Empty-handed Kali applications.

There’s a lot of debate in the FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) world as to whether styles like Kali and Eskrima should even be taught without a weapon. Many people are dead set on them being purely weapons (stick, knife, machete) styles and that they have no place in teaching empty-handed techniques.
However, other teachers (and their students) believe the weapons techniques can be converted into empty-handed techniques. As you can see above, the applications focus on manipulating the body in order to disarm andy would be attacker.
I’ll admit, some of the stuff looks like it…well…beats around the bush a little bit. It doesn’t look as direct as it could be. But then I’m no expert.
A lot of it looks to be styled after other martial arts as well: Silat and even some Wing Chun.
It looks to take out the limbs of the attacker and then follow up with direct blows: either elbows or knees to the face and body. Some takedowns are utilized as well.
A lot of empty-handed FMA relies on footwork and keeping distance from your opponent simply because it’s based off an opponent having a weapon and, in all reality, you don’t want to get sliced up. Many styles promote distance then then zeroing in when the time is right, thus disarming the attacker and neutralizing them with ease.

Chapter 53. On the first part of dagger alone.

First you will settle yourself with the right foot forward in Coda Longa e Stretta, with the left foot by the right, & without moving the eye from the dagger hand of your enemy, in which mode first you will give a thrust to the uncovered part of his hand, the side inside of his right hand, if he will have no worse or better for himself; & turn with this point a mezzo mandritto in that same time & your dagger will be in Porta di Ferro Alta

now, to threaten your enemy’s head, you will throw your right foot a little across to his right side [from his perspective] and throw in this passing a blow with the true edge of the dagger in Guardia de Intrare & in this same parry you will throw your left foot strongly across to his right side & grab with your left hand his right arm straight from outside, in this mode you will give a roverso to the head or a thrust to the chest; take care that he does not throw his left hand to your dagger arm; and having done this you will take four or five passes backwards & settle yourself as aforesaid.

[For this GIF, just note that the entry forward should be through Guardia de Intrare, which is a thrust to the face palm down, which these guys don’t do because they lack a crossguard on their swords and therefore must use a hanging]. 

Chapter 54. On the second part of the dagger alone.

Standing in Coda Longa e Stretta and your enemy throws a thrust to your dagger hand, in throwing this thrust you will lift your hand such that you pass his point and in the same tempo give him a roverso traversato on top of his dagger arm; 

and if he throws to you a mandritto to the head, you will parry it with the true edge of the dagger and give him a fendente in the head; & and make a mezza volta di pugno & you will settle in Coda Longa e Stretta, very polished, ordered as in the first part.


Sinawali Basic. There are infinite ways to do Sinawali Practice. Videoed is the Universal Foundation. Some Practitioners abandon this basic nowadays and forgot how they became so proficient. Some even mock this basic. Saying that they would never use it. Every movement in Kali stems from this basic. The truth lies out of patterns. It’s hidden in plain sight. Full lesson in profile link:

Earth Standard
Earth Combo


Interesting to note its not because of crime, it was the amount of accidents occurring in E.R rooms lol

In my case, I’ve always contested that my possession of a Balisong lies deep in my cultural roots.  It is a ancient cultural artefact a product of the technology and the values and habits of the Filipino. The relative informality of when my first Balisong was handed to me - a rites of passage - for instance, was a reflection of the importance of a pre-existing harmonious relationship with the traditional Filipino knife and the martial prowess it wielded for my family much as the Bolo sword did to many Filipinos in pre-Hispanic times. The average Filipino once thought himself hardly dressed without a Bolo or a Balisong, it was a integral part of a man (and women’s) daily wardrobe. I just think it’s a shame the gradual discarding of the Balisong (butterfly knife) especially in my homeland is being witnessed. It’s an honest work of art if you ask me.


Pekiti Tirsia Kali 


Round 2. Cooling down with some light Target Practice. The goal is to hit the opponent’s hand without being hit. The hand is a small moving object and is a great target for Training Accuracy.


Daniel Arca “Dan” Inosanto (born July 24, 1936) is a Filipino-American martial arts instructor who is best known as a training partner of Bruce Lee. Inosanto is an authority on Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts including Eskrima and Silat.

Fic Type: Eric Coulter x Reader, fluff (but, like, angry fluff)

Summary: Reader is a Dauntless blade master and teaches Kali knife fighting. Eric (as per frickin usual) think’s he’s hot shit and likes to irritate the reader. The reader just wants him to leave her alone. A little not-so-friendly competition ensues.

Warnings: Blood, strong language

Author’s Note: This was requested by @readsalot73. After watching numerous videos on Kali knife fighting, I feel (not at all) prepared to undergo writing this fic. I apologize for the length of time which it took for me to write this. Hope you enjoy, sweetie!

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That’s a gorgeous kris. Just as a side note: double stick work like sinawali and double stick sumbrada are drills designed to be applicable to double stick, double sword, and sword with shield, or any other combination of two roughly equal length long weapons shorter than the sibat (short staff sometimes tipped with a spear point, which also trains the kampilan or big two handed sword). Filipino martial arts use these “idealized” weapon categories to train some mechanic in the easiest way possible, but that mechanic can be applied across a range of weapons.


This is my submission for @makotoniijimaweek Day 6: “Pastimes / Interests”

During the Kaneshiro arc, prior to her awakening, Makoto Niijima made mention that she took Aikido before.

I am a Martial Artist myself. I took Shotokan Karate at the age of 7 to the age of 12 and am currently studying Arnis under the Cinco Teros system of Filipino Martial Arts.

So this revelation instantly inspired me to make sketches that show more of that side of Makoto’s interests. I do think that Aikido fits her personality and adds to her appeal as the “Warrior Woman” of the group since Aikido has roots in the Martial Art that the Samurai used in their lifetime. 

I also added a bit of my own inference in analyzing her fighting style and decided to depict her in a Karategi since she has striking in her attacks in-game. This is contradictory to the principles of (pure) Aikido, and thus I assumed through my own knowledge and experience that she probably also has a background in Okinawan Kobudo and/or a form of Karate since she also favors the use of the Tekko.

I hope that these not only pique your interest as fans of Makoto, but also inspire you all to perhaps get into Aikido or any Martial Art in the future. I have found a legitimate Sensei that teaches Aikido in my area and am planning to take it once I have established a stable foundation in Filipino Martial Arts.  

Good day and God bless!!! 

There was a day-long power outage today in my part of the Philippines and thus I am late for this particular submission.  

My sincerest apologies. :-(


A nice look at Panantukan (Filipino Boxing) one of the many disciplines under the umbrella art of Kali, Panantukan is the emptyhand application of the stick techniques you would see in kali or escrima. Focusing heavily on limb destruction and taking over your opponents space it is a very effective and realistic martial art. Contrary to what some would believe Kali and Escrima are not limited to sticks. Sticks, knives, grappling, punching, kicking, flexible and improvised weapons are all part of the systems. This is just one of the many aspects encompassed in those arts and a personal favorite of mine. Wonderfully fluid and devestating effective here’s a good look at some of the things you might see in Panantukan. Partly why I believe the most comprehensive martial art to learn for self defense in Kali due to the wide variety of basis it covers in such realistic fashion.