Are You Interested in Kali Systems?

As a student and teacher of Kali, I sure am interested in Kali systems!  

I simply love the structured progression that our Magda Institute Kali system provides. 

While the Magda Institute Kali system is an eclectic blend that draws from many styles of Filipino Martial Arts, it is the systems of Lacoste-Inosanto Kali, Villabrille-Largusa Kali, and Giron Arnis Escrima that form the nucleus of its' teachings.

Given my love of learning, my interest in exploring the roots of our system, and my desire to share the fantastic arts of the Philippines with you, I want to share these systems with you. 

Regardless of whether you are in the beginning stages of exploring or you are already a serious Filipino Martial Arts enthusiast, I believe you will enjoy these systems.


Magda Institute Kali System

This is the system of Kali we practice and teach.

We are blessed to have the privilege of practicing and teaching Magda Institute Kali.

The Magda Institute is headed by Guro Cass Magda.

Guro Cass was trained by the legendary Dan Inosanto.

For more on the system we practice and teach, check out our Kali Curriculum.


Lacoste-Inosanto Kali

Most of the time you will see Inosanto-Lacoste Kali instead of Lacoste-Inosanto Kali when referring to this system.

I have chosen to put Lacoste first because he was one of, if not, the most influential of Guro Dan's teachers.

Furthermore, Lacoste was amongst the most revered of the old Kali masters in Stockton, California.

The Lacoste-Inosanto system of Kali is a comprehensive martial arts system that includes 12 areas of study:

  • single stick, sword or axe
  • double stick, sword or axe
  • stick and dagger, long and short sticks, sword and dagger, axe and dagger, sword and shield 
  • double dagger, double short sticks
  • single dagger and empty hand,
  • empty hands,
  • flexible weapons,
  • palm or pocket stick,
  • two-handed stick style,
  • long weapons, 
  • throwing weapons, and
  • projectile weapons, 


Villabrille-Largusa Kali

The Villabrilleā€“Largusa system of Kali is a comprehensive martial arts system that includes the empty hand, kicking, and weaponry techniques of the legendary Grand Master Floro Villabrille.

This system was founded by the late Grandmaster Floro Villabrille, but it was broken down and systematized by Grand Master Ben Largusa.

It was Grand Master Largusa who developed the philosophies and theories of the system.

While the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System is taught today for self-defense and fitness, every aspect and characteristic of combat is maintained, practiced, and regarded with the greatest honor and respect.


Giron Arnis Escrima

The Giron Arnis Escrima System is a composite system that is comprised of 20 styles.

It is a combat-proven system as it was employed by Grand Master Leo Giron in the jungles of the Philippines during World War II.

The Giron system is a classical weapons and empty-hand self-defense system that is applicable in today's modern society.

The Giron system has many purposes.

First, Giron Arnis Escrima was developed to perpetuate the art for the purpose of preserving life.

Giron taught to insure the legacy of the Filipino forefathers who handed down their arts to him.

Training in the Giron system commemorates the Filipino forefathers who were forced to practice the art in secrecy by the Spanish regime.

Lastly, Giron's teachings allowed him to teach Philippine culture and history.


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