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Kali Combat Principles
Kali Combat Principles
Kali has followed several interesting and effective principles, all developed to make the fighter move and attack in the most efficient way. The methods are surprisingly scientific in their approach and results, strongly supported  in western physiology, physics, and geometry, but derived from Filipino common sense.
A diagram used to model the lines of attack and defense.

Zero Pressure
The safest place to be is where the attack isn't. When that is not possible, moving toward zero pressure will reduce the effect of the attack.

Definition of Ranges and Weapons
Ranges can be broken down into armed long, armed mid, armed close range, and armed grappling; or unarmed long, unarmed mid, unarmed close and grappling.

Attacking the Attack "Defanging the Snake"
In JKD they call it interception, in Kali it is called a destruction. Wounding the weapon that is attacking you may keep it from attacking again.

Tranquilizers, Distractions, and Obstructions
Destabilizing an attacker by disrupting his base, ringing his bell, or covering and blocking his line of sight are ways to create openings for disarms, locks and throws, or finishing combinations.

Compatibility of techniques throughout system
Most of the foot work, offensive and defensive principles and techniques are similar or identical from the stick, knife, and empty hand systems. Angles of footwork and attack, individual techniques like gun tings are shared throughout the systems.