The Kali system (Marcial Tirada) taught at the Philippine Martial Arts Institute, is a composite of different Kali styles taught primarily in the Pangasinan region of The Philippines.
The primary weapons taught in the Marcial Tirada Kali System are single and double stick, knife and stick & dagger. In the Art of Kali, the practitioner will learn weaponry first. This type of training develops awareness, sensitivity, coordination & quick reflex action.
The Kali practitioner learns the empty hand after he or she has developed an understanding of the concepts of weapon fighting. A practitioner of Kali will be taught all ranges of empty hand fighting:
Kali teaches one to flow and act against single or multiple opponents.
Guro Tony had the privilege of studying Kali in the Philippines under Punong Guro Roberto Sarmiento. When he moved to the US, he kept true to the Filipino Tradition and taught Kali underground ONLY.
In 1990, Guro Tony decided to share the knowledge of his Warrior Art. He opened his first Kali school in 1990, and started teaching The Art of Marcial Tirada to the public.
In 1998, Guro Tony was inducted into the Filipino Martial Arts Hall of Fame in El Paso, TX.