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.
The student is at their teachers mercy when it comes to which education and training their going to get, or is it?
As a student, you have a choice in which teacher to learn from just as the teacher has a choice on which to teach and to further their own training or not. The important thing for the student is to search within and discover what their purpose for training is and what they want from their training and from Kali.
Do you want self-defense or do the idea of self-defense? Do you want the skills of Kali or the idea of Kali? This goes for any martial art.
There are two paths to choose from, the pure path or the ignorant path. Let me explain.
The path of ignorance is the path of least resistance. This is the path often chosen by the majority. This path means one of two things. Either "A" the romantic idea of collecting knowledge and never actually stepping into the Kali Triangle or "B" understanding there are true pure methods of Kali training and fighting and choosing to shy away a stay with the no risk versions of instruction. Meaning no physical, mental or emotional risk.
The Pure path is the path of facing resistance head on understanding you will be challenged physically, mentally and emotionally. There will be large amounts of sweat, fatigue, possibly some blood. You will have to face self doubt, frustrations, you will be challenged with the face of persistence. You will have to fight the enemy named, Quit. However, with all these challenges and discomforts Kali will become yours as long as you persist.
Neither path is right or wrong, better nor worse. It is all up to your purpose for training and what you want from it. Just know, there is always an easier way, a way with less discomfort and far less challenge. What the advance players will say (and there are a very few of them)...
...Sticking it through is worth everything. Once you get here only then you realize what you would have missed.
The purity of Kali is not for everyone and that is okay. Like pottery is not for me and that's okay. Knowing what you know and feel today what would you choose? The easier way or would you step into the Kali Triangle?