30+ Years of Martial Arts Experience
Master Instructor (Mataas na Guro) - Filipino Fighting Art of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali
NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
State of Texas License to Carry a Handgun Instructor
ICCW Instructor - Integrated Concealed Carry Weapons
Military CQC Instructor - Military Edged Impact Weapon Close-Quarters-Combat System
Black Belt (Shodan) - Goju Shorei Ryu style of Karate
Dustin B. Denson is a certified Mataas na Guro in the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System under Tuhon Tim Waid. He is a leading Filipino Martial Arts instructor in the San Antonio area and is listed on the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Global Organization website's Instructor's directory. Besides civilians, he has also taught law enforcement, active military (all branches), and retired military. He is the founder of Kali Combatives/San Antonio Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Martial Arts (SAPTK Martial Arts).
Dustin began his martial arts training towards the end of the summer of 1986 in TaeKwon Do, Jeet Kune Do, and the Filipino Martial Arts. Over the years, he has studied Karate (black belt awarded 2000), Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Silat, and Kuntao Silat de Thouars. Over the years, he has also had the opportunity to attend various seminars covering different systems and styles that have provided a strong foundation for a comparative analysis of the martial arts. His Pekiti Tirsia Kali training began in 1990 with the late Guro Ricky Rillera. He trained with Ricky for many years along with his training partner at the time, Clint Grumbles. In 1995 he moved to Norman, Oklahoma to attend graduate school. While in Norman, he continued to teach and train in PTK at the USA Stars Foundation in Midwest City, Oklahoma. It was while living in Norman that he first met TuhonTim Waid in Dallas, Texas. He has continued training with Tuhon Tim privately and through seminars since 2000. Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is the sole martial art he now trains, practices, and teaches. He was awarded the rank of Mataas na Guro June 24th, 2012.
He is also a professional educator, having taught at both the college and secondary level. Teaching is his primary vocation; he knows how to teach what he knows effectively. Dustin lives in San Antonio, TX and continues to actively train, teach, and conduct workshops and seminars on a regular basis.
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In 2012, under the advisement of Tuhon Tim Waid, Geoffrey Green, who had already attained a strong proficiency in Traditional Filipino Martial Arts as well as a background in Jeet Kune Do, Krav Maga and American Boxing; relocated to San Antonio, Texas, specifically, to study Pekiti-Tirsia Kali under Mataas Na Guro Dustin Denson. Within two months of his introduction to SAPTK, his training was vastly supplemented by Tuhon Waid's authorization to attend his instructor-reserved seminars, where he has since welcomed the tutelage from the remainder of the organization's highest caliber. Geof prides himself on training hard and daily, both in honor of his teachers within and outside the circle of PTK and to consider himself fit for the title of Guro, which recieved from Tuhon Waid on February 21st, 2016. Geof remains a private student of Mataas Na Guro Denson and experiences epiphanies regarding the methodology of instructorship and close quarter combat regularly.
"Guro Dustin B. Denson is a senior instructor in the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali System Global Organization. His experience as a professional educator has given him a unique technical understanding of the training methodologies of Pekiti-Tirsia that he directly transfers to his students providing them both the required physical attributes and skills, and, direct application of the tactics and techniques for personal protection. Dustin teaches the system in the same precise manner that has been traditionally taught by myself and has my highest endorsement." - Tuhon Tim Waid, PTKGO.
Influences: Inayan School of Eskrima - Knoxville, TN
Seamok/Red Crane Ving Chun - San Antonio, TX
Multi-Dimensional Warriors - South Africa
"IF I HAVE SEEN FURTHER IT IS ONLY BECAUSE I HAVE STOOD ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS." - (Isaac Newton)
"Warriors train, everyone else works out." "No Mind...No Mistakes...No Fear...No Ambition...Just Let Go."
Lahong Guro James Earles? Mataas na Guro Dustin Denson
"Speed hides slop." "If you don’t question your training,
Amo Guro Mike Blackgrave there’s a good chance you may be following a cycle of Dogma."
Tuhon Tim Waid
"Compartmentalization slows the process of flow.
Practice does not make perfect...PERFECT practice makes perfect."
Tagaturo Steve Klement