Kali Program - Instructors
Herald Casana - Head Instructor
Herald, was born and raised in the Philippines, he finished Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Herald has no background in any formal system of martial arts in the Philippines, the streets is his school and playground being in various street fights, which some almost cost him his life. He moved to Edmonton Alberta in 2007 with his Family. Being in Canada and missing the action back home he searched for a productive way to relive his passion for the fighting arts.
Herald begun teaching in 2010, forming a Training group, which are composed of several instructors and martial arts aficionado in Alberta.
Herald also co-founded the Philippine Warrior Arts Society, Its mission to organize all the Filipino Martial Arts School here in Alberta and neighboring province to one common goal, to Promote Filipino Martial Arts, with Brotherhood, Respect, Valor, and Honor.
Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje Jr. (Grandmaster of the system), took Herald under his wings and taught him the very essence of the system which is to subdue the opponent immediately with no mental reservation. Also, GT Leo Gaje Jr. gave Herald Point of Instructions with regards training Military/LEOs and Civilian.
“I usually tell people that, within them they have a tool box and that the skills they acquire are their tools to use in time of needs.” – Herald Casana
Attack the Attack!!
Michael Law (Instructor)
Michael has a background in Martial Art Sports as well as Combat Arts that began at the age of 10. His journey has included many years of training in Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing, Krav Maga and Pekiti Tirsia Kali. •6 Years of Karate. •8 Years of Kickboxing and Muay Thai. •4 Years of Boxing. •3 Years of Krav Maga, reaching Instructor level 3. •6 Years of PTK •While training Krav Maga in Vancouver Michael was able to participate in a Pekiti Tirsia Kali class and was instantly hooked, he had found his Passion. •Michael has trained PTK for 6 years now and is an Instructor holding the rank of Mataas Na Guro in the System. •He has traveled to the Philippines numerous times for the PTK world conference where he has trained with fellow practitioners including police and military special forces.
Michael fought blade rules multiple times on these trips to the Philippines and assisted training the PSPG (Police Service Protection Group) of the Philippines National Police. Michael was invited by Tuhon Jesse Cabuyadao, a US Navy Chief to take Instructor training and has become an Instructor at the C.O.M.B.A.T. Warrior Academy based out of the MidWest
United States. The Academy offers training in Firearms, Archery, Outdoor Survival, Medic, Leadership, Edged and Impact Weapons training. •He is a member of Team Sled Dog Alberta, a full contact Dog Brothers stick fighting training group. •Michael’s training has kept him safe in numerous real life encounters on the street and several times against multiple attackers. •PTK is a complete combat art covering Weapons, Empty Hand, Grappling, Joint Locks and Destruction's. This System changes the way you think and move, it makes you better at everything you do. The philosophical values of the System, “We believe in Life, not death, we believe in Success, not failure, we believe in Health, not sickness.”
Another belief of PTK is that you Learn to Teach and Teach to Learn.
Douglas R. McLeod (Instructor)
I started my martial arts journey back in 1984, when I walked into a Taekwondo studio in Edmonton, Alberta. I attended classes for almost a full year, training as a visitor with an associate. Relocating to Southern Alberta to further my education marked the start of my break from martial arts. It wasn’t until my life slowed down many years later that I was able to continue my journey.
I trained with the Western Martial Art Academy for 5 years, gaining my unarmed, dagger, and long sword distinctions. It was at a Filipino Martial Arts demonstration, that I met my instructor, Guro Herald Casana, and joined Pekiti Tirsia Kali. I have been under PTK for 5 years and have accomplished Mataas na Guro (Senior Instructor) status from Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje.
This is a lifetime commitment, and I believe this is my true calling in the world of martial arts. Once a student, always a student.