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KALIS

 

Central Motion Kalis is a mix of several South East Asian Martial Arts that include weapons, empty hands, grappling and more. CMK curriculum is done from a moving platform and pressure tested to assure survivability and practicality in the methods we teach. The stick and bladed arts of the Philippines are also known as Escrima, Arnis and Kali. Students usually start with learning how to use a stick, sword and knife as weapons. Empty hand techniques are taught when proficiency with the stick/sword and knife have been learnt and go by various names of Pangamot (Empty Hands), Panantukan (Dirty Boxing), Sikiran (Kicking) and Dumog (Grappling).Battle tested techniques taught to Military Special Forces and Law Enforcement Officers all over the world. The word Kalis is a type of double-edged Filipino sword, often with a "wavy" section, similar to a keris. "Stick Seeks Bones, Blade Seeks Flesh".

GM Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo

GM Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo

CMK bladed weapons system is primarily drawn from Kalis Ilustrisimo. Based on traditional Philippine stick and sword fighting methods—and refined by Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo's vast personal experience in military combat and challenge matches—it offers a powerful, flexible, dynamic, and effective fighting method. The Kalis Ilustrisimo system is full of strategies and techniques to set up an opponent, counter his counters and beat him to the attack. Footwork is simple but highly effective,  natural movements of walking forward, backward and moving sideways off angles. It must be noted, however, that the techniques themselves are not the key to mastering the art. Rather, it is the fighting concepts of enganyo (feinting maneuvers), prakcion (off-beat timing), cadena real (linking the principal techniques), reloj de arena (hourglass shape concept), and dakip-diwa (spontaneous action without conscious thought), which distinguish the application of this art from others. Many so-called "techniques" are actually illustrations of combat principles.

CMK is an integratation of the methods and concepts of Kalis, passed down to us by Guro Mike Blackgrave, founder of Seamok (South East Asian Methods of Kombate), who learned it from GM Yuli Romo, founder of Bahad Zubu, who inherited it from GM Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo himself, the originator of Kalis Ilustrisimo. Kai is ranked full instructor (Guro) in Seamok, has completed the De Fondo Style of Giron Arnis Escrima and is an apprentice in Galleon Clan Escrima. Kai currently studies under Guro Joseph Galleon in his Visayan family system of Galleon Clan Escrima and Giron Arnis Escrima.

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Our empty hands portion is based off Filipino street fighting methods; Pangamot (Empty Hands), Panantukan (Dirty Boxing), Sikiran (Kicking), and Dumog (Grappling). “Pangamot” literally means “Maneuvering of the hands”, and comes from the root word “Kamut”, meaning “Hand”. The entire body is used as a weapon in Pangamot, it consists of upper-body striking techniques such as punches, elbows, head butts, shoulder strikes and limb destruction (Guntings). Pangamot focuses on empty hands against weapons, evasion skills are developed to a much higher degree, along with fast-twitch muscle use. Parry and entry tactics are employed from day one, with concentration on sensitivity & weapon awareness. Other influences of Seamok include: Western Boxing, Muay Thai, WW2 Combatives and elements from Kuntao & Pencak Silat. We teach in a modular format that allows linking of concepts and free flowing between weapononry and empty hands. Two man partner drills, pad work and technical sparring is done through out the classes to increase skill and confidence under duress.

Guro Kai teaching double blade methods of Central Motion Kalis in Chiang Mai, Thailand @ Core Combat Gym with lead instructor Sakan Lam.

Guro Kai teaching double blade methods of Central Motion Kalis in Chiang Mai, Thailand @ Core Combat Gym with lead instructor Sakan Lam.

Guro Kai teaching empty hands portion of Central Motion Kalis in Chiang Mai, Thailand @ Core Combat Gym with lead instructor Sakan Lam.

Guro Kai teaching empty hands portion of Central Motion Kalis in Chiang Mai, Thailand @ Core Combat Gym with lead instructor Sakan Lam.

Our Teachers

HMAA Instructors Jason, Guro Joe and Kai.

HMAA Instructors Jason, Guro Joe and Kai.

Joseph Galleon is the Head Instructor at HMAA.  He has been training in martial arts for over 65 years. He is a Guro in Giron Arnis Escrima System and an Affiliate of Bahala Na Martial Arts Association. Manong Joe is also a Guro in his family system of Galleon Clan Escrima, and the head of the system in America. He holds a 3rd degree Black Belt/Instructor in Chung Do Kwan TKD with North American Tae Kwon Do - CDK and a 2nd degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. Guro Joe entered into full contact tournaments of empty hands and stick fighting through out his developing years to hone and test his skills against other martial artists. Joseph co-founded the Houston Stick Fighting Association. Guro Joe trained under his father under a young age, in his family system of Galleon Clan Escrima, Kuntao Silat and other styles of Arnis. Joe's father was a training partner to Professor Vee and helped him develop aspects of his martial art system.

Guro Mike and instructor Kai at Ground Dwellers, Seamok Kali Seminar 2016.

Guro Mike and instructor Kai at Ground Dwellers, Seamok Kali Seminar 2016.

Michael Blackgrave, founder of SEAMOK (South East Asian Methods of Kombate), began his first steps in martial arts learning WWII combatives at a young age from his father, a 101st Army Airborne Infantry Veteran. Later Guro Blackgrave also enlisted in the Army and served honorably with the 59th Ordinance Brigade and the 74th USAFAD during the height of the cold war in the capacity of COMSEC security. Additionally Guro Blackgrave gained twenty years experience bounty hunting, body guarding, and providing club and special event security. He has taught seminars to civilians, law enforcement, Navy Seals and private security personnel throughout the United States and used every opportunity to gain more working knowledge of the arts as he traveled. Guro Blackgrave has instructor ranks in Goju-Ryu, Wing Chun, and a host of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) such as Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Bahad-Zubu, and Kalis Ilustrisimo. He also has in depth knowledge in Muay Thai, Bagua, Kuntao Silat, Western Boxing, and Harimau Silat. Also provides training in firearm deployment, weapon retention and active scenarios of fighting in and around vehicles or closed structures.