know that you will be hit eventually.
Where the skill of not getting hit really matters in in self-defense. Especially for Kali as we are a weapons art and getting hit with weapons is a different result than an empty-hand.
Watch this quick video on my process to developing your "Un-Hittable Skills" then scroll down a little for more...
Having the right gear can make a difference in your Kali training! Check out this video I did covering what training gear to start your Kali with. Watch it here and then I'll go a little further...
One of the most common questions I receive from new practitioners starting their journey in Kali is, "What should I work on first?" My answer never changes. You must develop coordination first. Here are a few tips on the process I use. Of course there is more to it than just written in this post but, I feel this is a great place to start.
There are 3 areas of Coordination and there are 3 components of Coordination.
The Areas of Coordination to develop in Kali I set in this order.
Footwork - When first starting to coordinate your footwork I start out by adjusting the pace distance of my steps. Keep it to 1 pace and no more than 1.5 paces. Roughly the length of your Kali stick.
Weapon - When first starting your weapon training always strike your weapon at a speed you can control and visually see and follow. If you cannot see the line of your stick then you are not in coordination. Start with the stick to develop your striking mechanics.
Dynamic - A tip on developing the dynamic movements of Kali, Coordinate the upper third of your stick to land on target at the same time your lead foot makes contact to the ground. When training solo without a target, use the centerline as your contact reference.
Here is an example of a Coordination Drill we use to develop the Diagonal Strikes Coordination...
A couple weeks ago the Kali Center team and I were invited to perform Kali at the Daley Center in Chicago for the 15th Asian American Festival. I want to thank Rose Tibayan for coordinating our performance and the rest of the coordinators and team for putting on this super awesome fest!
After the demo we were invited to the VIP after party where even more performances took place. It was great meeting so many people and making many new friends and we look forward to performing our Kali at the next event!
Check out the video we got of the demo! Watch Here
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.
Just a quick heads up. This month's Workshop is happening Saturday, April 23rd at 7:00PM-8:30PM. This month I'm covering the Kali Empty Hands Counters against both punches and kicks! See what makes Kali Empty-Hands so unique and practical for self-defense!
All you need to bring is a pair of boxing gloves, water and a notebook if you'd like to take notes.
Sign Up Online for only $25 and we'll see you there!
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