Texas Kali Association

About the Texas Kali Association (TKA)

History
The Texas Kali Association, originally known as the Arnis Texas Association, was founded by Mataas Na Guro Erwin Ballarta in 1993.  Guro Erwin started the group as a way to share his Filipino culture and impact the lives of others in a positive way.  Guro Erwin always said, "I don't want followers, I want to develop leaders."  Today, the Texas Kali Association is stronger than ever thanks to the passion of its members.  For more about the Texas Kali Association history click here.

Vision Statement
Integrity, Leadership and Mastery

The Texas Kali Association Vision Statement holds multiple layers of meaning: 

Integrity - The Texas Kali Association members value integrity in character, integrity in how we represent ourselves as well as integrity in how we preserve the art of Kali. 

Leadership - We are here because we love the art and hope to represent it in a positive light as well as glorify it through serving the community.  In doing so, we hope to positively impact the lives of others and lead through service and sharing.

Mastery - "Back to Basics" or the focus on "Mastery" has been a theme of our training philosophy from day one.  Mastery implies working towards perfection and is not only a quest to improve skill in Kali, but to master oneself and thereby become a better person.

Board of Officers

Founder...............................................................Erwin Ballarta
President.............................................................Leslie L. Buck Jr.
Vice President.....................................................Rudy Salazar
Camp Director.....................................................Rene Rodriguez
Director of Public Relations................................Arvee Garde
Associate Director San Antonio..........................Mike Connolly
Associate Director Waco....................................Andrew Hermes
Associate Director LA.........................................Nick Papadakis

Constitution
The Texas Kali Association Constitution and By Laws was originally drafted in 1995, then updated in 2004.  The TKA Constitution is a living document which establishes the objectives and structure of the Texas Kali Association.  Click here to view the document.

Membership
The newly organized Texas Kali Association Membership Program is to be launched in 2005.  Click here for more information about what membership means and about becoming a member of the Texas Kali Association.

Website
This website was launched to provide a communications tool for the Texas Kali Association and to satisfy, in part, the first TKA objective: "to introduce Kali to the public through lectures, seminars, classes, tournaments, exhibitions and the like;". The site represents the collaborative efforts of TKA members Rich, Leslie, Arvee and Rene.  The content in the various pages, guest book and forum is monitored by the TKA Board of Officers to assure that we adhere to a code of conduct consistent with our values and our Constitution and By-Laws.