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Inosanto Kali


Inosanto Kali

Inosanto Kali, taught by Guro Ron Kosakowski, includes a collection of theories and drilling routines from his many years training with Guro Dan Inosanto,and with additional exposure from the Late Sifu Larry Hartsell, and the Late Guro Edgar Sulite. Featuring a large collection of training regimines and weaponry options. This course features the full array of Filipino weaponry education and tactical applications for combat and self defense.

Kali, Arnis and Escrima from Guro Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell, and the late Guro Edgar Sulite
A fighting method of the Philippines considered by many to be one of the most deadly combat systems in the world. Kali is the name used for this ancient indigenous martial arts of the Philippines, some say coming from the word Kalis (also known in different parts of the Philippines as Arnis (also spelled Arnes), Eskrima (also spelled Escrima). Others say it comes from “Kali” the India god of destruction going back into ancient times.

Kali, weapon training, which is commonly done with rattan sticks for practice along with bladed weapons such as various types of swords and knife fighting (as well as variety of other weapons) are taught usually before empty hand fighting is practiced.

Ron demonstrating a Kali disarm.Empty hand fighting known as Panantukin (commonly thought of as the “boxing Aspects” of Kali) consists of head-butting, open hand, elbows, ulna bone strikes, with joint destructions, joint manipulations, nerve destructions, trapping and low line kicks from Pananjakman.

In Kali, there are also a very good empty hand blade defenses as well as takedowns and and ground work from Dumog (a subsystem of Kali—the grappling range, which is very destructive using bites, pinching and weapons) which makes this style very good for self defense purposes for the average person. Kali is a complete system making the most of its fighting methods in all ranges including a strong focus on grappling range; all of which can be done with or without a weapon in this martial art.

No one can can learn how to defend themselves against a weapon without the study of a sophisticated weapon oriented martial art such as Kali, and this area of realistic ancient fighting is definitely it, with hundreds of years of success of defending their land from foreign invaders. It is highly recommended that if you feel uncomfortable practicing the blade defenses in a style that is not weapon oriented, try Filipino martial arts to see the differences for certainty and survival!
Below, you will see a trapping exercise (Higot Hubud Lubud which means to tie and untie then blend) that is traditionally done in the Inosanto and Pekiti Tirsia Kali practiced at the Practical Self Defense Training Center in Waterbury, Connecticut. The sequence will not be easy to follow on this web page, but you will at least get an idea how we train against an individual randomly knife slashing as opposed to a predetermined technique to practice. This is important to constantly practice to understand for both the art and science of Kali as well as the self defense potential it offers.

To understand what our Filipino martial art background is based on, here are 12 areas of the Lacoste / Inosanto Blend of Kali with some of the terminology that is used at the Practical Self Defense Training Center:

1st Area
Single Stick (Olisi or Bastone)

Single Sword

Single Axe

Single Cane

2nd Area
Double Stick (Double Olisi) or (Dubli Bastone)

Double Sword

Double Axe

3rd Area
Stick and Dagger (Olisi-Baraw) or (Bastone y Daga)

Cane and Dagger

Sword and Dagger (Espada y Daga)

Sword and Shield

Long and Short Stick 4th Area

4th Area
Double Dagger (Baraw-Baraw) or (Dubli Daga)

Double Short Sticks

5th Area
Single Dagger (Baraw-Kamot)

Single Short Stick

6th Area
Palm Stick (Olisi-Palad)

Double end Dagger

7th Area
Pangamut, Kamot-Kamot or Empty Hands
Panantukin (Boxing to include use of the Elbows) Elbows (Sieko)

Pananjakman or Panantukin and Sikaran (Kicking to include use of Knees and Shin)

Dumog, Layug, or Buno (Grappling) and Kuntzi (Locking)

Ankab-Pagkusi also heard kini mutai (Bite and Pinch)

Sagong Labo or Higot-Hubud-Lubud (“Tying-untying, and blending the two”, trapping range sensitivity exercise)

8th Area
(Long Weapons)
Staff (Sibat)

Oar (Dula)

Paddle (Bugsay)

Spear (Bangkaw)

Spear and Circular Shield

Spear and Rectangular Shield

Spear and Sword/Stick

Spear and Dagger

Two Handed Method (Heavy stick, Olisi Dalawang kamot)

Two Handed Method (Regular stick)

9th Area
Flexible Weapons
Sarong (clothing worn in Southern Philippines and Indonesia)

Belt or Sash

Whip (Latigo)

Rope (Lubid)

Chain (Cadena)

Scarf, headband, Handkerchief (Panyo)

Flail (commonly known as the nunchucko) Olisi Toyok or Tobak Toyok


Stingray Tail

10th Area
Hand thrown weapons, Tapon-Tapon


Wooden Splinter


Coins, Washers

Stones, Rocks

Sand, Mud, Dirt

Pepper, Powder

Any object that can be thrown

11th Area
Projectile Weapons
Bow and Arrow (Pana)

Blowgun (Sumpit)

Slingshot (Pana Palad)

Lantanka (Portable Cannon)

12th Area
Mental, Emotional, Spiritual training
Healing Arts

Health Skills

Rhythm and Dance

History, Philosophy and Ethics