Kali Academy of MArtial Arts

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About Us

Kali Academy of Martial Arts (KAMA) is a gym located in the heart of downtown Red Deer, Alberta. We have been sowing the seeds of FMA and Martial Arts in Western Canada for over 20 years! We are renown throughout our community and social circles for providing first rate instruction and forming lasting bonds among our students. 

Our programs provide individuals with the tools necessary to walk into the world with confidence and ability by matching clients with a training regimen to fit their goals in a clean, comfortable, and professional setting.  In this it is our hope that each client that comes to us will eventually become empowered to spread the knowledge and concepts  imparted to them outside the walls of our facility.

Whether you are looking to jump into our regular class schedule, take a few private lessons, attend a seminar, or get clarification on any of the topics presented here (or anywhere else) please feel at liberty to contact us by text, phone or email and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible. 


Our Location

203- 4929 50th Street (Ross Street)
Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1X9

Call/ Text: 403-598-2606                                        



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If you have any Questions, concerns, or comments about our classes, seminars or schedules please feel free to contact us directly and we will get back to you ASAP.

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“Though violence is not lawful, when it is offered in self-defense or for the defense of the defenseless, it is an act of bravery far better than cowardly submission. The latter befits neither man nor woman. Under violence, there are many stages and varieties of bravery. Every man must judge this for himself. No other person can or has the right.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Grand Maestro Norman Z. Suanico 

This iconic photo, well known to Kali Ilustrisimo practitioners, features Great Grand Maestro Antonio Ilustrisimo with young protege (current) Grand Maestro Norman Suanico

This iconic photo, well known to Kali Ilustrisimo practitioners, features Great Grand Maestro Antonio Ilustrisimo with young protege (current) Grand Maestro Norman Suanico



 Master Norman Z. Suanico was personally appointed by the late Great Grandmaster Antonio A. Ilustrisimo as the representative of Kali Ilustrisimo in Canada.

     He was the late Great Grandmaster Ilustrisimo’s personal assistant who trained and lived with him for several years. However, his training is not limited to the Ilustrisimo System. When he was in his hometown Iloilo City, he has trained in bolo, knife and bayonet fighting under Manuel T. Suanico. Zosimo Flores shared him the style Pangamot (empty hand combat) and Kali weapons. Largo Mano Style under Raul Villaluna who was the grandson of Pedro “Walis” (left handed) Villaluna. Cruzada Style ( De Salon) of Master Antonino Agi of Silay Negros Occidental from Mario Taleon, who was a Kali instructor in the Philippine Scout of Bolo Brigade. Trancada Aldabon Style and Agi Style he learned from Agustin Hinojales. Ilisio “ Seong” Haliky ( Pastolero) added Master Norman’s training in the Trancada Aldabon Style and the Larga Mano Style . Fabian de la Paz Mananon tutored Master Norman in the Pluma Style of Leyte. Jesus Bayas who was a Bolo Battalion Philippine Scout Kali Instructor during World War II was another important guide and teacher for Master Norman. Master Norman also trained in the deadly Balintawak Style of Cebu under Ceazar Turoy. As well as his vast knowledge of the FMA, he has trained also in Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Yawara, Hapkido, Seven Star Praying Mantis, Five Animal Kung fu, Tai chi chuan and Iaido in Japan. Master Suanico has tested his art as a bouncer and entertainer in many rough bars and Nightclubs. He is a veteran of many conflicts.

It was Gerry “Nonoy” Gallano who first introduced  Grand Master Suanico to the Ilustrisimo style, before he went to migrate to Toronto, Canada in 1983. In 1986, Master Suanico went to Manila with his band to play in night clubs and discos ( Master Suanico is also a world class singer and pianist ).During this time he took the opportunity to stay and study with “Tatang” ( Great Grandmaster Antonio A. Ilustisimo ). He told him that the husband of his aunt Rizalina is Col. Gabriel Ilustrisimo. “Tatang” answered that Gabriel is his cousin. “Tatang” offered him to stay in his house and he accepted it. 

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Dax began his training under Grand Maestro Norman Suanico and Maestro Arsenio S. Padilla when he was 16 years old and within him the Maestros found a willing and able student. Through regular daily training and dedication to spreading the gift given to him by his instructors Dax grew to compete in both the Philippies and Thailand in a myriad of Kali, Arnis and Escrima systems as well as Muay Thai under his Kru(s) Andy Thompson and Kamon Den Khaengraeng at Lanna (Kiat Busaba) Gym. He has since grown to inherit the school and is currently responsible for its management and upkeep.

In addition to his experience in traditional, and competitive martial arts, Dax spent nearly a decade specialising in nightclub, event, and personal security. Working in this industry gave him a kind of perspective that is unique, as only witnessing and protecting people at their worst can impart.   

This perspective gave him a vision to develop a self defence curriculum tailored for civilians that is not heavily influenced by sport, tradition or the often touted military type self defence systems. Hive Combatives is his brainchild and was built and rebuilt over 5 years before finally being developed to the point he was confident in its content to teach openly to the public outside of closed seminars for peer review.