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About the System

Pami-Kol is a Filipino Martial Art of Self Defense

Pami-Kol style was founded in the island of Cebu (the Philippines) in 1980 by Kaplag (Cebuano word for founder) Galo M. Enriquez.

Involved in martial arts since early years, Founder had carried out a comparative study of multiple martial art styles. The goal was to find out just how effective those arts were when it comes to self-defense against a bigger, stronger attacker or multiple attackers.

The finding of the study was simple: the majority of traditional martial arts tend to teach defense techniques that act against their own offense techniques. As a result, they have limited use in real life situations where an attacker takes you by surprise and there is no referee that would stop the fight if unclean techniques are used. Out of this realization, Pami-Kol was born.

Pami-Kol is a short version of pami-ang pama-kol which in Cebuano dialect means to break, to cripple. Sound serious? It is serious.

This self defense martial art is based on Violent Eagle style but extends it with techniques designed to fight multiple martial arts styles as well as (or rather first of all) street-style brutal attacks. In that respect, Pami-Kol philosophy is close to that of modern fighting systems like Krav Maga or the Russian Systema. When it comes to defending your own life or the lives of your loved ones, there is no place for fair play and rules - every technique is good as long as it puts the attacker out of the picture.

Pami-Kol is a complete, mature martial art - it covers both armed and unarmed combat, unarmed against armed, standing and floor-level, grappling and kick/punch combinations.

Pami-Kol is based on common sense principles

  • Non-sport approach. Medals, trophies, successes in tournaments give students a false sense of security while in real life combat there are no referees, points, prep time, time limits, gongs and coaches advising strategy. Success in a tournament is like learning to swim with a floaty - will one swim as well without it? Probably not.
  • TSM - Time Saving Method. You can think of it as Occam's Razor rule applied to martial arts. If there is many offensive/defensive techniques that can lead to the same result, then the best one is the simplest one; the one that requires the least amount of time. Time is paramount - when facing multiple aggressors each second of delay gives them time to react ie. reach for the gun, knife, baseball bat.
  • Knowing the weapons. Filipino Martial Arts are armed combat systems and Pami-Kol is no exception here - we teach students how to disarm a knife, gun, baseball bat, or machete. For those wondering about the machete part-- is there a chance that you will find yourself (for whatever reason, business or leisure) in a country that has rainforest and/or grows sugar cane? If the answer is 'yes', then you need to learn machete disarming. Guns, knives and baseball bats have been the favorite weapons of thugs for quite a while - anyone serious about self-defense needs to learn appropriate response techniques.
  • Adaptation & Open Mind. There is always room for adopting new techniques as long as they prove their efficiency and have a better TSM score than an existing one.

Everyone can leverage from Pami-Kol training

Anyone willing to put some time and effort in the training can learn Pami-Kol. The only condition: no criminal record. "May the righteous dominate over the wicked!" and not the other way round.

  • Women might want to learn how to handle a purse thief, rapist or a physically abusive boyfriend (there is no nice way to put it, but we know it exists so let's be straightforward). Pami-Kol will provide a set of techniques for that.
  • Men are statistically more likely to face armed attack - Pami-Kol can certainly help them in acquiring necessary disarming skills.
  • Kids - we also provide age-appropriate training for the little ones (6+) and teenagers - visit Pami-Kol for Kids section.

Galo Enriquez

"Not all martial arts are created equal when it comes to weapon disarming. Most of them fail and cost lives. They just fooled you with those trophies and medals but when it comes to the real life situation, it's too late to realize that your training didn't work and you're already beaten up (if you're lucky)! Why not try the tested one?"
Galo M. Enriquez,
Founder of Pami-Kol Martial Art

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