Welcome to THE BALISONG JOURNAL
An online journal of Southeast Asian Martial Arts, Culture and Spirituality from Guro Jeff Davidson and Detroit Kali-Silat. We will focus on Filipino Kali, Batangas Knife, and Silat Melayu (especially Silat Kuntau Tekpi) - along with Yoruba (West African) fighting and healing arts- and other interesting diversions along the way.
The full discovery of Leku led me to the mysterious world of herbs and magic, secrecy and healing. She was a supernatural being, but not the kind described in the literature. Indeed, no literature then or now has been able to record, capture or analyze the women in Leku’s category. And half of what I later found out I cannot reveal. Each time I feel like revealing the full essence I am tormented by an over-powering feeling of awe and danger. Most of my misfortunes, all my negative feelings, and my anticipation of troubles I attribute to a part of me that desires to reveal what I know about her. Perhaps I will, but not today...not even tomorrow. Nobody tells all he knows.
- Toyin Falola A Mouth Sweeter Than Salt: An African Memoir