Kick & Sticks

It’s really hard to add advanced kicks in flow while doing Kali, and probably impractical.  The sticks or blades wiz by a lot faster than your legs can.  I’ve sparred with someone who wanted to add high kicks and you end up whacking their legs.  So if I have two sticks in hand I probably won’t bother high kicking.  But I like the challenge of seeing where and when they can come in, and adds dimension to the carrenza.

Aesthetics in Kali and Karate form and freeflow

In our Sunday in Campbell Park, Deltona, Training group we’ve been concentrating on partner drills/sinawalis which are a big part of Kali training, along with sparring and self defense.  we’ve been slowly working through the 64 attacks too.

A personal favorite aspect of Kali practice is called Carrenza or Sayaw.  It is different from other martial arts forms in that the movements and techniques are not pre set.  I can never do them the same way twice, because each time it is spontaneous, depending on my skills and knowledge, agility, inspiration, even mood.

Kata, is a predetermined set of moves in a defined order, with precise expectations of power and timing.  Both are suitable training and practice tools, and I have done both, but these days I am drawn by the challenge and demands of inspired creativity that Carrenza permits me.  I will be making time for our group to practice freeflow, but remember, you learn the most…at home!  here’s a sample of both practices, Carrenza and Kata, yes they are older videos.