Filipino Martial Arts and Kali Battle Creek Michigan
Filipino Martial Arts refer to ancient and newer fighting methods devised in the Philippines. It incorporates elements from both Westernand Eastern Martial Arts. The most popular forms of which are known as Kali/Arnis/Eskrima. The intrinsic need for self-preservation was the genesis of these systems. Throughout the ages, invaders and evolving local conflict imposed new dynamics for combat in the islands now making up the Philippines. The Filipino people developed battle skills as a direct result of an appreciation of their ever-changing circumstances. They learned often out of necessity how to prioritize, allocate and use common resources in combative situations. Filipinos have been heavily influenced by a phenomenon of cultural and linguistic mixture. Some of the specific mechanisms responsible for cultural and martial change extended from phenomena such as war, political and social systems, technology, trade and of course, simple practicality.


Filipino martial arts have seen an increase in prominence due to several Hollywood movies and the teachings of modern masters such as Dan Inosanto, Cacoy Canete, Richard Bustillo, Venancio “Anciong” Bacon, Mike Inay, Remy Presas and Ernesto Presas.
Today there are said to be almost as many Filipino fighting styles as there are islands in the Philippines. In 1972, the Philippine government included Filipino martial arts into the national sports arena. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports also incorporated them into the physical education curriculum for high school and college students. Knowledge of the Filipino fighting skills is mandatory in the Philippine military and police.

Featured Here is Lankan Guro Ray White’s instructor from the Minnesota Kali Group, Guro Rick Faye. Rick Faye is an internationally recognized expert on the Filipino Martial Arts and an avid proponent of Panantukan or Filipino Dirty Boxing techniques.

Filipino Martial Arts are considered the most advanced practical modern blade system in the world and are now a core component of the U.S. Army’s Modern Army Combatives program and used by the Russian Spetsnaz (special forces).
The multi cultural influences and varried application of technique based on necessity and efficiency makes FMA a vital part of the Mushin Academy’s Mixed Martial Arts curriculum. Whether one is training for MMA competion or for Self Defense, the Filipino Martial Arts provide a broad and deep body of study that has lots to offer the student.