At SEACAF 2014: Tuhon Loki

The 7th annual Southeast Asian Cultural Arts Festival is coming to the Vancouver region on Saturday August 16 2014 – a 1-day festival with martial, cultural, and theatrical activities and performances.  Great for the whole family.  And do not miss the potluck BBQ with SE Asian flavors.

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Tuhon Loki is one of the many instructors offering training there.

Tuhon Loki  is the founder and chief instructor of maelstrøm Martial Arts. He is the second-highest ranked Pekiti-Tirsia Kali instructor in Canada (after Mandala Tuhon Gelinas), and one of the top ten in North America.  Loki received ranking of Mandala Tuhon from Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje through Tuhon Philip Gelinas of Pekiti-Tirsia Canada in October 2011.

Loki also holds instructor ranking in pencak silat Gadjah Putih Jati Wisesa, Dog Brothers Martial Arts, krabi krabong Buddhai Sawan, and Majapahit Martial Arts.


Loki began his martial training in Shorinjiryu Kenyukai karatedo in 1983 under sensei Ken Fuller. Achieving shodan rank, Loki went on to train in a variety of other arts including non-classical Wing Chun and Eight Animal Ba Gua (sifu Eric Tuttle) before encountering the Filipino martial arts in 1988 in Montreal.

Loki then began training in Pekiti-Tirsia System of Kali with Mandala Tuhon Philip Gelinas in Montreal, achieving lakan guro in 1992, and has continuously trained in Pekiti-Tirsia Kali ever since. He has trained in the Philippines and at seminars in N.America with the grandmaster of Pekiti-Tirsia Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, jr. and as well with Tuhon William McGrath, Tuhon Tim Waid, Tuhon Leslie Buck, and Magino’o Guro Dan Inosanto.

In addition, Loki has trained and attained instructor ranking in pencak silat Gadjah Putih Jati Wisesa (under maha guru Roedy Wiranatakusumah), pencak silat Mande Muda (under guru Philip Gelinas, guru Dan Inosanto, guru Leslie Buck), Lacoste/Inosanto kali (under guro Dan Inosanto, guro Philip Gelinas), Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do (under sifu Philip Gelinas, sifu Dan Inosanto), krabi krabong Buddhai Sawan (under Ajahn Stephen Wilson) and Dog Brothers Martial Arts (under Philip “Sled Dog” Gelinas, Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny). He has fought numerous times at the Dog Brothers’ Gathering of the Pack in Los Angeles and in Canada, and achieved Dog Brothers fighter status, taking the name “Tricky Dog”.


For Loki, the Southeast Asian martial arts necessarily include music, dance, and performance. They are an integral part of the fight. As Confuscius once said:

Give no man a sword who cannot dance

Loki has taken part in traditional martial dance performance with Kathara Cultural Theatre, and dances fire sword, staff, fans, and shield with the Vancouver-based fire troupe Radiant Heat.

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