About

Grandmaster Christopher Ricketts, one of the 5 Pillars of Kali Ilustrisimo, is currently based in San Diego, California.  “Topher,” as he is called by his peers, is renowned and respected as an experienced tournament (both full-contact and point system) and street fighter. He is known for his strict emphasis on using basics and frequent contact sparring. Topher has trained champions, many of whom have become part of Philippine teams in Asian and international competitions. Apart from being Chief Instructor for Bakbakan, Topher has assisted his brother Ronnie Ricketts, a Philippine action star, in choreographing action scenes in many movies.

Master Ricketts was a senior student of the late Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo for almost 25  years. As a master of Kali Ilustrisimo, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities on this style of Filipino martial arts. Master Ricketts is also the found of Sagasa, a Filipino karate/kickboxing system, and is the founder and chief instructor of Bakbakan International.

Ever since the passing of the late Grandmaster Christopher Ricketts, his younger son Guro Brandon,  is currently teaching Kali Ilustrisimo at the Gracie Barra San Diego facility located at: 5269 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92110.  To attend classes or arrange private, one-on-one instruction, please email bran_ricketts@yahoo.com

Photography by Felici Photography