Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) sometimes called ‘Kali’ or ‘Escrima’, is a weapons-based system that teaches weaponry from the very beginning. This is contrary to other Asian systems that tend to focus on the weaponry after the student has reached a certain level of proficiency in the unarmed portion of the art. Our FMA program is based on the Inosanto Blend of Kali taught by Guro Dan Inosanto. Our two head instructors are instructors under him.
The program teaches the student the use of weaponry including single stick, double stick, stick and knife (using a training knife) and knife on its own, via drills and sparring. Over a period of time the student will become familiar with how the different weapon combinations inter-relate and how this can then be applied to empty hand techniques. The sparring is done in a safe but energetic environment and the overall training program will help your physical fitness and conditioning improve plus, your hand and eye coordination. The training is fun with a feeling of achievement and progress.
The classes are varied and usually always start with the sticks in one form or another. The beginning student will be able to borrow sticks to start with, but usually they buy their own within a few weeks of starting. MMA shorts/leggings and the club t-shirt is the usual uniform and of course bring your sticks along. As you advance you will want to buy training knives, different types of sticks, fencing mask and hockey gloves for sparring and countless other pieces of equipment that you can buy as your interest develops.
There is a grading structure for this program that will help you measure your progress and you will learn more about this as your training develops within the program.