Kali Silat & Self Defense Training Group

Black Lightning Martial Arts

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  • Call Rick Vargas at (703) 622-0331
  • email: rickva.sr@gmail.com

Black Lightning Martial Arts
961 Diplomat Dr. Ste. 103
Debary, Fl 32713
(386) 337-5056

We are located in the Live Oak Center off of Enterprise Rd. in
Debary/Orange City.
Serving Debary, Orange City, Deltona, Sanford, Deland, Lake Helen, and Osteen.
Offering Karate, Taekwondo, Jujitsu, Kickboxing and several other martial arts to Children and Adults

KALI SILAT INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DECLINE AN INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATION AT ANY TIME. The training is intended for law abiding, well mannered individuals of good character and sound mind, as determined by the instructor.


Kali in the park – Deltona

Another good Kali Silat/Self Defense, session in Campbell Park on Sunday.

We train for at least 2 hours and this time we even went over, but thats OK, work and school week has not begun, weekend errands were done yesterday, big nite life night was last night.

We cover such a wide range of skills, that the half hour/forty five minute class format doesn’t do the practice justice.  Also, I don’t cover “fitness” as part of the class.  Students should work on their fitness as much as possible, I am not going to occupy our training time with athletics. A lot of these skills are applicable even if you are ninety years old, and lacking the agility of a sprinter; I’ll refer you to videos and stories of passed on Grand Master Illustrisimo, and of Instructors in their 70’s such as Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje, Guro Dan Inosanto, who can humble individuals less than half their age with their skill and even presence alone.

Here we are working an entry/counter/hubud off  a single sinawali. 

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.

Sunday Kali Training Group in Deltona

Want to say good work to everyone who came  to train, and to Stefano, who came to try it out for the first time. Stefano, hope you enjoyed it, and especially hope you took home some skills which can contribute to your personal growth.

These are relatively exotic skill sets, and it always amazes me how fast people can catch on.  I think it has to do with how much more natural the movements are than with for example the hard styles of Karate or the complex styles of Kung Fu.  Another thing I think is a big plus, is that there is no belt system (not that I use), no certificates, no testings, no uniforms, no time limit.  Just skills to learn and develop for yourself, to your own personal best.

Although there’s a lot to learn, every time you learn, you learn immediately practical and useful material.  Drills.  “Do the drill to learn the skill, learn the skill, you can forget the drill…” learn it for yourself, and then, “Make it your own.”

We may be adding training locations and times soon, and will look for a local source for sticks.

Keep practicing.