Course Information

American Kali is the premier hybrid combatives system for the modern citizen warrior. Covering the combat spectrum from empty hands to firearms, standing to grounded, American Kali seeks to develop the fighting efficacy and unconquerable mindset necessary to survive deadly encounters. With roots in the same process that produced the legendary OSS fighting operatives and Marine Raiders of WWII, American Kali places a heavy emphasis on physical aggression, mental resiliency, and emotional stability.





This is a physically demanding curriculum of study. Any students with physical limitations should make the instructor aware of them when registering for the course, to ensure student specific needs can be met.

What this course covers

  • Mindset to win the fight
  • Unarmed and armed combative techniques
  • Striking, throwing, grappling, limb and joint destruction, chokes, holds
  • A strong focus on the reality of contact distance weapons – knife, baton, long blades (machetes), fist loads (“tactical” pen / flashlights, etc…
  • Recognizing and utilizing weapons of opportunity
  • Terms and definitions
  • Coherence of movement, economy of motion, and violence of action
  • Course Completion, Summary

Required Gear:

Note-taking material
Gym appropriate clothing

Our Instructors

A US Army 1st Infantry Division medic, JD served in Operation New Dawn in Iraq (2010-2011) a Medic. After his active duty service, he contracted as a civilian worldwide and continued to provide operational medical support across the Middle East and Africa. In addition, he served with Arizona’s own 1/158th National Guard unit. He taught over 200 Combat Life Saver (CLS) Courses during his time in service and has firsthand experience in combat trauma.


-NREMT and Combat Medic Trained
-Warrior Leader Course (WLC) 2013
-United States Army NCO

A US Army 82nd Airborne Reconnaissance Infantryman, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (2008-2009), I also spend as much time as possible outside hunting and fishing. Having countless hours training with multiple weapon platforms from crew served weapons to pistols, and having trained military, law enforcement, and civilians. I organized Diamondback Training Center’s teaching methodology following Murphy’s law, and taking equal portions of military, law enforcement, and civilian training environments to give our students the best experience possible.


-NRA Certifications: Refuse to be A Victim Instructor, Range Safety Officer, Pistol Instructor, Rifle Instructor, Inside and Outside the Home Personal Protection Instructor
-Arizona Department of Public Safety, Unarmed and Armed Security Guard Instructor
-Arizona Game and Fish Hunter Education Volunteer Instructor
-Sabre Red OC Spray Instructor
-ASP Baton, Handcuffing, and Flashlight Tactics Instructor
-CPR Certified

Upcoming Scheduled Courses

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