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Instructors

Picture of Tim Rivera

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.

Picture of Anna Saindon

Anna began training in the Garimot system in 2007 and is the first Ninang in Garimot Arnis. Her fighting name (Musang) is the palm civet, a small cat-like animal in the Philippines related to the mongoose.

Picture of Jerryl Peralta

Jerryl has been practicing martial arts since the age of six. He's studied in Tae Kwon Do, Shito-Ryu Karate, and kickboxing, and has earned his black belt in Karate. After several years of training with Garimot Arnis, he decided it was the Filipino martial art that suited him the best after trying the styles of Inosanto Kali and Pekiti Tirsia. Don't be fooled by the "Panda" - although they are mellow by nature, they can be just as dangerous as any other wild bear.