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This article was contributed to our Pekiti-Tirsia action book by Manila based Daniel "the Mombakki" Foronda with pictures from his Kali class in Lumpini Park, Bangkok, Thailand taken in February 2005:


Power hitting is an old practice in filipino kali. Although most kali practitioners employs a strong swing of the weapon to generate power hits, they neglect speed and timing to be able to position themselves for the next offensive move. This photo demonstrates an actual power hit given by Mumbakki, that was blocked by another force from a salubong, and instantly disarming the sparring partner while the motion continued on to deliver a strong punyo directly to the face.

As a Filipino practitioner of Kali, I have always emphasized the importance of POWER, SPEED, AND TIMING. These are the 3 of the most important things that must not be separated from KNOWLEDGE and ATTITUDE when you want to create a STRATEGY.

When Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje introduced me to the meaning of power, speed and timing, I was not able to comprehend right away because he was demonstrating it to my face. He stood in front of me to begin his demo and I heard a "whoosh" coming from another planet. And all I saw next, were beautiful stars of the great galaxy. A very fine example of Power, Speed, and Timing.

Guro Uli Weidle on the other hand will do it in a different way. He combines power, speed, and timing, with a magic wand. In this case, his magic wand is his Baston (kali stick). As I watch him swing his stick with every split second move and with perfect timing, he never for one second had that "weak swing". I hold my stick firmly to test the "power" that is being generated by his force. I walked up to him and politely asked for a few moves. Each time Uli delivers his "palo", I could swear that my stick will fly if I did not pay attention to his "POWER". Uli uttered a few words to me: "POWER HIT". That was a year ago while we were in the Military Commando Camp.

How powerful is a "Power Hit"? In an actual stick fight, if someone throws a swing, the instinct calls for you to block. To be able to destroy your enemy’s block, you must be the first to hit and this is where speed comes to play. But before you can hit, you have to be able to accurately calculate his distance and length of your stick so you place your weapon where you want it to be, and this is where timing is most important. If in any case that your enemy is faster than you and positioned his weapon to block your strike, you can now rely on your power to destroy that block.

Of course, your movement will not stop there unless you are shooting for a Hollywood film and the director calls for a "cut". Any wise teachers will oblige you to continue your offensive move until you make a hit and take control of your enemy.



Kali training impressions in Thailand

Training with 2 great warriors, Russian Spetsnaz Ilya Petelin and Nadya Nadezdaht, February 2005, Lumpini Park, Bangkok, Thailand. A strange meeting that turned into a training.


A hit given by Mumbakki while being blocked instantly flows to disarming the sparring partner while the motion continued on to deliver a strong punyo directly to the face.


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