Dear Prospective New Student
You have probably been curious about martial arts for a long time. I’m guessing that’s what led you to find our website and this class. Maybe you have been training for a while in some other discipline, maybe not.
Firstly, well done for following your instincts. So many people don’t even get this far. They tell themselves that ‘one day’ they would study martial arts, but time, family, money and work committments get in the way.
Even the offer of a free trial class with no obligation isn’t enough to shake the doubts about trying something new. I understand that you are still full of doubts and apprehension about taking that next step. Should I really be doing this?
Will the class full of violent sociopathic freaks? Will I get the sh*t kicked out of me?
The answer to the last two questions is a very definitive’ no’. What you will get is encouragement. If you make it to a free class then you will receive a welcome. If you stay longer the welcome will turn into an inclusion into a growing community of like minded souls.
Who are these like minded people? People who want to work on themselves and become better. Better at defending themselves sure. But also better at being human beings. Better at dealing with the stresses and strains of modern life. Better at being husbands, wives, fathers, sons, employees, managers. They are people who intuitively understand the same thing that you do – that having a focus in their lives makes life more enjoyable.
When others are finding dissipation in the television, or surfing the web – they are finding focus and discipline. Because they know that focus makes the mind clearer, puts problems in perspective and just makes them happier people. We take pleasure in learning awesome new skills and helping each other to develop.
There is no room for ego or bravado in martial arts. Either your technique works or it doesn’t – there is no faking. You can’t buy your way to success by having the best gear. No matter where you come from, whether you are rich or poor, young or old, strong or weak – if you have it down, you have the respect of your peers. Its a place where people share what they know willingly, because helping your classmates makes the class a better place to be in. In that way class is a welcome break from normal life where your labels follow you around. Once a week you get to shake them off.
What you won’t get is fantasy martial arts or the flattery of your ego. Real skills and growth are worked for, they are earned. Growth is a struggle. There is no magic bullet technique. You will pit yourself against adverse situations in training, which instills real confidence when life kicks your arse. Yes you will become fitter and healthier and stronger. But let’s face it – those things will happen to your body if you run on a treadmill often enough. Our martial arts is about upgrading yourself, through warrior skills, towards a winning mindset.
We look forward to seeing the rare few of you in class. You will be among friends you haven’t met.
10 Reasons to Study This Art
1. Kali is a very evolved martial art. It has been refined and adapted over hundreds of years based on what has worked. In combat. It is not a hand me down martial art with techniques that have been preserved like museum pieces.
2. Look cool like Jason Bourne! Matt Damon trained in Filipino Martial Arts while preparing for his roles in the Bourne movies.
3. Training with sticks (rattan canes) is a lot of fun! The attributes that you gain from stick training translate into empty hand defence.
4. Learn to go with the flow. Helps a person remain calm under pressure, whether it be a physical or verbal confrontation, professional life, or family life.
5. If you already practice an art, FMA weapon skills will supplement your existing training by adding weapons and turbo charge your existing unarmed fighting skills.
6. Practical: Due to the broad base of concepts and techniques, the practicality for self defense is unparalleled! There is a reason Kali is taught to special forces groups and law enforcement worldwide!
7. You learn instantaneous problem solving: Progressive counter for counter techniques involve problem solving and critical thinking, attributes that come in handy in real life.
8. Kali teaches you balance and body manipulation so “muscling” a technique is not necessary when facing a larger opponent.
9. No set forms or fighting the air! Why spend lots of time learning prearranged patterns. This takes time away from learning to react to actual attacks. Instead of patterns we focus on footwork and evasion.
10. Learn the principles behind weapons so that you can turn other objects into weapons if you need to improvise. I don’t usually carry rattan sticks with me, but 99% of the time my keys are in my pocket!