Seattle Times: Health – Ask R7

Seattle Times: Health – Ask R7

Great timing. I had just observed part of a 10-week class fusing martial arts and aerobics. These sorts of offerings are becoming more popular and plentiful because they perform two important functions: They push goals and furnish direction.

Each student in the “kali-robics” class in the Greenwood gym grabbed both ends of his or her two baton-length bamboo sticks and shuffled back and forth and diagonally. At times, it looked more like a soft-shoe dance audition than an ancient martial art. Kali is the art of stick fighting, and has long been taught and practiced by both men and women in the Philippines, as well as among neighboring tribes and warlords. Filipinos say their martial art is self-originated and distinct from other nations.



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