Kali Curriculum

This page isolates our Kali curriculum for you.

Given our very unique educational setup, our students receive Kali training in both our Phase Curriculum and our Cultural Curriculum.

Our unique educational setup is the result of our Magda Institute affiliate relationship.

The Kali in the Phase Curriculum is similar to a streamlined, applied professional program. In other words, your education is narrow and practical.

On the other hand, the Kali in the Cultural Curriculum is similar to a liberal arts school in which your major would be Kali.

Since your entire subject matter is Kali, you get much greater breadth and depth. 

Please note that you may or may not receive training in all areas listed, as this depends upon your length of study and your ability to demonstrate sufficient proficiency to progress to the next level.

For instance, if you only train for six months and never progress from Beginning Phase 1 to Phase 1 you will certainly not receive training in sumbrada (counter-for-counter) as you will not have sufficiently developed the various foundational skills that come first.


HIMA's Kali Curriculum

Our cultural Kali curriculum involves ten areas of study:

  • Single Olisi (single stick, sword, axe, etc.)
  • Double Olisi (double stick, sword, axe, etc.)
  • Olisi-Baraw (long and short sticks, sword and dagger, axe and dagger, sword and shield, etc.) 
  • Baraw-Baraw (double dagger, double short sticks, etc.)
  • Baraw- Kamot (dagger and empty hand)
  • Kamot-Kamot or Pangamut (empty hands)
  • Flexible Weapons (malong)
  • Olisi-Palad (palm or pocket stick)
  • Olisi Dalawang (two-handed stick style)
  • Sibat-Bangkaw (spear, staff)

As identified, the Kamot-Kamot or Pangamut is the empty hands aspect of Kali. It typically includes:

  • Panatukan (Filipino boxing, including use of elbow)
  • Panadiakan-Sikaran (kicking, kneeing, use of shin)
  • Dumog-Layug (grappling, wrestling)
  • Higot at Hampak-Hubud at Hampak (tie up and hit, untie and hit)
  • Kinomotie (pinching and tearing-nerve attack)

Aside from these areas of study, students also learn footwork, striking skills, defensive skills, concepts & theories, and much more.

Our Kali curriculum is designed to totally immerse students in the Filipino Martial Art of Kali.


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