ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Basikong Guro Adrien Pierre N. Quidlat was born on July 06, 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy, a licensed Physical Therapist who is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Medicine in the same University. He is the Co-founder and Founding President of the UST-Filipino Martial Arts Group and the current Chief Instructor of the Rapido Realismo Kali Espanya Training Group. He is also the proprietor of Q Initiatives, a Manila based company that aims to be the prime choice for world-class, top-quality FMA merchandise that showcases the skill of Filipino craftsmanship.
Guro AA’s journey in Filipino Martial Arts started back in 1997 when he was initiated into the Filipino Martial Arts world under Master Reynan “Bong” Canete of the Doce Pares Multi System. Under “Coach Bong’s” tutelage, his skills began to develop enabling him to compete in several tournaments including the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation World Championships in 2000 held in Cebu. After a hiatus from the art in high school, he re-connected with his passion for FMA in 2007 when his training resumed this time under the supervision of Guro Francis Serrano of the of Visayan Legacy Association.
In 2008, it was then he furthered his training and knowledge under the Rapido Realismo Kali International System, guided by Dalubhasang Guro Joemar Obejas. In 2010, Guro AA was able to briefly train for a few months under Mandala Kit Acenas together with Mataas na Guro Patch Caballero and Mataas na Guro Mike Albano of the Pekiti Tirsia Kali System.
Guro AA was then promoted to Tagapagsanay in 2012 under the Rapido Realismo Kali International System. In the same year, he established the Rapido Realismo Kali Espanya Training group together with Guro Joemar Obejas and served as the group’s assistant instructor. It was also then when the UST Filipino Martial Arts Group was founded by him together with Guro Dave Zapanta which is an organization that promotes Filipino Culture through the practice of and immersion in Filipino Martial Arts within and beyond the University of Santo Tomas whose goal is to discover, appreciate and preserve the beauty of FMA while learning its practicality and other aspects through a healthy sharing of ideas and concepts by the different FMA groups. During the Rapido Realismo Kali International Pagsasama ng Mandirigma in February 2013, he was promoted to Basikong Guro (Instructor, 2nd degree) by Punong Guro Henry Espera (Founder) of the Rapido Realismo Kali International System.
Presently, Guro AA continues to undergo training and advancement under the supervision of Punong Guro Henry Espera and Batikang Guro Isagani Abon, Training Director of RRKI and founder of Abon Taktikal Personal Combative Training System. In April 2014, he was certified as an Instructor Level 1 for Taktikal Pamuok and Taktikal Tagis Talim under the the Abon Taktikal Training System. He has also cross-trained in different martial arts such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo, Aikido and Krav Maga which supplemented his martial knowledge, techniques and teaching methodologies.
He also has been a competitive football player for almost 20 years, the only activity he has done longer than FMA. With his experience with different FMA systems and his background in Medicine, Physical therapy and sports, he incorporates principles of Anatomy and Physiology in teaching Filipino Martial arts and focuses on making students understand the principles behind the techniques and encourages them to explore what works for them. He maintains that one must keep an open and receptive mind since he believes that there is really no right or wrong way to do things, if it works for you, keep it, if it doesn’t, it might as well be discarded. He believes in the principles of Self-preservation first which involves situational awareness and threat prevention. These are among the principles which guides and revolves around his training. It is his goal to promote not only to promote Filipino Martial Arts but to imbibe into Filipinos love and pride for our country and culture through the knowledge and practice of the art.
Tagapagsanay Adrien Jesus N. Quidlat was born on May 15, 1991. He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy, a licensed Physical Therapist who is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Medicine in the same University. He is the current Assistant Instructor of the Rapido Realismo Kali Espanya Training Group. He is also the co-founder of Q Initiatives, a Manila based company that aims to be the prime choice for world-class, top-quality FMA merchandise that showcases the skill of Filipino craftsmanship.
Tagapagsanay AJ is a natural born athlete who has a passion for physical activity and exercise. Ever since he was a child, AJ’s physical prowess was honed and sharpened by the many forms of funcitonal play/exercise he engaged in during his formative years such as the use of the monkey bars and climbing of the various trees in their home. His physical fitness skyrocketed when he was introduced football at age 6 in which he has constantly was the Team captain and was awarded the distinction of the Most Valuable Player on numerous tournaments. His solid base in Physical Fitness and Conditioning due to football became key in his practice of Filipino Martial Arts. His interest in Filipino Martial Arts was piqued when his brother, AA, introduced it to him when they were in their early teens under the tutelage of Master Bong Canete of the Doce Pares Multi-system in which he was able to attain a rank of green belt.
He then went on a martial art hiatus until the 2010 when he was in second year college, where his brother again introduced him to Dalubhasang Guro Joemar Obejas of Rapido Realismo Kali International and has been training under that system since then. He was promoted to Tagapagsanay (Trainer, Level 2) in December 2013 and assumed the role of Assistant Instructor of RRK Espanya. In April 2014, he was certified as an Instructor Level 1 for Taktikal Pamuok and Taktikal Tagis Talim under the the Abon Taktikal Training System.
He also spends time boxing and doing Muay Thai for cardio and endurance. He is a passionate advocate of being "functionally fit", always striving to integrate his knowledge into drills applicable to Filipino Martial Arts. He is a staunch believer of body-weight exercises, constantly updating himself with the latest trends involving body-weight culture and loves to encourage people to try body-weight exercises for themselves.
ABOUT THEIR MENTORS
Henry Espera, Punong Guro at Nagtatag ( Grandmaster and Founder) of Rapido Realismo Kali International was born in Barrio Tagdon, Barcelona, Sorsogon, Bicol Region, Philippines on December 1, 1953. He is the fourth of thirteen children to the couple Ramon Espera and Encarnacion Evasco. Being the Grandmaster of his own fighting system he is an Innovator, Leader, and a Humble teacher who is known to be a loving and caring person not only to his students, friends, and family but as to others as well. He prefers to keep a low profile but who has an immense passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge and wisdom to anyone who is willing to learn his system of martial arts.
Mang Henry as he is fondly called, believes in the Filipino traditions of ranking and bestowing of titles. In Filipino culture, the only way one can proclaim that he or she is a master of FMA is by letting other masters proclaim you as a master as manifested your skills, knowledge, and wisdom. Traditional masters of old does not adhere to a formal Ranking system but rather rely on their skills and knowledge progression through training and actual matches. Mang Henry is belongs to the generation of traditional masters and was recognized as Instructor/master not only by his three mentors but also by other FMA masters and is considered as an expert both in weaponry and empty hand.
Grandmaster Henry Espera owes his brand of Filipino martial arts from his great mentors : Grandmaster Antonio Ilustrisimo of Kali Ilustrisimo, Master Andrew " Andy " Abrian of Orabes Heneral Eskrima, and Master Juan of Automatic Arnis. He developed his martial art from the best of these systems and always holds the greatest respect to the said Masters and their respective systems.
Integrating Kali empty hand movements, Boxing (Suntukan), Trapping (Tapik-Patibungan), Kicking (Sipaan), Grappling and Wrestling (Buno) with his own style of tactical footwork, he developed Rapido Realismo Kali International. RRK practitioners are known for their aggressive footwork - feet are tactically placed into position during combat, blocking the opponent's sectors, placing the RRK practitioner in a superior position and angle, allowing them to dominate battle.
Guro Isagani Abon was born on October 18, 1978 in Malabon City, Philippines. Youngest of seven children, he is born to a family with a lineage of warriors with his father being a former professional boxer, his mother a Filipino wrestling practioner and his grandfather a veteran of WWII, all of whome were also FMA Practitioners.
He is a 1st generation student and Instructor of Rapido Realismo Kali International and PG Henry Espera. He is the 2nd highest ranking practitioner of RRK. He specializes in Edge Weapons Combatives and Tactical Hand to Hand. He played a large role in formalizing and designing the RRK Curriculum which includes sound and practical principles, techiniques, tactics, and drills infusing some of his own Tactical Training System on Edge Weapons (Taktikal Tagis Talim) and Hand To Hand (Taktikal Pamuok) which he collectively termed as Abon Taktikal Personal Combative Training System.
He strongly advocates the concept of a "martial mentality" in his teachings and believes in function rather than tradition and always seeks the combative value and street-application of FMA.
Dalubhasang Guro Joemar Obejas is a Senior Full Instructor 5th Degree Black Belt of the Rapido Realismo Kali International System. He is also direct student of Master Freddie Fernandez of Arnis Defense Silat and is also a practitioner of Arabes Eskrima.
A friend, Facilitator, Spiritual Consultant, Spiritual Researcher, Bio Dynamic Agriculture advocate, Healer, Walker, Journeyman, and a Shaman. He has explored the ins and outs of Manila on foot since 1997 and in 2009, he has journeyed from Northern Luzon still by foot, and eventually reached Palawan by 2010.
Guro Joemar's teaching methodology is based on discovering one's movement pattern through the repetition of simple and bio-mechanically efficient drills. He is able to express his martial principles through his fluid movement done with ease and balance. He is currently available for Seminars, Workshops and Private Tutorials.