Kali Sikaran Australia

KALI, Self Defence Perth

Self Defence

With the ever growing violence on the streets of Perth and Australia today and the rise of crime and theft involving weapons, this progressive style of Martial Art becomes increasingly more important in today's society. Kali Sikaran (a form of Filipino stick & knife fighting combined with the skills and fitness of Kickboxing) teaches us the etiquette, dangers and legalities involved with a wide range of weapons and combative situations.

This dynamic yet graceful flowing art will show even the smallest of defendants how to safely and easily avoid or disarm an attacker with little or no effort. You will learn to avoid potential conflicts, defend against multiple attackers, one on one self defence, ground fighting, restraint and removal while still respecting the traditional aspects of Martial Arts self control, respect and integrity. This will also help you in all aspects of your life and its challenges.

Suited for women and men alike, the fitness and confidence gained through the set drills and techniques of training offered in Victoria Park will inspire and excite all.

Filipino Martial Arts (FMA)

Over the centuries and with the influence of the various tribes and cultures in the Philippines, the martial arts developed to be highly effective. The three most recognized names for the Filipino stick fighting arts are Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis.

Kali is the oldest term and has its origin in Cebuano, a dialect of the middle island groups, "Ka" stands for Camot (hand), and "Li" for Lehok (movement). As a whole, Kali can be translated into "movement of the hand"

The Spanish occupiers named the martial arts of the Filipinos "Eskrima". That derives from the Spanish word "Esgrima" describing a brief fight or fencing. At first the Philippine martial arts were well regarded by the Spaniards. They eventually thought the fighting style to be too dangerous. By 1596 this art became unpopular, and in 1764, training in the self defence practice of Kali was entirely forbidden. This means was an attempt to destroy the entire Philippine culture. Books were burnt, and the use of the native alphabet was forbidden. In a disguised format the Filipinos kept their culture alive by incorporating the Kali movement into their religious Moro-Moro dances and by weaving the alphabet into the artistic needlework of their garments. Impressed by the dances, the skilful movement of the hands, the Spaniards named this art after their hand protection, the "Arnes". Over time, this word evolved to "Arnis".

Kali Sikaran History

Kali Sikaran is influenced by the history of Southeast Asia, especially the Majapahit Empire. The Majapahit was an Empire (1293-1500) where the bull was the symbol of the Empire. The bull itself was the symbol for power. The circle on top of the bull’s head was the symbol of spiritual strength. The Majapahit Army was composed from some of the best warriors of Southeast Asia, all trained in various styles of Martial arts.

All came with their own styles. Filipino Kali for the Filipinos, Muay Thai and Krabi Krabong for the Thais, Pencak Silat for the Indonesians and Malaysians. We here at Kali Sikaran take the symbol of the Majapahit Empire as a link. The logo has been redesign to fit our concept and philosophy.

training concepts

The training concepts of Kali Sikaran are composed of several sub-systems. These sub-systems are Panantukan (Filipino Boxing), Sikaran (Filipino Kickboxing), Sinawali (Double Sticks), Solo Baston (Single Stick), Daga (Knife Defence), Espada Y Daga (Sword and Dagger), Kadena De Mano (Close Quarter Fighter), Dumog (Filipino Grappling) and Pencak Silat Concept. In addition Kali Sikaran is heavily influenced by the arts of Bando, Krabi Krabong, Muay Boran and Western Boxing Concept

Kali part of the Kali Sikaran includes elements of:
Balintawak / Doce Pares Eskrima / Inayan System of Eskrima / Inosanto Kali / Krabi Krabong / Lucaylucay Kali JKD / Modern Arnis / Maphilindo Silat / Pencak Silat Bukti Negara / Pencak Silat Cimande / Pencak Silat Concept / Pencak Silat Tapak Suci / Silat Kuntaw

Sikaran part of Kali Sikaran includes elements of:
Bando / Muay Boran / Panantukan / Western Boxing Concept

In Kali Sikaran, these concepts are woven together into a complete and very effective fighting system. Any improvement in one aspect of the Art will lead to an immediate progression in other fighting styles.

In a combination of empty hands training and weapons training, the practitioner will develop speed, coordination, stamina, strength and reflexes that support self-defense and fighting skills. The Kali Sikaran practitioner is trained to be able to adapt to any given situation.


Filipino Boxing which includes techniques and strategies taken from Western Boxing. The particularity of Panantukan includes elbows strikes, gunting, foot sweeps, and foot trapping… making the Art a special and an effective form of Boxing. Panantukan fighting techniques are practiced both with and without gloves.


A form of Filipino Kick Boxing which completes the Panantukan System. With additional hand and kicking techniques, Sikaran is recognized by its movements. The fighter is trained in zoning and controlling distance, making it perfect for self defence. With this training the fighter has the opportunity to use a wide range of kicking techniques.

Stick Fighting

Best known by the Martial Arts Community for the extensive combat use of sticks or machetes by the Filipino Warrior (Mandirigma). The training is carried out with one or two sticks. Stick fighting training is important in the development of empty hand skills. Any development in stick training leads to an immediate improvement in the empty hand aspects of Kali Sikaran.


Kali Sikaran’s Knife Fighting System. Knife defence is a known specialty of the Filipino Martial Arts. Filipino knife fighting techniques have influenced Police and Military Knife Defence Strategies all over the World.

Kadena De Mano

Close quarter fighting technique of Kali Sikaran. By using hands, elbows, head butts and knees in training, the flow is very important. Kadena De Mano is a realistic method of Self Defence when there’s no space to move and no way to escape.

Silat Kuntaw

A form of Filipino Pencak Silat coming from the Moro’s Islands. The Art is divided in 3 parts. The Self Defence System, the Art, and the Health System. Silat Kuntaw recognized no rules when it comes to Self Defence.


Kali Sikaran’s Grappling System. It includes throws, take downs, immobilization, and submission. Learning to react in a ground situation is a very important aspect of any system of Self Defence.


With ongoing curriculum development and tuition through regular training seminars, camps, and international instructors you will discover the traditional fighting methods of the Philippines such as, Cinco Tero, Doce Pares, Dumog, Inayan Eskrima, Kali Sikaran, Kombatan and Modern Arnis.

Kali Sikaran will share with you the discipline, honour and respect that is required from a traditional martial art, blended perfectly with today’s training methodology to give you the best, most
progressive and effective Modern Martial Art to date. You will soon see why this is the fastest growing self defence system spreading Europe the USA and now Australia.

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