My personal commitment to my fellow Kayumanggis
and to my brothers in the martial arts.
For the past tedious years of my personal dedications to the learning and teaching Karate and Taekwondo. I found
myself misplaced somewhere in this land of opportunity. I felt incomplete in my devotion to the martial arts that one day
I decided to follow the dictate of my genetics and that the warrior spirit that is in me must be awakened.
My missing part is my obsession how I can defend myself against the treacherous knife and the whizzling blades
that every time I visited my country the Philippines, my hometown Batangas is the center of the famous balisong and here I
am, a kicker and by the glittering faces of the Balisong I asked this question how can I defend myself against those Balisongs
in my hometown. I felt insecure and felt empty. My stomach felt vacant seeing those balisongs made of a military jeep
So one day I decided that I have to search for a true indigenous Filipino art, true to its cultural practices,
true to its traditions and customs, realistic and workable as a combat art and I can be proud to propagate and teach to my
friends in non-Filipino art with the purpose to bring the wonderful culture of what is the true Kayumanggis.
Then by virtue of circumstances I was called to contact Grandtuhon Leo Gaje, Jr. of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System
and that opportunity in meeting him was the first and the last since were are together now as one under the banner of the
KALI WORLD COUNCIL USA.
It is now and forever, that the movement of Kali will ring in every heart of every martial arts because the
ultimate answer to the wondering minds of those who are in non-weapon based style or system is how to defend themselves against
the technology of weaponry.
Pekiti-Tirsia Kali system is the only system in the Philippines that is accepted as the official fighting system
of the Philippine Marine Corps and the Philippine National Police and other special operations group of the Armed Forces of
the Philippines since the system still maintains the true traditions of blade fighting in full utilization against the terrorist
So, I encourage those whose mind is open to development as what I did and let it be that one day you will listen
to the dictate of your common sense and you can come to me and tell me I am right.
Don't wait till you are pushing sunflowers in God's little acre.
- Master Apolo Ladra
KALI WORLD COUNCIL, USA. INC.