Incomplete Styles and the Real Kali
A reader sent me the following e-mail:
Supreme Datu Grandmaster [name withheld] of [name withheld] Kali teaches the spear, staff, single stick, long stick, double stick, knife, double knife, bow and arrow, nunchaku, 3 sectional staff, wrestling, kadena de mano, sikaran, panuntukan, hubud-lubud, and the sash.
We don’t study the zucchini, but we have several forms with the spaghetti squash. Does this count? Am I learning real kali? Is my style incomplete?”
I’m sorry to say that you are not learning real kali and your style is incomplete.
A spaghetti squash is not native to the Philippines, so anyone who teaches it does not know real kali. More than 2,000 years ago the ancient warriors of Mindanao invented the art of killing with a zucchini. You wouldn’t last 10 seconds with your watered-down kali and a spaghetti squash.
There is also no mention in your letter of the battle axe.