When we talk about Filipino Martial Arts, we’re talking about Kali. From its murky origins in tribal conflict and wildlife defense, Kali has survived colonization, evolved through generations, and adapted to the modern world to become a respected global fighting discipline.
In this piece, we’re going on an adventure, a journey back in time that traces the gritty evolution of Kali. From weapon improvisation in jungle warfare to secret dance disguises under the watchful eyes of Spanish colonizers and onto the silver screens of Hollywood – Kali’s history is as diverse and dynamic as the techniques it teaches.
We’re about to explore how a fighting style born in the heart of the Philippine islands became practiced in gyms, depicted in movies, and implemented in military training globally.
The story of Kali isn’t just about martial arts; it’s a testament to human innovation, adaptability, and the sheer will to survive.