Sunday, November 23, 2008


Kuya Doug Marcaida

Thanksgiving. Of the many things we have to be thankful for this year, we have to give recognition to one individual in particular to whom we owe an incalculable debt. Our friend, teacher, mentor, and “senior advisor” to the Detroit Maphilindo Pitbulls - Kuya Doug Marcaida.

Kuya Doug has been a Guiding Light to us since the earliest days of our training. He is a flawless practitioner, brilliant strategist, master tactician, and tireless researcher into the theory and practice of the Art of Kali. As someone who I feel embodies the spirit of The Thought Provoking Process, to say that Kuya’s ideas are out-of-the-box would be a gross understatement. He destroyed the box!

In our formative years, we literally followed Grand Tuhon Gaje all over the Midwest, interacting with different Pekiti-Tirsia “clans” both large and small. In the Fall of 2003, after training with Kuya Doug in person for the first time, I asked for Tuhon’s blessing to bring my students under Doug’s banner (along with Ka Jay Saludo). Tuhon gave his blessing, and added “You know Jeff, you are very wise to follow the Filipinos!” Indeed.

So Kuya, thanks for another great year of learning, growing and sharing. I am certain we will have many, many more to come - God Willing.

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