Where passions collide.


Leverage Fitness and Defense was founded on so many passions.  A passion for Kali, a passion for fitness, a passion for art, and a passion for giving back to the community. Leverage is not a place where you just take class. It's a place where you make lasting relationships and learn life long skills. 



Guro Katie Aber, owner/head instructor of Leverage Fitness and Defense, is driven by her love of Kali, art, fitness and community.  In any class you take, you will have her sweating right next to you because she believes in teaching by example. Katie is a perpetual learner when it comes to expanding her Kali technique. She believes there will never be an end to the possibility in what one can learn.


Katie is also a skilled visual artist and designer who believes that Kali is an art form that represents strength and empowerment.  Most importantly, Katie believes in the power of building a community and the significance of giving back. Her students have become a family that respect each other through the learning and teaching of martial arts.  Every student at Leverage gets a good workout with an emphasis on functional fitness, learns and practices self defense techniques, and, most importantly, encourages and empowers each other to achieve more.

Katie has earned the rank of Guro under Tuhon Apolo Ladra and is an Instructor for iKALI and for Filipino Kali Academy. 

Katie is a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do

Tuhon Apolo Ladra


Photo Credit: Brandon Snider, Black Belt Magazine

Tuhon Apolo Ladra has trained in martial arts for over 40 years. Having reached the rank of 7th Degree in several Tae Kwon Do Associations and teaching thousands of students while managing 57 martial arts schools for a leading organization, he is most noted for his pioneering efforts of promoting the Filipino Martial Art of Kali.


Achieving the Rank of Master under the direct Heir of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr., Tuhon Apolo has been honored with the Black Belt Magazine's Hall of Fame as "Weapons Instructor of the Year" for his technical knowledge and spread of the Combat Arts...


Tuhon Apolo Ladra is the Founder of iKALI and the World Kali Association. The WKA was created to standardize curriculum and requirements for students, instructors and school owners while spreading the indigenous art of the Philippines, the ART OF BLADE, worldwide. The WKA serves to provide real-time resources for school owners and instructors as well as deliver distance learning courses for students who want personalized instruction form him.


Tuhon Apolo also founded the Filipino Kali Academy network and it's Interactive Virtual University Counterpart. The FKA now has locations around the globe as an official training location with certified instructors in the iKALI Curriculum.

His concept  of "Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn" has produced countless young leaders from adolescence to adults. Impressively his programs are designed to complement any martial arts style utilizing endless fun, challenging and exciting drills to invigorate and retain students and are being utilized by school owners in countries to include Brazil, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Australia, Canada, Caribbean and throughout the United States. Currently, over 30,000 kids have and/or are currently training under his iKALI4KIDS program.

To learn more about his online program click below