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Maha Guro Nate Defensor

Mahaguro Nate Defensor,  founder of the Defensor Method of Filipino and Indonesian Martial Arts was born in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental Philippines. Since his youth till now Guro Nate has been a student of the indigenous fighting arts of the Philippines. Countless hours of training and learning from the masters of Filipino Martial Arts and other various fighting forms have culminated into what is now known as the Defensor Method of Filipino Martial Arts.

Defensor Method is a combination of Inayan System, Pekiti-Tirsia, Inosanto Blend, Tobosa/Villabrille System, Pusaka Dwipantara Silat, Jalur Putih Penjak-Silat, Doce Pares Eskrima, Derobio, Balintawak, Ilongo Style, Muay-Thai, and Kuntao. Guro Nate, through his years learning and training with different masters of Filipino Martial Arts, has systemized the whole of his experiences and the core principals of various styles into a curriculum for the purposes of learning, teaching and promoting Filipino Martial Arts. Guro Nate Defensor has been teaching the Defensor Method of Filipino Martial Arts for over 30 years in the Chicagoland area and is continually striving to promote the effectiveness and simplicity of Filipino Martial Arts to his students around the world.

List of credentials and accomplishments:  

  • Studied Okinawan Karate privately from Black Belts of Club 45. Shotokan Karate under Mike Vasquez, 1971-72 Philippine Karate Heavyweight Champion and Head Instructor of All Philippine Karate Federation. Including instructions from Japan Karate Association under Sensei Sugiyama and Sensei Mahmoud Bamboyani.
  • Karate, Kung Fu, & Shorin-Goju from Sensei Nate Morgan.
  • Korean Karate, Tae Kwon Do from Master Shin, Military Arts Institute, Master Han Cha Kyo, Clayton Cortes. Wing Chun, JKD, & Modern Arnis from Jerry Cervantes
  • Goju-Shorei from the University of Illinois Chicago.
  • Inayan System of Eskrima under Alan McLuckie, Rob McDonald, Benjie Berry & Mike Inay.
  • Pekit-Tirsia under Tuhon William McGrath and Tom Bisio.
  • Certified Instructor of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali under Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. (1982-Present). Chicago Representative of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali.
  • Certified Instructor of Pusaka Dwipantara Pencak-Silat under Pandekar Suryadi Jafri and Chicago Representative of Pusaka Dwipantara (1982-Present).
  • Certified Instructor and Representative of Jalur-Putih Pentjak-Silat under John DeJong.
  • Instructor at the Degerberg Blend of Martial Arts Academy under Fred Degerberg (1981-1984).
  • Apprentice Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto (1982-Present).
  • Certified Instructor under the Tobosa/Villabrille System of Kali-Eskrima under Batikan Raymund Tobosa and holds the title Sergeant at Arms of the Filipino Martial Arts Association of Hawaii.
  • Seminar Certificates in Muay Thai under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute.
  • Seminar Certificates in Wing Chun-Do under Sifu James DeMile and featured in Sifu DeMile's book of Chi-Sao.
  • Seminar Certificates in Serrada Escrima under Angel Cabales, Jimmy Tacosa, and Michael Amistosa.
  • Seminar Certificates in Doce Pares Escrima under Dionisio Canete and Cacoy Canete.
  • Seminar Certificates in Garimot System of Arnis/Escrima under Gat Puno Abon Baet.
  • Studied Balintawak under Gabriel Go and Eugene Nepangue.
  • Studied Kodokan Judo from Sensei Larry Witkowski.
  • Studied under Sifu Vincent Black in the Internal Chinese Martial Arts.
  • Katipunan 2009-2013 Instructor/Katipunero.
  • Taught Filipino Martial Arts classes in Chicagoland's Academic Institutions such as: University of Illinois Chicago, University of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, & The Field Museum of Natural History.
  • Filipino Martial Arts contributor to Philippine News, VIA Times, Inside Kung Fu, & Black Belt Magazine.
  • Provided Online Lessons in Defensor Method through fmapulse.com & provided seminars throughout United States in Defensor Method of Filipino-Indonesian Martial Arts.