Premier Kali Organizations

The Kali organizations that are listed here are organizations that we respect tremendously. 

We feel that these organizations are professional entities that are genuinely committed to passing on the true historical, cultural and philosophical Filipino Martial Arts combative forms and techniques. 

We also feel that the people behind these organizations are people of honor, integrity and respect.


Magda Institute Association

The Magda Institute Association is a world-class martial arts organization that is headquartered in Reseda, California – a suburb of Los Angeles. 

It was founded in 1995 by Guro Cass Magda.  

In regards to Kali, the MI Association pursues the following objectives:

  • to preserve, incorporate and promulgate the true historical, cultural and philosophical Filipino Martial Art combative forms and techniques

  • to research and preserve significant teachings of the indigenous Filipino art forms

  • to develop devoted individuals capable of transmitting the various Filipino Martial Arts Systems of the Magda Institute

  • to develop and produce individuals who are dedicated to excellence in the Filipino Martial Arts

  • to raise the consciousness of the Martial Arts community and general public regarding the various Filipino Martial Arts Systems practiced at the Magda Institute as they are relatively unknown

As a member of the Magda Institute Association, you will surely encounter and appreciate the philosophy and professionalism that abound.

The Magda Institute Association oversees schools in the United States, England, Germany, and Italy.

To learn more about the Magda Institute Association, please click here.


Kali Association of America

The Kali Association of America was founded on January 27, 1973 by Grand Master Floro Villabrille, Tuhan Ben Largusa, and 18 Guros when these men adopted a Constitution and By-Laws that would govern the association’s existence. 

The list of founding Guros included the likes of Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo, Teodoro (Ted) Lucay Lucay, Sr., Teodoro (Ted) Lucay Lucay, Jr., Mel Lopez, and many other highly skilled martial artists.

The Kali Association of America is a non-profit organization that exists:

  • to promote the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System

  • to organize the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System

  • to perpetuate the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System

  • to insure the integrity of the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System  

As a member of the Kali Association of America, you can be assured that you are truly learning the venerable Villabrille-Largusa Kali System in accordance with the wishes, rules, regulations and standards set by Grandmaster Villabrille and his most loyal student Grandmaster Ben T. Largusa in the by-laws of the Kali Association of American ™.

The Kali Association of America is the governing body of the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System and its member schools.  

To learn more about the Kali Association of America, please click here.


Bahala Na Martial Arts Association

The Bahala Na Martial Arts Association is a world-class martial arts organization that is headquartered in Stockton, California. 

It was founded in 1979, by Grand Master Leo Giron.  

In September 1968, Grand Master Emeritus Leo Giron opened his first licensed escrima club in Tracy, California. 

At that time, Grand Master Giron intended to establish an organization that was governed by a Constitution and By-Laws.  

The Bahala Na Martial Arts Association exists:

  • to promote the art of Escrima and culture of the Philipines, as taught by Grand Master Giron

  • to perpetuate the art of Escrima and culture of the Philipines, as taught by Grannd Master Giron

  • to insure the integrity of the Giron Arnis Escrima System

As a member of the Bahala Na Martial Arts Association, you can be assured that you are truly learning the combat-proven Giron Arnis Escrima System in accordance with the wishes, rules, regulations and standards set by Grand Master Giron and his successor Grand Master Tony Somera.

The Bahala Na Martial Arts Association oversees schools in the United States, England, Germany, Norway, and Spain.

To learn more about the Bahala Na Martial Arts Association, please click here.


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