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Filipino Martial Arts - Kali:
Kali also known as Escrima/Eskrima, or Arnis is an ancient martial art of the Philippines dating back to the ninth century.  Kali is one of the most comprehensive martial art systems available.  Encompassing an entire spectrum of weaponry, Kali also features sophisticated "empty hands" techniques, kicks, knees, sweeps, throws, and joint locking techniques.  This highly efficient, combat proven art emphasizes an understanding of motion, body angulization, timing, and footwork.  This art is practiced my many masters well into their 70's and 80's, yet it is still highly effective.  The system of Filipino martial arts taught by CNY Filipino Martial Arts Academy is the method taught at the Inosanto Academy in Los Angeles, California.
Traditionally this art was taught with a four level ranking system which would literally take well over a year (almost two) to reach the first rank.  However, it was often up to the school and even instructor to decide how they wanted to teach their program. 
This class is being taught using a ten level ranking system.  This will allow the students to better gauge their progress as they continue their path in the Filipino martial art of Kali.
Rank levels are displayed by different colored ecot (sarong or sash).  You can find the rank levels listed below:

No Sash - A beginning student with no previous experience in Filipino martial arts.
White Sash
Yellow Sash
Orange Sash
Blue Sash
Green Sash
Purple Sash
Brown Sash
Red Sash
Black Sash

Each level has specific requirements that must be thoroughly understood before testing is allowed for the next level.

Filipino "Dirty" Boxing - Panantukan:
Panantukan - also known as 'Dirty Boxing" is the empty handed boxing/component of Filipino Martial Arts.  This is a street oriented fighting system.  Many of the techniques and movements are derived from Kali/Escrima/Arnis.  The art primarily consists of upper-body striking techniques such as punches, elbows, head-butts, shoulder strikes, groin strikes, and gouging.  Pananjakman which is considered the kicking aspect/supplement of the art is also included which consists of low-line kicks, knee strikes, stomps, and counters.  Panantukan prefers to use parries, deflection, footwork, and angulization in order to minimize contact with the opponent.  This is done from the perspective of not knowing if the 'opponent' has a some type of instrument to implement in their attack. 
Panantukan is a highly effective system for self-defense for all ages.  one also gains the benefits of self-confidence, health, fitness, and self-discipline.  No previous experience in martial arts or fitness is necessary.  All you need to get started is the desire to learn and have fun.

There are five ranks to the Panantukan system, which are broken down into Levels 1 - 5.  Each level has specific requirements which must be thoroughly understood before testing is allowed for the next level.

The Areas of Panantukan:

Basic boxing techniques/combinations that also includes punches, finger jabs/thumb rakes, slaps, elbows, head-butts, shoulder strikes, groin strikes, elbows, back fists, and hammer fist strikes.

Kicking Techniques:
Kicks are focused on the low-line targets and the body.  Various kicks include front kicks, side kick, rising kick, lead round, rear round, Sipa (instep), stomp, back kick/spinning back kick, and knees.

All Sectors/All Methods - Angles and Switching Leads:

Practitioners of Panantukan often use the angles outlined in Kali to evade and parry incoming strikes and to attack the opponent from an outside angle where they are less able to defend against your strikes.  Practitioners are taught to fight from both leads so that they can constantly switch leads to exploit different angles of attack and to maintain flow. 

Panantukan often employs covers and counters to help defend against incoming blows.  This is done to both protect the practitioner and throw off the opponent's timing through various techniques. 

Although Panantukan is considered a striking art, it does encompass the fact that situations end of on the ground.  The practitioner learns the basics of the 'ground game' of grappling which includes joint locks, chokes, and submissions.

Panantukan employs the use of various locks, shoulder throws, arm drags, sweeps, compression techniques, and body manipulations to help of set or throw their opponent. 

Limb Destruction:
Panantukan focuses on countering an opponent's strike with a technique that will nullify further attacks by hitting certain nerve points, bones, and muscle tissue to cause immediate and temporary numbness of the attacking limb. 

Body Manipulation:
Panantukan uses arm wrenching, shoving, shoulder ramming, and other off-balancing techniques in conjunction with punches and kicks to push, twist, and turn the opponent's body with the goal of exposing a more vulnerable area

Speed, Flow, and Rhythm:
Panantukan emphasizes speed in striking with the intent of overwhelming the adversary with a flurry of attacks.  Practitioners will rarely perform just a single combination set. 
Another foundation concept of Panantukan is flow.  Flow is taught through hubud drills which are used to develop sensitivity so that the practitioner can feel where their opponent is through anytime that their is physical contact.  One learns to literally flow around their opponent's attacks.  (Similar to Jeet Kune Do and Wing Chun's trapping hands.) 
Panantukan also pays close attention to the timing and rhythm.  The rhythm can be broken or changed in order to throw an opponent's timing off.  The goal is to 'steal the beats' or interrupt the rhythm.  Many of the counters are performed on the 'half-beats' or in between the major strikes of a combination.  This helps to disorient and overwhelm an opponent.