Kali at KnuckleUp

KnuckleUp is proud to offer Kali as part of its martial arts program. A Filipino martial art, Kali is a weapons based fighting system, centered on Single Stick, Double Stick, Knife, and Flexible Weapons. Kali is a very useful skill to learn, especially for people in law enforcement.

KnuckleUp‘s Kali classes are designed to teach students how to effectively use old world weaponry (like a rattan stick or a knife). Our Kali program is led by Chris Caban, a two-time member of the U.S. Stickfighting Team. With over 10 years of experience, he’s trained and competed around the world from England to the Philippines. Caban also has been teaching law enforcement and defensive tactics at Dobbins AFB and North Central Law Enforcement Academy. Caban also has a blue Belt in BJJ, over ten years of Folk Style Wrestling experience, and has competed in both Muay Thai Kickboxing events.

Kali Program Highlights

Classes are structured around a simple plan of Footwork, Drilling and Sparring. Levels of sparring change as the student progresses through the training. Beginners wear the full body armor created for and used by WEKAF (The World Escrima, Kali, Arnis Federation) and then progress to limited target, and Soft-Stick sparring. Live Stick sparring, coupled with Kickboxing and Grappling, is at the highest level of sparring. KnuckleUp’s Kali classes focus on:

  • Footwork, drills, and sparring
  • Limited target and soft-stick sparring
  • Live-stick sparring, coupled with kickboxing and grappling is the highest level of sparring
  • Open hand and Mano-Mano (one-to-one) training

The Kali program is based at the Sandy Springs Location and classes are held Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, with an extra hour of training for advanced students.