White Sands


I began my journey into the art of Kali in July 2017 after visiting a friends martial arts store in Melbourne and seeing Filipino weaponry displayed along the walls. Kali is one of the great arts to come out of the Philippines and this was the first time I had heard of it. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in both Indigenous Cultures and Art History I knew this was something I wanted to explore. I was inspired to create new olisi designs after practicing 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. 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'm proud of the hard work that has gone into each of these pieces and am happy to be able to share it with the rest of the Kali and martial arts community around the world.

I was born in Quezon City Philippines and raised in Melbourne Australia. I am an online student of Ray Floro's Kalis Ilustrisimo (current), Kapatiran Mandarigma's Balintawak (current), and Pekiti University (1yr). I was a member of the Monash University Arnis Kalis Ilustrisimo Club (3yrs), for a very brief time a student of Cacoy Doce Pares Melbourne (1mth), and Philippine Combatives (1yr).

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