Chief Instructor / Training Director

Kali Combatives, De Campo 123 Original, & Bernas Estocadas Instructor

Guro Robert Parkes (BEd Hons Sydney, PhD Newcastle) is the Founder and Director of Kali Newcastle. He is an accredited martial arts instructor (KWA Accreditation No. A00606), published author, editor, and an  Associate Professor of history education at the University of Newcastle. He has been involved in martial arts since 1980, and has his first exposure to FMA was in 1982 through seminars with Guro Dan Inosanto, which forms the basis of our eclectic Kali Combatives curriculum. He has teaching credentials in Chinese, Japanese and Filipino martial arts, including Wing Chun & Non-Classical Kung-Fu (Instructor), Modern Arnis Trainer (Tagapagsanay), and Bujinkan Kobudo & Taijutsu (5th Dan Shidoshi). He is a fully qualified Level 1 Instructor (Magtutudlo) in De Campo 1-2-3 Original certified by Maestro Paolo Pagaling and Master Jomalin Caballero; and a Level 1 Instructor (Manunudlo) in Bernas Estocadas certified by Grandmaster William Bernas; and has been studying Capoeira with Capoeira Aruanda since 2015 (where he earned the nickname "Espada").



Kali Combatives & De Campo 123 Original Instructor

Guro Rebekah 'Serenata' Parkes (BMus Hons, Newcastle) teaches Capoeira as a Graduada under Mestre Borracha. She has studied Capoeira in Brazil and Eskrima in the Philippines. She is Australia's first female De Campo 1-2-3 Original Level 1 Instructor (Magtutudlo), certified by Maestro Paolo Pagaling and Master Jomalin Caballero; and is a qualified Instructor of Kali Combatives, and is currently studying Bernas Estokadas. She was a founding member of the art music group Tone Camerata; and is lead singer of the world music trio, Big Jarda. She also plays with a Batucada trio, performs as a member of Soulfire Circus, and teaches circus skills to children. She is a Gymanstics for All (GFA) Coach with Gymnastics 21, and is currently studying teaching at the University of Newcastle.



Kali Combatives Instructor

Guro Chris Baird (BTeach/BArts, Newcastle) has studied a wide range of martial arts. Chris is a qualified High School teacher (his day job), and has worked as a circus performer as a member of The Brothers Bengali; a gymnastics and parkour coach at Springloaded; and teaches Capoeira as a Graduado under Mestre Borracha. He is also a certified instructor of our Kali Combatives system (and is currently studying both De Campo 1-2-3 Original and Bernas Estocadas); and runs the occasional combative Chinese Rope Dart workshop, a weapon in which he has serious proficiency.