About True Aim

You’ve come to the right place to become a well-rounded, precise, and practical fighter.

Meet Jarlo Ilano, MPT

Hey, I’m Jarlo Ilano đź‘‹

My life as a martial artist and my interest in the capabilities of the human body began at 12 years old, with the typical community center karate classes that many children try and then leave behind when they get interested in other things.

Except, for me, it’s been over 30 years and it’s still my main passion. 

I have experience in a wide range of arts, but I always come back to my Filipino roots through Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). 

I approach teaching through a practical lens, influenced in large part by my background as an orthopedic clinical physical therapist since 1998.  

I’m also the co-founder of GMB Fitness, a training company focused on helping people do the things they love without the limitations of pain, stiffness, and poor coordination.

jarlo ilano teaching a seminar

True Aim—Tamang Pakay in Tagalog—refers to having accuracy in your movements, but also to maintaining the correct intent in your training and in your life. 

Jarlo's Credentials

  • Master’s of Physical Therapy, University of Puget Sound
  • Orthopedic Certified Specialist (2011–2021), American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties
  • Battlefield Kali Stick Instructor (Level 3), Burton Richardson
  • Battlefield Kali Knife Instructor (Level 2), Burton Richardson
  • Battlefield Kali Sword Instructor (Level 1), Burton Richardson
  • Brown Belt in BJJ for the Street, Burton Richardson
  • MMA for the Street Instructor (Level 2), Burton Richardson
  • Modern Cimande Silat Instructor (Level 3), Ed Wong
  • Stunt performer and motion capture reference model






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