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"Kali Arnis and Escrima is so much more than stickfighting"
"Training in the Filipino Martial Arts will make you a well rounded fighter"
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Kali, Escrima, & Arnis are all terms for the indigenous martial arts that come from the Philippines. Most of the Filipino martial arts are really similar at their core.
Students of the Filipino martial arts are knowledgeable in the use of bladed and impact weapons as well as empty hands techniques. In the past the different names correlated with different region within the Philippines.
Most people in the Philippines today know and call the art as Arnis. The terms Kali and Escrima are not used anymore.
Filipino martial arts have many characteristics which make it a very unique and effective self defense system for people like you who are interested in reality based training.
One characteristics of Kali, Escrima, & Arnis that is core to its very nature is the idea of flow.
Flow is usually taught to you at the very start of their training. Learning to flow against attacks will quickly build up your reflexes and agility.
Continuously flowing is crucial to being able to successfully defend yourself against an attack.
A second characteristic of the Filipino martial arts is that you will start off learning weapon techniques very early in their training.
The Filipino martial arts are also known for is training weapon skills first rather than last in developing a student's ability.
As opposed to Chinese martial arts that will only teach you weapons only after they have mastered their stance and empty hands training.
Lastly, Filipino martial arts have extremely effective weapon disarming techniques.
This type of training is very useful for those in the military and law enforcement. In terms of practicality, techniques for taking away an armed opponents weapon is probably going to save your life.
Many people have the misconception that Escrima is just stick fighting. It is true that many of the techniques emphasized when first learning Escrima revolve around using the sticks. Sticks are just an extension of the hands.
Kali, Escrima, & Arnis are well rounded and complete martial arts systems that have grappling, throws, takedowns, kicks and joint-locks. All techniques that you learn in our class has two versions, one version where you use just your empty hands, and another where the same technique is used with a weapon in you hand.
Once you have mastery of the Filipino arts you should be able to use anything as a weapon.
One of the main styles that we practice here is known as Cabales Serrada Escrima. This style of escrima is a close range fighting system that contains stick fighting, knife fighting, and empty hand techniques.
The Serrada system was founded by a man named Angel Cabales. Angel Cabales taught many famous martial arts masters in the U.S. Some of his students include Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo and Graciella Casillas.
"Filipino martial arts emphasizes a fighting philosophy"
This a way of dealing with attacks in FMA is simple but effective. All attacks are categorized in angles. It does not matter what the attacking weapon is. It could be a baseball bat, a punch, a crowbar, a knife or a punch, if it travels along the path of angle 1 then it is dealt with in the same manner.
This method of training speeds up the time that it takes to learn to defend yourself.
Systematizing the curriculum for the fastest learning possible was very important to the Filipino people.
The reason for this is that like many martial arts, Kali, Escrima, & Arnis were taught to be a self defense art. Flashy and flowery techniques that were mostly for show were never part of the Filipino martial arts. Kali, Escrima, & Arnis were originally meant to be taught to villagers who needed to defend their very lives against other competing villages or foreign invaders to the Philippine archipelago.
If a student needed to be extremely talented or gifted in order to execute techniques than the village would not have been able to be successful in surviving. Only movements that were natural and easy to learn were kept as part of Kali, Escrima, & Arnis.
Simplicity in combat is valued over knowing a bunch of different techniques. For the Kali, Escrima, & Arnis student, it is better to master a small number of techniques than to have a weak comprehension of 300 techniques.
In other words, a student who is extremely skilled in a handful of techniques will be much more likely to emerge victorious because that student will be able to execute his techniques with smoothness, flow and power.
"Some of the things you will learn in Kali, Escrima, Arnis class are:"
Here's the story:
When I was a teenager, I started training in the martial arts. At that time in my life, I was getting into a LOT of trouble. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd.
But wait, it didn't stop there..
I was staying out late without calling. I was basically a juvenile delinquent. I was a parent's worst nightmare.
Astonishing, isn't it?
Suffice to say I owe my parents a BIG apology!
Anyway, I personally wasn't looking for any of the benefits that the martial arts had to offer.
I just thought it was the coolest thing in the world to be able to actually learn this stuff. It wasn't until I started to progress in the martial arts that I became aware of all of the benefits that martial arts classes had to offer.
My name is Kevin Kawada and my wife’s name is Renee Kawada.
The positive impact that martial arts training had on my life was remarkable.
Because of this, we decided to open our own martial arts school in March of 2004, and made a promise to improve the lives of all our students. We want students to get fit and build up their self confidence the life transforming experience that is martial arts.
We have 2 children. Our daughter is 22 years old and is a Black belt. Her name is Kaitlyn Kawada and she trains at the school daily. Our son is just 14 years old and trains in all of the classes as well.
All of our students get very personalized martial arts instruction and one on one attention. The atmosphere at our martial arts school is both fun AND work oriented.
Please come in and see our school in person! We would love to have you as our next student!
Question: Am I really ever going to get into a fight with sticks?
Answer: It is true that you are not going to carry your sticks around with you everywhere you go. However, Filipino martial arts have a huge curriculum of empty hands work that are useful for high level self defense.
Question: What should I wear for my first lesson?
Answer: Sweats and a t-shirt
Question: Do I need a martial arts background to learn FMA?
Answer: No. It's probably better that we start from scratch. Sometimes people with a martial arts background have to unlearn what they previously learned to perform techniques correctly.
Question: Do I need my own sticks when I come to your school?
Answer: Not right away, you can borrow some. Eventually, you should get your own pair of sticks. How else are you going to practice at home?
Question: Is there a belt ranking system for Filipino martial arts?
Answer: No, but there are levels. For Serrada Escrima, level 1 is like getting your brown belt, while level 2 is like getting your black belt. For FCS Kali, there are 5 levels before getting to instructor level.
Question: What does FMA stand for?
Answer: Filipino Martial Arts.
Question: What exactly is Kali, Escrima, & Arnis?
Answer: Kali, Escrima, & Arnis are terms for a system of stylized stick and knife fighting techniques that come from the Philippines.
Question: Can I come in and either observe or try a class?
Answer: Yes, of course. You are welcome to observe or try a class. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to come in. The trial class is free.
Question: What do I wear for my trial lesson?
Answer: Wear comfortable clothing. Wearing flip-flops or sandals are the easiest. Our students are not allowed to have footwear on when training on our mats. However, when they do step off our mats footwear is required. Also, we recommend you bringing a water bottle.
Question: When are the adult classes?
Answer: Adult classes are 90 minutes. You can checkout our class schedule here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/schedule/
Question: What if I'm too old or not in shape for martial arts training?
Answer: You're never too old to start martial arts. We have people start at all ages and at different fitness levels. Don't worry about not being in shape. Enrolling in martial arts will help you get in shape. Here at our school you work at your own pace and set your own goals. We are here to help you in reaching your own personal goals.
Question: Can I enroll in martial arts even if I have no experience and not very athletic?
Answer: Of course! You don't need to have any experience to start. Enrolling in martial arts teaches you not just self defense, but it also teaches you to be coordinated, flexible, agile, and strong. Each time you come to class you will improve and develop these qualities. People who already have these qualities grow them even more.
Question: When can I enroll?
Answer: Our program is on-going and you can start at anytime.
Question: How often should I attend class?
Answer: We do understand that everyone's schedule is different. We offer 4 programs to choose from. You are able to choose attending classes once a week, twice a week, 4 times a week, and unlimited. The choice is up to you.
Question: Do I need my own equipment gear?
Answer: If you are on a trial program, you are able to borrow our equipment. However, when enrolling in our regular program students are required to have their own equipment gears. Equipment are purchased here at our martial arts studio.
Question: Are there any testing fees?
Answer: Yes, testing fees are $55 per student. Testing are held twice a year in April and October. Black belt testing fee is $100.
Question: How much does class cost?
Answer: You can check out the prices for our classes here: https://www.lvshaolin.com/prices/
Question: Will I get hurt training in martial arts?
Answer: Martial arts (like any other sport) has its various risks and dangers. However, we always try to be safe and do what we can to prevent injuries.
"What people are saying about our school"
"I don't think the overall changes my life has encountered since meeting you can truly be expressed in words..."
"I don't think the overall changes my life has encountered since meeting you can truly be expressed in words...
Upon joining your school in May, my life has undergone many and refreshing changes. I have always looked into studying kung fu, but fear and schedule difficulties make it a challenge. Since taking the class I have learned a lot about my physical self as well as a refreshing look in to how I look at things around me in the world. i have improved concentration, reflexes, stamina and endurance.
My self value has risen and it's expressed in my work and in dealing with my clientele. My own mother doesn't even recognize me anymore. The patience you exhibit while instructing strives others to do better in your school's classes. You comfort level and leadership qualities make coming to class fun and exciting. Allowing myself to push myself with no fear of how you or any of my peers view it.
I think everyone should try this class, the level of enhancement between the mind body relationship is improved after the first week. Things just start to move a lot better in the way you think and the way tasks are accomplished. Kevin and Renee are always ready for the information to be taken from them, and I for one am so respectful and happy that they have taken the time to instruct others in the way that have enriched theirs and many other lives. With the utmost respect."
"Martial arts have become very important in my life and I can't see myself as not doing now. "
"I have been taking Escrima classes at the Kung Fu Academy for four years now. During this time, I have grown a great amount. I was a small young kids when I started. I had trouble with focus. i slowly started to feel more and more comfortable. I slowly gained confidence in myself although at times, I would almost quit, and then instructor Kevin would assure me that i could do it, and he would actually take time to work with me.
Martial arts have become very important in my life and I can't see myself as not doing now.
Thank you Instructor Kevin for all of your support through the years."