Guros of the Filipino Martial Arts

Guros of the Filipino Martial Arts: A Special Kali-Arnis-Escrima Workshop

This workshop will showcase the top representatives of three different systems and geographical origins now in Vancouver:

  • Ikatan Kali from Vancouver, Canada with Guro Louie Lindo
  • Bahala Na (Giron) Escrima from Stockton, California with Guro Brent Matsuda
  • Kalis Ilustrisimo from Manila, Philippines with Guros Tom Dy Tang and Kenneth Co

Collectively they have over 100 years of experience in Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) and will come together to offer a rare training opportunity in a special four hour workshop. Few cities in the world can offer a diversity of FMA systems in an atmosphere of camaraderie and respect despite differing styles, so take advantage! All levels are welcome! Politics and egos to be checked at the door.

Guro Louie Lindo

Louie D. Lindo is the head instructor of Ikatan Kali Canada and the unofficial Godfather of FMA in Vancouver. He has cross-trained in various Filipino-Indonesian martial arts since 1985 in the USA, Canada, and Philippines under Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo, Dave Lear, Greg Lontayao, Tony Diego, Rey Galang, Norman Suanico, Herman Suwanda, and Edgar Sulite in Kalis Ilustrisimo, Villabrille, Lameco, Lucaylucay Kali, Doce Pares, Balintawak, Pekiti Tirsia, and Mande Muda. He continues to teach beginners, advanced students, instructors, military & law enforcement in the Philippines, North America, and Guam.

Tom Dy Tang, is the recognized torch bearer of Kalis Ilustrisimo as Grandmaster Tony Diego's longest student and logging the most training time in the art.  Tom was meticulously trained by Mang Tony in Manila to be his successor upon his passing and currently teaches a small private group in Vancouver.

Kenneth Co has trained in various martial arts in the Philippines before focusing on FMA for the past 13 years. As a practitioner of Kalis Ilustrisimo he has also trained with GM Tony Diego in Manila and regularly trains with both Tom Dy Tang and Louie Lindo.

Guro Tom and Kenneth
Guro Brent

Brent Matsuda has been training in FMA since 1988 in Canada, USA, Australia, and Philippines, including >20 years under Louie Lindo. He is a graduate of Bahala Na Martial Arts (Giron Escrima) in Stockton, California and a Senior Associate Instructor under the Inosanto Academy in Los Angeles. He is the Head Instructor of Warrior Zen Martial Arts and teaches Jeet Kune Do and FMA at Ancient Fire.

Gear To Bring With You

Bring rattan training sticks, training knife, safety goggles/glasses, and if they have it, padded stick, padded knife, training sword, hand and forearm guards. While we may not use all of these, it is better to have them on hand than wishing you brought them after the fact.

Space is very limited, so register today.

Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 12 noon – 4 pm

Location: Ancient Fire Dojo, Olympic Village, Vancouver, BC (view map)

Cost: $60 pre-registered before February 22 ($75 at the door, if space)

For more info, contact Brent Matsuda at brent.matsuda(at) or 604-788-2224.