SKD-iKali Combatives


Welcome to the SKD-iKali Combatives information page.


a) SKD stands for Sam Kuen Do. This is Cantonese for Way of Three Fists (三拳道). The name SKD was originally chosen because the focus was on the use of three strikes (三拳). Since then the phrase “Three Fists” have taken on a wider meaning.

The learning of SKD revolves around the basics of how to stand, how to balance in motion, how to relax to generate power, how to move the body, how to strike, control space and apply the techniques freely. The focus of SKD is not on playing hands but on quickly closing in and dispatching the opponent. If there is bridge flow past it and strike. If there is no bridge just strike, and strike, and strike.

b) iKali stands for Indigenous Kali. Tuhon Apolo Ladra created iKali at the request of his teacher, Grand-Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr, to demonstrate his understanding of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali (PTK).

iKali training is built around the learning of double sticks, single stick, blade and empty hand in a systematic manner to develop skills that are applicable across board. This means that regardless of whether you are using a single stick, double sticks, single blade, double blade, one blade-one stick or empty hand techniques the skill that you learn for one can be applied to another.

For example, the learning of Sinawali which is first taught in double sticks can be used without modification whether we are holding a single stick, one blade, two blades or even using empty hand.


It is possible to master an art. The secret is to keep up the practice daily. And of course, you should want to improve.


The integration of SKD and iKali through the things they have in common allows us to expand our art in a new and refreshing way.