The World of Kali
This blog post was inspired by someone who I recently met in the martial art world, who represents the Karate Hall of Fame and whose Kali instructor was Tuhon Apolo Ladra.
For those who do not know the world of Kali, Tuhon Leo Gaje is the heir to the Founding Father Grand Tuhon Conrado Tortal’s Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System, which is a Filipino martial arts style. Tuhon Leo Gaje’s son, Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr., carries on in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, which both make them Founding Fathers in their own right, in my opinion. Tradition lies in their blood and heredity, which is why I say this makes them both Founding Fathers as well.
Tuhon Apolo Ladra was a student trained by Tuhon Leo Gaje, Jr. I share this with you today, due to the recent meeting I had with a student of Tuhon Apolo Ladra, as this makes an interesting story and connection in which I am excited to share. Some may get this connection, but you have to know the world of Kali to understand it.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Chief Instructor Mr. Clifton Eli Abercrombie through a mutual friend. Chief Instructor Mr. Clifton Eli Abercrombie owns two martial arts schools in Forest, V. A. – Warrior Success Academy and Super Kicks. On our first initial meeting, when we were discussing our martial arts background, we were talking about Kali because it is one of his many styles he teaches at his Warrior Success Academy school, and I once trained in it. (I have been certified in two training seminars by Tuhon Ruby Gaudiosa at Tuhon Rick Ward’s, my former martial arts instructor, school in Boone, N. C.).
Chief Instructor Mr. Clifton Eli Abercrombie is a Lakan Guru (Instructor) in Kali and is a well established martial artist with his other many various martial arts styles, three of them being Karate, Krav Maga, and Jiu-Jitsu. He holds a 5th Degree Dan in Karate and has been an inductee in the Karate Hall of Fame in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
I share this because after Chief Instructor Mr. Clifton Eli Abercrombie told me he was trained by Tuhon Apolo Ladra, I was AMAZED, because it leads to an interesting connection between the two of us! You will need to watch the video below to get the connection. For those who train in and know the world of Kali, you will most likely understand it.
I keep asking myself to this day, “Holy crap! How did that happen?” in reference to Chief Instructor Mr. Clifton Eli Abercrombie and I meeting at his school, in which I drove to from Roanoke, V. A., on Thursday, March 7th, because this is an element of surprise I never saw coming. And I see myself going back there for many more times to come in my future.
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