A big thanks to all of you.

Martials arts to me and many others is not just an activity, it is a life style. I love how Mandala Bobby Ladra says, “PTK eight days a week!” We live and breath the art of Kali.

Our little Kali warriors

Over the past two years I have grown to love martial arts even more. The people I have met from all over the world has made it a wonderful experience. Many of them gave me insights in their private lifes. The lessons they shared with me is something I will take to heart. I hope it will make me a good father and a good husband.

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Thank you Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje and Agalon Herald Casana.

2016 is coming to a close. Time flew by, didn’t it?. In the spirit of Thanksgiving I want to thank my friends and mentors from the Philippine Warrior Ars Society,  the men and ladies from PTK Katipunan in the Philippines led by Tuhon Mick Alcaraz, Tuhon Philip Gelinas of GAMMA, Rutano Estokada Kali Red Deer and Edmonton, Kali Illustrisimo in Red Deer and Edmonton, Sikaran in Edmonton and Saskatoon and to all of our readers. I know I’m missing a few people and I hope you know who you are lol smiley face.

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I’m the good looking guy with a blade to my throat.

Just remember,  my little training group would not exist without your constant encouragement. My accomplishments pales in comparison to your support.

Courtesy of Rupert Quintana

We still have plenty of seminars before the year is over. I encourage all of you to go to them. Participate.  Have fun. Learn.

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I have started writing a book. Of course it will be about Filipino Martial Arts in Canada. Please stay tuned as this project grows and awaits publication.

Maraming salamat!

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Super Saskatoon!

I love how Filipino Martial arts brings people together. I wish I was closer to my Pitbull brothers and sisters of Pekiti Tirsia Kali Saskatchewan.

With heartfelt appreciation, I want to thank Agalon Jay Saludo and his father, Barako Batangueno Master Jun Saludo for their great examples. I love training with them and their company is first class. Their students are great people and I am very happy to call them my friends.

Here’s my small tribute to my friends and Kali family. I look forward to seeing all of you again. LOVE YOU!!!!!!

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My mentors. Just like my heritage, a Batangueno and an Ilongo!

Day of Valor 2016

Day of Valor or Araw ng Kagitingan is a day of celebration in the Philippines. It’s one of my favorite day of observance because it honors the brave Filipino and American soldiers who were imprisoned on April 9, 1942.

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It was a horrific day in human history. More than 75,000 soldiers suffered through what became known as the Bataan Death March. Many soldiers died from illness, injury or were just put to death. I have seen many documentaries about the Death March. One veteran recalls the day when allied soldiers would drop dead during the march. Some soldiers started eating mango leaves and grass just to get some nutrition.

It’s unfortunate that this brutal event is not as internationally recognized. I’m glad that the Philippine government has made April 9 an official day of observance.

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To honor these brave souls, the Philippine Warrior Arts Society got together and celebrated their sacrifice-Pinoy style! Live music and lots of food. Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje was our keynote speaker. Master Oliver and Agalon Herald did a great job organizing this event. It was held at the Palabok House restaurant in Edmonton. The event was filled with great people, many of whom are Filipino martial artist.

I raffled off my Kriss sword and dagger. Did I cry a little? Maybe. Don’t worry it’s in a good home now.

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Always good to see you, GT

One of the highlights of the night for me was when Grand Tuhon handed me my promotional plaque. I then became a Guro along with my friend,Guro Edgar Porquez. Grand Tuhon spoke about the history of the Philippines and how Filipinos survived against all odds when the country was invaded. He mentioned about how Kali was used by the Filipinos during the way. GT  encouraged everyone to make healthy choices and Kali on.

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Slow down dude.

 

This was great event. I would like to encourage you to learn more about the Bataan Death March. Youtube has some great documentaries about it. Watch the movie, “The Great Raid” directed by John Dahl, starring Benjamin Bratt and James Franco.

Till we meet again.

 

Round 2 with Grand Tuhon

It was a really snowy day when my family and I drove to Edmonton, AB. The wind was blowing, the sky was dark, and snow was falling nonstop. Good thing I swapped my Rav4’s summer tires to winter tires. If you live in a place like we do, you know why I switched. I lost track counting how many cars spun into the ditch. Good grief, people! Adjust your driving.

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Even though the drive to Edmonton took over 5 hours. I was glad to be home with family during Canadian Thanksgiving. I am also extra grateful that Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje is in town. I have  a lot of respect for GT. He has been travelling all summer and continues to travel to teach and mentor people all over the world. Where does he get all of his energy?

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GT Gaje and GM Lafantaisie. My Kali heroes. Living legends.

We appreciate all of those that drove to the second seminar. Training with GT was a nice Thanksgiving event. It was also nice to see familiar faces and some new ones. I would like to give a shout out to GM Gill Lafantaisie for coming up and supporting the seminar. GM Gill is one of my kali heroes. He has an excellent school-Black Dragon in Red Deer, AB. Also a big thank you to Ate/Sister Arlene with PTK-KDP for flying in from Maryland. It was her first time visiting Canada. I hope you had a great visit.

It would not be complete “ThanksKaligiving” without saying a HUGE thanks to Agalon Herald Casana. Herald organized and took care of everything to make this even happen. It’s not easy but he did a great job bringing this even together. Like my turkey, the seminar was well done! Plus he was GT’s fall guy. Thanks for taking all the hits, bro.

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GT is such a happy person. How does that lock feel, Mike?

This was a very technical seminar. Bisecting line, apexes, one touch one kill were among the many skills. Again, learning from GT is hard to put into writing. You really have to be there to experience it. You need to immerse yourself in the art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  GT as per usual, went around every student to make sure they were taken care of. He would make corrections to each respective participants. There was consistent smiles and laughter in class. It was good to see each student helping each other get better. That’s how we roll.

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Guro Edgar, GT and Agalon Arlene. 

I’m not going to write everything that happened during the seminar. It’s impossible in short blog. If one was to write a book about his experience it would be written in volumes. This is me encouraging you to go to GT’s seminar wherever he may be. He has been to Europe, Mexico, USA, Canada and more. I promise you, you will not regret the experience.

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GT and my three year old boy. “I wanna see GT, daddy!”

Thank you Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje for all that you do for us. Pekiti Tirsia Kali is strong in Canada. We will strive to train and better ourselves as martial artist and as individuals. We believe in life. We believe in health. We believe in Success. Until we see each other next year, may you be safe and God bless.

PS this was a lot of fun. KALIOKE!!!!

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Tribute to the Blade Master.

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Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje in red with Barako Batangueno Master Jun Saludo

Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje is quite a man. For those of you who are not familiar Grand Tuhon, he is the head of the Filipino martial art known as Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Grand Tuhon has influenced numerous individuals from all over the globe. Here in Alberta, we are very fortunate to have him visit us twice this year.

Because of Grand Tuhon, not only have I learned new skills I have also made new friends and a new level of appreciation to what I can do as a person. I consider my Kali friends and extension of my family. I enjoy training with them and those that are far from me I surely miss. This is a short tribute to the living legend Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje. Thank you for all that you do.

Enjoy the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qgX7UyNa5A