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De Campo 1-2-3 Original | Kali Newcastle Filipino Martial Arts Academy

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that integrates martial arts, music, and acrobatics into a tactical and beautiful dance-like game. The best games are a complex dialogue of effortless kicks and evasions, acrobatics and theatrics. Capoeira Aruanda is under the leadership of Mestre Borracha, who has been teaching in Australia since 1992. Beginners are always welcome. Contact Mestre Borracha to book your complimentary introductory lesson.

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De Campo 1-2-3 Original | Kali Newcastle Filipino Martial Arts Academy location Map
The University of Newcastle
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW-2308
Phone: 0402 432 917

Martial Art Styles

The following Martial Arts Styles are offered at De Campo 1-2-3 Original | Kali Newcastle Filipino Martial Arts Academy:

  • Arnis/Kali/Escrima/FMA

Programs & Class Schedule

Our club specialises in De Campo 1-2-3 Original (originally known as De Campo 1-2-3 Orehenal Combat Arnis), the premier Largo Mano system of Eskrima, developed by Jose Diaz Caballero as his "original" system in 1925, at the age of 18. Ahead of his time, Caballero set out his system in a written "lesson plan" that still exists today. Caballero was to become famous as the Juego Todo champion of his time. Held during town fiestas, the Juego Todo was an all-out stick fight without protective equipment, where the only armour was the arnis stick in your hand. It's contemporary legacy can be seen in "Dog Brothers" style full contact live stick sparring.

The De Campo 1-2-3 Original system is known for its specialisation in Solo Baston (Single Stick) focusing on what might be called "high percentage techniques." However, it does include Doble Baston (Double Stick) and Pinuti (Sword) in its total curriculum. As a Largo Mano system it aims to "defang the snake" by evading the opponent's attack while counter striking their weapon hand (or deflecting their stick off course if you are too far away to hit the hand), and then entering with a barrage of powerful and lightning fast combinations in order to end the exchange. Using the 1-2-3 tactical formulae of fake, counter, strike, and the concepts of Praksyon (fractional timing) and Kadlit (literally "striking a match"), the De Campo stylist aims to blend strikes so seamlessly that three strikes may appear as one, so they "hit first, and hit last" (GM Jose Caballero).

The minimum age for Kali classes is 13 years and over. It is possible to practice Kali well into your mature years. Beginners are welcome. Our classes are gender friendly.

Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Mayfield West Public School
Saturdays 10:00 am - 11:30 pm | The University of Newcastle (Callaghan)

After the technical aspects of our classes have concluded, students are encouraged to refine their Kali skills through free sparring, using padded sticks or latex swords, fencing masks, and gloves for your safety and comfort. This additional optional 30 minutes of the class (finishing at approximately 8:30 pm Wednesdays and 12:00 pm Saturdays) is focused on attribute development, tactical instruction, and lots of sparring and feedback.

Our Senior Instructor, Robert 'Espada' Parkes (BEd Hons, PhD), holds NCAS Level 1 Coaching Accreditation through Kung-Fu Wushu NSW Inc. a member organisation within the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA).

Pay Casually by the class, purchase a discounted 10 Class Pass, or a weekly Pay Pal Subscription | Cash, Credit Card, and Online Payment Available | Uniform is simple Black T-Shirt with embroidered logo, and black shorts, tights, or pants

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