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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another Vasquez Modified Martial Arts Milestone

Traditional Stotokan Karate Classes have been officially opened in the United Nations. The classes officially started September 28, 2008 at 1830H at the bunker beneath the gym next to the Social Center. Instructing the classes is an authorized Vasquez Modified Martial Arts instructor for the UN coming from the Philippines.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bad Write Up or Simply Incompetent Writing.

"http://www.fmaforum.org/lofiversion/index.php/t1061.html

conceptual warrior
Apr 21 2007, 12:14 PM
Actually the FMA Digest Special Edition for Vasquez Modified Tapado (VMT) is already out for subscribers.

VMT, as its name implies, is a modification or derivvative of Original Filipino Tapado (OFT) by Headmaster Mike F. Vasquez, former Philippine Professional Karate Heavyweight champion.

Vasquez Sensei of Bacolod City started studying OFT under its founder the late Grandmaster Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar of Brgy. Taloc, Bago City in 1984. Vasquez Sensei dedicated himself to the art, which was founded in 1960.

Aside from GM Mamar, he also had special sessions with Master Benefredo "Being" M. Lobrido, the nephew of the founder and the chief instructor of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) and trained together with other Masters like Jose A Pamilangco and Nelson G. Carmona, both of Brgy Taloc, Bago City.

In 1986. GM Mamar awarded master degrees to 4 people - Chief Instructor Benefredo "Bebing" M Lobrido, his nephew; Rene F. Cornel and Jose A. Pamilangco, both relatives to GM Mamar; and Mike F. Vasquez Sensei.

When GM Mamar passed away in 2005, Vasquez Sensei started the formal establishment of the Vasuqez Modified Martial Arts International and subseq
conceptual warrior
Apr 21 2007, 12:25 PM
(sorry guys, touched the wrong keys hehehe)

subsequently pushed for the propagation of Vasquez Modified tapado (VMT). The founder granted Headmaster Vasquez authority to spread Tapado to the world years before he died.

On the other hand, Master Benefredo "Bebing" M Lopbrido, in a simple ceremony during the funeral service of the late founder, was designated the inheritor/successor and new Grandmaster of Original Filipino Tapado (OFT), having 45 years of Tapado experience at that time and having served as chief instructor of the association for a long time.

So today, we have Original Filipino Tapado (OFT) under 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmaster Benefredo "Bebing" M. Lopbrido and Vasquez Modified Tapado (VMT) under Founder/Headmaster Mike f. Vasquez.

Somewhere up north there is also a Karaan tapado, which was set up by GM Nono's cousin, the late GM Norberto Mamar. But then that's another story.

Each of these arts have their own approaches to training and strategy yet they also goes back to the founder, Grandmaster Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar."


another write up... http://oftlsfai.blogspot.com/

"Thursday, July 17, 2008
ORIGINAL TAPADO INHERITOR/HEADMASTER TURNS 58 By: James U. Sy Jr.

...It was in the 1980’s, more than 20 years after Original Filipino Tapado was perfected, that GM Nono Mamar, together with his nephew, introduced it to people outside of Taloc. Masters from Bacolod would flock to Taloc just to learn this unique art. People like the late Rene Cornel, the Gonzalez brothers of Central Philippines Combat Karate and also Mike Vasquez of the Vasquez Martial Arts Center. They would travel through a rough road just to reach Bgy. Taloc.

It was in 1984 that the association was founded by these people. These people have at one time or another were under the instructorship of both the Founder and his Chief Instructor, then Master Bebing Lobrido.

To answer the second question, Guro Mike Vasquez was once a student of GM Nono Mamar and one time or another was under the instructorship of the Chief Instructor GM Bebing Lobrido under the supervision of GM Nono. Aside from the regular practice in their dojo, Guro Mike Vasquez sought private tutorship with the Founder. In fact, according to reliable sources, it was GM Bebing Lobrido who fed for Guro Mike during demonstration and practices.

As to my acquaintance with Tapado, I was first introduced to Guro Mike’s Modified Tapado by a common friend and also a Junior Instructor of Original Filipino Tapado. At first I learned the basics from Guro Mike. As a seeker of truth, I was not just satisfied with what was modified but sought the original that is why I went to GM Bebing. When GM Nono was semi retired, Modified Tapado gained prominence. Lastly, GM Bebing was a Tapado practitioner since 1960 when he was just 10 and was already the Chief Instructor of the art when people from Bacolod (this includes Gonzalez Brothers, Rene Cornel, Elmer V/. Montoryo of Filipino Tang Soo Do, George Gargalicano, etc.) came to Taloc during the mid-1980’s in particular during 1984.

It was only in the mid 1980’s when they learned the basics of Tapado while GM Bebing was the one feeding for their strikes. Later on, Master Joe Pamilangko also of Taloc took over the task of GM Bebing as Chief Instructor when GM Bebing went to Manila to look for a job as a seaman (he was the first seaman in their purok to pursue his career in Manila. GM Bebing was a certified seaman after undergoing a 6 months study.But he was unfortunate and never landed a job as a seaman in Manila that he went back to Taloc). Meanwhile, these Bacolod enthusiasts would go to Master Nelson Carmona to practice in Bacolod at the back of the State Theater..

To answer the last question, it is a subjective one. If one looks at it as just an interpretation so be it. But it is clear that he was once under the Masters of Taloc. The basis of the strikes of Modified Tapado were from Original Filipino Tapado, no more no less. In ilonggo “waay kinalis.” After the Founder died, Guro Mike came out with the book Fundamentals of Tapado, which presents his Modified Tapado, retaining the original strikes of Original Tapado with some changes.

For the question of “Is Tapado part of Kali?,” the answer is no. By the mere fact that we do not call the Negrense Filipino Martial Arts or for that matter the Filipino Martial Arts as a whole Kali. It is a foreign word to the Negros Arnisadores. In fact, in one of the meetings of the Association, GM Nono would not approve of being affiliated to the Kali of Leo Gaje. So until now the Arnisadores and Escrimadores and Bastoneros here do not recognize Kali. It has no legitimate history. It is a word coined by the Fil-ams in America and tried to impose it on the locals. If the question is, is it a part of Arnis, then the answer is yes. GM Nono developed it from what he learned from the local masters of Arnis/Escrima/Baston.

This is also in response to those who are spreading the lies that the Original Filipino Tapado is no more because the Founder is already dead. This is to challenge those who are spreading the lies to go to Taloc and try to read the local news that the Original Tapado is alive and very busy in propagating the art. Maybe those who are spreading the lies do not know where Taloc is. One can not go to Bago City without passing Taloc. It is the first barangay that one encounters when one goes to Bago from Bacolod .

I Hope this will open the eyes and ears of those who are trying to be blind and deaf to the truth. Original Tapado is and will be alive so long as GM Lobrido and his to-be-designated successor are alive. The goal of the association is to keep the art alive and functional and not necessarily to mass introduce it. Those who are interested will find it wherever it is, just like I did and many others before and after me."



HERE ARE THE FACTS



GM Vasquez was a direct student of GM Mamar. He did not have special sessions with anyone less than the Grand Master himself.

GM Vasquez did not formally establish Modified Tapado after GM Mamar's passing away. Modified Tapado was established with the blessing of GM Mamar by virtue of the Authorization signed personally by GM Mamar.

GM Vasquez was never under many masters... he studied Tapado ONLY from GM Mamar.

The use of the term "waay kinalis" is not valid. Scientific principles make a world of difference. These scientific principles reinforced the Tapado taught by GM Mamar, not Original Tapado.

GM Mamar's art is Tapado founded in the 60s the same Tapado learned by GM Vasquez; Modified Tapado was developed when GM Vasquez became an adept and "road-tested" the principles behind the modifications... the modifications themselves were known to GM Mamar.

Other practitioners of Tapado who were invited for picture taking before to be part of GM Vasquez's book but declined. The book "Fundamentals of Tapado" was published with the blessing of GM Mamar.

Tapado was founded in the 1960s, Fundamentals of Tapado by GM Vasquez was published in 2003, Original Filipino Tapado was SEC registered only in December 16, 2005. Question is... which came first? GM Mamar's Tapado or Original Filipino Tapado?

The first paragraph quoted from the http://oftlsfai.blogspot.com/ write-up made mention of masters who flocked to Taloc to study Tapado "and also Mike Vasquez of the Vasquez Martial Arts Center" but did the writer mention that GM Vasquez was the president of the Tapado organization at that time?

The Secrets of Tapado - A film on Tapado was once uploaded on Youtube. It tells a profound and reliable story of Who's Who in Tapado. Ask those who posted it why it was removed... even much better, ask who owns the film.

There was no other person granted the Authority by GM Mamar other than GM Vasquez. The Authority was signed by GM Mamar himself.

The ceremony designating the inheritor/successor and new Grandmaster of Original Filipino Tapado (OFT)was done during the funeral service of the late founder GM Mamar.

Please check the validity and reliability of several posts made by people claiming to "know".

We have nothing against the other practitioners of Tapado but oppose those who do not know how to write facts - those who claim to seek the truth but in fact spread lies.

--- this is so that the public may know.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A State of the Art or A Matter of State of Mind


It is rather unfortunate that lately, simple tournament results have not been publisahed objectively. As to why and what motive lies behind all this is a matter under question.

It is sad because facts have been manipulated. Sad because what ought to be published never got published. Nevertheless, the official version is hereby posted in white font and erroneous reports are in red font below. It is rather obvious that the reports in red font never mentioned their sources nor did the reports mention the organization that officiated the tournament. Even worse is the fact that the name of the event was never mentioned in both reports. Instead, irrelevant information pertinent to the event were inserted.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE 2ND WESTERN VISAYAS INVITATIONAL IMAFP SPORTS ARNIS TOURNAMENT HELD AT ROBINSON’S PLACE BACOLOD CITY ON MAY 10 AND 11, 2008. ALL WHO QUALIFIED IN THE ELIMINATIONS WILL BE EIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 4TH FMA FESTIVAL IN BORACAY AND INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ILOILO CITY.


ANYO / FORMS

12 YEARS OLD & BELOW (MALE)

1. CHRISTIAN VILLARUZ (GOLDEN KAMAGONG BACOLOD)
2. DARWIN DAJAO (KALI-SILAT)

17 YEARS OLD BELOW (MALE)

1. ESPADA, JOSEPH RAYMUND (IMAFP ILOILO)
2. DOCTORA, EDUARDO (BAGO CITY)
3. ALEJANDRA, ZOE JHON (IMAFP ILOILO)

ANYO / FORMS (FEMALE)

1. LOCSIN, CLAIRE (KALI-SILAT)
2. LAMORENO, MARY ROSE (GOLDEN KAMAGONG BACOLOD)
3. SUGCANG, HAILENE JOY (GOLDEN KAMAGONG SAGAY)

LABANAN / TOURNAMENT

KIDS 11 YEARS OLD & BELOW (FEMALE)
1. LOCSIN, CLAIRE (KALI-SILAT)
2. DE LEON, ROSELLE (IMAFP ILOILO)

17 YEARS OLD & BELOW JUNIORS (FEMALE)
1. SUGCANG, HAILENE JOY (GOLDEN KAMAGONG SAGAY)
2. MA. LOUSIE GRACE BEGASA (ARNIS UNLIMITED/TALISAY)
3. LAMORENO, MARY ROSE (GOLDEN KAMAGONG BACOLOD)

48 KILOGRAMS (FEMALE)

1. SUGCANG, HAILENE JOY (GOLDEN KAMAGONG SAGAY)
2. BEGASA, MA. LOUSIE GRACE (ARNIS UNLIMITED/TALISAY)
3. LO, KRISTY MAE (TINAGAN)

52 KILOGRAMS (FEMALE)

1. MANCESA, VIÑA (BAGO)
2. LAMAYO, AILEEN (ARNIS UNLIMITED/TALISAY)
3. LOPEZ, IRRA JANE (GOLDEN KAMAGONG BACOLOD)

66 KILOGRAMS (FEMALE)

1. LUSABIA, CARJOREN (ARNIS UNLIMITED/TALISAY)
2. SERRAN, GLADY (ACLC)


KIDS 11 YEARS OLD & BELOW (MALE)
1. DACA, FRNACISCO (IMAFP ILOILO)
2. BECERIAL, CLARK LEO (IMAFP ILOILO)
3. DAJAO, DARWIN (KALI-SILAT)

14 YEARS OLD MID-JUNIORS (MALE)
1. DOCTORA, EDGARDO (BAGO CITY)
2. PACHECO, ALLAN (KALI-SILAT)
3. PARPA, KIMBERT (GOLDEN KAMAGONG SAGAY)
17 YEARS OLD & BELOW JUNIORS (MALE)

1. ESPADA, JOSEPH RAYMUND (IMAFP ILOILO)
2. VILLARUZ, KEVIN (GOLDEN KAMAGONG BACOLOD)
3. SEGOVIA, JOSEPH (TRIBU HANGAWAY)

55 KILOGRAMS SENIORS (MALE)
1. CABITO, RHOWEL (GUIMARAS)
2. BAGATELA, JOHN (BAGO)
3. DE LA CRUZ, EVONIE (BAGO)

60 KILOGRAMS SENIORS (MALE)
1. SALINAS, JERRY (GUIMARAS)
2. COMETA, GLENN (GOLDEN KAMAGONG SAGAY)
3. BARZO, CARLO (GOLDEN KAMAGONG BACOLOD)

65 KILOGRAMS SENIORS (MALE)

1. DOCTORA, STEVIE JOHN (BAGO)
2. LUMANOG, CLIMACO (KALI-SILAT)
3. ALCABAZA, JOICENT DEC (ACLC)

70 KILOGRAMS SENIORS (MALE)
1. HECITA, RICARDO (ARNIS UNLIMITED/TALISAY)
2. ESLABON, MARBEN (ACLC)
3. SIMBAHON, RYAN (GUIMARAS)

75 KILOGRAMS SENIORS (MALE)

1. SALUDO, ARIEL (GUIMARAS)
2. INFANTE, JAMES (ARNIS UNLIMITED/TALISAY)



PARTICIPATING TEAMS AND MEDAL TALLY (ANYO & LABANAN)

ACLC (BACOLOD) - 4 PLAYERS - 3 MEDALS (2 SILVERS & 1 BRONZE)

ARNIS UNLIMITED / TALISAY - 6 PLAYERS - 6 MEDALS (2 GOLDS & 4 SILVERS)

DOMINGO LACSON NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - 3 PLAYERS - NO MEDALS

GOLDEN KAMAGONG SAGAY - 19 PLAYERS(BACOLOD & SAGAY COMBINED) - 4 MEDALS (2 GOLDS, 1 SILVER, 1 BRONZE)

GOLDEN KAMAGONG-BACOLOD - 19 PLAYERS (BACOLOD & SAGAY COMBINED) - 5 MEDALS (1 GOLD, 1 SILVER, 3 BRONZE)

GUIMARAS - 5 PLAYERS - 4 MEDALS (3 GOLDS & 1 BRONZE)

IMAFP-ILOILO - 7 PLAYERS - 6 MEDALS (3 GOLDS, 1 SILVER, 2 BRONZE)

KALI-SILAT (BACOLOD) - 5 PLAYERS - 6 MEDALS (1 GOLD, 2 SILVER, 3 BRONZE)

NUFAA (BAGO) - 8 PLAYERS - 9 MEDALS (5 GOLDS, 3 SILVERS, 1 BRONZE)

TINAGAN SCHOOL OF MARTIAL ARTS – ILOILO - 4 PLAYERS - 1 BRONZE

TRIBU HANGAWAY (BACOLOD) - 5 PLAYERS - 1 BRONZE






Bago rules arnis tourney

Arnis players from Bago City made their mark by claiming five gold medals, two silvers and a bronze in the 2nd Western Visayas Invitational Sports Arnis Tournament recently held in Bacolod City.

Bannered by Vina Mancesa, Edgardo and Stevie John Doctora, and John Bagatela, the Bagoeños topped the medal tally against 10 other teams from different arnis clubs in the region.

Mancesa reigned in women’s 52kg against Aileen Lamayo of Talisay Arnis Unlimited who picked up the silver medal while Irra Jane of Golden Kamagong Bacolod placed third.

Edgardo Doctora defeated Kali Silat’s Allan Pacheco in the finals of boys’ mid-junior event to give Bago another gold while Kimbert Parpa of Golden Kamagong Sagay settled for third place.

In men’s 65kg, Stevie John Doctora won over Climaco Lumanog of Kali-Silat in their battle for the gold while Joicent Dec Alcabaza of ACLC Bacolod salvaged the bronze.

Ilonggo Joseph Raymund Espada ruled the Anyo 17-below and Labanan 17-below to give IMAFP-Iloilo two gold medals while Francisco Daca delivered the team’s third gold by topping the Kids 11-below. IMAFP-Iloilo finished the tournament in second place with three golds, a silver and two bronzes.

No. 3 in the rankings was Guimaras’ with three golds courtesy of Rhowel Cabito (55kg), Jerry Salinas (60kg) and Ariel Saludo (75kg) and a bronze from Ryan Simbahon (70kg).

The tournament also drew participation among arnis practitioners from Domingo Lacson National High School, Golden Kamagong Bacolod, Tinagan School of Martial Arts – Iloilo, and Tribu Hangaway-Bacolod.



Negrenses Shine in WV Arnis tourney

Arnisadors from Bago, Bacolod, and Sagay Cities showed their wares and took home medals for the province during the 2nd Western Visayas Invitational Sports Arnis Tournament held last May 10-11, 2008 at Robinson’s Place Bacolod, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City .

The Hon. Mayor Ramon D. Torres-sponsored Bago Team, represented by the Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) of Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa, was crowned overall champion with 4 gold and 1 bronze medals.

The Bacolod ( Main ) and Sagay Chapters of Golden Kamagong Arnis Kali Eskrima Association (GKAKEA), Inc. of retired P/Insptr. Grandmaster Ibarra “Baring” E. Lopez got a combined medal tally of 3-3-3.

The KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal and Tribu Hangaway of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. harvested 2-2-1 and 0-0-2 respectively.

The results: Labanan - Men’s 65 Kg.: Stevie John Doctora of NUFAA (Gold), Climaco Lumanog of KAA (Silver), Joicent Dec Alcabaza of ACLC Bacolod (Bronze). Women’s 52 Kg.: Vina Mancesa of NUFAA (Gold), Aileen Lamayo of Talisay Arnis Unlimited (Silver), and Irra Jane Lopez of GKAKEA-Bacolod (Bronze). Boys 14 Years Old Below: Edgardo Doctora of NUFAA (Gold), Allan Pacheco of KAA (Silver), Kimbert Parpa of GKAKEA-Sagay (Bronze). Girls 12 Years Old Below: Claire Locsin of KAA (Gold). Seniors Lightweight: John Bagatela of NUFAA (Bronze). Seniors Bantamweight: Yvonne de la Cruz of NUFAA (Bronze).

Other Negros medallists of the Labanan Men’s Division were Glenn Cometa of GKAKEA-Sagay (Silver), Kevin Villaluz of GKAKEA (Silver), Carlo Barzo of GKAKEA-Bacolod (Bronze), and King Joseph Cabiles and Van Joseph Segovia of Tribu Hangaway (Bronze). Women’s Division: Hailene Joy Sucgang of GKAKEA-Sagay (Gold), Mary Rose Lamoreno of GKAKEA-Bacolod (Silver).

Anyo Boys 14 Years Old below: Allan Pacheco of KAA (Bronze). Girls 17 Years Old Below Below: Claire Locsin of KAA (Gold).

Other Negros medallists of the Anyo Men’s Division: Christian Villaluz of GKAKEA (Gold). Women’s Division: Mary Rose Lamoreno of GKAKEA-Bacolod (Gold), Hailene Joy Sucgang of GKAKEA-Sagay (Bronze).

GKAKEA and KAA are member organizations of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D.; NUFAA, of the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of Master Elmer V. Montoyo; and TH, of both NOBF and IFFMAS.

Winners are qualify to compete in Boracay this July 20-25, 2008.*

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Enter Team Arnis Unlimited


Team Arnis Unlimited a.k.a. Talisay made its debut in the 2nd Western Visayas - IMAFP Invitational Sports Arnis Tournament held at Robinson's Place, Bacolod City last May 10 and 11, 2008. The tournament was the second eliminations in preparation for the international competition to be held Iloilo this coming July 2008.

The team won 2 Golds and 4 Silvers.

Photo and info provided by the underground.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Setting the Mood for the Upcoming BRAWL this April 2008

Here are some video to set the mood for the upcoming BRAWL in April 2008.
We hope these video would encourage more people to watch our fighters and help promote BRAWL.

Genki Sudo VS Tae Kwon Do


Genki Sudo VS Caol Uno


See you all at the Casino!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Dagohoy in the States

Dagohoy in States

This was shared by a brother martial artist from Cebu City. Something to make us smile and loosen up a bit after a hard day's work.




It was the first day of school in Washington, DC and a new student named
Dagohoy, the son of a Filipino immigrant, entered the fourth grade.

The teacher began, "Let's review some American history, class. Who
said 'Give me liberty or give me death?'"

She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Dagohoy's who had his hand
up,"Patrick Henry, 1775."

"Very good," said the teacher.

"Who said 'Government of the people, by the people, and for the
people, shall not perish from the earth'"?

Again, no response except from Dagohoy: "Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg,
1863," he said.

The teacher snaps at the class, "Class, you should be ashamed,
Dagohoy who is new to our country knows more about our history than you do."

She hears a loud whisper from the back: "Screw the Filipinos."
"Who said that?" she demanded.

Dagohoy put his hand up. "General John Pershing, Manila, 1896."

At that point, Jack, another student says, "I'm going to puke."
The teacher glares and asks, "All right! Now who said that?"

Again Dagohoy answers, "George Bush, Sr. to the Japanese Prime
Minister during the state dinner, Tokyo, 1991."

Now furious, another student yells, "Oh yeah? Suck this!!

"Dagohoy jumps out of his chair waving his hand and shouts to the
teacher at the top of his voice,

"Bill Clinton to Monica Lewinsky, the Oval Office, 1997!!"

Someone shouts, "You little shit if you say anything else, I'll kill you."

Dagohoy yells, "Congressman Gary Condit to Chandra Levy, Washington,
D.C., 2001!"

The teacher faints.
"I'm outta here!" mutters one student as he sidles to the door.
"President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Baguio City, December 30,
2002!!" Dagohoy responds.

As the class gathers around her on the floor, someone says,

"Oh shit, now we're really in big trouble!"

"Saddam Hussein, on the Iraq invasion, Baghdad, May 2003!"
Dagohoy bellowed.

"Now, I really have to run," Jack mutters, heading for the exit,
"Gloria Macapagal Arroyo again, Pampanga, October 4, 2003!!!"
Dagohoy shouts triumphantly jumping with glee.

Then a burly African-American boy grabbed Dagohoy and strangled him,

about to give a fistful to a frightened Dagohoy.

Then an Asian boy stood up and shouted,
"Hey easy on him. I'M A FILIPINO!"

Dagohoy then blurted out before he got socked out,
"Fernando Poe, Jr. Manila, January 2004!!!"

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

A Kiss To Remember.

The Kiss


MMA Fighters! Never try this on BRAWL!