Professor Roberto Torres began studying martial arts at the tender age of 8. Martial arts fascinated him as a young boy. His fascination grew into a passion and a deep desire to learn the arts. Passion turned into love and he hasn't looked back.
Roberto started by reading martial arts magazines and books. Anything he can get his hands on to learn about the world of martial arts. Arts he has studied are American, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian and more. He holds vast amounts of knowledge on a variety of martial arts.
Over 40 years of learning and crafting his skills that he has dedicated of his life. For he knows a responsibility of a teacher is to continue his education. Teaching the arts is his passion. Influencing the arts is just something he happens to achieve.
Some call him a legend, some a friend, some a student and others a teacher. Honestly, though he is just a humble man talented in martial arts who loves to learn and share it with others.
"I watched your silat and was amazed. Your lines are incredibly clean. Your power is evident but with elegance and grace. It reminds me of what silat should look like once mastered. A beautiful thing to watch." - Guru Harley Elmore
"Your father is a freakin' living legend" - Sifu Steve Miller
"Roberto Torres is a man whose considerable martial skill is exceeded only by his character, his love for his family, and his personal faith in Christ. I count myself fortunate to know him and to be called his friend." - Bob Orlando
Author of "Martial Arts America: A Western Approach to Eastern Arts"
Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara is a name which is given by Pendekar Paul de Thouars. As such this style cannot be found in Indonesia or Malaysia as an existing Pencak Silat style.
Bukti means “evidence or witness” and Negara means continent or country.
Bukti Negara therefore is evidence of a larger and older continent of knowledge – that of the system of Serak. Since a complete history of Serak would undoubtedly require volumes, the links below provide a brief synopsis of Serak’s role in Pendekars Paul de Thouars development of Bukti Negara.
Florendo M. Visitacion (7 June 1910 – 4 January 1999) was a martial arts instructor. Visitacion, commonly called 'Professor Vee', was born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines in 1910. He began informal Judo training with his brother and uncle at the age of ten. In 1928, he moved to Stockton, California where he studying Filipino martial arts from available sources.