A native of the Philippines, birthplace of Kali, Sifu Alvin Sibal immigrated to the United States with his family at a young age. As he grew, so did his interest in the martial arts. Through his adolescence, Sifu Alvin cultivated a strong foundation in the arts of Tae Kwon Do and Aikido. Though these arts taught him a great deal, there was admittedly something missing.
As the years passed, Sifu Alvin felt a burgeoning desire to return to his martial education. “In 2007, I started my research to try to find a martial arts school in the area. My decision came down to four disciplines: Kempo Karate, Brazilian Jujitsu, Judo and Kali.”
As Sifu Alvin considered his myriad options, aside from wanting to find a school that would make him a more complete martial artist, his native culture beckoned—Kali Academy was a natural choice. “The great thing about the academy is that we also learn and incorporate techniques from other arts like Silat, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Ju Jitsu with the Jeet Kune Do (JKD) philosophy intertwined within the arts."
Sifu Alvin is a knife aficionado, and enjoys most classes that deal with knife drills, especially those that focus on disarming knife-wielding opponents. “Although I was given the title of Sifu last year, I know that there are still a life time of lessons to be learned, and I look forward to learning them.”
“I want to thank Sifu Martinez, Sifu/Guro Berkery, Sifu/Guro Romero and especially Sifu/Guro Bud Thompson for pushing me, teaching me and giving me the opportunity to work towards my goal of being an instructor for the Kali Academy."
"I feel, I can defend myself and my family if I am put in that situation."