Who we are

Rich W. Howe founded TrainKali in 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. With the popularity of MMA and other types of competition-focused training, TrainKali was created to fill a void in the self-protection industry. There were individuals who needed a source to go for self-protection education and training.

TrainKali was founded for the sole purpose of giving individuals a way to fight back against crime in their communities by not being a victim. Our purpose is to provide you with the expert knowledge of protecting yourself with education and the various types of tools and techniques to be used.

Our company is named TrainKali (Train Kali) to promote the use of successful indigenous training and tactics from the Filipino fighting system of Kali that have been used for over 200 hundred years. Our goals are to present the effectiveness of impact, edge and improvised weapons training for self-protection for civilians and specialized programs for Law Enforcement and Peace Officers.


At TrainKali our mission is to prevent crime and save lives by providing people with the tools, knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves and their loved ones. When reality strikes with a potential crime against you and your family we want to instill confidence and to encourage every individual to be their own first responder in times of crisis.

What makes TrainKali approach different:

Core principles that separates us:

Education of avoidance and situational awareness is the first line of self Defense. It is your perception of your environment, the events taking place and what those events mean or could mean. This is not just looking around, it also involves actively changing things to make your surroundings safer Threat Identification Hone Reaction Time (OODA Loop) – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act The purpose of the training is not to beat up, incapacitate, or take out an attacker. The self-protection program is to survive and prosper, minimizing injury or damage.

Pekiti Tirsia Kali (Self – Protection Program)

In today’s age of feel good self-defense programs, TrainKali is committed to supporting your growth to a level of excellence. Here, we can be vulnerable, we learn from our mistakes, but you will be pushed to be your absolute best for yourself and protecting your loved ones.

The journey into Indigenous Pekiti Tirsia Kali is for True Warriors. Not the faint of heart. Knowledge of the Complete System-- edged and impact weapons, improvised, flexible weapons and empty-hands, in coordination with advanced footwork-- is the goal. We follow the traditional training methodology under the guidance of the Pekiti Tirsia Kali World Federation from the Tortal Family. Filipino culture, tradition, philosophy and history weaved into combat training.

Tri-Com (Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Program)

The TRICOM System is designed to assist Law Enforcement Operators meet the high risk demands of their profession. Developed by Jared Wihongi (15 years’ experience as SWAT Operator and Street Patrol Officer) to address the specific needs and conditions Operators face when dealing with subjects whose behavior span the use-of-force continuum. Currently implemented with security and law enforcement agencies worldwide (USA, Philippines, Europe and South America) training ranging from Edge Weapon Countermeasures, Safety Baton, Control Dynamics and Duty Knife as a Back-Up Weapon.

Seminar, Demo’s & Workshops

TrainKali provides workshops, demo's and seminars in your school, organization or company. - Demo & Workshop: 1/2 day (3 hours) - Seminar: weekend (2-3 days) or week (5-7 days)

Private Classes

Individuals can receive private training in various areas ranging from edge, Impact and improvised weapons training. One-on-One training completes a package of contemporary effective training applications in responses to attacks and preparedness in unexpected situations. Proven tactics for modern day self-protection.

Get in touch

+1 561-342-1327
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