Mike Allen began his training in Martial Arts at the age of 15, when he started with amateur wrestling and western kickboxing. He was first introduced to Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) when he went to see a Jeet Kune Do (JKD) class with Erik Pedersen and other JKD instructors. He subsequently trained in JKD concepts for 3 years.
Due to Mike’s growing interest in FMA, Erik Pedersen brought Mike to see Guro Jun De Leon. At the time, Guro was just starting to teach FMA publicly, and coming to train with him was on an invitation-only basis. Mike was so impressed with Guro Jun and the quality of his students that he started training intensively at Guro Jun’s Kali De Leon (Formerly Arnis Academy in Toronto) almost immediately.
Through his training with Kali De Leon, Mike participated in many FMA demonstrations, assisted in the teaching of seminars and classes, and took part in international competitions. In 1999, Mike was the only participant from Canada at the 3rd Semi-Annual European Full Contact Tournament of the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF) held in Galway, Ireland. Representing Kali De Leon, Mike won a gold medal.
In 2005, Mike received the rank of Apprentice Instructor under Guro Jun de Leon.
In January of 2006, Mike began teaching FMA under his school Evolution Filipino Fighting Arts.
He has also appeared in several feature films and made-for-television movies, in which he acted, performed stunts and developed his own fight choreography.
1986: Amateur wrestling and western kickboxing.
1993: Makato Kambayama & Erik Pedersen (Jeet Kune Do).
1996: Guro Jun de Leon (Kali de Leon).
1998: Begins assisting with instruction and demonstrations at Kali de Leon classes and seminars.
1998: Mike was honoured to be asked to participate in the Spirit of Kalayaàn ’98 at the Rogers Centre (SkyDome). This was the centennial year celebration of the Philippines gaining independence from Spain. He participated in the “Battle of Mactan” a play re-enacting when the Spaniards first arrived in the Philippines, and when Ferdinand Magellan was killed by Datu Lapu Lapu. This included a group Sayow, a full contact tournament in stick fighting and various demonstrations.
1999: Won Gold Medal at the European Full Contact Tournament of the WEKAF.
1999 – 2014: Intermittent training in other systems of Martial Arts through various classes,
workshops and seminars, including:
* Kru Eric & Ed Advincula in Muay Thai (Tiger Gym)
* Senei Stan Chisholm in Jiu-Jitsu (Martial Concepts)
* Sensei Butch Snyder in Goju Aki-Jitsu
* Chen Tso Chen in Chi-Kung.
* Sifu Eric Tuttle in Tai-Chi.
* Bapak Ismail – Pasundan Pencak Silat
* Cecep Arif Rahman – Pukulan Silat
* Maul Mornie in Silat Suffian Bela Diri
2012 – Present:
*Guru Besar Jerry Jacobs in PCK Silat
*Kru Jim Marinow in Muay Thai (Hook UP Muay Thai Gym)
2013 – Present
* With training partner Shawn Zirger, set up Toronto’s first Silat training group.