Kali: A Filipino Martial Art for Kids

The Ancient Filipino Martial Art of Kali

The ancient style of Filipino Kali is a martial art that has developed into one of the most practical and effective systems that has lived on from generation to generation. Historically, it was used by the Filipinos to defend themselves against invaders and rival tribes. The art was entrusted to those who were within the confidence of the master’s family. It wasn’t exclusively taught to just bloodline relations, but those who had been accepted into the tribe. This was especially true later on in the mid-late 20th Century.

“Superman is the Man of Steel, but My Grandaddy was a Navy SEAL!”

…and a Full Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto

Ethan is the grandson and private student of our owner, former Navy SEAL Pat Tray. Mr. Tray is also a Full Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto, a living legend in the martial arts community. Ethan has been training martial arts since he was three years old. He is a BJJ and Submission Grappling Champion multiple times over. He also trains in our advanced Kids Muay Thai / Kickboxing classes. This feature shows how far he has also come in his stick work. The purpose of this post and video is to demonstrate the reality of what kids can learn at an early age.

Now is the Time

Ask any martial artist, or champion of athletics; When should a person begin training in order to achieve the highest levels possible in a lifetime? Undoubtedly, most will say they should begin as early as they can. To use our bodies to do work, to construct a better and safer environment around us is ingrained in us everyday. The Filipino Martial Arts are a great way to develop coordination and timing, skills useful to everyday life.

Video Details

This video below is an example of what can happen when a parent or relative pours his time and dedication into his loved ones. It is what can happen at any martial arts school where time is spent daily improving and practicing through hours of repetition.

Featured in this video is Navy SEAL Pat Tray and his grandson, Ethan. This was filmed at the Trident Academy of Martial Arts in Woodbridge, VA. We offer children’s programs for ages 4-12 years old.

Ben Gilbert

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Program Manager and Instructor of Trident Academy of Martial Arts
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