Chief Instructor, Gary Pilapil
Gary is currently the Chief Instructor of PTK-SMF Peninsula and is an active member of Tuhon Tim Waid's Certified Professional Instructors (CPI) Program. He was introduced to the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System and started training with Guro Ferd Terado in 2011.
Gary started his formal training in Martial Arts in 1980 at the age of 10 in American Kickboxing. Over the years he has trained in Thai, Japanese and Chinese systems and has earned several instructor level ranks and certifications. In 2010 Gary and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and has since focused on Filipino Martial Arts; specifically close-quarter blade fighting. His prior exposure to Filipino martial arts was from family and friends, who studied various Kali, Arnis and Escrima systems, and would informally teach him techniques.