OUR CURRICULUM

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FILIPINO KALI

Kali is the legendary full-combat Art of the Philippines. This is our main system, and the foundation of everything we do. Our personal expression of Kali is a synthesis of several disciplines including Pekiti-Tirsia, Kali Deleon, and San Miguel Escrima.  We proudly teach all of the classical components of:

– Single and Double Stick  (Solo Baston; Doble Baston)
– Sword and Dagger (Espada y Daga)
– Staff (Sibat)
– Knife (Daga) and flexible weapons (Panyo)
– Combat Grappling (Dumog)
– Empty Hand Striking (Pangamut)
– Firearms (pistol and long gun)

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BARAKO BATANGUENO

 Ahighly unorthodox, unpredictable, and effective style of edged weapons and firearms tactics born and bred in the infamous Batangas region of the Philippines. The Batangueno knife/gun fighter develops an intensely personal expression of the Art through mastery of an essential template sequence of 29 (vientenueve) basic cutting techniques applied with strategic footwork.

 This style was passed to us by Manong Leon “Tito Jun” Saludo – one of the original surviving members of the group that “codified” this knowledge. Tito Jun is among the last generation of BATANGUENO blademasters who has truly LIVED his craft.

NOTE: This is NOT a public class! Instruction will be made available to select students only.

SILAT KUNTAU TEKPI

Seni Silat Kuntau Tekpi was founded by Panglima Taib (General Taib Bin Wan Hussein) in the Kedah region of Malaysia around 1890.

Panglima Taib learned various forms of Silat Kedah (Silat from the Kedah region), including the Silat from Panglima Ismail, which is the root of Silat Cekak and Silat Kalimah.

Panglima Taib organized his original syllabus into 360 Buah (combat techniques), which taught and covered all of the basic principles and pecahan (variations) of the Silat system. He taught his daughter (Siti Aminah) and passed the system on to her. She taught her son (Pak Guru) who taught his son, Cikgu Sani.

The modern syllabus was organized by Cikgu Sani as follows:

Level One:
– 21 Buah (Basic) – Teaches fundamental footwork, entries, throws and locks

Level Two:
– 21 Buah (Intermediate) – More “direct” combative Buah that draw upon the lessons and mastery of the first level

Level Three:
Senaman TekpiTekpi exercises for conditioning and combat
– Counters for all 42 Buah (from Level One & Level Two)
– Seven Buah Pukulan – Counter-offensive striking responses to an attack
– Five Buah – These are five advanced Buah only taught to Level Three students
– 21 Buah Tekpi – These are the Buah that teach how to strike and fight with the Tekpi

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CIMANDE MACAN GULING and TERUMBU GAJAH PUTIH

Macan Guling (Rolling Tiger) is a well known school of the Cimande system of Pencak Silat from Serang, West Java. This style is under the authority of the PPPSBBI (Persatuan Pendekar Persilatan Seni Budaya Banten Indonesia) an old and highly respected organization of 500,000 Silat players in West Java from 90 different styles.

The Cimande Macan Guling syllabus encompasses:
– Upper body striking (Juru-Juru)
– Footwork patterns (Langkah)
– Timing/fluidity/conditioning exercises (Kelidan)
– Machete (Golok)
– Knife (Pisau)
– Staff (Toya)
– Flexible weapons (Sarong)

GIDIGBO / JAKADI

 ”Gidigbo” is one of several martial arts indigenous to the Yoruba people of Southwest Nigeria.  It is a unique method of grappling, striking, and edged weapons practiced primarily by hunters, iron-workers, and bodyguards to the traditional village Elders.  There is a “ceremonial” expression of the Art which is performed for the public during annual festivals.  There is also a competitive expression performed at regional tournaments. We teach the rarely-seen combative aspect intended for self-preservation and protection.