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#343679 - 05/24/07 11:15 AM The truth about "kali"
Armed_Man_Piker Offline

Registered: 09/24/04
Posts: 440
Loc: East Coast U.S.A.
The website of the Cebu Eskrima Society debunks the whole "kali" myth nicely:

Especially interesting are the following articles--"New Theories on the Origins of Eskrima" by Celestino Macachor, and "The Origins of Eskrima" by Ned Nepangue, M.D., here:

And Machacor and Nepangue had finally finished their excellent book, Cebuano Eskrima--Beyond the Myth, which is available here:



edited to fix link

Edited by MattJ (05/24/07 11:23 AM)

#343680 - 05/24/07 11:26 AM Re: The truth about "kali" [Re: Armed_Man_Piker]
MattJ Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
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Very interesting read. Good find, A_M_P!
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#343681 - 05/24/07 11:36 AM Re: The truth about "kali" [Re: MattJ]
Armed_Man_Piker Offline

Registered: 09/24/04
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Very interesting read. Good find, A_M_P!

Thanks, Matt (& thanks for the link fix, too).

I just received the book a couple of days ago, and it is amazing.
And the rapier blades, being so narrow and of so small substance, and made of a very hard temper to fight in private frays... do presently break and so become unprofitable. --Sir John Smythe, 1590

#343682 - 05/25/07 03:01 PM Re: The truth about "kali" [Re: Armed_Man_Piker]
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What!? You mean the Hindu God, Kali did not personally hand a kalis to the great Lapu-Lapu to single handedly fend off all invaders, using his kali techniques with Spanish names!? This is blasphemy!
Nice find AMP. Some really good info here. Great post.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

#343683 - 05/28/07 12:40 AM Re: The truth about "kali" [Re: KJ63]
cziv Offline

Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 7
Loc: USA
Sorry, I'm the "noob" here. So what's the point? What was the previous myth regarding Kali? Thought it was just another of the Filipino moshup of regional, local, family names commonly referred to when speaking about their indigenous stick - blade or open hand styles of fighting. Call 'em what you will they're great huh!

BTW, loved the fighting Jesuits leading the first wave of warriors with a cross (dagger/symbolic?) and a blade in the other!! Now I know why they kicked our arses so bad in H.S. - they had a tradition to uphold and badly in need training!!


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