Tim has been involved with Southeast Asian (Filipino and Indonesian) martial arts since 1995. He had focused primarily in Pencak Silat Mande Muda and Inosanto Kali before discovering the Garimot system in 2001. Today, he teaches Garimot Arnis and Buno to those interested in the St. Louis area and brings Gat Puno Abon to St. Louis twice a year for GAT seminars. His fighting name (Tamaraw) is the water buffalo native only to Mindoro island. It is renowned for its dangerous ferocity, especially when threatened.