KALI SIKARAN has its roots in the Martial Arts of the Philippines and the Southeast Asian countries. A modern meaning for this is represented by physical capability and warrior spirit where the practitioner train the body and the mind to deal with different kinds of challenges.
Kali Sikaran is built around six basic blocks (or technique categories) that are closely interwoven. The technical principles are common in all blocks and gives the practitioner a strong and functional base for self defense. Functionality is more important than form and every student will get help to tweak their skills for their attributes (size, strength, stamina etc).
When the practitioner becomes more advanced a few extra blocks are added to the training syllabus. These blocks are more based on the art than on pure self defense, like Espada y Daga, training with sword and dagger.
The six basic blocks are:
PANANTUKAN is Filipino boxing that differs from Western boxing in that you also use the elbows and techniques without gloves. Sweeps, holds, foot traps and controlling the opponent are other trademarks of this highly efficient style of boxing with self defense focus.
SIKARAN is Filipino Kickboxing. In Sikaran we combine Panantukan (see above) with kicks with shins and feet. Sikaran is characterized by mobility (zoning) and great variation in the execution of the kicks. To train the distance changes to be able to utilize fast and efficient kicks (for example with the tip of the shoe) or heavier shin kicks or knee strikes on shorter distances is very important.
STICKFIGHTING is best known by the Martial Arts Community for the extensive combat use of sticks (or machetes) by the Filipino Warriors. Stick fighting is trained with one or two sticks. The training with sticks is an important key to unarmed training as you develop coordination, motion, strength, stamina and reaction skills. Elements that are trained are among others strikes, blocks, disarms, locks and takedowns.
Any development in stick training leads to an immediate improvement in the empty hand aspects of Kali Sikaran.
DAGA means knife. Knife defence is a known specialty within the Filipino martial arts. Knife usage is very common in the Philippines and therefore they have developed unique knife defence training methods that today is taught to police and military around the world.
KADENA DE MANO means “Chain of Hands” and it is short fast punches and elbow strikes used in close quarter fighting. Here we train anything from set striking patterns to advanced reaction drills.
Kadena De Mano is a very realistic and highly efficient self defence method that is suitable for a modern environment, especially when there’s no space to move and no way to escape.
Besides the six basic blocks we add three art specific blocks for more advanced practitioners. They all contribute with essential principles and skill sets that can be used for self defense and any kind of sparring or fighting that we do in Kali Sikaran. Since these blocks require more dedication and training time to study and fully understand the complexity of them they are not suited for beginners.
The three blocks are:
LARGO MANO means “Long Hand” and it is a long range system within the system. It is trained with long sticks or long swords (Kampilan) and teaches the students to follow the energy of a big and/or heavy weapon. It is a very demanding training form and the students learn advanced timing, distancing and footwork skills that can be used throughout the entire system of Kali Sikaran.
DUMOG is the grappling system of Kali Sikaran. It contains throws, takedowns, locks and finishes. It is important to have an understanding of grappling and wrestling but compared with for example MMA, Dumog is more focused on self defence than competing in weight divisions with set rules.
ESPADA Y DAGA is the classical method of training with a sword and dagger. This requires good motoric skills and good eye and hand coordination. Espada y Daga teaches principles that can be applied in close quarter fighting as well as in long range fighting. On a more advanced level monitoring the opponents both hands is essential and a sought after skill set to add to empty hands training.
SILAT KUNTAW is a form of Filipino Pencak Silat coming from the Moro’s Islands.The Art is divided in 3 parts. The Self Defense System, the Art and the Health System. Silat Kuntaw recognized no rules when it comes to Self Defense.
Read more about Kali Sikaran and the origin at Kali Sikaran History.