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.
Coach, Joe Pessano
At a young age, Joseph was captivated and excited about martial movements and the mindset that accompanies them. With no formal in-school training, just highly dedicated friends who were willing to teach, Joseph soaked up whatever was given. This gave Joseph the opportunity to explore many different styles like; Aikido, Thai boxing and Jiu-Jitsu. In the late 90’s, Joseph began his serious formal training under the tutelage of Grandmaster Chan Kam Shing. Due to location changes, Joseph was wandering without a teacher.
Years later he found the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System and after falling in love with this practical art, he spent the last 6 years training with Guro Ferd. Joe serves as co-Instructor and helps teach and run group classes.
Guro, Ferdinand Terado (Founder)
Ferdinand Terado, aka Ferd is the founder of PTK-SMF Peninsula and is a certified Guro in the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System under Tuhon Tim Waid.
Ferd has taught the PTK-SMF edge-impact weapons and basic counter-offensive tactics (PTK-CQC) to members of Law Enforcement and Military; he validates his training in the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System by participating in blade-fighting events. He's been nicknamed "The Ambassador" by his peers for his ongoing efforts to interface and collaborate with other Filipino martial arts schools and organizations.
Ferd began his martial arts education at 17 years old in Okinawan Goju-ryu karate. Afterwards, he dabbled in other martial art systems such as Hung Gar Gung-Fu, Muay Thai and Capoeira. His first exposure to Filipino martial arts was in the art of Kali-Ilustrisimo and a hybrid style called The Defensor Method, which is comprised of Serrada Escrima, Silat and of course Pekiti-Tirsia among others. After moving to the San Francisco Bay, he trained briefly in Jeet Kune Do and Inosanto/Lacoste Kali before finally choosing to train exclusively in Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.
Guro Ferd currently resides in San Diego, California and teaches with his group, Pekiti-Tersia Kali Kidlat.