Adventures and Sports
Kali, the Filipino Martial Arts in Hollywood
Renzelle Ann Palma | Sep 06, 2013
“I, Frankenstein”, a Hollywood movie to be released in 2014, will feature the Filipino martial arts in its action packed scenes. Lead stars Aaron Eckhart and Miranda Otto trained extensively in the Filipino fighting style.
Kali is a native Filipino fighting style that uses stick or swords in battle. It is a martial arts style that focuses on the ability to transition from fighting with weapons to empty hands fluidly, as there is always the possibility of losing or being without a weapon.
Through historical documentation, the Filipino martial arts date back to the early Filipinos who developed this fighting art to defend their tribes. When the Spanish arrived in the 1500’s, it was kept secret by the natives and refined it thru the years.
Kali practitioners are known for their lightning-fast movements and efficient footwork in wielding weapons.
The updated take on Frankenstein will feature him as a kali stick fighter in a modern world.
This is not the first time that Kali was used for Hollywood action movies. The third installment of Tom Cruise’s famous franchise “Mission Impossible” also had its stars train in stick fighting.