Filipino Martial Arts - Kali / Escrima
The highly sophisticated and comprehensive martial arts from the Philippines form an all-encompassing and combat-effective system. In this art, you will hone and heighten reflexes through sensitivity flow drills and progressions.
Zoning, slashing, thrusting, and raking motions are used to develop and ingrain muscle memory in angles of attack. You will train in more than 12 areas including, but not limited to, the blade, double stick, stick and dagger, Filipino boxing, kicking, and wrestling.
Kali is a way to even the odds against larger, stronger, and even multiple opponents. Its perspective on self-preservation is a refreshing application of "counter-offense" versus the "self-defense" philosophies employed by many other martial arts.
Dan Inosanto – (born July 24, 1936) is a Filipino-American martial arts instructor from California who is best known as a student and friend of Bruce Lee and renowned authority on Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino Martial Arts, and Silat. The chief instructor of the Bernales Institute, Will Bernales, received his training and certification directly from Sifu Inosanto.
Dan Inosanto teaches The Art and Philosophy of Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Shoot Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Silat, mixed martial arts and other arts at his Marina del Rey, California, school, the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts. He received a shodan from and was an instructor for Ed Parker in American Kenpo Karate before becoming a student of Bruce Lee. Inosanto is one of three people allowed by Bruce Lee to teach his Martial Arts system (Taky Kimura and James Yimm Lee being the other two), and the only one to be given Instructorship in Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do of the third level. Inosanto also studied with dozens of martial arts masters elsewhere in the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe, including Johny Lacoste (Kali, or Kamot Lihok, lit. "Hand Movement"), and Chai Sirisute (Muay Thai). After Bruce Lee's death, Sifu Inosanto has become the principal spokesperson and historian for Jeet Kune Do. He has had minor roles in a number of movies, including Bruce Lee's uncompleted last film Game of Death (1972). During this time period (1967-75), he also taught physical education at Malaga Cove Intermediate School in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
Always a student himself, Dan Inosanto continues to train with many highly-regarded martial artists. Consequently, he holds Instructor or black belt level ranks in numerous different martial arts. In addition, he is well known for promoting the Filipino Martial Arts. He is responsible for bringing several obscure forms of the Southeast Asia Martial Arts into the public eye such as Silat, a hybrid combative form existing in countries as Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. He has recently acquired his black belt in the Machado family style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He trained in Shoot wrestling under Yorinaga Nakamura. Currently he is the vice-president of the Thai Boxing Association of the U.S. and of Lameco International, carrying on the Eskrima of the late Filipino martial artist Edgar Sulite.
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