Battlefield Kali

Burton Richardson’s


Burton Richardson’s Battlefield Kali Programs are based on PERFORMANCE.  Just as the ancient warriors who put their lives on the line on the battlefields, we are primarily interested in the developing the skill necessary to prevail as the victor in a combat situation.  Battlefield Kali is beautiful because it works at full speed and full power against an opponent who is trying his or her best to beat you. Battlefield Kali is comprised of the “brilliant basics” that will give you true confidence in your self defense skills. This program was developed through countless hours of sparring over several decades, so each and every technique, tactic, and training method has been thoroughly tested under full-resistance conditions. While derived predominantly from the Filipino martial arts of Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis, elements of Jeet Kune Do, Zulu Stick fighting, Wrestling, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Silat, and other arts are present because these additions have proven useful in fighting.


In the Battlefield Kali family, our mission is to help people develop as human beings through the practice of functional, sparring-based weaponry training. Over time, the individual will learn how to overcome the obstacles put up by a skilled, aggressive, fully resisting opponent. By experiencing the developmental process that takes a person from rank beginner to functional fighting expert, the Battlefield Kali exponent can take that understanding and apply it to overcoming obstacles in any field of endeavor. Success in stick, knife and sword fighting witll translate to success in the battlefield of life.

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John Intervalo and Burton Richardson

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Burton Richardson has studied extensively with many of the finest instructors in the world. Years of intense training has led to full instructor’s credentials in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Filipino Kali under Guro Dan Inosanto (Protégé of Bruce Lee). He is also a Full Instructor under Sifu Larry Hartsell. Burton’s Thai Boxing instructorship was awarded by Master Chai Sirisute, while the title of “Guru” was achieved in Indonesian Pentjak Silat under the guidance of Pendekar Paul de Thouars. Burton Richardson earned his instructorship in Kali Ilustrisimo after rigorous training in Manila under Grandmaster Antonio Ilustrisimo, Master Tony Diego, and Master Christopher Ricketts. Burton Richardson was awarded his Black Belt in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by World Champion Egan Inoue. Burton has trained extensively with many other top BJJ exponents, including the Machado Brothers, Carlson Gracie, Baret Yoshida, Charuto Verissimo, and Marcelo Garcia. Burton Richardson has even journeyed to South Africa several times to train with Zulu warriors in their method of stick fighting. It’s a long road, but one certainly worth the traveling. This broad spectrum of experience gives Burton a unique perspective on the arts. Burton Richardson wrote for Inside Kung Fu magazine for eleven years, and now writes  for Budo Magazine, an international publication translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Croatian as well as other national publications such as Ultimate MMA. His second book was also published by Budo Magazine, while his third and latest book (Choke Em Out) by Paladin Press was released in July 2007. Another book is currently in the works. Burton Richardson enjoys sharing his good fortune through seminars worldwide. He is known for teaching a dynamic seminar in a relaxed atmosphere, with ample time taken to highlight the fine points of the arts. If you have not had a chance to train with him, you can get a preview of his teachings through the many instructional videos he has made. Burton Richardson’s wish is to be able to share as much as possible so that martial artists all over the world can improve themselves and then share their knowledge with others.


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