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Christopher Dino

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Christopher Diño has been a practitioner of diverse forms of martial arts including the Filipino fighting arts under various teachers for the last 20 years. Chris has been under Mahaguro Nate of the Defensor Method/Filipino Kali Eskrima Academy of Chicago since 2000, and has instructed since 2007. He is currently ranked Benkong Hijau II in Silat Seni Gayong, Lakan Guro Level IV in Defensor Method and Mataas Na Guro in Pikiti Tirtia Kali. 

“It seemed like a scene in a movie when I was first got introduced to Guro Nate. I met Guro Nate after working the door at a bar in Wicker Park and after conversing with fellow security about martial arts, 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” - C.D.

Recognition of Studies:

  • Lead organizer of the Katipunan IL Gathering

  • Majapai Derobio Escrima Chicago Representative under GM Dan Medina

  • Mataas Na Guro in Pekiti Tirsia Kali under Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje Jr.

  • Former Deputy Director of Stick Fighting Olympiads (SFO); Lead Coordinator for SFO 2019 Championships

  • Certified National Class 3 Wasit/Juri (Referee/Judge) United States Sport Silat Association 

  • Continuous studies in Malaysian, Bruneian, and Indonesian Silat: 

    • Silat Seni Gayong under Cikgu Sam Shamsudin and Cikgu Joel Champ

    • Silat Suffian Bela Diri under Head Instructor Maul Mournie - Chicago Study Group Representative

    • Silat Buka Lingkaran under Head Instructor Alvin Guinanao

  • Seminar Certificates in Garimot Arnis Training System under Gat Puno Abon Baet, Pekiti Tirsia Kali under Grand Tuhon Supremo Leo T. Gaje Jr. and Tuhon Jesse Cebuyadao, Pekiti Tirsia International under Tuhon William McGrath, MARS under Guro Ron Balicki, Tacosa Serrada Escrima under Guro Jimmy Tacosa, and Buka Jalan Penjak Silat under Guro Cass Magda

  • Continuous seminar/class attendance in Majapai Derobio Escrima under GM Dan Medina, Doce Pares Escrima under GM Tom Sipin, Arnis Balite under Punong Guro Steven Dowd, Pekiti Tirtia Kali under Tuhon Kanishka Sharma, Balintawak under GM Crispulo Atillo, Guro Eugene Nepangue and Guro Robert Grossman, Garimot Arnis Training with Mike Tandang Eugenio and Art Buboyog Juridico, and Kuntao Silat under Bapak Willem de Thouars and Guru Joe Judt

  • Conducted several seminar style workshops on the practice, history, and culture of Filipino Martial Arts for the following institutional groups: 

    • Filipino American Student Organization (FASO) at University of Wisconsin Madison

    • FACT Conferences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University Bloomington

    • MAFA Conference at Northern Illinois University

    • Asian American Cultural Affairs at Columbia College Chicago. 

    • Chicago Field Museum presenter for the Pamanang Pinoy: Art of Resistance event hosted by the Digital Co-Curation Team

  • Studied Gingarte Capoeira under Mestra Marisa Cordeiro

  • Studied at Degerberg Academy under the Blend, Jun Fan, Muay Thai, and Kali systems

Current class schedule, location & pricing: 

Sunday Filipino Martial Arts / Silat Class - Get in touch with your warrior side, your fitness side, your self defense or just for the fun side... Lincoln Square at the ModKa Club Dojo and JHP Community Center - 2215 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago IL, 60625

$20 per drop in or $70 per month

*3-Month intro sign up $180

Extra Summer outdoor sessions alternating Mondays and Fridays 6:30-8pm

Contact Instructor - Chris Dino | 773-780-7887 | Email

Christopher Diño
Defensor Method Filipino & Indonesian Martial Arts
Filipino Kali-Eskrima Academy of Chicago