Kali Self Defence


Kali Self Defence is a modern synthesis of several traditional Filipino Martial Arts and South East Asian Martial Arts. The training concepts of Kali Self Defence are composed of several sub-systems. These sub-systems are Panantukan (Filipino Dirty Boxing), Sikaran (Filipino Kickboxing), Sinawali (Double Sticks), Solo Baston (Single Stick), Daga (Knife Fighting), Espada Y Daga (Sword and Dagger), Kadena De Mano (Close Quarter Fighting), Dumog (Filipino Grappling) Bankow (Modern Bo Staff Fighting) and different approach of Pencak Silat. In addition, Kali Self Defence is heavily influenced by the Muay Boran and Western Boxing Concept.




With the ever-growing violence on the streets of Australia today and the rise of crime and theft involving weapons, this progressive style of Martial Art becomes increasingly more important in today’s society. Kali Self Defence is a form of Filipino stick & knife fighting combined with the powerful skills and fitness of Muay Thai Kickboxing. Kali teaches us the etiquette, dangers and legalities involved with a wide range of weapons and combative situations. This dynamic yet graceful flowing art will show even the smallest of defendants how to safely and easily avoid or disarm an attacker with little or no effort. Suited for women and men alike, the fitness and confidence gained through the set drills and techniques of training will inspire and excite all.


Kali Self Defence classes incorporate tactics and strategies from Kali Silat Evolution and other world-renowned disciplines. These training concepts are composed of several sub-systems: 

Double Baston (Sinawali)

best known by the Martial Arts community for the extensive combat use of sticks or machetes by the Filipino Warrior (Mandirigma). Stick fighting training is important in the development of empty hand skills. Any development in stick training leads to an immediate improvement in appropriate body position, distance from an opponent and the empty hand aspects of Kali.

Solo Baston (Single Stick)

a form of blunt forced weapons and sword training. Usually performed with a rattan stick aimed at familiarizing students with blade orientation and improvised weapons.

Daga (Knife Defence)

a knife fighting defence system, known as a specialty of the Filipino Martial Arts. Filipino knife fighting techniques have influenced Police and Military Knife Defence Strategies all over the World.

Espada Y Daga (Sword and Dagger)

a close range form of sword fighting developed in the Philippines. Traditional used with a long and short sword or daga, the progressive techniques taught in our Kali system are interchangeable with many empty hand applications.

Kadena De Mano (Close Quarter Fighter)

by using hands, elbows, head butts, and knees in training, the flow of this technique is very important. Kadena De Mano is a realistic method of Self Defence when there’s no space to move and no way to escape. The methodology here is to Crash the Line of attack.

Bankow (6” Bo Staff)

another extension of our Kali Self Defence curriculum. Range and positioning is very important when confronted with a long weapon of any kind. The concepts with Bankow will teach hand positioning, flow, range of distance and angles, whilst learning the dexterity required to wield largo weapons.

Dumog (Filipino Grappling)

Includes throws, takedowns, immobilization and submission. Learning to react in a ground situation is a very important aspect of any system of Self Defence.

Silat (Indonesian Fighting Art)

an integrated system of fighting developed in and around Indonesia and Malaysia that includes street fighting and other overkill strategies.

With ongoing curriculum development and tuition through regular Training, Seminars, Workshops, Training Camps, and International Instructors you will discover the traditional fighting methods of the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

Kali Self Defence will share with you the discipline, honour and respect that is required from a traditional martial art, blended perfectly with today’s training methodology to give you the best, most progressive and effective Modern Martial Art to date. You will soon see why this is the fastest growing self-defence system spreading Europe the USA and Australia.

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    Mike Waite


    Chief Instructor & Club Owner

    Kali Silat Evolution
    (KSE) Founder


    Jeff Espinous

    Our training concepts are woven together into a complete and very effective fighting system. Any improvement in one aspect of the Art will lead to an immediate progression in the others. In a combination of empty hands training and weapons training, the practitioner will develop speed, coordination, stamina, strength and reflexes that support self-defence and fighting skills.

    The KSE Training Program is not set. It’s built up to be improved, to give you a lead, to open a path to your own expression, to see beyond the basics. It’s to pass beyond the traditional expression and to see what you may already know with new eyes.

    Dakilang Guro Jeff Espinous
    KSE Founder

    Read more about KSE and its Founder Dakilang Guro Jeff Espinous

    meet Our instructors

    Our instructor profile includes Full Time Martial Artists, Mixed Martial Arts fighters and Instructors with extensive experience instructing in professional security sectors.

    Mike Waite

    Chief Instructor & Club Owner

    Adam Wyatt

    Instructor & Club Owner

    Ben Morgan

    Instructor & Group Trainer

    Ryan Woodbury

    Club Trainer



    Morris Dumlao


    Abhish Antony


    Leon Koh


    Sam Canalini