1. Grand Master Yuli Romo (my teacher, mentor & adopted father)
That's just a few that I know that are in my opinion top notch!
All you teachers, give yourself credit and put your work first and foremost...it is up to you to teach your clan. Keep your mind and heart open..learn from a stone so that you may teach a rock!..Salamat
Punong Guro Mike Blackgrave
Pekiti Tirsia's a great art. One of my teachers, Tom Bisio, was one of Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje's top students during the '70's and '80's; I haven't studied any Pekiti from Tom, however, except whatever I've picked up incidentally. Most of my time with him has been spent learning Xing Yi Quan and San Miguel Eskrima.
Whenever I get the chance I train with Wes Tasker, who is one of Tuhon William McGrath's top students. Wes is a great guy, and well worth the time to look up if you are in the Boston area. To complete your metaphor, Wes also knows a lot about classical Persian music, among some other things.
Thanks. Is Tom Bisio still involved with P.T. ? The following if you will seems to have evolved into two distinct camps and I was wondering which one Tom considered himself a part of.
I never met Tuhon Gaje. But, I gather it's like working with Vince Lombardi of the 60's Packers....Productive with an emphasis on Details. Further, the teaching style would seem to be a Demanding which is not everyone's cup of tea.
How do you like the San Miguel Eskrima? Do you feel it leans more towards blade or stick? Intellectually speaking do you feel there is value in merging the two formats?
Are you affiliated with the SME association in Buena Park, CA?
Finally, Mr. Lamade. What range would you consider S.M.E. Largo, Medio, or Corto?