Kali Newcastle Club License Holder
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 in the early 1980s through seminars with Guro Dan Inosanto. 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; is currently studying Bernas Estokadas, and has been studying Capoeira with Capoeira Aruanda since 2015 (where he earned the nickname "Espada"); and is designer of our Kali Combatives curriculum.
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.
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.