About the Instructor

I currently:
  • hold an instructor rank in Wing Chun Kung Fu awarded to me by Sifu Lee Moy Shan.
  • am a Mataas Na Guro in the Pekiti Tirsia system presented to me by Gran Tuhon Leo Gaje and his senior student, my main instructor, Tom Bisio. I also trained extensively in San Miguel Eskrima under Grandmaster Momoy Canete, his senior student Master Edring Casio, and Tom Bisio.
  • hold a 1st degree black belt in Kajukenbo-Emperado Method
  • am continuing my martial practice in the Pekiti Tirsia system under Tuhon Bill McGrath.

For a short time I also practiced Southern Praying Mantis, Tiger Claw Kung Fu, and Xing-Yi. Was exposed to Degerberg’s boxing style, Inayan Serada Eskrima. Tapado, and Atienza and Sayoc Kali.

Stick Trapping

Exposure to weapons systems from divergent disciplines introduced me to their training methods, to their combat principles, and to a wide range of interpretations to moves similar in Pekiti Tirsia. The following are a few sources whose particular training methods I’m using to further enhance attributes in Pekiti Tirsia’ training curriculum and fighting methods, and to practice under a slightly different perspective.

  • Cadena de Mano has sensitivity drills of the left “alive” hand continually adhering to an equally adhering right arm holding a knife, basically similar to Wing Chun Kung-Fu’s Chi Sao exercises. I’ve incorporated Southern Praying Mantis’s and Cadena de Mano’s sticking arms exercises because, based on my Wing Chun experience, they will develop tactile sensitivity, enhance the reactive ability of a practitioner, reduce reaction time, and promote self-control while physically controlling an opponent. The tenacious offensive pressure, the continuous deflection, the angling and zoning, maintaining a firm body alignment throughout the positioning and repositioning, working on your sense of balance while pressed by your partner make the flow drills engaging yet intense. Many components, mentally, physically, and strategically are exercised and, when a single knife is involved, accentuated.
  •  After practice, for example, in the double sticking arms stage of Cadena de Mano’s daga y mano format one eventually reaches a level whereby both arms perform independently of each other. One defends while the other attacks. Although independent of each other, both mutually work with each other. Reflexes are honed, responses are instinctive, and, eventually, techniques are executed without thinking.
  •  Dog Brothers Martial Art’s all out sparring reminds me not to be lax in my training. It galvanizes me to intensify and to progressively structure my particular training methods toward a realistic level of fighting in preparation for any extreme confrontation. Sometimes one can slip into complacency. A painful, humiliating beating will open your eyes and shatter any deception about yourself and your martial arts training. Hopefully, with opened eyes, I can teach my students practical and efficient fighting skills, mental and physical preparation, and well-conditioned tools for survival.
My martial art experience has presented me with an idea, a training method, a question, a possibility, food for thought, an understanding.


Agapito Gonzalez with Tuhon Guro William “Bill” McGrath