Our Curriculum

Inosanto-Lacoste Kali

The arts of the Philippine islands are as ancient as the people themselves. Tracing back to other countries and other cultures these people brought with them the survival skills necessary to create a new land and a new culture. These people, seafarers, traveled from places like India, China, Burma, Indonesia, and the Malay Peninsula. Each bringing blades and fighting methods indigenous to their own region.

After hundreds of years of inter-tribal conflict and warfare they had created martial arts systems to fit the terrain and environment. Had adapted the systems to be more effective against multiple opponents and developed personal and tribal preferences. These preferences are what developed into individual styles or systems.

Battling invaders ranging from Magellan, the famed explorer, to Japanese troops during WWII, these arts are as combat tested as possible. Those systems that failed to be effective died with the practitioner. Those that were useful were taught to the next generation of warriors.

After WWII many Filipinos and American Filipinos returned to the U.S. Upon their return they were reluctant to continue the spread of the arts to the next generation, as most veterans are. However, due to the curiosity of the next generation and their sincere desire to learn the arts of their history, the arts began to once again be passed down. These battle-hardened veterans began to teach these arts to hungry young students eager to spread the rich history, culture and effectiveness to the rest of the world. 

The head of our system, Guro Dan Inosanto, was one of the leading practitioners of the Filipino martial arts. Having learned from Masters and veterans of the arts such as Grandmaster Leo Giron, Master John LaCoste, Master Illustrisimo, Master Cabales and Master Floro Villabrille. Along with many others. These men had tested the usefulness of their arts is combat and found them to be effective.

Today, Guro Dan Inosanto still teaches and trains the arts he has learned. Spreading the history, culture and effectiveness to those who have the hunger and discipline to learn them. 

We are proud to teach the LaCoste-Inosanto method of Kali-Silat at Pride Mixed Martial Arts.

Sayoc Kali

All systems evolve from something.  A starting point, and idea or an experience.  In the case of Pamana (Inheritor of Family Legacy) Tuhon Chris Sayoc, his system, SayocKali, is the result of a lifetime of training and real life experiences.

With the focus of “All Blade, All the Time” Tuhon Sayoc created a completely new and highly evolved Bladed system that he named Sayoc Kali. This curriculum would focus on mastering Vital Targeting of the body, installing reflexes that are honed to perfection and that consider the tactical use of multiple edged weapons in high stress environments.
Through the use of Transition Drills, Vital Template, Multi-Man drills, Training Modifiers and target-specific tapping against intelligent, skilled and resisting opponents.

Focused only on teaching a few hand selected men in his backyard, training was rigorous and dangerous with a focus on performance.  This testing ground for the new curriculum proved quite effective and although it is now more streamlined, it’s still the formula for today’s Sayoc Kali Instructor Training.  Each Instructor in Sayoc Kali is personally trained byTuhon Chris Sayoc himself in his home in small groups.

Sayoc Kali made a huge impact when two of its top Instructors were instrumental in the training and fight choreography of the major motion picture “The Hunted”, attracting huge audiences to the Filipino Martial Arts for the first time. In the military field, Sayoc Tactical Group (STG) has trained many of the highest levels of government agencies as well as the nation’s most elite military Special Forces groups.  Men who really count on life saving skills when everything else fails, when it’s face to face, life and death in a dark corner of the world, these men count on Sayoc Tactical Group to bring them home.

Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do

As Sijo (founder) Bruce Lee continued to develop in the martial arts what he was teaching was no longer, strictly speaking, Wing Chun. So he named it Jun Fan Gung Fu, named after himself, logically, since it was his system. 

Jun Fan Gung fu is an actual system, with a structure, techniques, rank structure and progression. It is true to say that this technique "is Jun Fan" and that this technique "is not Jun Fan". Many people misunderstand Jun Fan Gung Fu or try to go around this system of techniques to go straight to Jeet Kune Do. However, Sifu Inosanto states, "You must study Jun Fan gung fu to understand JKD (jeet kune do).

Jeet Kune Do is a later evolution of Sijo Lee's self-expression through the martial arts. It is much more comprehensive in scope and is generally referred to as JKD Concepts today. In JKD Sijo Lee suggests we use concepts such as intercepting the opponent as he prepares to attack. Now this seems like a simple thing to understand, but pulling it off is another thing altogether. So, the concepts that are contained in JKD need physical examples. Those examples are contained within the Jun Fan gung fu system. What confuses people is that the concepts Sijo Lee taught are contained in other systems as well. So many times a JKD instructor will teach a JKD concept from a art other than Jun Fan Gung Fu.

However it would be difficult to do if you didn't have a base system (such as Jun Fan gung fu) to learn the physical applications of the JKD Concepts.

We are proud to represent Sijo Lee's Jun Fan Gung Fu and the Inosanto Lineage.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai or "the art of eight limbs" is the National Sport of Thailand. It's rich heritage is a proud point of interest to the Thai people. The mother art of Thai Boxing is Krabi Krabong, which is a weapons system using single sword, double sword, sword and shield and staff. 

Thai boxing as a sport is considered the "world's most brutal sport" with the use of boxing, kicks to the legs, body and head, knees to the whole body and elbows, it is a quite effective and devastating system.

The training methods of Muay Thai are some of the most effective methods in the world. The use of "Thai Pads" and focus mitts allow the fighter to develop power, focus, distance and correct defensive movements.

In Thai Boxing speed and power are generated with proper form and body mechanics and are drilled over and over again until reflexive. With a focus on impact training on a variety of training tools and interaction with coaches and training partners the Thai Boxer is equipped to fight at most ranges with an intensity most people have never experienced.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport and a self-defense system created by the legendary Gracie family. Especially instrumental to the art’s development was Helio Gracie, the youngest of the five Gracie brothers. Due to his thin and frail physique, he was forced to adapt the techniques he learned, so that a smaller, weaker person could overcome an adversary of greater size and strength. In the prime of his career, Helio Gracie would accept and defeat challenges of much larger, heavier, and stronger men, in his quest to prove the superior effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu. 

Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes taking an opponent to the ground and utilizing ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground.

Pride Mixed Martial Arts is a proud affiliate of Lovato Jiu-jJitsu Association, one of the strongest teams in the US. Rafael Lovato Jr. is the most decorated and experienced American BJJ competitor of all time and has produced 4 ADCC veterans, World and Pan-American medalists at all belt levels, and No-Gi World medalists at all belt levels.