Sayoc Kali

Sayoc Kali is but one of the many facets of the Sayoc Fighting System. As currently taught by the 5th generation inheritor of Sayoc Kali, Tuhon Chris Sayoc emphasizes that the Sayoc Kali system emphasizes the correct and effective usage of the blade. Sayoc Kali includes knowledge of how to use a single knife, with a progression to the use of multiple blades, in conjunction with empty-hands training.

Included in these categories of training are proper handling or blade edge discipline, drawing the blades, vital target discrimination, defense against and the practice of disarms, projectiles and finger-touch methodology used in conjunction with knife work. Students are also taught critical injury management.

The Sayoc system has several categories of training. The training is in three parts. Sayoc Kali, the first part that is taught is in the offensive and contains the basic teaching formula. We call this person the “Feeder.” This is started in single blade. Sayoc Silak, the second part of the training is in the counter offensive and contains the learning formula. We call this person the “Receiver” and this is started in the empty hands. Once the receiver’s basics are established and the skills are equal to the feeder’s basics and in order to complete the training system, the third phase of training is introduced.

Sayoc Bakal compliments both Sayoc Kali and Sayoc Silak. It works as a complete system with students trained in either Sayoc Kali or Sayoc Silak. The goal, however, is to have training in this order Sayoc Kali, followed by Sayoc Silak, and then on to Sayoc Bakal. These three systems together complete the Sayoc System of Edged Weapons Dynamics. The 2 main categories are single blade and multiple blades:

  • 1.Feeder, single blade – Receiver, empty hands
  • 2.Feeder, multiple blades – Receiver, multiple blades

In the past, the Sayoc family developed sub-systems to adapt to mainstream martial arts to be taught in our first public martial arts school in Queens, New York that was opened in 1972. The categories taught were many as one of our primary objectives was to inform and educate the public. Though, we no longer teach these methods, we now use them as examples and reference. These were the categories and order in which they were taught from 1972 through 1982.

  • single stick (28″-32″)
  • empty hands (foot works, body mechanics)
  • double stick (24″-32″)
  • stick and dagger
  • dagger (single blade-multiple blades)
  • tabak-toyok (single/double)
  • pana (projectile in assorted sizes)
  • long stick (36″-50″)
  • whip (4′-12′) (single/double)
  • staff/spear
  • short stick (18″-24″)/tabak-maliit (single/double)
  • shield and stick

Sayoc Kali – Guest Seminar

Guru Kevin Blake (Full Instructor)

Warwick, England – 7/8 August 2010