Jamie Yancovitz is a scholar, educator, and leader of Warrior Womxn. An Ilongga-American from the Bronx and instructor of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Jamie started Survival Arts Academy in Bacolod City, Philippines to help protect women and girls from violence and sexual assault.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has taught at universities and communities throughout the Philippines, New York, and California.
In 2018, she introduced her Survival Arts program to Los Angeles and Southern California’s indigenous womxn’s communities, training over 300 students in one year. Her work has been featured in CNN Philippines, Rappler, Voyage LA Magazine, Voices of America, Long Beach Post, Bustle, and the Huffington Post. Weaving the wisdom of her ancestors with a matriarchal praxis, her work is rooted in the belief that all women should have the knowledge to protect themselves and their families. Survival Arts works to create a safer world for all girls. survivalarts.org | @survivalarts
Darcey De Los Reyes
Darcey De Los Reyes is a Filipino-American professional photographer and videographer born in Subic Bay, Philippines and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.
As a freelancer with over 10 years of experience in fashion and portrait photography, DELOSPHOTO has created a name for himself as a shooter. Having shot the rising models of the fashion industry, Darcey has also worked with all the top tier clients, from modeling agencies to multinational brands.
As a Pekiti Tirsia Kali student, Darcey trained under Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. and the Ladra Brothers, Tuhon Bobby Ladra and Tuhon Apolo Ladra. As a practitioner and co-instructor, he believes in protecting the art and creating space for Filipinos to connect to their own culture saying, “The purpose of the art is to protect the family. We should be teaching more women.”
Currently based in Los Angeles, Darcey contributes his work into photography, videography, and instruction for Survival Arts, while also serving as the official PTK photographer of Grand Tuhon. His work can be found on delosphoto.com and @delosphoto.
Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr.
As the supreme grandmaster and guardian of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje Jr. is a 3-time Hall of Fame awardee, and Weapons Master Instructor across the globe. He has been featured on magazine covers since the 1980, most recently on the cover of Black Belt Magazine, recognized as Man of the Year 2018. In 2019, Grand Tuhon received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Martial Arts Supershow.
Grand Tuhon brought Pekiti Tirsia Kali (PTK) to the United States in 1972, and has since then shared his family art with more than 25 countries around the world. His contribution to Close Quarters Combat and Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) community is unsurpassable, making him one of the greatest living legends of our time. PTK is so effective with the use of weaponry and blade technology, that it is sought after by military & law enforcement groups internationally, serving as the only official Filipino fighting system of the Philippines military, U.S. Special Forces, Indian Special Forces, and Austrian Special Forces.
Based in the Philippines, Grand Tuhon continues to teach all around the world, preserving the PTK technology, and protecting this indigenous Filipino fighting art that has survived the test of time, from ancient warfare to modern weaponry.
For inquiries about private bookings & events with Grand Tuhon, contact us.
Jana Lynne (JL) Umipig
Jana Lynne (JL) Umipig is a multidisciplinary artist, liberation educator, Ilokana healer and activist who seeks to elevate understandings and rememberings of self as a reflection of her own life's journey toward decolonizing, ancestral remembrance and the humanization and liberation of self and all of creation.
She has traveled to communities throughout the world sharing her cultivated knowledge of processes that activates and support self and community healing and empowerment. She is the creator of The Journey of a Brown Girl and Raised Pinay reflective of her “Theatre as Ceremonial Liberation” and “For the Movement Theatre” pedagogies. She also is the creator of Kapwa Tarot, a diasporic Pilipinx divination tool that has been exchanged across the US and all over the world including Singapore, China, Australia, France, the UK and the Philippines
JL is a core member of The Center for Babaylan Studies and a practitioner at Minka Brooklyn. Currently JL is a founding Theatre Teacher creating a 4 year Revolutionary Theatre Program at a high school in East Brooklyn. As our Survival Arts NYC facilitator, she brings her ancestral work to the training, cultivating healing within the Sacred Survival Sisterhood. If you feel called to our NYC circle, please contact her here.
Julia Saubier is a Filipina-French filmmaker, film community organizer, and martial arts practitioner. Julia’s film work has screened at festivals around the world, including the Cannes Film Festival court métrage. She is principally focused on supporting Asian and female-centered narratives and creating diversity in film.
As a martial arts practitioner she spent time training in kung-fu across China, and recently began to train in Kali. Through Survival Arts, Julia has pushed forward a movement centered around teaching consent and respect, creating multilingual campaigns on #consent, and organizing trainings throughout the Philippines. She brought attention to the Survival Arts movement as a contestant on Binibining Pilipinas 2019, and through news features on CNN Philippines and Rappler.
Currently based between Manila, Beijing, and London, Julia works to promote narratives of strength and resilience for women of color around the world. If you would like to organize a Survival Arts training in Asia or Europe, please contact her here.