Rutano Estokada Kali

with Grandmaster Gil Lafantaisie 9th Dan

about Grandmaster Gil

Grandmaster Gil has had a life long fascination with martial arts and has trained and taught for 40 years. He was Grandmaster Dan Rutano's personal student for over 35 years. His accomplishments include: 6th Degree Black Belt in Budo-Ryu Kempo Karate under Master Trevor Higgs, 4th Degree Black Belt under Master Margi Hilbig; 9th Degree Black Belt (Grand Master) in Rutano Estokada from Grandmaster Daniel Rutano. He has also trained in Jiu Jutsu under Master Dave MacIver as well as the "sweet science" of boxing under the direction of Peter Estabrooks, Sr. GM GIl is also a full instructor in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do ( Bruce Lee's system) under Grandmaster Rigchard Bustillo. Over the years GM Gil has won 70 Grand Championships for sparring, as well as the 1991 CanAM World Championships. He also made it to the semi finals in full contact stick fighting at the 2000 WEKAF (World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation) world championships. Master Gil is also a Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee.
Rutano Estokada refers to the family martial arts system of the Rutano, as developed by its founder Grandmaster Daniel G. Rutano.

The Rutano Estokada System is divided into five sub systems. Each sub system is a complete system (with both defensive and offensive techniques and concepts) on its own, but when combined and intergrated, they form a comprehensive fighting art that encompasses the full range of armed and unarmed combat.

Mr James Tedford and Mr Gene Bray are certified Apprentice Instructors under Master Gilbert. They will be teaching in Regina the first Sunday of every month from 1 to 3:30 pm. Class cost is $15 and is open to everyone regardless of style and experience.