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Grandmaster Philip Gelinas
« on: February 07, 2003, 10:09:48 AM »

 Philip Gelinas started his Martial Arts training in 1967 in a Japanese karate style called Chito Ryu. He was 14 years old.  Although now he dosent remember the reasons why he started, they were strong enough that when he began he didn't want to stop.
    Over the next 13 years he trained in Judo, Japanese Kempo, and Hawaiian Kajukenbo, earning black belt ranks Kempo (1973 ) and Kajukenbo (1975).
    It was however in 1980, when his Kajukenbo instructor decided to stop teaching, that the door to a world of possibilities was opened to him by a casual comment that he made.  "As we were talking, after he broke the news to us, he said watch out for the old men with the sticks.  A prophetic comment if there ever was one."  He of course immediately started looking for old men with sticks.
    The following spring he answered an ad in Inside Kung Fu magazine offering information about the Arnis America Organization.
    Attending a seminar in upstate New York, GM. Gelinas met Tuhon Leo Gaje and began training in Pekiti Tirsia Kali.  At the same seminar he met Billy (now Tuhon) McGrath, Tom Bisio and most of the Pekiti Tirsia seniors from New York.  A surprise guest was Penjak Silat instructor Eddy Jafri.
    That summer he had his first full contact stick fighting experience. The padding sticks used in those days were almost the opposite of what is used today in the Dog Brothers MA.  They wore heavy felt body armor, a heavy kendo type helmet, and no gloves other than whatever pads they could find. Strikes were not permitted below the waist and direct strikes to the hands were also not allowed. 
    GM. Gelinas entered his first stick fighting tournament at the United Nations school that year and tied for first place with two other competitors. The finals never happened because there were two choirs and two fashion shows that had to go on first and they ran out of time.  Another highlite of the tournament for him was meeting Guro Inosanto there for the first time, as well as Eric Knaus.
For the next few years, he participated in various Pekiti Tirsia training camps as well as sponsoring seminars in Montreal with Tuhon Gaje and Tom Bisio.
    He was promoted to Lakan Guro by Tom Bisio in 1984, and to Mata-as na Guro, by Tuhon Gaje in 1987.
    In 1985 he was introduced to Muay Thai training by Tom Harinck of the Chakuriki school and received his first Muay Thai instructor's credential through that group.
    In 1987 he began his most ambitious non-training martial arts project.  he began to compile (what he hoped to be) an accurate family tree of the Kajukenbo system.  He started with 135 names from a tree that was assembled in 1975.  Half of them turned out to be inaccurate.  Based on new information he has issued an updated version for the last 9 years.  The latest edition has over 2000 names from all branches.
    He went to Los Angeles in the summer of 1988.  At that time he re-connected with Eric Knaus who had relocated there from NY , and began sparring with him at the Inosanto Academy using his version of full contact stick fighting.
    Later that summer, at a Pekiti Tirsia camp in Nashville Tn., he had the pleasure of meeting Marc Denny for the first time.  After this point he was invited to come out to Los Angeles to participate in a video shoot.  This was the basis of what was to become the Dog Brothers first video series.
    In 1992 ,on Guro Dan Inosanto's invitation, GM. Gelinas joined his instructor's program. He is presently an associate instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu and Filipino Martial Arts and a level 3 instructor in Maphilindo Silat.
    In 1992 he also passed his basic level in Muay Thai with Adjarn Chai Sirsute.
    Not thinking that enough was enough in one person's training he started to practice Capoeira under Maestre Deraldo Ferriera of Boston Mass..  The method they practiced came from a blend of the Regional and Angola styles, but tended more towards the lower, less spectacularly acrobatic, but more finely controlled Angola type. Eventually a shoulder injury prevented him from continuing.
His desire to improve his grappling skills has been complicated by the fact that Montreal is just about the only major North American city that does not have a transplanted Brazilian Ju-Jitsu instructor.
He has maintained his particication in Kajukenbo and holds an advanced rank in the Emperado Method, as well as rank in the Chuan Fa branch under the Dacascos group.
GM. Gelinas is the KSDI director for Canada.

We have the honor of having GM. Gelinas moderate our "General History" forum.
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Re: Professor Philip Gelinas
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2003, 10:45:35 AM »
:P ;D

  Howdy to Sigung Philip

   In my martial arts live ...I trained with a lot of people
I trained with Sigung Philip not a lot but every class I take from him I learned something in Kajukenbo or Kali.

    This guy give you principle & concept & a hard workout (as im undisciplined I cannot trained a lot & became a dedicated student,but im more old now:))) If your are from Montreal,Canada Go to this school It s not for advertizing but for the fact It is the best school in the Quebec province & more

     I just want to give credit & honour to Sigung Gelinas
for his Martial arts career  &  His Dedication to represent the Kajukenbo here in the Canada

   Sorry my english it s no good
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Re: Professor Philip Gelinas
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2003, 08:51:11 AM »
Congrats to a man who has done a lot of great work for Kajukenbo.

Thanks for ALL your hard work and Dedication in the  Art of Kajukenbo  and our Kajukenbo Family Tree.
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Re: Grandmaster Philip Gelinas
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2015, 11:03:30 PM »
This page seems ancient.. i though I'd update it with an important piece of information. GM Philip Gelinas was inducted into the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame in May 2013 for his work in various martial arts including Kajukenbo. As one of his students I would like to say that we are all very proud of him! For further information please follow the link below.
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Re: Grandmaster Philip Gelinas
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2015, 05:19:49 PM »
What a great accomplishment! Congratulations Grandmaster Gelinas! Thank you for sharing this information with us!
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Re: Grandmaster Philip Gelinas
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2015, 07:16:16 PM »
Congratulations on the award and well deserved, sir :). I am sure I speak for a lot of us who appreciate the job you have done in regards to the Kajukenbo Tree  8). Again, congratulations.....
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Re: Grandmaster Philip Gelinas
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2015, 04:01:15 AM »
Congratulations GM Gelinas
I was just telling someone the other day that you are one of a select few that has impressed me.
And with our many phone calls and conversations over the years I have seen that you are not only a multi talented martial artist but you are one that sticks to his guns when it comes to protocol and facts.
You are  very down to earth without the big ego that many people of your status Carry around.
Proud to call you a friend
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Re: Grandmaster Philip Gelinas
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2015, 02:08:02 PM »
Awesome. Well-deserved.

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Re: Grandmaster Philip Gelinas
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2015, 02:17:20 PM »
Opps.. i realized i had made an error with the date..... i had originally wrote May 2014, however Gm Phil was put into the Canadian Black belt hall of fame in May of 2013, time flies!

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