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Christopher Dino

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Christopher Dino has been a practitioner of diverse forms of martial arts including the Filipino fighting arts under various teachers/guros for over 15 years, and has been studying under Maha Guro Nate Defensor for the past 13 years. Along with the Defensor Method group, Chris promotes the art at local Chicago neighborhood/cultural organizations and progressive educational institutions. Chris is a level III instructor under the DM system and has been instructing since 2007. He is the current 2016 Ilinois Katipunan Coordinator.

“It seemed like a scene in a movie when I was first introduced to Guro Nate. I met Guro Nate after doing security at a bar in Wicker Park, and after conversing with a co-worker; he suggested I meet his teacher across the street at another bar. There he was playing chess early 4am with his other students working security” - CD

Studies and accomplishments:

  • Studied at Degerberg Academy under the Blend and Muay Thai systems
  • Studied Gingarte Capoeira under Mestra Marisa Cordeiro
  • Studied Silat Seni Gayong under Cikgu Sam (Sheikh Shamsuddin)
  • Continuous studies in Balintawak under Guro Eugene Nepangue
  • Seminar Certificates in Garimot System of Arnis/Escrima under Gat Puno Abon Baet, Pekit-Tirsia under Tuhon William McGrath, MARS under Ron Balicki, and Tacosa Serrada Escrima under Jimmy Tacosa; and attended seminars in Doce Pares Escrima under GM Tom Sipin, Balintawak under GM Crispulo Atillo, Kuntao Silat under Bapak Willem de Thouars and Guru Joe Judt
  • Conducted several seminar workshops on the practice, history, and culture of Filipino Martial Arts for FASO (Filipino American Student Organization) at University of Wisconsin Madison, FACT Conference at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University Bloomington, MAFA Conference at Northern Illinois University, and for the Asian American Cultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago. He is the currrent 2016 Illinois Katipunan Coordinator.

Current Class Schedule: 

Albany Park, Chicago - Sundays 5:30-7pm

$50 per month once a week, $20 drop-in fee per diem