My name is Louella. I was born in Quezon City Philippines and raised in Melbourne Australia. I began my journey into the art of Kali in July 2017 after visiting my friends martial arts store in Melbourne and seeing Filipino weaponry displayed along the walls. This was the first time I had heard of FMA and was surprised to find out we had a martial art. I had just completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Indigenous Cultures and Art History and it dawned on me that Kali was possibly one of the greatest arts to come out of the Philippines and something I should explore. I was inspired to create new olisi designs after training with the few traditional options available (scorpion, tiger paw, twirl) and through my art wanted to convey a story about the culture and history behind FMA as well as promote the art to the world. The works reimagine traditional symbolism from across the archipelago into contemporary designs and ideas. Each olisi is individually handcrafted by burning oak wood (Australian) or rattan vine (Philippines).
I was a member of the Monash University Arnis Kalis Ilustrisimo Club (3yrs), a student of Cacoy Doce Pares Melbourne (1mth), and Philippine Combatives (1yr). I am an online student of Ray Floro's Kalis Ilustrisimo (1wk), and an online student of Pekiti University (1yr). I am an active member of Hagunos sang Sundang 'Swift of the Blade': FMA Women International Support Group. I enjoy learning from all the various styles, live seminars, and online tutorials as a temporary/brief student. The style I am drawn to is Kalis Ilustrisimo and train this form most often.