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Instructors

Picture of Tim Rivera

Tim is the head and founder of GAT - St. Louis. He began training in Filipino martial arts in 1995 with Inosanto Kali. When he was introduced to Garimot Arnis Training in 2001, it was love at first sight. He dedicated himself to studying the secrets of GAT's precise footwork and fighting strategies.

He is honored to carry the title of Gat Ninong, one of the few entrusted by Gat Puno Abon Baet (the head of the family and system) with a deep understanding of the arts, helping to guide the Garimot familly.

Tim's fighting name is Tamaraw - the water buffalo native only to Mindoro island. It is renowned for its dangerous ferocity, especially when threatened.

In addition to researching Filipino arts, Tim is a well-known researcher of historical Spanish swordmanship, having produced many translations of fencing treatises from the 16th - 18th centuries.

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Anna began training in the Garimot system in 2007 under Gat Ninong Tim at GAT-St. Louis. She had little other martial arts experience beforehand.

She is honored to have the title of Gat Ninang, and is the first woman to receive this honor in Garimot Arnis. The Ninongs are entrusted by Gat Puno Abon Baet with deeper learning as well as helping guide the Garimot family.

She teaches under Gat Ninong Tim at GAT-St. Louis and assists him at local Filipino demonstrations, events, and seminars. She also teaches women's self defense on request.

Her fighting name (Musang) is the Asian palm civet, a small cat-like animal in the Philippines related to the mongoose. It is known for it's curiosity and playful nature unless cornered.

Picture of Jerryl Peralta

Jerryl has been a martial arts practitioner since he was six. His grandfather, who fought during World War 2 as a boloman, was a big influence to him practicing martial arts.

However, when he was young didn't know of any strictly Filipino martial arts instructors, so he was not able to practice as much as he wanted to. He started with Tae Kwon Do and Inosanto Kali, then transitioned to Shito-Ryu karate, kickboxing and Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

In 2012 he met GAT Ninong Tim "Tamaraw" Rivera and was introduced to Garimot Arnis. After being shown the possibilities of Garimot and how well the style/philosophy matched his personality and views on fighting, he decided to focus on Garimot.

The results of his training earned him the rank of Kuya and the fighting name of Panda. Although Pandas are assumed to be harmless, they can deliver a devastating bite if provoked. He's thankful for being trusted with carrying on the family art of Gat Puno Abundio Baet.

Picture of Janet Drabant

Janet began training in the Garimot system in early 2015 under Gat Ninong Tim at GAT-St. Louis. Her previous martial arts experience includes Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and a little FMA.

Janet found Garimot while looking for something different than other martial arts. Her efforts have earned her the rank of Guro and she assists in teaching classes.

Her fighting name is Katipilar. There are many species of katipilar, but these quiet creatures have defense mechanisms that work effectively against larger creatures.