David Bertrand

I started martial arts in 1994. Over the years, I trained in various systems and became an instructor. My aim has always been to be a complete martial artist. That’s the reason why I trained in different martial arts such as Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, Sanda, Muay Thai, Silat, Kali, Jiu Jitsu, MMA.

I trained in different countries with many instructors in various gyms. Two of my main influences are Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, one of the last martial arts masters. I also trained with professional fighters to sharpen my combat and sparring game. I was an amateur fighter and a Belgian champion in Sanda, the Chinese Kickboxing.

Now I’m coaching amateur fighters. I’m also training my students to become instructors. Learning, sharing my knowledge and helping people to grow are my main motivations to continue to train. That’s why I’m still teaching in my academy in Belgium and that’s why I’m traveling to give seminars.


Silat is a martial art from Indonesia and Malaysia. It is known for the richness of its techniques, the wide variety of movements and its effectiveness in Self-Defense. Kali, also called Escrima, is a martial art from the Philippines. It is known for its variety of weapon techniques: single stick, double sticks, staff, knife, blade….

Kali and Silat share some technical, cultural and historical roots. Many choreographers in Hollywood and in the movie industry also use Kali and Silat for fight scenes in movies such as Jason Bourne, 300, the Raid and John Wick. The class will focus on ground techniques, footwork, flow, kicking, moving with a partner, conditioning and stick drills.