Mandala Magino’o Edwin Tam – Pekiti-Tirsia System of Kali
Pekiti Tirsia System of Kali
Rank: Mandala Magino’o (1st Hagdan)
25+ years training and teaching
Under Grand Tuhon Gaje, Tuhon Gelinas, Tuhon Jorgenson
Edwin Tam is an advanced instructor of the Pekiti-Tirsia System of Kali with 20+ years of training and teaching. He has extensive knowledge of the details of the system and a strong focus on bladed weapon technique, both theoretical and practical. He is a regular instructor at maelstrom, typically leading the popular Saturday morning training class.
Mandala Tuhon Philip Gelinas of Montreal: Top-ranked Pekiti-Tirsia Kali instructor in Canada as recognized by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, jr., head of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, and original member of the Dog Brothers
Mandala Tuhon Loki Jorgenson: Second-highest ranked Pekiti-Tirsia Kali instructor in Canada, and one of the top ten in North America, also a Dog Brothers instructor and fighter
Guro Louie Lindo: Ikatan Kali, Mande Muda pencak silat
Sifu Michael Chiao
In terms of Kali, Edwin also has trained in seminars with Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, jr, who is the current head of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali system as well as by Dan Inosanto (Lacoste-Inosanto system of Filipino Martial Arts), Marc Denny (Dog Brothers Martial Arts) and Norman Suanico (Kali Ilustrisimo). He has also trained with Tuhon Bill McGrath, Tuhon Scott Faulk & Tuhon Jack Latorre of Pekiti Tirsia International. He actively researches other styles of kali/arnis to gain a better understanding and broad appreciation of the Filipino martial arts.
2008 Tai Chi sword
1998-2004 Dog Brothers Martial Arts
1994-1997 Arnis (eclectic) and Pencak Silat Mande Muda
1991-present Regular training in Pekiti-Tirsia Kali
1987 First introduction to Pekiti-Tirsia Kali
1985 Tai Chi
1981 Shotokan Karate
Edwin has had exposure to other martial arts styles on a more informal level at various martial arts clubs, through seminars, private lessons and informal drop-ins. These arts include grappling (Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Sambo), Gadjah Putih pencak silat, Krabi Krabong, Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai and reality based self-defense (Guro Ed Wong). Edwin also keeps well informed through readings and explorations of various martial arts styles and topics (e.g. self-defense).
In 1998, Edwin obtained Instructor Status from the Crisis Prevention Institute to teach its “Nonviolent Crisis Intervention” program. He has been teaching it both formally and informally since that time. Although not strictly a martial art, it involves non-violent self-defense techniques for the workplace environment in addition to its verbal de-escalation techniques.