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Kali – Essential, practical and fun weapons-based training!

Develop incredible skills for self-defense and success.


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Your Equalizer Against A Bigger, STRONGER OPPONENT.

Kali is an extremely effective and battle-tested weapons-based system. The weapon gives a student an edge in real fights and mentally prepares them to face armed opponents with courage and confidence. Using punches, strikes, knees, elbows, and lowline kicks, this art will increase your empty hand skills by supercharging attributes such as coordination, perception, and awareness.  Kali is also great for fitness-minded individuals as it helps to build and tone one’s muscles. Because the technique is physically demanding at times, it increases your energy level and you’ll quickly see improvements in strength, flexibility, and endurance.


Kali is about creating solutions and demanding outcomes. Students will build the habit and routine of training with maximum focus and effort… all while having fun.   Training heightens your awareness of your surroundings and teaches you to make use of your environment for tools of combat. There is no substitute for the confidence that comes from knowing you can handle whatever may happen. Kali teaches important values. Behind the weapon, kicks and punches, a true martial artist learns to sit with him/herself and see where their weaknesses are. As a Kali practitioner, you will learn what it is to be still, challenged and focused.


Kali is a dynamic and functional martial art developed for mass attack as well as single opponent confrontations. Due to the total-body nature of this physical workout, tons of calories are burned during every class. You’ll likely find that you’ll be drawn to a healthier lifestyle and diet with regular Kali training. As your natural eating signals become better regulated, food cravings will disappear, and you’ll eat less as a result. Not only is Kali a good way to relieve stress and frustration, but it may help to make you happier, too. The endorphins released by physical activity can be active in your body for as many as four hours after exercise.


Like anything new, training will be challenging and difficult at times and you may want to give up. Your fellow Kali friends and expert instructors will be right beside you every step of the way to encourage you to keep going. Let’s face it… even the most motivated students become unmotivated from time to time. But you can count on your Kali family to hold you accountable to your goals and inspire you to keep reaching for the stars. Training isn’t all work and no play because no one wants that. We keep things light-hearted, exciting and fun in every class. There are plenty of high fives and fist bumps flying around every time a student accomplishes something big or small.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: No worries. You don't need any martial arts experience to start Kali training. That's our job' to train you in moving and using various weapons. The system is designed to take people with no previous experience and bring them to a level of proficiency and confidence.
A: While the classes can be physically and mentally challenging at times, you do not need to get in shape first. Kali is designed for everyone, regardless of fitness level. In fact, taking classes is the best way to get into shape. Our class format is created to gently push students beyond their limits, but also allow them to progress and reach their goals at a pace they feel comfortable with.
A: There are no set rules for how often to practice. Some students come as often as 3 or 4x a week while others come only 1 or 2x. The benefits of Kali are innumerable, so we believe that you will find the right number that works best for your body, schedule, and life.

Check out what Google users are saying about Bethel’s Martial Arts Academy

Mahmoud Jallad
- 3 months ago
What an awesome place! 🤩 Our kids love it. Mr. bethel and Mr. Daniel are wonderful. Kids are having lots of fun and learning self-control and self-defense. They would never miss a class 👌😁 I like the chores challenge, it’s super funny. Our kids and us are so happy 😍

Carolyn Gaddis
- a month ago
I looked all over southern Illinois and Cape Girardeau and Bethels martial arts school was the only place I found that exemplifies both the mental and the physical aspects of martial arts. They also have flexible scheduling that allows you to change the night you attend according to your weekly schedule. I highly recommend this black belt school.

Angeline Dunn
- 3 months ago
Love this place! My son is getting his self confidence back and starting to be happy again!

Cassie Funk
- 7 months ago
Our children love it. The staff is amazing. They are very knowledgeable and take the extra time to work with the students .Their program teaches martial arts as well as life lessons.

Kim Hogan
- 8 months ago
I would highly recommend Bethel's Martial Arts. My son enjoys coming to his classes so much. Mr. Bethel and Mr. Daniel are both so kind. And are great instructors. I would also recommend the kickboxing classes, so much fun and a great workout.

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