How to train and test for your certification.

Certificate with your name
Certificate with your name

Filipino Kali, & S.E. Asian martial arts are very rare arts, so many people who wish to learn it cannot find schools in their cities that are able to teach the techniques. Others may want to learn but cannot commit to regimented time periods each week.  There are 6 certifications offered at this time, DFA Filipino Kali, Single Stick, Double Stick, Panantukan, Karambit and Knife (straight blade)

Personal instruction is the best way to train, but our methods and instructional videos allow students not living near one of our schools to progress from beginner to Instructor (black sash) at their own pace. Sifu/Guro David clearly and concisely explains the proper warm-ups, techniques, forms, and theory.

Each Course level of mastery is demonstrated in easy to digest lessons by Guro David and his students. We recommend that you take this course with a friend if possible (but not necessary). It helps to have a workout buddy to practice techniques on, spar with, and share ideas. It’s also more economical because you can share the cost of the video courses.


 DFA Kali students will only be tested at Basic Instructor level and above, but they should stay in touch by sending periodic videos, (To make sure that they are making sufficient progress). You decide when you are ready for Instructor level testing.

However, you need to spend at least three months in between levels before moving on to the next level. These techniques, theories and ideas need to become ingrained in you and become part of your ‘muscle memory’. It is not enough to simply memorize the drills and techniques.

The Black Belt test SHOULD be done in person (USA students only), either by coming here or bringing Guro David to you. You can host a seminar (this will hold down costs for you) if you like.

But we also realize that this is not always possible so Video Testing is available.

For the Certification tests the students must record themselves performing the requirements for each level, (you can contact us for the requirements) and put the videos on You Tube or Gmail (google drive) for Guro David to review, he will then grade the students’ performance, assess their skills, and provide feedback. Students that successfully complete those levels of training receive a certificate, which states their current ranked status.  The cost for this is only $30 for Black Belt certification where you will be awarded a Certificate (with your photo), and your name and photo will be added to the Instructors page on our website.

In order to Test for Second level Black Belt you must wait two years after being promoted to Basic (1st deg BB) Instructor.

Individual Certifications for Knife & Karambit can be found here!

Sifu/Guro David is available by email and/or Facebook Group or messenger to answer any questions or to further explain techniques.

$30.00 USA

DFA Kali Instructor requirements

There are 6 levels in the Instructor Program (You MUST wait at least 2 years in between Black Belt testing)
Example: Basic Instructor to Core Instructor is 2 years of additional training.

Affiliate Instructor – An accomplished student of who has displayed the skills, understanding, and character to earn a recommendation as a source of training in DFA Kali.  Affiliate Instructors are typically experienced certified instructors of other martial arts systems, have gone through the DFA Kali Online Course (Levels 1-6) and have received the Online Certification, but have not been tested by video or in person by a certified instructor of DFA Kali.  At their discretion, they may include as much or as little of the DFA Kali curriculum as they wish in their teaching; however, they are considered a source of accurate and reliable information for the DFA Kali system.
No Test Needed

Basic Instructor – A practitioner who has successfully video tested for proficiency in DFA Kali Levels 1-6 (the equivalent of a 1st deg black belt) and has displayed the knowledge, understanding, and ability to teach the system accurately and faithfully.  These instructors, though not restricted in their teaching, are capable of presenting their DFA Kali in its original form without signification deviation.
Video Test Required 

Core Instructor – A practitioner who has successfully tested for proficiency in DFA Kali up to Level 9 (the equivalent of a 2nd deg black belt) A Core Instructor may promote students up to their own level.
Video or Live – in Person Test Required

Full Instructor – A practitioner who has successfully tested for proficiency in DFA Kali up to Level 9  AND Empty Hand vs Knife and Karambit.  He should have also completed the DFA Instructor Training Program and has thoroughly mastered both the physical skills and teaching methodology of the system.  A Full Instructor may promote students up to their own level (the equivalent of a 3rd level black belt)
Live – in Person Test Required (Permission is needed from Master Instructor)

Advanced Instructor – You must have passed everything up to Full Instructor level and completed the Knife vs Knife and Single Stick courses.  (4th deg black belt)
Live – in Person Test Required (Permission is needed from Master Instructor)

Master Instructor – A practitioner who has received Advanced Instructor rankings in all of the DFA Kali subsystems (hand to hand, joint locking, dumog, single stick, double stick, knife, karambit, staff & gun).  A Master Instructor is capable of teaching the complete DFA Kali curriculum and may promote students to the level of Advanced Instructor.
Master Instructor is 5th degree 
Live – in Person Test Required

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Romell Pate Bey
5 months ago

Do you test for the Kuntao Course as well or its it considered a Basic Instructor Certificate?

1 year ago

Hello i want to know more about testing and levels and price please

3 years ago

Hello. is this $50 per online certification for each level? Or do we upload the videos for free to be reviewed and then the $50 is just for the blackbelt?

Jeramiah Giehl
Jeramiah Giehl
5 years ago

I ordered the Level 1 material and have been training it for a while.

I would like to test Level 1.

Can your send me the level 1 testing curriculum? And what you want so I can test.

Thank you.

6 years ago

Hi, I was wondering the Phase 2 test requirements and how to pay for the test and what media to use in order demo.

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