Benefits of Brain Training

While 'Kali' is an ancient martial art, 'Cognitive Kali' is a movement based cognitive training methodology to help you thrive in many ways;

  • Evidence-based principles suggests using complex movement combined with cognitive challenges enhances brain health.

  • Learning new movements and methods through a neuroscientific framework will encourage neuroplasticity and neurogenesis.

  • Become part of a global movement and feel a sense of belonging once you start your 'Kali' journey.


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Dr. Sean Mullen

Associate Professor of Kinesiology & Exercise Neuroscientist

"As a researcher studying “brain training” involving cognitive-motor skills, I found the progressive nature of The Cognitive Kali Program highly cognitively challenging"

Dr. Sarah McEwan

Director, Research and Programming - Pacific Brain Health Center

"So excited we are able to re-connect and collaborate again! We are on track to help a lot of people who desperately need your novel cognitive-motor skill training"

Dr. Robert Bilder

Director, Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity & Professor in Residence - UCLA

"We have determined that, Yoga, Martial Arts & Meditation, have huge impacts on our brain function, our brain structure and in our capacity to engage in productive thought"

Adam Wright

US Olympian & UCLA Head Water Polo Coach

"Once we began our training with Paul you could see the confidence in our players grow. The hand combat and also entry points to gain leverage were invaluable to our program. Paul’s approach with our guys was really incredible to watch as he always had their full attention and his ability to teach not only through his examples but also his clear explanations allowed us to maximize our short amount of time with him."


Diagnosed with Parkinson’s 14 years ago, I learned how important exercise is for the body and mind. Training with you has given me hope. I appreciate you being a true professional, and your vast experience and attention to my safety is quite remarkable. Despite the difficulty of virtual training, every session you bring something new and fun. Since we began training, I feel more energetic, my mental outlook has improved, my energy level has increased remarkably and has sustained from session to session. Thank you so much. See you next session!


Founder & Head Instructor

Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy, has been studying movement for over 25 years, from coaching a variety of sports and running children's sports camps in the UK to studying Kinesiology at Indiana University and providing customized movement consulting for various clients in the US. His qualifications include two Masters degrees, a Brain Health Trainer certification and he is currently a Level 2 Functional Movement Systems coach. He currently works full time as the Director of the UCLA Martial Arts Program, is an Associate Instructor and black belt in Kali with the Inosanto International Martial Arts Instructors Association and has been studying several martial arts for over 25 years.