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Inosanto/Lacoste Kali-Arnis-Eskrima

Kali, Arnis, Eskrima

847 Hamilton Ave (Rt 69).
Waterbury, CT 06706
or 203-596-9073  


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The influence of our Inosanto/Lacoste Kali-Arnis-Eskrima, Arnis and Eskrima, also spelled, “Escrima” is 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 due to the fact that before

Islam and Christianity was in the Philippines, Hindu was a strong influence in that part of SE Asia.Kali, Arnis, Eskrima, Escrima, Kuntao - www.PSDTC.com

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.

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 destruction’s, joint manipulations, nerve destruction’s, trapping and low line kicks from Pananjakman.

In Kali, there are also a very good empty hand blade defenses as well as take-downs 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. 

Kali, Arnis, Escrima/Eskrima and Kuntao, our Filipino martial art program found on www.PSDTC.comNo 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.

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

The Filipino ancient warrior systems are sometimes referred to as Arnis, Escrima, which by the way are the most popular names. Arnis, Eskrima or Escrima is a Spanish origin. “Kali” is the ancient indigenous name taken from the word :Kalis. ” Kalis is an ancient blade which is also native to the Filipino people.Kali, Arnis, Escrima/Eskrima and Kuntao, our Filipino martial art program found on www.PSDTC.com

Kali has a long history as a martial art that has been used in the Philippines for survival purposes and history shows, using these Filipino martial arts for survival purposes very successfully!

The most complete Filipino Martial Art curriculum in Connecticut, guaranteed!



Kali, although this area of Filipino martial arts is known to some people after the Spanish settlement in the Philippines as Arnis or Eskrima is an important class to attend for a complete understanding of self-defense. There is nothing like taking weapon defenses from a very well put together weapon oriented martial art.

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This class usually starts out with by repetitiously swinging the stick in a few of the different angles of attack over and over again in combination to develop endurance and muscle memory. At the Practical Self Defense Training Center, beginners learn and memorize 17 angles of attack how to use them for actual combat situations and the defenses against those angles of attack in different ranges. Defenses and drills from long range to medium range are practiced with the stick and also the knife that will help develop spontaneous reaction to different angles of attack in all ranges.

The more advanced people do their drilling a little more randomly. Isolation sparring is also done to solve problems and gain defensive reflexes in a certain angle of attack coming at a student at a given time. Or to just get better at defending a certain angle for attribute development. A lot of knife sparring with methods of sparring such as knife Vs knife, double knife Vs knife and double knife Vs double knife and most importantly empty hand Vs knife is done. Knife wrestling is also done constantly with Knife Vs Knife or empty hand Vs knifeInitiating an attack from escrima, still in shadow boxing as well. Empty hand fighting methods Vs weapon, really develops fast reflexes and that is real good scenario training for self defense purposes if that situation should ever occur!  And in a knife fight or if ever attacked by a knife wielding individual…he does not want to give up his weapon, so this type of training is very important to understand and to train hard in to be prepared ahead of time if you are ever attacked by a bladed weapon as well as a full understanding of the Filipino art and culture!

For a selection  of different stick sparring exercises, you Still shadow boxing! It's a great exercise and it really helps to sharpen your stick fighting.have a choice to use either foam covered sticks with as much gear as you want to wear or the real rattan with minimal gear. Layog and Dumog (Clench range) is learned with a knife and without a knife along with stick Vs, stick or empty hand Vs stick. Panantukin (hand range) along with Pananjakman (kicking range) are learned also to enhance your Kali skill for your empty hand fighting. The empty hand area of Kali is good for empty hand Vs weapons so you can develop quick reflexes if ever needed in such a serious self defense situation.

           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

  • Yo-yo

  • Stingray Tail 

10th Area Hand thrown weapons, Tapon-Tapon
  • Spear

  • Dagger

  • Wooden Splinter

  • Spikes

  • 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

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Kali, Arnis & Escrima
847 Hamilton Ave (Rt 69).
Waterbury, Connecticut 06706
203-596-9073 or 203-802-8533