Kali was originally used as a method of fighting off the invading Spanish in the Philippines. It is now widely practiced both in the Philippines and abroad. Kali utilizes weapons such as sticks, knives, and swords. The typical Kali/Escrima weapon is the Escrima sticks. Abtik is defined as the use of explosive stepping, pivoting and sinking or raising to power and time the strike.
Guro Tom Corpuz started his martial arts journey in 1990 at the age of 20 in Los Angeles, CA at the Jun Fan Memorial Gym in Chinatown under the instruction of Sifu/Guro Mark Stewart. His training was focused on the teachings of Guro Ted Lucaylucay in Kali and Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. His training encompassed the philosophy and techniques of Filipino Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do. Kali Abtik was influenced by other prominent styles of Kali and Escrima including Lucaylucay Kali (Guro Lucky Lucaylucay), Serrada Escrima (Angel Cabales), Larga Mano/Bahalana Escrima (Leo Giron) and Inosanto Kali (Dan Inosanto & Johhny Lacoste.)
His training was also well rounded and included elements and techniques from Western Boxing, Muay Thai, Panantukan, Savate, Jun Fan Gung Fu, Wing Chun, Bando and grappling techniques from Shoot Wrestling and Suai Jiao. In 2008, Tom was promoted by Guro/Sifu Mark Stewart to Guro in Kali Abtik – Lucaylucay lineage as well as Sifu in Temujin Lucaylucay Jeet Kune Do.
Tom is also a current student of Stockton Multistyle Martial Arts based in Stockton, CA. He is also a Blue Belt in Brazillian Jiujitsu, and trained in various other FMA styles and other martial arts including Krav Maga and Japanese JiuJitsu.
Today Tom teaches at Kokua Martials Arts in Pleasanton, CA as well as in private groups and one on one. Tom also specializes in Women’s self-defense training and anti-bullying for children.