"Kali is the ways of life." - Mandala Kanishka Sharma - the first Indian who Introduced Kali Unarmed Combat to Indian Military, Special Forces and Police Units
Kali, often interchangeably with Eskrima and Arnis, is the national sport in the Philippines. The three are collectively termed as Filipino Martial Arts or FMA, considered one of the deadliest martial arts in the world. Known for its effectiveness and efficiency in combat, the art is built for a single purpose – to give practitioners maximum chance of survival against any immediate threats. It is one of only a few martial arts in the world to have students practicing with bladed weapons, sticks, and knives, right from the start. This not only infuses a sense that potential weapons are everywhere and can be carried by anyone, it also teaches practitioners how to use their whole body as a weapon, full body coordination and how tools as weapons can be used as an extension of that body.
The word “Kali” is described as “A Bladed-Hand”. Everything in Kali is uniform, even in empty-hand combat, aka Panantukan. The hand moves like a blade and strikes with precision and power. Should anyone be in a situation where they are required to respond to a threat, limb destruction, precision strikes, joint locks, aggressive take downs and maximum pain infliction to the soft areas of the opponents’ body are some examples of how Kali is implemented. With a proper mindset and training, practitioners are better equipped to control the outcome of a confrontation and survive such circumstances.