Claremont Filipino Martial Arts Students, this is the full (extended) saluatation I described in class. As mentioned last night, we will be using an abbreviated salute.
Inosanto-Lacoste Kali Salutation
With Heaven and Earth as my witness, I stand before the Creator and mankind of Earth.
I strive for knowledge and wisdom with the five senses and beyond the five senses.
I strive for the love of mankind and there will be no needless shedding of blood.
I bow not in submission, but in respect to you.
I extend the hand of friendship over the hand of war, and look to the Creator for divine guidance.
But if my friendship is rejected, I am trained to be a warrior.
I stand in symbolism, for I serve only the Creator, my family and my country.
With my mind and heart, I cherish the knowledge my instructors have given me.
For it is my life in combat.
I am prepared to go against you even if your skill is superior to mine.
And if my body falls to you in combat, you have only defeated my physical body.
For my fighting spirit will arise to the heavens, for it is unconquerable.