"My experience with Cognitive Kali (CK) preceded extensive training in traditional martial arts. As a researcher studying “brain training” involving cognitive-motor skills, I found the progressive nature of CK highly cognitively challenging. More importantly, the founder/Paul’s teaching philosophy and the inherent learning principles are consistent with the most effective, evidence-based pedagogical strategies available in physical education and cognitive training paradigms. Altogether, and after immersing myself in 5 years of traditional study in a mix of martial arts, including Kali, I can safely say that CK is my favorite flavor of martial arts practice. It gets my heart and mind engaged like no other. Amazingly, Paul’s drills are movement-based versions of stationary cognitive tasks that have been used to assess thinking and information processing for decades. Cognitive Kali is my favorite way to train stand-up but the principles have informed my ground game, as well as my personal fitness routine and classroom teaching. Everyone should experience the brain scramble evoked by CK. From peace-keepers to fighting machines, I believe everyone can benefit from active engagement in the CK method of cognitive-motor enhancement."
Dr. Sean Mullen - Director of the Exercise, Technology & Cognition (ETC) Laboratory (University of Illinois)