PMCMAK – Kali Military Knife Fight System

“Philippine Special Forces” are silent killing machines in the jungle. You can see them only at the second when the knife touches your heart …

… Nicholas Tyler, a US military envoy to Southeast Asia, once told reporters. As evidence, he cited the fact that a division of some Filipinos who received American citizenship was created in the intelligence of the US Army.


Hello everybody! In this article I want to share with you aspects of the military system of a knife fight PMCMAK, and express your personal opinion about the Philippine “combat” systems. And so that there are no questions – “Who are you?”, I will immediately answer – I am a Master of Military Kali. I am not a civilian, I am a full-time instructor of a professional military structure. I work under the contract with state specialized institutions. Only with those who on duty require such knowledge. Also in my documents it is clearly written that I have the right to teach and I know what knowledge to give civilians – adapted tactics for civilians, according to the law of the Russian Federation.

Of course, 99% of the “fake” masters will begin to boil from the boiling of their own “I”. However, before one simple request – and show your qualification documents? To further not ask stupid questions.


In the center of training swimmers with Manuel Prado, founder and master of PMCMAKIn the center of training swimmers with Manuel Prado, founder and master of PMCMAK

PMCMAK, which means Philippine Marine Corp Martial Art Kali – A simple Filipino military system for the Marine Corps, used to destroy enemy personnel using any pointed object at close range. And not just marines (I draw your attention to this, then you will understand why), but the special military intelligence unit of the Philippines RECON. Perhaps the next article will be the only such source in the public domain about this unit and its knife fighting system. I know this firsthand – in the entire history of Russia and the Philippines, only two Russian people were able to study at this center.

In general, the Internet is replete with a huge number of masters and instructors with experience of supposedly 14 or more years of training in the framework of the Philippine and other knife fight systems. Why the Philippines? The answer is simple – in fact, only two countries in the world are constantly at war and with the use of cold weapons. One of them is the Philippines. The fighters of the special units of the Philippines always have a long knife (ginunting) in the BC, which has been officially adopted since 1912.

If we look at the symbols of the Philippines, including the military, we will see in the center the sun of eight rays. The rays symbolize the 8 states of the Philippines, and the icon is very similar to the wave.If we look at the symbols of the Philippines, including the military, we will see in the center the sun of eight rays. The rays symbolize the 8 states of the Philippines, and the icon is very similar to the wave.

I’ll touch the Philippines yesterday. The most ancient art of owning a blade weapon is called Cali. But it is not only art. Kali means “freedom” (Kalayaan) in Tagalog. Cali is a symbol of freedom and life in the Philippines.

Before the invasion of the colonialists from Spain, civilians already had experience in repelling the attacks of uninvited guests. Pirates were not allowed to live in peace in a heavenly place, neighbors strove to squeeze something here and there. Virtually the entire combat arsenal of Aboriginal people consisted of sharp agricultural items. Karambit was and is a very handy tool for removing coconuts, bananas, pineapples. A long bolo knife or gingunting is a great helper in the jungle.

When the Spaniards arrived, the local population strongly resisted enslavement. The aborigines used short and long knives in fights, but kerambits were especially dangerous – they perfectly entered the corners of the folds of the articular bags uncovered with armor. Spain essentially made a real correction to the Cali system – striking the so-called fold places. I don’t see any reason to dwell on the specifics of the weapons of those times, because little has changed. All this is used almost to this day.

The residents of the Philippines did not name the system with which they defended, or rather attacked (it is considered to this day that you can defend against the knife only by counterattacking the attacker, the knife cuts any flesh, and the protection from the knife with your bare hands will lead to the death of the defender). But the basics were all the same. And they trained (the situation is very similar to China – they also banned the carrying of knives and training, but the residents trained during the working process, in some games, in dances).

Of interest is the moment when and how Magellan died. He was just killed by a local guy, Lapu-Lapu, after which he ate his living heart. You understand perfectly well what the Spaniards did later with Lapu-Lapu, but this has nothing to do with the development of combat systems, but shows how independent and freedom-loving the people of the Philippines are. However, the Spaniards constantly heard the word “Kali” and decided that it was Cali that was the reason for the death of Magellan, and therefore this word must disappear and that no one even remembered about it.

That is why the Spanish names of the systems Arnis, Eskrima and their varieties suddenly appeared on the originally Philippine islands. In those days it was forbidden to use cold weapons. And sticks appeared in these new systems. It seems that everything is fine, the locals started practicing with sticks, but that’s bad luck, the stick does not put a hand to work with a sword and a knife! And putting the index finger to indicate the direction of the cutting edge of the knife turned out to be a very bad idea. People accustomed to such positions were cut off by two protruding fingers – the thumb and index finger. And without the thumb to hold the blade is impossible. Thus, Spain has achieved what she wanted – the people of the Philippines were moving away from military equipment possession of weapons.

Modern “combat” systems of Kali

Now when i look at these beautiful names Arnis Kali, Eskrima kali, and maybe even Arnis Eskrima Kali, it’s very funny to me. But the Filipinos, who know the history of the development of systems, simply remain in misunderstanding when they see how the Europeans cross the uncrossed. But that’s not the point. There are masters in such systems as, for example, Arnis Kali, but there are no Kali masters! And if there is, then there is no supporting documents.

You can continue the conversation that these systems are not combat in essence. If you become attached directly to the word “combat” – then of course these are combat systems, they also fight with sticks and training knives. But knowing the history and implying martial art – no, these systems are not combat.

I do not want to say that these systems do not have the right to life. Of course they have. And should be in our life. They develop spiritually, mentally and physically. I just want to convey that even though the systems are successful, each in its own way, but none of them have statistics collected over a certain period of time, about the effectiveness and result of a defeat at certain injections or blows with a cold weapon in combat conditions. In the form in which we now see all these Arnis-Eskrima-Kali – this is sport.

At the Philippine Military Marine Training CenterAt the Philippine Military Marine Training Center

Pekichi Tircia (pekiti tirsia) – literally translates to “come close, cut into small pieces,” like a knife. The name itself speaks for itself, but in fact it is no more than PR. First of all, everyone knows that this is a replica. Secondly, the meaning of Kali is not a knife. Thirdly, it is not a martial art, for one simple reason – it was not tested in military conditions. The so-called “64 stick attacks” looks like kata in karate. Experts know that there are no similar moments in the martial arts, just as there are no attacks or counterattacks memorized in a certain sequence.

It is considered that one blow is the completed action.

This is a sign of military instructor Cali.Sign of military instructor Cali

After realizing this simple truth, a clear and sustained understanding is born of why special units in the Philippines teach a knife, and not Arnis or Pekiti, in just 6 months, and know it perfectly, which they can gladly demonstrate in sports duels, but people in beautiful Gyms train for 14 years and do not represent anything. Moreover, they are beaten in fights by ordinary sportsmen-fencers. It is easy to find the reason for this – the usual fraud of the so-called instructors who stretch the time of training due to physical exercises in training. The time for which you pay a lot of money, and in which you wring out and squat, instead of getting exactly the knowledge. To all this, add smearing and inventing different turns – this is the answer, where such instructors come from. And I repeat once again – the military in the Philippines is studying the system for 6 months!

Pekiti reminds me very much of the Israeli Krav Maga – many masters, and each one gives something of his own. The well-known master Jarad Vihongi, who has his own system. However, he has his own PTTA system (Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association), which gives police the techniques of seizure and hold. But where did they come from in the system? Have you been 50 years old in it?

And so, each master inserts some kind of his “baubles”. For example, the official representative of Pekiti Tyrsia Kali in Russia can easily on demonstration performances, performing a technique, sticking a knife in the liver to himself. It happens to everyone, but not with instructors. Or maybe they are not an instructor at all, but simply incompetent? Each master has his own techniques. Very strange if you think about it. Anyway.

As instructor Pisarkin says, “We are learning the Philippine systems!” Indeed, teach. Only they are not Filipino. And the famous master Guy has already left for a long time to the United States of America with one of the varieties of Arnis. Then he thought well and decided that Pekichi would be better, and called himself Pekichi Tircia Kali.

The photograph shows all the existing instructors of the military Cali. No others.The photograph shows all the existing instructors of the military Cali. No others.

Noteworthy is the so-called system Panantukan. Many consider the panantukan system – as a rule, those who are not familiar with these blows. Yes, precisely blows, not the system. Let me explain – imagine that you strike the opponent’s right biceps with a knife in your right hand (grip does not matter), you wish to continue the attack with the same hand, for example, in the face – and you strike with a fist, not a knife, although the knife is in your hand . So, it is precisely such a blow that the term “panantukan” has (I ask you not to be confused with Silat). Whether by virtue of stupidity, or greed and the desire to make money, the panantukan began to be given to people as a separate system.

There is also a “beautiful” technique Balintavak. What is this discipline in which 3 movements? This is a figurative comparison, but a fact. Why come close to the enemy with a stick length of 60-80cm and try to hit her? And this is supposedly a system, and is named after a street in one of the states of the Philippines. Not by the name of some master, or figurative name, but by the street. I expect that you will make a conclusion yourself.

Business is business … You can certainly try to understand, but conscience does not allow, because the “combat system” is what should save a life trained person.

I will touch a little on one known system, which will be older Pekichi of Tircia – this Daughter Pares. In the Philippines, 8 states, and once upon a time (as indeed now) each state had its own military system and its own master direction. Someone earned more, someone less. One day, 8 representatives united and created one single system, calling it Daughter Pares. It became easier to live, but the system lost military aggressiveness. And now we see it as an excellent sports discipline.

Ginunting officially adopted Marinos in 1912Ginunting officially adopted Marinos in 1912

We continue. Philippines Marines (Philipinnes Marine Corps) – a formidable military machine. Perfectly prepared for conducting military operations in any conditions, up to a close range combat piercing-cutting objects. Few people travel to the Philippines for this kind of knowledge. And who goes, sometimes cowardice. I remember the moment when one instructor from Yekaterinburg showed a photo – on both sides there were two brave beautiful soldiers with a pump-action shotgun. The comments stated: “I coached the marines!” Perhaps, if not one BUT – two ordinary McDonald security guards were standing on both sides.

Even famous masters, for example, such as the previously mentioned Guy, do not disdain with such “cunning” methods. This gentleman allegedly requested permission from the leadership of the Philippines Marine Corps to hold a seminar (and this is a serious 3-7 hour demonstration performance), and he was allegedly allowed to.

What’s the catch? Will explain. The Philippines Marine Corps is divided into several areas: serving on ships, all kinds of business services on land, sapper units, cars and armored vehicles, artillery, as well as Scouts-Rangers, an elite unit of RECON, and much more. When they say “military” – they mean exactly the unit RECON – These are the people who are directly fighting in the jungle and use melee weapons for their intended purpose.

But the real trick is that no Guy or other instructors will ever be entrusted and will not even allow a seminar to be held, let alone trainings of special operations forces. RECON studies only PMCMAK. And in fact, at Guy, ordinary foot marines participate in the seminar, who almost do not outwardly differ in appearance from Reconites from the center. And the ordinary reader would never understand the truth, except for those who visited the Philippines and it was Marinos himself.

Leslie Buck not far away from Guy. All the 7200 islands of the Philippines laughed at the photos he posted on the web. Let me explain: in the photo somewhere in Korea, Leslie Buck himself (who is civilian and has no relation to the military) is standing in front of 6 or 7 people in military uniform, and these gentlemen salute Baku, putting his right hand with his fist to the left side of the chest. This means respect for the military brother in arms and suggests the word from the oath “… to the last drop of blood.” If I were a simple civilian, I would probably believe it. But I studied in the military center of the Filipino military, I know this oath and its meaning well.

And of course, men who have never served in the army admire such “heroes”. All this adds a certain opinion about all the “great” masters who are so admired by the same “instructor”.

Manuel Prado - PMCMAK - Kali Military Knife Fight SystemManuel prado

But back to PMCMAK. Where did she come from?

Founder and master of the military knife fight system PMCMAK – Sergeant Manuel prado younger. As in the Philippines, Professor Pressas is generally recognized as the only representative of the cultural heritage of owning a bolo knife, so Manuel Prado is the only recognized counter-terrorism master in the Philippines who owns a gnunting knife.

So that it does not cause a smile, I’ll draw your attention to the fact that this is Asia, and here everyone carries knives. For 30 years, Manuel gives fighters what helps solve problems in the difficult combat conditions of the jungle. 30 years old Prado has been preparing fighting vehicles. The system, which he gives Marinos, passed to him from his grandfather, the same professional soldier as his father – everyone owned this direction of the battle.

Before the arrival of Manuel Prado, the system had no name. She was very reminiscent of the Russian army hand-to-hand combat, with a certain sequence of performing simple blows by ginunting and a short blade. Other than PMCMAK, no other systems are used in the training of the Philippines Marine Corps.

So what is PMCMAK?

PMCMAK, or as it is called officially, PMCMAP – This is a melee system with any pointed objects. In your hand can be any object. From the keys to the apartment, credit card, pencil or ballpoint pen to the knife, short or long. It does not matter the length and sharpness of the subject. Weapons – this is your knowledge!

My foundation is boxing, I am MC boxing. He also performed well in the Army Hand-to-Hand Combat (ARB). He studied Pequiti Thirsia Kali, varieties of Arnis and Eskrima. But the system is simpler and more efficient than the system of Mr. Prado, I have not met.

What is special about the PMCMAK stabbing military system?

The basis of everything is the steps, movement. When the hormone “fear” is released, the head is empty and the legs are wadded, and if you didn’t memorize the movement of the legs until the automatism, you are a corpse. The steps are very simple – care in the corners. Filipinos are not very tall people, they never go head-on. All movements are put on the enemy bypass on the left or on the right, without fail to go behind the back (most systems only imitate these movements, standing still and throwing one or the other leg forward or backward for some reason – it looks funny as if dancing) .

Punches – These are cuts and shots that are applied quickly and aggressively. Every blow is fatal. Based only on strikes to vital organs and parts of the body. For example, legs – if we hurt an opponent’s leg, he will not be able to move or run quickly, and we will quickly send him to the forefathers. If we start with a hand, he will grab the knife with his other hand and continue the fight, or he will be able to run away from you.

We attack the eyes, nose, bottom through the jaw to the brain, carotid artery, duplicating, heart, armpits, groin, kidneys, femoral arteries. Contrary to the opinion of many instructors, it is customary for the military to strike not the muscles, but the joints. It is very difficult, but a trained hand with ease does it. Shots in the part of the body that is closest. These are fingers of the hand if the opponent threatens or attacks, elbows, knees, ahillis and so on.

Counterattack Level height does not matter in terms of physical fitness. A kick in the leg happens as instantly as a kick in, say, a chest. I repeat once again that the foundation is your legs. The military, they are very developed, multiple squats every day in the order of things.

The speed of the strike with the knife is considered normal, if the fighter manages to make 12 strokes for 1.5 seconds. And every blow is fatal. This is not fiction, this is the norm. For comparison, the standard of athletes Arnis, Eskrima, PTK and similar non-military systems is 6 hits in the same 1.5 seconds, and only 2 blows are deadly. The difference is obvious.

Strikes mostly diagonally or vertically to hit as much of the opponent’s body as possible. On a real distance and maximum speed, it is impossible to get away from such a blow if you are not working at the same time with your legs, hands, and of course with a blade. I have never seen such movements in any Philippine system. Something similar is, one or two exercises, no more.

Impacts to vital organs and jointsImpacts to vital organs and joints

Of great importance is ending knife strike – This is usually a weak point, but not in the military. With great pleasure, the commandos will “give up” their armed hand to the enemy, and in the next instant the enemy will be left without a brush, the attack will instantly go to the heart, arteries and brain. This is a meat grinder. Purposefully capture the armed hand is impossible.

The technique is called panapas. For the panapas, many fools give out techniques of seizures and painful holds, they know only the name and mold it wherever they want. And due to the poor knowledge of students, such “would-be teachers” do not receive any complaints or objections. But how the technology actually works – only RECON knows. Panapas is only destruction, with no options. Each stab is death, it is a complete series. And no matter how much a fighter betrays them, everyone is fatal.

PMCMAK military knife combat system in Russia and Europe

The times when everyone and everyone could say that he owns the system are over. For exactly a year in Russia there are official Masters of the military system of the knife fight Kali. In St. Petersburg – I and my colleague, Pavel Blashkevich, instructor PMCMAK. In Moscow PMCMAK represents Sergeev V.V., our comrade. He had just started his activity at PMCMAK, but, as I said, the system is short and easy to train. After 6-7 months, he will take the instructor exam.

In St. Petersburg, many power structures train under my leadership. If you look at my ID, you will see that it is written to the right of the photo – I have the right to teach the system also civilian, after adaptation for a particular country.

PMCMAK Workshop for GRU fightersPMCMAK Workshop for GRU fighters

I conduct seminars around the world and have authority from the training center RECON to represent the military direction in the whole of Europe and Russia, since I am the only representative of PMCMAK there. As well as qualifying students to the level of “instructor”, instructors receive in the Philippines in the military center. For civilians, it is not necessary to own a blade, it is sufficiently kubotana, Yawary The technique of application is the same.

Why own a knife fight system at all?

I will answer this way – when you know how to attack, you can always defend yourself. You always know the consequences of using cold weapons. And never just for fun or not get a knife.

I track the statistics of professional use of cold weapons in everyday life, so there are no cases when the PMCMAK instructor uses a knife to attack.

Knife and knowledge discipline. And God forbid we never take advantage of knowledge. But everyone should know.

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