I just started training in Applied Eskrima (Balintawak style of Kali). Quite frankly, I wasn’t enthusiastic about it because it didn’t seem interesting to me initially. But since opportunity to learn it came, I grabbed it. Besides, I’m all up for anything that will enrich my knowledge about Filipino martial arts.
It’s starting to grow on me after a few training sessions. I find this style cunningly simple but lethal and straightforward, which is great. Sure, it’s not as dance-y and graceful-looking as other styles, yet it gets the job done fast.
Stopping or neutralizing the opponent quickly is what truly matters in the end anyway—at least in the self-defense and or combat perspective.
Oh, here’s a short video of me and my Combat Kali Manila teammates training in Balintawak and having loads of fun!