Most traditional martial arts have a bed of knowledge specific to health and wellbeing that’s inherent in their system. In the Locaste/Inosanto system of Filipino Kali, we call this the 12th area.
With all the other 11 areas associated with different weapon or empty hand application such as double stick, sword or axe, long weapons, single or double knife, empty hand, striking, flexible weapons, etc., the 12th and final area is dedicated to healing, spiritual, philosophical, traditional, and historical aspects of Kali.
I’ve always been a bit fascinated with the internal martial arts and the stories of healing powers some of the masters were claimed to have had. We tend to think of this as material for Kung Fu theater, but what’s very intriguing is modern science has caught up to this ancient wisdom. There are many people able to explain and replicate the supernatural achievements that mystics, shamans, yogis, and monks have been accomplishing for centuries.
For me, seeing some of the science has solidified what I’ve believed since I was very young, and that is there is something beyond what we experience with our senses, and that we have way more potential to regulate our biology, our health, and our fate, than we’ve been programmed to accept.
I’m no master of the healing arts nor am I scientist (outside of the dojo), but the connection from what we do as martial artists, and the phenomenon of it affecting our mindset and lives, continues to inspire me.
Now, don’t make the mistake of thinking this only pertains to folks practicing Kali. This subject is not regulated to Filipino Martial Arts and is relevant to all areas of martial arts and life in general.
The intention of this Blog is to highlight this esoteric aspect of the Martial Arts, and hopefully generate inspiration within ourselves and within each other.
What is "Area 12"?
Our Kali system has 12 areas of knowledge. Areas 1-11 are all different aspects of physical combat.