This article is a historical overview of the Sayoc Kali system, as developed by Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc. A FULL TIMELINE of important Sayoc Kali events from 1959 to 2017 can be found below this article.
Young Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc: The Innovator Behind Sayoc Kali
All systems evolve from something. A starting point, and idea or an experience. In the case of Pamana (Inheritor of Family Legacy) Tuhon Chris Sayoc, his system, Sayoc Kali, is the result of a lifetime of training and real life experiences. It’s about his personal development and his understanding based on the many lessons learned throughout his life. It’s his system, his thought process, his philosophy, his method of movement, his way of training and his way of life.
During the 70’s the Sayoc household was a frequent stopping point for many, many Filipinos visiting the east coast. Having a martial arts school gave the Sayocs frequent contact with visitors and locals alike. During this time most of these visiting Master Instructors had no organized systems; many had no organizations at all. But as they came through, each of them shared and trained with the young Chris Sayoc. Each of them contributing to the lessons he was learning from others.
As the young Chris Sayoc trained with the many different Filipino masters that passed through New York, he also trained his own “crew.” Teenagers, like himself. Some older, some younger. These guys were his testing and training ground. They trained and fought using everything the young Chris Sayoc learned or developed. They pushed the boundaries of training to the point of extreme and fought in the streets and in tournaments. Chris’ personal training ranged from Tae Kwon Do to training with Master Leo Gaje, Professor Vee, Remy Presas and many, many others. Chris Sayoc was a private student and demonstration partner of Master Gaje from September 1976 to December 1979.
Origins of “Tuhon”
It was during this time that Chris Sayoc decided to be called by the name ‘Tuhon.’ This wasn’t a title used in the martial arts at the time, instead it was in reference to the historical Malay word, “Tuan,” meaning “Leader who has achieved Mastery.” This was his role in his gang, to his friends and his students. Later Master Leo Gaje chose to use it as a title of rank in his martial art of Pekiti Tirsia and so the “title” of Tuhon has become widespread in the Filipino Martial Arts.
Pamana Tuhon Sayoc has promoted 12 leaders to the title of “Tuhon.”
Organization / Systematization
The Sayoc family system wasn’t actually organized into a curriculum until Tuhon Chris changed the name to Sayoc Fighting System in 1981. Until then it was simply referred to as “Dugo ng Bansa” or “Blood of the Nation”. Tuhon Chris’ father (Tatang), Baltazar Sayoc had referred to the system as this, as well as many of his elders. This implied that the arts of the Philippines belonged to all the people of the Philippines and was a legacy of those who had shed blood to preserve their culture. Later as they started teaching the public they simply referred to it as Arnis.
Tuhon Chris had been teaching his own system as well as Pekiti Tirsia during this time. Later after a tournament at the United Nations, where he and his crew had performed extremely well against grown men, Tuhon Chris decided to go his own way and teach his own system. So he formalized the Sayoc Fighting System, with his father as the “Tatang” or Father as head of the system. However, it was the young Tuhon Chris who formalized the training programs, curriculum and taught most of the students. Tuhon Chris signed all the certificates of rank along with his father “Tatang” Bo. Of course other members of the Sayoc household trained as well up to this point. Chris Sayoc’s brothers and sisters trained in Tae Kwon Do, some trained sporadically with Master Leo Gaje, but it was the young Tuhon Chris who was the one in charge. He was the eldest, the most experienced.
“All Blade, All the Time” and the Training Formula
As Tuhon Chris grew older he focused more and more on the bladed aspect of the Filipino Martial Arts. With the focus of “All Blade, All the Time” Tuhon Chris created a completely new and highly evolved Bladed system that he named Sayoc Kali. This curriculum would focus on mastering Vital Targeting of the body, installing reflexes that are honed to perfection and that consider the tactical use of multiple edged weapons in high stress environments. Through the use of Transition Drills, Vital Template, Multi-Man drills, Training Modifiers and target-specific tapping against intelligent, skilled and resisting opponents. Focused only on teaching a few hand selected men in his backyard, training was rigorous and dangerous with a focus on performance. This testing ground for the new curriculum proved quite effective and although it is now more streamlined, it’s still the formula for today’s Sayoc Kali Instructor Training. Each Instructor in Sayoc Kali is personally trained by Tuhon Chris Sayoc himself in his home in small groups.
Public Release, Combat Choreography, Tactical/Combatives Divisions
In 1997 Pamana Tuhon decided to open his system up to the public, allowing others to see for the first time the evolution of the art of Sayoc Kali. The system and the Instructors have proven themselves to be of the highest quality. Sayoc Kali has in the short time it’s been open to the public made amazing changes in the Filipino Martial Arts world. With changes in mentality on such ideas as a training rig, projectiles as a legitimate fighting tactic, Feeder mindset and the concept of Vital Templates, other Filipino Martial Arts systems are now adding these ideas to their training.
Sayoc Kali made a huge impact when two of its top Instructors were instrumental in the training and fight choreography of the major motion picture The Hunted, attracting huge audiences to the Filipino Martial Arts for the first time. In the military field, Sayoc Tactical Group (STG) has trained many of the highest levels of government agencies as well as the nation’s most elite military special forces groups. Men who really count on life saving skills when everything else fails, when it’s face to face, life and death in a dark corner of the world, these men count on Sayoc Tactical Group to bring them home.
Today Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc continues to teach and train Instructors. He guides Sayoc Global LLC. And it’s sub-divisions of Sayoc Kali, Sayoc Fighting System, Sayoc Tactical Group (STG) and Sayoc Combat Choreography. Each of these entities continues to grow and influence their perspective fields, leading the way and evolving the entire concept of edged weapons combatives.
1963 Started training from the many different martial artists that visited and stayed at his parents’ home
1975 Formally introduced to Judo training once a week as an after school program conducted at local Junior High School #217 in Queens (lasted for 8 lessons)
1976 All Sayoc siblings began formal Tae Kwon Do training at Chang’s Karate School in Queens, NY that became co-owned by Baltazar Zook Sayoc, Sr.
1977 Tuhon Chris Sayoc develops his projectile system that will later be called Sayoc Bakal. The skill sets will be shown in the current “chopstick wars”.
1977 Chang brothers decide to relocate to North Dakota. Tae Kwon Do classes are taken over by Master Tae Sik Kim of the Moo Duk Kwan TKD Federation. The school is remodeled and a new sign that read “Kim’s Karate”.
1977 Introduced to Arnis de Mano. Started classes with Master Leo Gaje in Rego Park, Queens. The Arnis America Organization is formed with Greg Alland as President.
1977 Chris Sayoc receive 1st degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do under Masters Joo Ki Chang and Young Ki Chang and become Junior Instructors for the children’s classes.
1977 Chris Sayoc forms the Arnis America Organization Juniors. The youth chapter of the Arnis America Organization. The main propagator and demonstration group for Filipino Martial Arts Training in the East Coast.
1977 Chris Sayoc develops “Thought Provocation Method”. A process of learning from the “Feeder’s point of view”, his personal viewpoint of learning through trial and error.
1977 Chris Sayoc and group members select Filipino nicknames to identify their heritage. Chris Sayoc chooses ‘Tuhon’ which meant a Leader who has achieved mastery.
1977 Met Professor Remy Amador Presas and Rolando Dantes. The Professor was a regular guest at the Sayoc residence. Chris Sayoc and his demo team also represented Professor Presas at many local demonstrations. Chris Sayoc is also a certified ranked Black Belt in Modern Arnis.
1977 Philippine Stick Fighting Championship at the Philippine Embassy in NYC hosted by the Arnis America Organization. Tuhon Chris Sayoc takes 1st in forms and 2nd in fighting earning the title of Grand Champion. Tuhon Chris Sayoc and his students take home most of the trophies.
1977 Felix Cortes starts training (1977 to 1980) with Tuhon Chris Sayoc
1977 Master Leo Gaje with assistant Tuhon Chris Sayoc go to Torrance, California to meet with Guro Dan Inosanto. Tuhon Chris Sayoc gets to meet Master Leo Giron as well as other Masters. This is when Master Leo Gaje tells Guro Dan Inosanto that Tuhon Chris Sayoc is the heir to his system of Pekiti-Tirsia.
1978 Tuhon Chris Sayoc is awarded ‘Lakan-Dalawa’ in Modern Arnis. The Modern Arnis Organization in Jersey City, NJ. The awards and certificates are given by Professor Remy Presas and his Commissioner Mr. Jun Almario.
1978 Master Leo Gaje moves his training operations to the Sayoc School in Jamaica, Queens. The school becomes recognized as the Pekiti-Tirsia International Schools for Arnis, Inc. which Tuhon Chris Sayoc is made President. (listings in Inside Kung Fu magazines)
1978 Tuhon Chris Sayoc is appointed by Edward Carter as Martial Art Instructor and Youth Leader for the Fort Greene Youth Patrol in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The Fort Greene Youth Patrol, which was founded and established by Edward Carter in 1968 and served hundreds of inner city youth, young adults, and senior citizens.
1978 Chris Sayoc receive 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do under Master Kim and become Instructors for the children’s classes and assistants to the adult classes.
1978 Masters Cacoy and Diony Canete arrive to visit and demonstrate at the Sayoc School in Queens. Chris Sayoc was his demo student. Many Masters have visited and given classes at the school including Professor Amante Marinas (Lanada Arnis), Professor Florendo Visitacion (Vee-Jitsu Te), Grand Master Duk Sung Sun (TKD), Eddie Jafri (Penjak Silat), and many more experts in the different disciplines.
1978 Arnis America Organization does a demonstration in the state of Maryland and are introduced to Master Fred Ocampo of Arbutus Tae Kwon Do Center.
1979 Tuhon Chris Sayoc is elected LEO CLUB District 20R2 President. (LEO CLUB is the youth version of the LIONS CLUB)
1979 Tuhon Chris Sayoc conducts Arnis seminar for Master Fred Ocampo in Maryland. Some of the seminar attendees are Mike Bosch, Victor Battung and Dr. Charles Patalinghug and his family.
1979 Chris Sayoc receive 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do under Master Tae Sik Kim at the school in Queens, NY
1980 Chris Sayoc develops “Holistic Mind Method” an evolved version of the “Thought Provocation Method”. A process of learning from the “Feeder” and “Receiver” point of view”.
1980 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and students represent Arnis Master Leo Gaje to perform at the first professional demonstration of full-contact competition at the Playboy Club, Great Gorge, New Jersey.
1980 Baltazar and Antonette Sayoc and the rest of the Sayoc family move to Poinciana, Florida. Close family friend Bujin Mateen and family also moves to Poinciana, Florida. Tuhon Chris Sayoc stayed and is now the sole operator and instructor of the school in Queens.
1980 Ray Dionaldo starts training with Bujin Mateen (1983 1995). Guro Bujinin Lateef Mateen was a student, friend and mentor to Tuhon Chris
1980 Tuhon Chris Sayoc is now completely running the Kim’s Tae Kwon Do classes and the Pekiti-Tirsia Arnis classes at his school in Queens. The school is divided into 2 sections. The Tae Kwon Do section is a carpeted 2000 square feet and the Arnis section is vinyl tiled 8000 square feet. The school is called the Sayoc Martial Arts Center.
1980 Grand Master Cacoy Canete along with Bonifacio Uy and Arnulfo Dong Cuesta and several of the Canete Clan show up at the Queens school to challenge Master Leo Gaje. Grand Master Cacoy held a special demonstration for Tuhon Sayoc and students.
1981 Tuhon Sayoc established a branch in Jersey City, NJ which was taken over by good friend Dong Cuesta and has flourished to Philippine Integrated Martial Arts.
1981 Master Tae Sik Kim retires from teaching Tae Kwon Do and Tuhon Chris Sayoc takes over as school owner and Tae Kwon Do Instructor. Tuhon Chris Sayoc changes the school sign to “Arnis de Mano – Philippine Martial Arts”
1981 Tuhon Chris Sayoc stops teaching Tae Kwon Do and closes the Karate program. The school is now dedicated to Pekiti-Tirsia Arnis and a mixed martial art blend that Tuhon Chris has developed. At this point Tuhon Chris Sayoc is no longer training with Master Gaje.
1981 Tuhon Chris Sayoc establishes a branch in Bayshore, Long Island, NY. Run by Steven Hendricks and named the Bayshore Kali Academy by Tuhon Sayoc. Some of the students are Roberto Torres and Allie Alberigo. The school was also listed in Inside Kung Fu magazine.
1982 Majapahit Martial Arts under Master Leo and Eddie Jafri host a stick fighting and Pentjak Silat tournament at the United Nations in NYC, NY. Tuhon Chris Sayoc and students overwhelmed the event in all categories. Guro Dan Inosanto was the center ring referee.
1982 After the United Nations tournament, Master Leo Gaje called Tuhon Chris Sayoc and said that the performance was not acceptable and Master Leo Gaje would have to come to the school to retrain everyone. This also was unacceptable to Tuhon Chris Sayoc and students. The same day anything to do with Pekiti-Tirsia was erased from the school.
1982 After the official separation with Master Leo Gaje, Tuhon Chris Sayoc named his new style the Sayoc Fighting System. Tuhon Sayoc concentrated on developing a system far ahead of his previous training with no likeness for comparison. This is how Tuhon Chris Sayoc founded, created and developed the Sayoc Fighting System.
1983 After settling in Poinciana, Florida since 1980. Baltazar “Bo” Sayoc opens the Sayoc International Schools for Kali, the school was named by Tuhon Chris Sayoc.
1983 The Sayoc International Schools for Kali in Kissimmee, Florida hosted a week long training camp with featured Guro Dan Inosanto who was traveling with Tuhon Chris Sayoc from Virginia. Guro Dan Inosanto stayed at the Sayoc residence for a week.
1983 Tuhon Sayoc formulates a written version of the Sayoc Fighting System. The book featured the first 36 vital templates.
1983 Baltazar Zook and Antonette Castaneda divorce. Baltazar Zook Sayoc moves to Ft. Myers, Florida with daughter Deanne Sayoc.
1983 Deanne Sayoc opens school called Pacific Martial Arts Center of Ft. Myers, Florida with Tatang Bo Sayoc as Head Instructor.
1983 The first Sayoc Fighting System manual written by Tuhon Chris Sayoc is released.
1983 Rafael and Ricardo Kayanan start training in Ft Myers, Florida
1984 Tatang Bo’s school closes after a year and shortly after opens Philippine Martial Arts Academy of Ft Myers, Florida with assistance from his student Ruben Burgos
1984 Tuhon Sayoc and his family in NY are running his school in Queen. Tuhon Sayoc is continually travelling and conducting seminars on the Sayoc Fighting System all over the east coast.
1984 Guest Instructor for Master Proforio Lanada of the Lanada style of Arnis. Hosted by Roberto Torres at the residence of Dennis Tierney. Tuhon Sayoc was accompanied by the Atienza brothers.
1985 Tatang Bo Sayoc opens a new Philippine Martial Arts Academy of Naples, Florida with assistance from his student James Kohler. Tatang Bo Sayoc creates an organization called International Philippine Martial Arts and appoints Tuhon Chris Sayoc as the President.
1985 Tuhon Chris Sayoc develops “Three Dimensional Thinking Method an evolved version of the “Holistic Mind Method”. A process of learning from the “Observer” point of view”.
1985 Sayoc Martial Arts Center in Queens, NY closes. Tuhon Chris Sayoc is teaching privately in house and continues to conduct seminars on the Sayoc Fighting System.
1985 Sayoc Kali named, founded, developed and propagated by Tuhon Chris Sayoc.
1985 Ricardo Kayanan draws the Sayoc Vital Template man.
1986 Rafael Kayanan designs 1st Sayoc Kali t-shirts, including fonts for Sayoc Kali. There are several T-shirts designs and logos for hats, jackets, sweat pants, and other apparel.
1986 1st 36 count Knife Drill developed at Antonette Sayoc residence in St. Cloud, Florida. Tuhon Chris Sayoc with Rafael, Ricardo Kayanan and the late Anthony Sayoc assisted Tuhon Chris in creating and developing “Knife Drill #1”.
1986 Tuhon Chris Sayoc wrote the Sayoc Fighting System manual, transcribed by Silak Tess
1987 Tuhon Chris Sayoc develops “Logical Order of Thinking Method” (LOT) an evolved version of the “Three Dimensional Thinking Method”. A thought process specific to the learning and teaching formulas of Sayoc Kali.
1989 Guest for the 1989 World Stick Fighting Tournament in Jersey City, NJ. The event was sponsored by the Doce Pares organization.
1990 Tuhon Chris Sayoc starts teaching at the Joel Buccholtz Isshin- Ryu school in Bayonne, NJ.
1990 Ray Dionaldo designs and fabricates the first aluminum trainers and is commissioned by Tuhon Chris Sayoc to manufacture and design original training rig.
1990 Neil Mendez, Francisco Ponce, Mark Conroy start training in Sayoc Kali
1991 Tuhon Chris Sayoc promoted Felix Cortes and Roberto Torres to the title of Tuhon at the Apolo’s Tae Kwon Do School in Glen Burnie, MD. There were 26 attendees that received their Rank and Status under the Sayoc Fighting System. The event was filmed by then videographer Rey Galang.
1991 Tuhon Chris Sayoc establishes the Council of Tuhons. The rank and status of Tuhon can only be bestowed by Tuhon Chris Sayoc, The originating Tuhon of the Sayoc Fighting System and Sayoc Kali. All current Instructors are listed in the www.sayoc.com Instructors listing. If your name is not on the list, your rank is suspended and privileges removed.
1991 Tom Kier, Colin Ryan and Robert Kier start training in Sayoc Kali in Bayonne, NJ.
1991 Tuhon Chris Sayoc develops the Tournament Manual for Sayoc Kali competition. The format is full contact with rattan sticks. You can hit anywhere except throat and spine. Throws, sweeps, kicks, knees, elbows, and hand strikes allowed.
1991 Tuhon Chris Sayoc referees the 1st Sayoc Kali “Full Contact Stick Fighting” ring in Bayonne, NJ. The tournament is hosted by Grand Master Joel Buccholtz of the Bayonne Isshin-Ryu Organization. The Official Sayoc Kali Rules were applied.
1992 Tuhon Chris Sayoc holds 1st Sayoc Kali “Full Contact Stick Fighting” tournament in Allentown, PA. The event is hosted by Filipino Grand Master Esteban Conde, Sr. Official Sayoc Kali Rules.
1993 Tuhon Chris Sayoc holds 2 Sayoc Kali “Full Contact Stick Fighting” tournaments in Allentown, PA. The event is hosted by Filipino Grand Master Esteban Conde, Sr. Official Sayoc Kali Rules.
1994 Tuhon Chris Sayoc holds 2 Sayoc Kali “Full Contact Stick Fighting” tournaments in Allentown, PA. The event is hosted by Filipino Grand Master Esteban Conde, Sr. Official Sayoc Kali Rules.
1995 Tuhon Chris Sayoc with Chris (Jeff) Sayoc, Jr. and Jimmie Sayoc develop the ‘Battang Tuhon Series’.
1996 Tuhon Chris Sayoc featured in “Filipino Martial Culture” book written by Professor Mark V. Wiley
1997 Tuhon Chris Sayoc is proud to announce his 6th child, Sabrina Sayoc.
1997 Chris (Jeff) Sayoc, Jr. and Jimmie Sayoc with the title of ’Battang Tuhon’ (young Tuhon) are official assisting their father, Tuhon Chris Sayoc, Sr. in Sayoc Kali affairs and business.
1997 Tuhon Chris Sayoc decides to go public with Sayoc Kali’s “All Blade – All the Time” curriculum and conducts public seminar in Woodside, NY at the Mayo Martial Arts Academy. This is the first time the 3 of 9 vital templates and knife transition drill#1 is taught in a public seminar. This is also when the “LOT” formula is applied in seminars.
1998 Tuhon Chris Sayoc creates the Sayoc International Group, Inc., the exclusive organization for Sayoc Kali.
1998 Tuhon Chris Sayoc is guest Instructor at Sama-sama in St. Cloud, Florida hosted by Master Mike Sayoc and Master Raffy Pambuan.
1998 Tuhon Chris Sayoc conducts seminar at the Inosanto Academy.
1998 Tuhon Chris Sayoc is guest Instructor at Uncle Bill’s gathering in Colorado. Assisting Tuhon Sayoc are Tom Kier, Gordon Katz, and Charles Kangas.
1999 Tuhon Chris Sayoc co-sponsors Sama-sama in St. Cloud, Florida with Master Mike Sayoc and Master Raffy Pambuan. Tatang Bo Sayoc and Grand Master Fred Ocampo are guests. Assisting instructors are Chris Sayoc, Jr. and Jimmie Sayoc
2000 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. is legally service marked “Sayoc Kali”.
2000 Robert Burgee of Edges2 (traingblades.com) becomes the Official Training Blade maker for Sayoc. Also a student of Sayoc Kali, Bob clearly understood our needs. Bob’s finesse and eye for detail has not been matched. Bob is also our videographer and has produced with Tuhon Chris Sayoc many of the dvd’s on the website. Tuhon Chris Sayoc will only surround himself by the most gifted talent in their fields.
2000 First Sayoc DVDs are filmed. ALL Sayoc DVDs were originated and created by Tuhon Chris Sayoc. The 3 of 9 Vital Template dvd released to the public. Check www.sayoc.com store for details and description of available Sayoc dvd’s. Currently, there are over 20 dvd’s available to the public and over 300+ titles that have been filmed.
2000 Sayoc Whip and flexible weapons curriculum is introduced. Tuhon Chris Sayoc appoints Jimmie Sayoc as Official Sayoc Whip Instructor and authorizes Basic Whip Course Completion Certificates.
2000 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 1st Sayoc Sama-sama in Hazelton, PA at the Paragon Adventure Park.
2001 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 2nd Sayoc Sama-sama in Hazelton, PA at the Paragon Adventure Park
2002 Tuhon Chris Sayoc was a guest Instructor at FilipinoPalooza seminar in Philadelphia, PA where he met Krishna Godhania of Warrior Escrima and Grand Master Dawud Muhammad of Muhammad’s Martial Arts.
2002 Tuhon Chris Sayoc hosts the “Melee Wars” and “Circle of Pain” seminars in Media, PA. Introduces Atienza Kali with Carl, Allain ”Bong” and Daryl “Dee” Atienza and families.
2002 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 3rd Sayoc Sama-sama in Hazelton, PA at the Paragon Adventure Park
2003 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 4th Sayoc Sama-sama in Hazelton, PA at the Paragon Adventure Park. This event was the only Sayoc Sama-sama that Tatang Bo Sayoc attended, he demonstrated his “Finger Touch system” to the 200+ Sayoc practitioners and was interviewed for the archives. The other guest instructors are Guro Ken Pannell of Silat, Steve Lefebvre of Bujinkan Nin Jitsu and Tuhon Roberto Torres of Talio Silat.
2003 Tuhon Sayoc introduces Sayoc Kali to England. The event was host by Guro Krishna Godhania. Assisting instructors are Tuhons Tom Kier, Felix Cortes, Chris Sayoc, Jr., Jimmie Sayoc and Guro Ray Dionaldo.
2003 Ray Dionaldo receives the title of Tuhon at the England seminar.
2003 Tuhon Chris Sayoc appoints Guro Krishna Godhania as European Representative for Sayoc Kali. Guro Krishna Godhania continues to Introduce Sayoc Kali into Europe hosting Tuhon’s Tom Kier, Ray Dionaldo, Felix Cortes and several certified instructors of Sayoc Kali.
2003 Tuhon Chris Sayoc writes the Full Instructor manual of the Sayoc Kali curriculum. The manual is called “Black Program”. The Tuhon level curriculum is called “The Gray Program” and the current Sayoc Kali curriculum is called “The White Program”.
2003 The Official tribal tattoo of the Tuhon Chris Sayoc family is presented designed by Tuhon Rafael Kayanan. The “Sayoc Shield” artwork is designed by Tuhon Ricardo Kayanan. The Official Inker of the Sayoc family is Sayoc Associate Instructor and Tattoo artist Jim Cacciatore.
2004 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 5th Sayoc Sama-sama in Hazelton, PA at the Paragon Adventure Park
2005 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 6th Sayoc Sama-sama in Blakeslee, PA at the Sayoc site.
2006 Richard Sayoc with the title of ‘Battang Tuhon’ (young Tuhon) is officially assisting his father, Tuhon Chris Sayoc, Sr. and Brothers Chris (Jeff) Sayoc, Jr. and Jimmie Sayoc in Sayoc Kali affairs and business.
2006 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 7th Sayoc Sama-sama in St. Cloud, Florida. The guest instructor is Ama Guro Raffy Pambuan of Pambuan Arnis.
2006 In Europe, the Sayoc International Group has Official Training Groups in Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Ireland, Russia, Germany, and England. These groups are trained and sponsored by Guro Krishna Godhania.
2007 Baltazar ‘Tatang Bo’ Zook Sayoc passed away at his home January 4, 2007 in Cavite, Philippines. (RIP pops)
2007 Antonette Castaneda Sayoc passed away peacefully on February 27, 2007 in St. Cloud, Florida. (RIP mama)
2007 Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 8th Sayoc Sama-sama in St. Cloud, Florida. This event inaugurated the new titles of Pamana Tuhon Sayoc and Pamana Silak Tess Sayoc. The Atienza Kali family were also inaugurated in their new titles. The guest is James Jacks, film producer and writer, whose credits include The Hunted, Tombstone, Raising Arizona and more. Our friend and brother Jim James passed away January 21, 2014
2008 Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 9th Sayoc Sama-sama in in St. Cloud, Florida. This event featured guest instructors as Grand Master Nene Tortal of the Dekiti System from the Philippines, Gat Puno Abon Baet of the Garimot System and is also a Master Chef, Guro Raffy Pambuan of Pambuan Arnis and also a Master Chef, Guro Bahatti Merchant of Silat from Hawaii, and Tuhon Carl Atienza of Atienza Kali. Special Tribute to the 1st Manong of Sayoc Kali, Manong Dawud Muhammad.
2009 Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc International Group, Inc. host the 10th Sayoc Sama-sama in Blakeslee, PA at the Sayoc Site. This event is highlighted with the promotion of the “Full Instructors” of Sayoc Kali. A full instructor is a product of ALL Sayoc Tuhons.
2009 Full Instructors of Sayoc Kali are inducted at Sama-sama 2009. The full instructors are Harley Elmore, Nick Sacoulas, Victor Wong, Robert Shin and Kevin Blake.
2010 Sayoc International Group, Inc. is closed and Sayoc Global, LLC is formed.
2010 Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC. host the 11th Sayoc Sama-sama in Blakeslee, PA at the Sayoc Site
2011 Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC host the 12th Sayoc Sama-sama in Blakeslee, PA at the Sayoc Site
2011 1st Sayoc Sama-Sama in Europe is hosted by Guro Krishna Godhania. The event was attended by Official Training Groups in Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Greece, Ireland, Russia, Germany, England as well as the United States. Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc with family and Sayoc Instructors introduced Sayoc Kali.
2011 Pamana Silak Tess Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC has legally registered and service marked “Sayoc Kali”
2011 Pamana Silak Tess Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC has legally registered and service marked “Sayoc Fighting System”
2011 Pamana Silak Tess Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC has legally copyrighted Sayoc Kali DVDs.
2011 Balitang America interview with Tuhon Rafael Kayanan, assisted by Tuhon Pat Consing and Guro Nick Saglibene
2012 Sayoc Combat Choreography (SCC) February NCIS:LA two part season finale.
Written and Produced by Dave Kalstein
Tuhon Rafael Kayanan fight design and technical advisor
2012 Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc Global LLC host the 13th Sayoc Sama-sama in St. Cloud, FL at the Sayoc Site
2012 2nd Sayoc Sama-Sama in Europe is hosted by Guro Krishna Godhania. The event was attended by Official Training throughout Europe as well as the United States. Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc with Tuhons Jimmie and Richard Sayoc. Assisted by Tuhon Patrick Consing, Full Instructors Brian Calaustro and Dr Bob Shin and Sayoc Instructors introduced Sayoc Kali Guard Series. Guest Instructor is Tuhon Carl Atienza of Atienza Kali. Hidden Agenda Guest Instructor is Kevin Estela of Estela Wilderness Survival.
2012 Sayoc Combat Choreography (SCC) September NCIS: LA features Sayoc Stick Grappling (Tuhon Tom Kier flavor) this episode is the first time the team states they train SAYOC on the air. Written and Produced by Dave Kalstein
Tuhon Rafael Kayanan fight design and technical advisor
Assisted by Tuhon Patrick Consing, Guro Brian Calaustro, Zee Alhusaini and Joey Pena
2013 February Sayoc Combat Choreography (SCC) NCIS: LA episode KILLHOUSE
Written and Produced by Dave Kalstein
Tuhon Rafael Kayanan fight design and technical advisor
2013 Monthly Sayoc Instructors Only Training – Initiated the Sayoc Royal Guard Series. Instructors Nicholas Stevens, archiving by notes and video the Original Royal Guard series, the first systemization of Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc. Highly footwork based, balance removal, bone breaking and nonlinear power strikes. There are currently 20 of 20 curriculum sets. Material to be released during Sama-sama 2014.
2013 Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC. host the 14th Sayoc Sama-Sama in St Cloud, Florida at the Sayoc Site. The Council of Tuhons have been selected as displayed on the www.sayoc.com site under Sayoc Tuhons.
2013 3rd Sayoc Sama-Sama in Europe is hosted by Guro Krishna Godhania. The event was attended by Official Training throughout Europe as well as the United States. Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc with Tuhons Jimmie and Richard Sayoc. Assisted by Tuhon Patrick Consing, Full Instructors Brian Calaustro and Dr Bob Shin and Sayoc Instructors introduced Sayoc Royal Guard Series. Hidden Agenda Guest Instructor is the world renowned Kevin Estela of Estela Wilderness Survival.
2013 Tuhon Chris Sayoc releases the “Zerambit” A kerambit type edged weapon designed by Tuhon Sayoc. Originally to debut in film, the current live blade version by Sayoc Full Instructor and Blade maker Guro Harley Elmore are currently in production.
2013 November. Sayoc Combat Choreography (SCC) NCIS: LA episode FROZEN LAKE Written and Produced by Dave Kalstein
Tuhon Rafael Kayanan fight design and technical advisor. New Sayoc student and martial arts superstar Ernie Reyes Jr in an epic kukri knife fight vs. LL Cool J and Chris O Donnell. Assisted by Tuhon Pat Consing and Guro Brian Calaustro. The Kidlat Knife is featured designed and created by Tuhon Rafael Kayanan and Guro Harley Elmore.
2014 January. LONE TARGET (Titled MANHUNT outside US) debuts starring former Navy SEAL Joel Lambert on the Discovery Channel. Sayoc blades are featured being tested in the jungles and urban areas.
2014 Sayoc Combat Choreography (SCC) NCIS: LA Tuhon Raf fight design
with assist by Sayoc NorCal John Perrings. The fan favorite character Nell uses a folder in her first action sequence.
2014 February. Sayoc Combat Choreography (SCC) NCIS: LA TUHON episode airs starring Danny Trejo as Tuhon. Written and Produced by Dave Kalstein. Tuhon Rafael Kayanan fight design and technical advisor. Features two blades designed and created by Tuhon Raf and Guro Harley Elmore. Tuhon Carl Atienza is featured in a double barong duel with LL Cool J. Stunt crew from 300 and Fast & Furious were also included. Assisted by Guro Joey Pena, Nick Pena, Guro Brian Calaustro and Guro John Perrings.
2014 February Sayoc Combat Choreography (SCC) Debuting Number 1 in the box office is Liam Neeson’s NON- STOP. Tuhon Rafael Kayanan Technical Advisor
2014 Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC. host the 15th Sayoc Sama-Sama in Los Angeles, California
2014 4th Sayoc Sama-Sama in Europe is hosted by Guro Krishna Godhania. The event was attended by Official Training throughout Europe as well as the United States. Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc with Tuhons Jimmie and Richard Sayoc. Assisted by Tuhon Patrick Consing and Guro Nick Stevens
2015 Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC. host the 16th Sayoc Sama-Sama in St. Cloud, Florida at the family site
2015 5th Sayoc Sama-Sama in Europe is hosted by Guro Krishna Godhania. The event was attended by Official Training throughout Europe as well as the United States. Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc with Tuhons Jimmie and Richard Sayoc. Assisted by Tuhon Patrick Consing and Guro Nick Stevens
2016 Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC. host the 17th Sayoc Sama-Sama in St. Cloud, Florida at the family site promoting the LEGACY of Sayoc
2016 6th Sayoc Sama-Sama in Europe is hosted by Guro Krishna Godhania. The event was attended by Official Training throughout Europe as well as the United States. Tuhon Richard Sayoc, Tuhon Patrick Consing and Tuhon Harley Elmore was assisted by Guro Nick Stevens
2017 Pamana Tuhon Christopher Castaneda Sayoc, Sr. passed away on May 3rd
2017 Pamana Silak Tess Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC. host the 18th Sayoc Sama-Sama in Blakeslee, PA promoting the BROTHERHOOD of Sayoc. A Tribute to Pamana Tuhon Chris Sayoc
2017 7th Sayoc Sama-Sama in Europe is hosted by Guro Krishna Godhania. The event was attended by Official Training throughout Europe as well as the United States. Pamana Silak Tess Sayoc with Tuhon Richard Sayoc and Tuhon Harley Elmore. Assisted by Guro Nick Sacoulas and Guro Nick Stevens
2017 Pamana Silak Tess Sayoc and the Sayoc Global, LLC has legally applied to register and service mark “Sayoc One Tribe”