History of Kali

Kali training is hard and very complex. It embraces almost all combat techniques of Martial Arts. The principle and applicability of each technique is weapon oriented during the process of learning. Every single detail must be implanted and retained in the brain to be utilized during the application of each technique, against coordination with the foot and the mechanics of hand movements: The martial art of Kali emphasizes discipline as the major factor in turning out each student to be a real quality Martial Artist. It is our principle that we produce the best, not a second rate quality of the student is expected. We prefer to have a few but dedicated students rather than hundreds of dropouts.

Every student that embraces Kali is expected to have absolute concern of his will. Being respectable individuals with dignity and honor, with ambitions and aspirations for a brighter tomorrow, hoping to improve all aspects of activity. Kali training is character building as well as physical and mental, focusing on self-control in all aspects of life.

Every student is required to wear a clean uniform as prescribed by the faculty of instructors and should be equipped with the required training aides, such as the baston and other materials needed. The faculty of instructors at the GUNG FU INSTITUTE expect 100% attendance of each student throughout the duration of the training periods. Behavior and attitude of each student must be carried out all the way from inside and outside training areas. The faculty of discipline is empowered to execute disciplinary action to any student that is will fully violate any rules and regulations of the school. Expulsion or other actions will be enforced as the case may be. Financial obligations are the responsibility of each student unless a student makes necessary arrangements to discontinue the training and such can only be admitted back upon completion of fees due.

After colonizing Borneo in their conquests, the Sri-Visyana invaded the Philippines Islands. Their superior weaponry and organization enabled them to conquer the early Filipinos and forced many of these early inhabitants to flee to distant islands. Others of the conquered Filipinos moved yet deeper into the mountains and forests to escape the invaders. An equal number stayed, made friends with their new rulers and eventually these two cultures merged.

The Sri-Visyana had a great impact on the development of Filipino culture. Aside from being skilled warriors, farmers, and seamen, they brought a more balanced form of civilization to the islands, introducing new laws, a calendar, a written alphabet, new religious practices, and the use of weights and measures for trading purposes. Over the years, the original Sri-Visyana people, populating what is currently the central Philippines.

Still, another great empire formed in Java around the 12the century. Called the "Madjapahit Empire' it was influenced by Arab missionaries spreading the Moslem religious faith. The predominately Moslem Madjapahit warriors conquered the Sri-Visyana and began spreading the Muslim religion throughout the Philippines in the later part of the 15th century. Fiercely independent and proud of these 'Moro' (Muslim) Filipinos settled heavily in the southern portion of the Philippines where they exist today as a distinct culture. Following the 12th century Manchurian invasion of China, the Chinese began to exert a tremendous, but peaceful influence on Philippines' culture as thousands of them immigrated to the islands as traders and merchants. The fact that trade had already existed between China and the Philippines for more than 400 years allowed for their easy assimilation into the Filipino culture.

By the 16th century a Spanish explorer named Magellan had circled the globe. Magellan's Spanish conquistadors invaded and the Filipino's was once again a conquered people. While Magellan's men would finally sail home without him after he was killed by a Macon chieftain known as "Lapu Lapu," but the Spanish would return.

The battle, even by modern warfare standards would have been a sight to behold. The Spaniards stormed ashore on the island of Mactan into what is now the province of Cebu, several hundred miles south of Manila. Lapu Lapu and his men met armored Spanish soldiers head-on wearing only their cotton and fire-hardened-pointed sticks. Lapu Lapu and his warriors parried every thrust of Spain's finest steel. They meted out death to all so unwise as to continue fighting. Magellan paid with his life as his soldiers fled seaward to the ship.

Although Lapu Lapu and his warriors won the battle, it was only the beginning of a 400 year struggle that saw the Spanish return to conquer the Filipinos.

Once Spanish rule was established in the Philippines, the Filipino martial arts were outlawed by the conquerors. Skirmish, a translation of the Latin word, "escrima" wasn't something the Spaniards wanted their newly conquered people to practice. Escrima immediately became a clandestine art, hidden from Spanish eyes. Meanwhile, the lace and steel clad Spanish nobles developed a new interest in some of the quaint island dances. In one particular dance, the performers wore decorated bracelets made of leather to accentuate their graceful hand movements. This became a favorite of the Spaniards who commissioned the dancers to perform at special functions. Some were even taken to Spain to perform. The Spaniards were highly amused by the villagers dancing in their island costumes, rolling their outstretched to the beat of the native drums.

Undoubtedly, the Filipino's must have been quite amused as well. These native dancers employed a majority of the devastating 'Kali' combative techniques. In this way, the Filipinos practiced and preserved the outlawed martial arts-right under the noses of their Spanish captors! The decorative designs on the costumes the Spaniards found so amusing preserved the native language alphabet long after the Spaniards had burned all of their books.

The earliest Filipinos, who made stick fighting an art, preferred a stick to a blade. Instead of a clean cut, the stick left shattered bone. The business end of a stick travels at many times the speed of the empty hand and it feels nothing, whether hitting flesh or bone. With this in mind, it's little wonder the swiftly vicious sticks of the Filipinos came to be feared far and wide. Their elliptical motions, reversals, fluctuating angles, and constant motion made the Filipinos very tough to deal with. Stick fighting was the savage art of a savage land, cultured over a thousand years of bloodshed that continues even today (read your newspaper if you doubt this continues).

The old Filipinos were a clever people, and were duly impressed with the Spaniards' techniques of fighting with both a long sword and a short dagger. Imitating the Spanish system, they soon discovered its strengths and weaknesses and incorporated the best of it into their own system using a short and long stick. The system ultimately became known by the Spanish name of 'espada y daga' or sword and dagger.

When more invaders came to the islands, the islanders who developed new styles and methods to combat them too studied their fighting styles. Many of the methods took names that described their tactics, ie, 'repetition' or repeating attacks, 'riterada,' the retreating style, 'largo mano,' the long range fighting style, or 'corto mano,' short range fighting. Additionally, many other styles were named either after their inventors, such as 'Toledo or Bergonia' or after the area of the country where they were prominently used. Two famous styles named after the province were those of 'Bohol' and 'Pangasinan.'

When you have a country with a long history of struggle, and a martial art designed from the best each has to offer there's bound to be some confusion. There are more than 100 named styles in the Filipino martial arts, and frankly, there are probably as many actual styles as there are thousands of islands and hundreds of dialects. Fortunately, over generations of development and practice, these arts have come to be divided into three main groupings similar to the division of the Philippines themselves. They are the Northern, Central, and Southern styles. Even though individual styles still vary from province to province and town to town.

The 'Sayoc System,' as developed by Grand Master Baltazar Sayoc, follows closely the teachings of the Filipino martial arts as taught on the large Southern island of Mindaneo Master Sayoc, with more than 37 years as a martial artist, is one of the few 'Grand Masters' in the world. GURU DAVID GALLAHER IS A CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR UNDER GRAND MASTER SAYOC......

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