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The Martial aRts has been apart of Paul's entire life. At six years old his martial arts path begun through a program his home town park district was offering. A year later he moved on to Taekwondo and in high school had his very first experience in the world of Filipino Martial Arts. Paul has also studied in Jeet Kune Do under Paul Vunak's Progressive Fighting Systems and under Sifu Matt Numrich in Chicago where many training opportunities where opened up.
Filipino Martial Arts: Paul's FMA journey began at 15 years old in some pretty intensive backyard training through a high school friend and his family. It was a small group of practitioners who would meet up a couple evenings a week and early on Saturday mornings. Paul then moved on learning from different teachers of different styles through seminar formats as there weren't many FMA teachers in the Chicagoland area at that time.
Over the years Paul studied Inosanto blend through Paul Vunak's JKD methods and other Inosanto Kali instructors, was introduced to Kalis Ilustrisimo through Professor Roy Harris and studied Pekiti-Tirsia Kali directly under Tim Waid and held the Windy City PTK group under the PTKGO until released. During these primary Kali studies Paul would still train with other groups learning drills and techniques of various styles. June 2019 marked Paul's twentieth year in his FMA studies.
Other Martial Arts: Paul also achieved Full Instructor Rank under the Progressive Fighting Systems Jeet Kune Do. This time period expoed him to a variety of high performers in other martial art practices such as Fencing, Archery, Boxing, BJJ, Silat, Savate, Wing Chun, Pankration, Small Circle Jiu-Jitsu, various forms of Kung Fu and along with Kettlebells (the martial arts of fitness). Though Paul would never claim he has become proficient in these other arts the exposure and experience in them gave him a clarity in his martial arts path. KALI, was the right art for him.
Miscellaneous: Though Paul was born and raised in the Chicagoland he grew up in a 50/50 mix of city life and country life. He always gravitated more towards the rural way of living as he has a deep love for the outdoors. As a teen he spent much of his city time training martial arts, playing guitar and skateboarding. His country time was spent hiking, camping, hunting, fishing and learning about the ways of nature and sustainable living. Paul currently lives on his homestead where he is building his own sustainable living and ultimate training compound which will be fully equipped with Kali, archery and fitness training.