An FMA First….
A dedicated group of Filipino Martial Artists participated in the first FMA/Kali Cultural Expo in Las Vegas, NV the first week of July. The FMA/Kali Cultural Expo was held at the MGM Grand and was noted to be the largest Pre-Conference event on record in conjunction the with annual Martial Arts Supershow which draws thousands of Martial Artists and school owners from around the world.
Spearheading the event was Master (Tuhon) Apolo Ladra. The event was attended by the President of Century Martial Arts, Mr. Paul Webb and delegates from six countries including the United States, Brazil, Hong Kong, Philippines, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. A total fifty martial artists participated in the training, teacher certification, and continuing education. Upon completion, many of the participants completed Kali certification examinations.
Master Ladra is the headmaster of a growing number of Filipino Kali Academy affiliates that have been established throughout the United States and overseas with certified martial artists learning the type of Kali known as “Pekiti Tirsia”. Twenty martial artists, who were invited for the testing trained for five days in preparation for the first ever Pekiti Tirsia Kali Instructor examination before the heir of the art, Grand Tuhon Supremo Leo T. Gaje, from the Philippines. Grand Tuhon Gaje was looking forward to observing Tuhon Apolo’s students in the Pekiti Tirsia Kali System. The examination was observed by parents, family members, and martial arts industry leaders. The examinees performed to the great satisfaction of Grand Tuhon and after years and hours of rigorous training were presented with Pekiti Tirsia Kali instructor rank certificates signed by Tuhon Apolo Ladra and Grand Tuhon Supremo Leo T. Gaje.
The event was a monumental success resulting in an invitation to Tuhon Apolo Ladra and his organization, by the President of Century Martial Arts, to participate in the 2018 Martial Arts Supershow opening day demonstration at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
Congratulations to all participants and new Pekiti Tirsia Kali Instructors! We hope to see you all along with many others at the 2018 Martial Arts Supershow.