"I have been learning the Kruzada system under Guro Errol Ballesteros for just about six months. The system lends itself to so many practical uses with it's combinations of stick work, empty hand, grappling and locks. Not a Better martial arts system out there with so many practical applications for self-defense.
Classes are challenging with a good mix of drills, techniques and sparring. Having come into this class with no formal training in martial arts, I was concerned about getting up to speed but these classes and this system lends itself to quick learning and focused improvement. I'd recommend this class to both newcomers to martial arts as well as seasoned veterans looking for a challenge."
- David Bennet
"I have been extremely fortunate to be studying with Datu Rich Acosta on a number of counts. He demonstrates a dedication to both the art itself and his students, as evidenced by his enthusiasm and patience in sharing his knowledge. Old school martial artists set a standard for honorable and dignified behavior, and Datu follows this model. I look forward to continuing to train with him and the Kuntaw Kali Kruzada family."
- David N. Lipton, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist
"Not only do Maestro Rico and Datu Rich Acosta teach us tradition. They also train us for real life situations. Mass attacks, one on one, bar fights, etc.
Datu’s class caters to a wide variety of students. There are students with extensive martial arts back grounds and some students with out any experience in the martial arts. I’ve trained in many different martial arts, including wrestling, and I have been in many street altercations, but Maestro Rico and Datu Rich always surprise me with how and what they teach!"
- Guro Errol Ballesteros
"I have been training with Kuntaw Kali Kruzada for over 5 years. Originally my intention of studying Kali was a cultural exploration and a means to get closer to my Filipino roots, but as I continued my training I quickly realized how practical this martial arts system is as self defense with its no nonsense approach to dealing with physical threats. On top of the knowledge of self defense, I learned (improved) my footwork, coordination and problem solving by learning tactics in dealing with multiple threats. For those reasons I also feel that this system is great for those who are looking to cross train in different arts. All the instructors are patient, and generous with their knowledge. What's more, there is a real sense of community within the school where many of the senior students truly look out for the juniors, assisting them when need be."
- Boo J.
I've trained at a number of other martial arts schools and I can honestly say that the friendships I've made and the quality of instruction that I've received at Kuntaw Kali Kruzada are second to none.