Gene’s childhood in the Philippines is marked by practice of various arts, including Cinco Teros Arnis. He is personally trained by his friend, founder and master teacher Rolando Hong. Gene returns to Baguio yearly to re-certify and reconnect with this family art.
Gene’s current practice in Aikido, Silat, Karate, Iaido and brief experience in Kendo provides a widened perspective of the martial application of the arts, especially as it pertains to Arnis, Kali, Eskrima.
Master Rolando Hong Philippines
Maestro Mayor (Master Teacher) Rolando Hong started in Martial Arts in 1962 under his uncle Maestro Onofre Solomon of Pangasinan who was his mentor in the secretive art of Cinco Teros, that traces its origin in San Jacinto and Urbis Tondo Pangasinan.
Maestro Mayor Hong remains a guardian of the art of Cinco Teros teaching only trusted students, mostly close friends and family members for the preservation of the Cinco Teros.
Maestro Mayor Hong is also a Black Belt in Judo and Karate and is a former member of the Philippine National Team in Karate and was a former Karate world Champion in the "1st World Karate Goodwill Tournament.