Kali, also known as arnis and eskrima and is the national sport and martial art of the Philippines. The three are roughly interchangeable umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (“Filipino Martial Arts,” or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, bladed weapons and various improvised weapons.
It includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques. Although in general, emphasis is put on weapons for these arts, some systems put empty hands as the primary focus and some old school systems do not teach weapons at all.
At Enmei, kali is taught by Master Jon Hurley. He has a background in kali and taekwondo. He has been a law enforcement officer but is currently a civilian. Kali classes are on Saturday afternoons, 12 til 1 pm. For information please call Mr Hurley, 385-7393 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is at www.combinedelementsma.com