Bud Thompson's Kali Academy of Mixed Martial Arts

Come in for a different approach to mixed martial arts training. Let us introduce you to Jeet Kune Do; the art and philosophy of the late Bruce Lee.

Head instructor Sifu/Guro Bud Thompson met Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto in 1965 and has been practicing and passing on this legendary art ever since. He is an authentic second generation Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do instructor. Private Lessons • Law Enforcement Training • Hand To Hand Combat • Take Downs • Evasive Maneuvers • Counter Attacks • Submissions • Control Situations

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Sifu Bud always enjoying doing a Dumog demo


Tuesday Kali class is happening now!

KALI Academy Tour 02/21/2022

KALI Academy Tour

A look into the Kali Academy; meet our founder Sifu/G**o Bud Thompson

KALI Academy Tour Take a tour of the Kali Academy in Whittier, CA. Meet Sifu/G**o Bud Thompson, certified instructor of Dan Inosanto in Kali, and Jeet Kune Do.


Come join us for our annual Torrance academy reunion.


Come join us for the 11th annual Torrance Academy Reunion.


10th Annual Torrance Academy Reunion. Come down and join Sifu Bud and others for training and lunch!


Boxing Workshop January 7, 2017.


Ninth Annual Torrance Academy Annual Alumni JKD Reunion.


November 7th is the annual Torrance Academy Reunion! Come out and reminisce about the old school days. Get a good training session in and then eat some great food! Don't miss out!!!


Bruce Lee’s speed in terms of reacting + punching from a distance of three feet away was found to be around five hundredths of a second (0.05 second).


7th Annual Torrance Academy Reunion. This Saturday (11/8), come out and meet some of the "Old Schoolers of martial arts.


One might be inclined to call them 'Ninja Stars' due to the fact that Ninjas are prominantly known for the use of them. Their proper name though would be shuriken, which also happens to mean 'dart' in Japanese.


The most traditional or common martial arts forms practiced in modern mixed martial arts are Boxing, Kickboxing, Muy Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Greco Roman Wrestling, and Judo.


Did you know that, in the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, there were no weight classes or rounds? Fighters were literally in the octagon (eight-sided cage) until a winner was declared.


Modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to various mixed style contests that took place in Europe, Japan, and the Pacific Rim in the early 1900s.


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Mixed martial arts fighters gain victory through using a variety of striking and grappling techniques. They must train in a variety of styles in order to fight effectively whether at close quarters, long distance, standing up, or on the ground.


In 1993, Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter Royce Gracie won the first Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament when he defeated three opponents in about five minutes. Gracie's victory served to spark the emergence of professional mixed martial arts in the United States.


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14108 Lambert Road
Whittier, CA

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30am - 3pm
Tuesday 10:30am - 3pm
6pm - 8pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 3pm
Thursday 10:30am - 3pm
6pm - 8pm
Friday 10:30am - 3pm
Saturday 8:30am - 2pm

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