The Vital Templates of Sayoc Kali

Today’s Throwback Thursday article is “The Vital Templates of Sayoc Kali.”  While there are many individuals and/or systems that utilize the term “template”, few outside our system truly understand the purpose and concept of Vital Template mapping, target identification and physiological responses.  Here is an introduction to Vital Templates as a component of the Sayoc Kali methodology.

The Vital Templates Of Sayoc Kali

By Tom Kier and Jeff Chung

Copyright © 2000 Sayoc Global, LLC.

There are 36 basic vital templates. Learning the patterns of movements within the templates teaches many practical skills. These skills include: lethal intention, entries and associated footwork, and also the tactical positioning of blade targets. Once the vital template is mapped out, the mechanics of the entries become evident. Specific physical dimensions of bladed weaponry may also be established. There is a progression of flow patterns, and the development of penetration drills are implemented as well. The drills are applied within a realistic time frame; the results are the creation of a conditioned reflex response, by the receiver of the drill. This conditioned reflex response develops from the application of strikes and thrusts by the feeder, to the receiver of the drill. A skirmish time is initiated, whereby, for every one move, there could be only one “answer” or response to that given movement. There is a pattern of “one move for one move,” by each partner within the drill.

Learning a given template teaches many practical skills in the application of an edged weapon. In order to understand how to maximize an opponent’s injury, along, with the targeting sequence, is a presentation of medical management and knowledge of how to make full use of grips and body mechanics to increase effectiveness of the strikes. Sayoc Kali is taught in a predictable, and scientific fashion using generations of experience, and real scientific knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to develop skills of the highest caliber.

The feeder of a vital template is seeking to obtain specific given responses, or counters to a given knife strike. The responses are either a reflexive response, or a conditioned response. The reflexive response may be thought of as the response and reaction an untrained knife fighter would use… this reaction is typically a defensive reflex. In addition to the reflexive reactions to a given knife strike, there are reflexive responses of the receiver’s body, upon receipt of a given vital template attack. We will delve into that more, later in this article. Finally, the feeder will also seek out the conditioned response of the receiver. This conditioned response is a learned response, taught specifically to defend optimally against a given attack.

Read the rest of the article HERE!

Sayoc Global, LLC members have access to articles like these in addition to notes, videos and discussions to facilitate learning in The Art of the Blade.  In addition, only registered Sayoc Global members may attend Sama Sama, our yearly gathering of practitioners and instructors from around the world!  Sama Sama is held every summer during July 4th weekend.


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