In the territories of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippine Islands there are hundreds of combat-focused, hand-to-hand fighting systems. These mixed martial arts systems were designed to prevail in actual battlefield combat, not for sport play.

There is no competitive sport play in Kali. The notion of giving your adversary the option to “tap out” by submission does not exist in Kali. Limbs will be either cut off, destroyed or broken. Ultimately, your adversary on the battlefield combatant will succumb to death.


The core of Indonesian martial arts emphasizes the use of sharp bladed-weapons, sticks, farm tools utilized as weapons of opportunity, and empty hand fighting takes places only as a last resort.
Filipino martial arts have many different interpretations. In the 20th century particularly, some Grand-masters took personal liberty to refine certain aspects of their art and re-branded it for unique purposes of their family.
Filipino martial arts have seen an increase in prominence due to several Hollywood movies and the teachings of modern masters such as Venancio “Anciong” Bacon, Dan Inosanto, Cacoy Canete, Mike Inay, Remy Presas and Ernesto Presas.

Umbrella Group of FMA Systems Practiced at Iron Dragon Academy

  • Dumog – Dumog is a Philippine martial arts focused on wrestling.
  • Eskrima, Arnis & Kali – Eskrima is a martial arts style from the Philippines focused on the use of stick and blade weapons (i.e. Yantok). This martial arts is also known as Arnis and Kali.
  • Kino Mutai – Kino Mutai (Kina Mutai) is a Filipino martial art that uses unconventional tactics of biting, eye-gouging coupled with devastating body throws and takedowns.
  • Panantukan – Panantukan (or Suntukan) is the boxing component of Filipino martial arts. Panantukan is not a sport, but rather a street-oriented fighting system.
  • Kali Sikaran – Sikaran is a Philippines martial arts focused almost exclusively on kicking.
  • Suntukan Kalye (dirty street boxing) – is the hand, fist and elbow focused striking component of the Filipino martial arts. In the central Philippine island region of Visayas, this art is known as Pangamot. In the West and in Europe the art is referred to as Panantukan, Pangamot, Mano-mano or Filipino Boxing.
    Suntukan is not a sport, but rather a street-oriented fighting system. The techniques have not been modified for sport competition, thus it has a reputation as “dirty street fighting“. It consists of upper-body striking techniques such as punches, elbows, head-butts, shoulder strikes and limb destruction. It is often used in combination with Sikaran, the kicking aspect of Filipino fighting which includes low-line kicks, tripping and knee strikes to the legs, shins, and groin. Common targets include the biceps, triceps, eyes, nose, jaws, temples, groin, ribs, spine, and the back of the neck.

  • Maphilindo Silat was founded by Guro Dan Inosanto, and is based on the various systems of Silat he has studied under Silat masters from Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Maphilindo combines these Silat styles, using empty hand strikes, off-balancing, kicks, punches, elbows, knees and nerve strikes. Guro Inosanto created this system to honor his Silat instructors.
  • Mande Muda Pencak Silat, which is taught along with Maphilindo Silat, is a family system of Silat headed by Pendekar Herman Suwanda of Indonesia. Founded in 1953 by Herman Suwanda’s father, Mande Muda Pencak Silat is a combination of 24 systems of Indonesian Silat, including Tjimande, Tjikalong, Harimau and Kari. With Mande Muda you learn to defend yourself while standing or from the ground, and how to effectively use kicks, hand strikes, elbows, knees, nerve hits and locks.