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Filipino Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts is known as a purely combative art, a bladed cultural art, and very practical for self defense. Soldiers and combatants use this art due to its practicality in the field. Widely popularized by movies such as The Bourne series and similar Hollywood movies, this art is also known as Arnis, Eskrima, or Kali. Its application from weapon to empty hand is seamless and is an art where the weapon is taught FIRST. Because of that, the martial artist has the ability to improvise to any weapon that they can hold in their hand. FMA covers edged weapons, unarmed combat, flexible weapons, impact weapons, and projectiles, and has been the prime choice for many military special operation groups.


Movement patterns, flow, self defense, and practical combat techniques will be represented in these programs. Whether you are interested in Weapon based systems, practical self defense, or love the intricate and beautiful patterns, come join us in this unique art!

NSI - Kelly Worden

Mr. Kelly S. Worden is a lifelong martial artist and began his personal defensive training in western boxing at the tender age of eight years old. Since that time, he has trained in a multitude of systems; what arts he has not researched his students have.  As a young man he grew up fast and he grew up hard; the reality of street violence was a way of life and as such Kelly always sought to keep functional self-defense as the key component of his personal research.   


Incorporated into his diverse training regime, Mr. Worden instills the Warrior Credo and ethical values of “Honor, Trust, and Respect.”   These highly refined characteristics were, and are time proven attributes of Traditional Warriors from all Cultural lineages.  Within Natural Spirit Int’l this Warrior Credo for personal development still exists today, integrated into all aspects of the system and balanced to train the Mind, Body, and Spirit as a way of life rather than just seeking physical fighting skills. 


Warrior Credo is the socially responsible and ethical path to conflict resolution. These values allow the practitioner to “Live with the results of their defensive actions.”  In an increasingly violent society, once we protect ourselves physically, we must also protect ourselves legally, criminally, ethically, and morally; knowing our defensive responses, being socially responsible and not malicious, allows us to stand tall in the eyes of society, in our conscious, as well as in our heart!

Balintawak Cuentada Eskrima System

The Filipino art of Balintawak Eskrima is quite unique from most other forms of stick fighting. It is identified by it's use of the single stick and close quarter counter to counter play. Balintawak is characterized by it's delivery of direct line, lightning fast counter attacks to instantly close the gap and gain control over an opponent to quickly end the fight. Balintawak utilizes economical, yet powerful, straight line strikes. The physical core is that of solid, yet flexible structural body alignment, devoid of unnatural movement or forced postures. Strategic timing, body angulation, traps, set-ups,  striking and disruption of opponent's balance are also signature characteristics. 

The Taboada Cuentada System is based on classic Balintawak close quarter fighting, but also prepares the practitioner for varying ranges of combat.  Full-power, body torquing swings and blocks are employed for medium to longer range engagement. The stick is the primary training tool but the theory is that the stick is only an extension of the arm, which translates well in the preparation for blade and hand to hand fighting. Balintawak fighters are equally adept at utilizing punches, empty hand striking, elbows, knees, kicking, joint locks and grappling techniques. 

The word "cuentada" is a Spanish term meaning to calculate or to counter. Balintawak Cuentada practitioners automatically assume their opponent is skilled and that their attacks will be countered. The philosophy is that for every counter there is a counter and mastery of the art can only be achieved through continuous research.

Pekiti Tirsia

Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is a style specific to Filipino Martial Arts. Pekiti-Tirsia Kali was founded in 1897 and is the system of the Tortal family. The sole heir and guardian of this system is Leo Tortal Gaje, Jr. who is referred to as the Grand Tuhon. Pekiti-Tirsia is strictly a combat-oriented system, as opposed to sport-focused, style. It is a fighting system that focuses on the knife and machete/sword for killing and has been adopted by elite Philippine military and law enforcement units.

Pekiti-Tirsia's movements are based on the traditional blade art of the Philippines - Kali, which involves slicing swords in a circular motion, symbolic of the orbits of the moon and the planets. It also incorporated triangular movements symbolic of constellations. In ancient times, Kali was taught in rituals that were then used pragmatically to survive against adversaries and wild animals.

All fighting ranges are integral parts of the Pekiti-Tirsia system, but special attention is given to closing in to kill in close-quarter combat. Integral to this is a coiled close quarter stance that allows evasion and generation of a powerful strike even in close range. Pekiti-Tirsia is about quartering the opponent, or 'cutting up into little pieces', emphasizing destruction with counter offence while not getting hit. The Pekiti-Tirsia methodology originates from offensive and counter offensive principles against attacks from all ranges, angles and threat levels. There is less emphasis on purely defensive techniques per se, as this is not seen as an effective survival strategy.

The grandson and heir of the Great Grand Tuhon Conrado B. Tortal, is the present Keeper of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System.

Grand Tuhon Gaje pioneered the teaching of the Martial Art Kali on the east coast/USA and introduced real contact stickfighting across the United States. He is awardee of the Karate Hall of Fame (1988) - a special achievement, since Grand Tuhon Gaje is the only Non-Karate Awardee. Grand Tuhon Gaje is also an awardee of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame (1987). He is certified by the US Criminal Justice System Training Association and of the United States Police Defensive Tactics Training Association.

Grand Tuhon Gaje is internationally well known for his work as technical advisor (and his personal appearance) in the Police Training Video "Surviving Edged Weapons", which has been classified in reviews as "the finest law enforcement training video ever made".

Modern Cimande

Guro Edward Wong, is one of Canada's premier weapon and hand-to-hand combat teachers and practitioners. He is the head director of Urban Survival Systems and Modern Cimande. Both USS AND Modern Cimande is a community  made up of  individuals  in the field of security, law enforcement, military and self protection. It is a group run by people who have had  years of real world experience and, not by theoretical application of traditional martial arts. Hardcore training and being open minded to more practical and realistic martial arts training is of the utmost importance in USS and Modern Cimande.. Guro Wong brings a very high level of skill and experience in both Eastern and Western methods including  FMA, Silat, Wing Chun, Non Classical Gung Fu, Sambo,boxing  and  Savate  and many other fighting arts. His main influences being Guro Louie Lindo , Jesse Glover and Coach Vadim Slavin.

Modern Cimande is Guro Ed Wong’s expression of Silat he learned from Guro Louie lindo -a direct backyard student of Pak Herman Suwanda.  Modern Cimande/HCS  is a unique aggregate system of Filipino, Indonesian,Chinese, Israeli and Russian combat, HAMMERS, CLUBS, and SPIKES: MODERN CIMANDE.