What Is Kali?


What is it?

Kali is a Filipino Martial Arts system and is also referred to as Eskrima or Arnis.

The system includes unarmed and weapons techniques such as;

  • Single and double stick,
  • Single and double knives,
  • Stick and dagger,
  • Short and long staff,
  • Pocket sticks,
  • Flexible weapons such as scarfs, belts, bags etc.,
  • And more.

Empty hand techniques also play a large part in the system,

  • Boxing,
  • Kicking,
  • Striking, elbows, knees, headbutts,
  • Grappling,
  • Locking,
  • Throwing – Takedowns,
  • Clawing, pinching, biting ,

Kali Eskrima Arnis contains a lot of different styles and concepts depending on the teacher. Some of the notable ones are;

  • Inosanto Lacoste,
  • Doce Pares,
  • Modern Arnis,
  • Lameco,
  • Sayoc,
  • Evalution,

Kali is a well-rounded Martial Art and is suitable for all ages to learn and train in.

Most people think of Kali is that stick fighting stuff but it is so much more than this!

Keith Gilliland

Chief Instructor & Founder

Gilliland Martial Arts & Fitness Academy