Eskrima or Kali, is the national sport and martial art of the Philippines.
It emphasises weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, bladed weapons, various improvised weapons as well as “open hand” or techniques without weapons. The ancient art of Filipino stick, knife and empty hand fighting was developed to give smaller, weaker or lesser armed people an option for self defence and self determination.
What are the benefits of Kali/Eskrima?
- You learn practical self defence.
- Your upper body, arms and legs will become toned
- You will increase your fitness and aerobic capacity, which will assist with fat loss.
- Parts of your body, such as your forearms, elbows and hands will benefit from conditioning, making them more resistant to pain and injury.
- You will become more flexible.
- You will benefit from increased manual dexterity and co-ordination.
- You will be able use any weapon, even one you have not used before.
- It complements and enhances any martial art. It can be learnt independently from other martial arts or grafted seamlessly into any form of exercise you do already.
- Many of the techniques do not require strength or power, since most of the power is derived from body movement and economy of motion.
- Because there is no need for strength, anyone can learn Eskrima. 12 year old children can learn Eskrima as well as the elderly.
- It can be practiced anywhere. Eskrima can be practiced in a park as well as it’s practiced in a gym.
- It is fun and never gets boring. It requires a training partner to practice, so it is a great way to meet people.
Join our bootcamp at Wolli Creek, Sydney to learn the techniques and drills used in this sport! Or get in contact about our seminars and workshops where we can bring the action to you.