About

Tumabak Kali is dedicated to preserving and propagating Sayoc Kali and Atienza Kali.

These family systems of Filipino martial arts have been handed down through generations of warriors so that each may survive and flourish.  We are proud to be part of these traditions and tribes.

Both Sayoc Kali and Atienza Kali focus on edged weapons.  This is the center of our training because the blade is a tool that brings attention to life-and-death.  The blade shapes not only how we train, but also how we make decisions and go about our daily lives.

We train to make our lives better, and so that we can protect ourselves and our families from those who would do us harm.  We don’t use terms like “self defense” because doing so implies a victim’s mindset.  Rather, we train to “Be the Feeder,” which simply means to be in control of a situation.  Like an author writes a story, a Feeder dictates the flow of events.  Thus, we say that Sayoc Kali and Atienza Kali are Feeder-based systems.  And this Feeder mindset is physically expressed through the martial arts techniques that we practice.

Our curriculum includes:
Edged weapons – knife, machete/bolo, sword, karambit, tomahawk, projectiles
Impact weapons – stick, stickgrappling, heavy weapons (baseball bat, pipe)
Flexible weapons – whip, sarong, trapo (rock-in-sock)
Improvised weapons
Empty hand – panantukan (Filipino boxing), power striking, lakad (footwork)
Mass attack

We train in small, dynamic classes in northern NJ and also offer limited private training.  We provide a safe environment for each student to learn and progress at his or her own pace.  New students are always welcome.  No prior experience is required.  Contact us to schedule a trial class at no obligation.