FMA Circle of Negros Island, Philippines FMA Circle of Negros Island, Philippines

Monday, October 31, 2005

AMERICAN INSTRUCTORS VISIT RP TO STUDY NEGRENSE ARNIS


Grandmaster Jerson "Nene" Tortal (seated) of dekiti tirsia sirradas with the visiting American instructors.


Mike and May Williams of the Martial Arts Research Institute Arts of Southeast Asia (from left) togetherw with Francis Stephen A. Diaz of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society.


Assistant Instructor Ruth Carr (kneeling) and Kevin Pence Sr. Sensei, founder of Pence Defense Kempo (PDK), in action.

NEGROS: THE NEW M.A. DESTINATION

With the current phenomenal development, growth and flourishing of the various martial arts in the province, all roads seem to be heading to the island formerly known as Buglas. Over the past few years, different masters and instructors had traveled to Bacolod and/or Negros to introduce and spread their respective arts in the region.

Among these men were Alvin Aguilar of Manila (DEFTAC/Gracie Jiu-jitsu), R. Jun Batobalani Shihan of Urdaneta City (6th dan Aikikai, Dangayan Singkaw-Aikido Shinzui Group), Ramon S. Franco Shihan of Tacloban City (6th dan Philippine Karatedo Federation), Fukakusa, Motohiro Shihan of Thailand (7th dan Aikikai, Aikido Association of Thailand), Director Orlando Garpa of Tigbauan (Philippine Pencak Silat Association), Master Lee of South Korea (7th dan Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Mission Federation), Head Coach Yu Zhi Bo of Beijing, China (Wushu Federation of the Philippines), etc.

The current “Negros Martial Arts Renaissance Era” experienced by the martial arts community is like no other in decades past. Unlike years gone by, more and more arts are being introduced to the public and there is more open mindedness in the study of various arts.

The Renaissance Era also saw the research, revival, systematization, documentation, and popularization of the various indigenous Filipino martial arts including but not limited to the Guarra and Togle styles of modern arnis, Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, oido de caburata, original Filipino tapado, Vasquez modified tapado, Yasay sable, etc.

On the other side, many instructors and students of the Filipino martial arts travel to Negros to experience first hand the source of the region’s indigenous arts. Among those who visited in the last few years were Bud Balani of the USA (FMA), Cecile Ferrer of Manila (Kalimasada), Krishna Godhania of UK (warriors escrima), John Lopton of the USA (karate), etc.

M.A.R.I. SOUTHEAST ASIA TRIP

The latest to visit Negros is the Massachusetts-based Martial Arts Research Institute (MARI, established 1989)/Arts of Southeast Asia (established 1996) group headed by Guro Michael and May Williams. The Williams couple organized the Fall 2005 Southeast Asia Training Trip, which run from October 7-24, 2005 and included Indonesia and the Philippines.

Guro Michael and May Williams are certified instructors in dekiti tirsia siradas under Grandmaster Jerson “Nene” Tortal of Talisay City and certified tui na and chi kung therapists under Master Tom Tam.

Guro Mike Williams is also a 5th degree black belt in Amok! Tribal Art of the Blade under Prof. Tom Sotis, 1st degree black belt in modern arnis under Master Alix Lavaud and Grandmaster Remegio A. Presas, and black belt in soo bahk do under Master Doris Beaven and Grandmaster Hwang Kee. Guro May V. Williams, originally of Ma-ao, Bago City, is the only certified oido de caburata instructor in the U.S.A. under Grandmaster Abraham T. Gubaton, also of Ma-ao, Bago City and has at least 5 years training in Wing Chun under her husband, Jim Roselando Sifu, and Henry Mui Sifu.

The others in the group were Kyushin ryu kenpo jujutsu founder and MARI/ASA Senior Instructor John Savage; MARI/ASA Senior Instructor Ronald Dewhurst; MARI Instructor Kevin Pence Sr. Sensei of Pence Self Defense, 4th degree kempo karate; ASA Assistant Instructors Ruth Carr and Karl Bramer; and Bailey Bramer.

The Southeast Asia Trip kicked off in Jakarta City, West Java, Indonesia where the American instructors stayed at Ikatan Pencak Silat Indonesia (IPSI) and trained under Guru Edward Lebe of Baringin Sakti (Harimau) Pencak Silat. The Williams couple is the East Coast representative of Baringin Sakti and the De Thouars Kuntao Silat of Bapak Willem De Thouars.

Next stop was in Talisay City where they trained in blade work and espada y daga under GM Tortal, president of the Philippine Arnis Kali Escrima Martial Arts Federation International and the World Dekiti Tirsia Siradas Federation. GM Tortal is also the Vice President-North Negros of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) under Grandmaster Atty. Col. Dr. Marcelo C. Jalandoon.

Then they proceeded to Ma-ao, Bago City to study under Grand Patriarch Abraham T. Gubaton and Chief Instructor Grandmaster Sabas T. Gubaton of the Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA). Assisting in the teaching were ODCA Assistant Chief Instructor Master Reynold Gubaton and Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS)/Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association (GSMASDA) Instructor Francis Stephen A. Diaz of Silay City.

When interviewed, the American instructors expressed their delight to be here in Negros, “where you learn the real essence of the Filipino martial arts in relation to its historical, cultural, geographical, and political environment.” They all agree that the training they had was “a real eye opener and very enriching for the deeper understanding of warrior arts.”

The group’s last stop was Ifugao Mountain Province where they will be researching on the head hunting tribe of the area.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

NEGRENSE FMA TO BE FEATURED IN CINCO DE NOVEMBRE CELEB


English teacher Wilson Alvarado of the Ramon Torres-Malingin (right) crosses sticks with his teacher Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles.

The Bago City Government will be celebrating the 107th Cinco De November this coming November 5, 2005 with a comedy theatrical play that will be participated in by all high schools including Bago City College, OLPA of Ma-ao, and Ramon Torres-Malingin.

The Ramon Torres-Malingin students will be presenting a play that will dramatize the warrior spirit and martial tradition of Gen. Araneta and Gen. Lacson and all the other Negrenses who rallied behind them to dominate the Spaniards. Their play will feature the indigenous arts Yasay sable, Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, oido de caburata, and tapado. With the exception of Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis which comes from Bacolod, all above mentioned arts came from Bago City, the home of some of the better forms of Negrense arnis or Filipino martial arts (FMA).

The action scenes are being choreographed by English teacher Wilson Alvarado, who is a student of Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles of the Yasay sable line. Alvarado, who came from a family of bastoneros, had just recently been accepted as a member to the Bacolod based Conceptual Martial Arts Society, a brotherhood dedicated to the research, preservation, and propagation of the various forms of Negrense FMA.

BACSMA 7-4-1 IN NOPSSCEA TKD


BACSMA Head Instructor Joel R. Casiple (seated center) with his wards during the 5th USLS Martial Arts Expo last September 8, 2005 at the University of St. La Salle.

The Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) of Joel R. Casiple took home a 7-4-1 medal haul in the 2005 Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural, and educational Association (NOPSSCEA) taekwondo competition at the Riverside Medical College.

BACSMA gold medalists were George Bedayos of LCC-Bacolod (tertiary men finweight), Jimboy Bigcas of Riverside Medical College (tertiary men bantamweight), John Robert “JR” Burbano of Castleson High School (secondary boys featherweight), Tedjay Ibañez of Bacolod Christian Center School (elementary boys 136-142 cm), Jennylyn Palama of Riverside Medical College (tertiary women bantamweight), Josefa Ramirez of University of St. La Salle (tertiary women featherweight), and Catherine Samonte of Riverside Medical College (tertiary women bantamweight).

BACSMA silver medalists were Barbara Gruber of Visayan Maritime Academy (tertiary women flyweight), Ellen June Guotana of Riverside Medical College (tertiary women finweight), Nelson Malunes of Riverside Medical College (tertiary men light/welterweight), and Paul Medes of Riverside Medical College (tertiary men middle/heavyweight).

BACSMA bronze medalist was John Reyes of Christian venture Academy (secondary boys welterweight).

Coaches were Joel R. Casiple, Catherine Joy Guotana, and Mark Anthony Casiple.
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Sunday, October 16, 2005

FMA CIRCLE OF NEGROS ISLAND LAUNCHED

The FMA Circle of Negros Island, the first website in the world dedicated to the martial arts organizations, practitioners, instructors, masters, and grandmasters of the Negros Island, was officially launched by Ronin on September 26, 2005. Truth_bringer and Buccaneer serve as moderators.

FMA Circle of Negros Island is a group of organizations and individuals with a common center. That center is the martial arts, whether Filipino in origin or otherwise, as practiced by Filipino warriors and scholars of the warrior ways.

With so many myths, half truths, misinformation, lies, and inaccuracies in the internet nowadays about the various martial arts, the compilers of FMA Circle of Negros Island wanted to present an avenue where reliable, legitimate, verifiable, and documented information can be stored for and accessed by those who are conducting research or simply wanting to know what’s up in the Negros martial arts community.

As of date and up to the completion of the site, FMA Circle of Negros Island will contain not less than 75 news items, articles, and issues that cover at least 34 forms of martial arts, at least 67 martial arts organizations, 16 cities and municipalities in Negros, and other areas in Antique, Iloilo, Manila, New York, Pavia, and Roxas City among others where Negrense martial artists excelled in interregional, national, and international tournaments.

Arts covered include aikido, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, conceptual martial arts, espada y daga, Filipino Tang soo do, grappling, Guarra style modern arnis, herada pigada, judo, karate, kickboxing, Kimdo, kombatan, Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, mixed martial arts, muay Thai, oido de caburata, original Filipino tapado, pencak silat olahraga, Presas style modern arnis, Romero arnis de mano, shibashi, sikaran, taekwondo, tai chi chuan, Tanique arnis, tapondo, Togle style modern arnis, Vasquez modified karate, Vasquez modified tapado, western boxing, wushu sanshou, yaming, and Yasay sable among others.

Some of the organizations covered are All Philippine Sipa-Sumbag Martial Arts Federation, Arjuka-Malingin, Atleta Judo Club, Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts, Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association, Bacolod Negros Arnis Federation International Inc., Bacolod Oido de Caburata Arnis Society, Bacolod Taekwondo Association, Bertar Karate Kan, Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main, Black Mamba Arnis, Brotherhood Martial Arts Federation, Brotherhood of Mixed Martial Artists of Bacolod, Centralian Fighters Martial Arts Club, Conceptual Martial Arts Society-USLS, Dangayan Singkaw-Ryu Aikidokan, Defensive Tactics, Don Bosco Aikido Satori Dojo, Dumaguete Arnis Association, E.A.S. Tracma Knights, DC Kali-Silat, Fight Club Combat & Streetfighting Center, Golden Kamagong Arnis Kali Escrima Association, Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association, Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports, International Philippine Martial Arts Federation, Intercontinental Federation of Martial Arts Schools, Kalantiaw Defense Society, Kalupaan Tapado Association, Kimdo Martial Arts Organization, Koryo Martial Arts, Kyokan Dojo, Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association, Manapla Taekwondo, Muay Thai Association of the Philippines-Dumaguete, Muay Thai Association of the Philippines-Negros Occidental Chapter, Negros Amateur Boxing Association, Negros Federation Arnis Club, Negros Occidental Baston Federation, Negros Taekwondo Mission Association, Oido de Caburata Arnis Group, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association, Philippine Modern Arnis, Philippine Pencak Silat Association-Negros Occidental, Red Dragon Fighters, Romero Arnis de Mano, Sagay Taekwondo Association, San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club, Sarkara Judo Club, St. Joseph High School Martial Arts Club, Tai Chi Chuan Circle of Bacolod, Tanique Arnis and Combat Club, Tapondo International Federation Inc., Tario Oido, Undokan Martial Arts Association, United Negros Fighting Arts Academy, USLS Aikido Club, Vasquez Modified Martial Arts, Victorias Taekwondo, Warriors Club, Wild Judo, Wolfhound Taekwondo, Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental, Yaming Arts, Yasay Sable, and YMCA Judo and Sports Club

FMA Circle of Negros Island is an interactive site, allowing its viewers to comment on articles posted. The FMA Circle of Negros Island forum allows viewers to communicate and share ideas and views with other martial artists from different parts of Negros and the world as well. A directory of martial arts schools will soon be posted for the reference of visiting martial artists in the Negros Island and local students of the warrior arts.

Interested parties may visit FMA Circle of Negros Island at http://fmacircle.ph.tc. FMA Circle of Negros Island will be updated periodically so check often.

GSMASDA/ARJUKA, ARNIS DEMO CHAMPS


Grandmaster Estanislao and Isaac Guarra (seated in chairs) together with members of the Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association and Arjuka-Malingin (October 16, 2004).

The combined contingent of the Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association (GSMASDA) of Ret. P/Sgt. Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra and Arjuka-Malingin of Grandmaster Isaac “Saac” T. Guarra carted away the championship in the exhibition category of the Invitational Arnis Eskrima Tournament last October 16, 2005 at the Bacolod Arts and Youth (BAY) Center, San Juan St., Bacolod City.

The event was held by the Bacolod Negros Arnis Federation International Inc. (BNAFII) of Grandmaster Hortencio M. Navales in cooperation with the Office of Youth and Sport development (OYSD) as part of Bacolod City’s 26th Masskara Festival Celebration.

The GSMASDA/Arjuka demo team included the GM brothers, Mar June A. Guanga, Jetter G. Guarra, Jonar D. Guarra, Mark Jerson F. Guarra, John rey C. montes, Richie c. Trayco, and Rodolfo F. Vilohez. The GSMASDA/Arjuka demo team performed punta y punta, sulab y sulab, espada y daga, modernist disarming, arnis-judo-karate combination fighting, and various types of weapons.

GM Guarra is currently holding arnis classes for children and teenagers every Sunday morning at his residence in Brgy. Lag-asan, Bago City. Interested parties may contact the grandmaster at 0910-2853521 or 0918-7039291.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

47 PNP OFFICIALS COMPLETE DEFTAC/LAPU-LAPU VIÑAS ARNIS CLASS


Senior Instructor James Sy Jr., Headmaster Wilson Viñas, Senior Instructor Joeffrey Deriada (last row, from left, 8th to 10th) with the PNP and BJMP chief inspectors and senior inspectors from Regions 6, 7, and 8 taking up the Public Safety Officers Advanced Course during the conclusion of a training session (September 22, 2005)


Headmaster Wilson Viñas explains the dynamics of a disarming technique with the assistance of Senior Instructor Joeffrey Deriada.


PNP's finest having fun during a break in the training.

47 Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) chief inspectors and senior inspectors from Regions 6, 7, and 8 recently completed their Defensive Tactics (DEFTAC) class at the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) Regional Training School 6, Bakyas, Bacolod City.

The DEFTAC class, held on September 13, 22, 27, and 28, 2005, was a 16-hours component of the 3 months Public Safety Officers Advanced Course for PNP officials in compliance with Training Directive# 002-05 of the President of the Philippine Public Safety College. Other areas of the course include communication, management and leadership, public safety administration, law enforcement programs and operations, law and jurisprudence, research, drills and ceremonies, marksmanship, sports, physical fitness test, and command post exercises (CPX).

Trainors were Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association and Senior Instructors James U. Sy Jr. and Joeffrey S. Deriada of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society. Headmaster Viñas had previously taught the 61st IB Philippine Army and a number of foreigners, some of whom served in the US military. He is the 1st generation inheritor of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis system and the son of the late founder.

Sy and Deriada had taught regular classes, seminars, and special sessions for barangay tanods, security guards, civilians, professionals, students, and fellow martial artists. They are students of Headmaster Viñas and are also studying other styles of Negrense arnis from other grandmasters.

The Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis system is a style of Negrense arnis indigenous to Bacolod City founded by the late great Grandmaster Jose “Joe” L. Viñas in 1932, the same year the Doce Pares was founded in Cebu, making it the oldest arnis school in the city and perhaps the province with a traceable and verifiable lineage. It is primarily a solo baston system with a premium on application of weapon techniques to empty handed combat methods and the disarming of impact and edged weapons. The art started out as a style and gradually evolved into a system during the time of Headmaster Viñas, who commissioned the creation of a system syllabus starting in 2002.

The training started with the baton, the standard tool of policemen for the non-lethal apprehension of a suspect. Discussed were evasive footwork, generalized striking patterns, sectoral deflections, basic weapon disarming, and close quarter conflict neutralization. The relationship between and the transmutation of the baton to empty handed methods were also highlighted.

The PNP officials will graduate from the entire advance course sometime in November 2005 and they plan to put up an exhibition of their new found skills.

Regional training Director for Philippine Public Safety College Regional Training School 6 is Supt. Melvin G. Mongcal, CSEE.

TARIO OIDO SEMINAR HELD

The 3rd Negros Martial Arts Renaissance Seminar Tour: Tario Oido was sponsored by the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo on September 20, 2005 at the PIMAA-FTSDA Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

Featured instructor was Grandmaster Sotero Tario of Bago City, 74. GM Tario studied oido under Grandmaster Eming Gubaton, who is the brother of Grandmasters Abraham and Sabas T. Gubaton of the Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA) based in Ma-ao, Bago City.

GM Tario taught the various manifestations of oido, most of them traceable to Grandmasters Jose Aguilar of Murcia and A. Gubaton of Ma-ao, both students of the founder of oido de caburata the late Great Grandmaster Antonio “Toñing” Tolosa, and even present in Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” Mamar’s original Filipino tapado.

The seminar was the first of a series of workshops lined up by the PIMAA-FTSDA to be held monthly for its members and allied organizations.

GUARRA STYLE MODERN ARNIS REORGANIZED

Grandmasters Estanislao “Eslao” and Isaac "Saac" T. Guarra (4th and 5th from left) with memebrs of the Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association (GSMASDA) and Arjuka-Malingin.
Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra demonstrating a modernist disarming technique in Bago City.

Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra (4th from left) with his arnis students at Crossing Bago.

Retired P/Sgt. Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra decided to rename the General Juan A. Araneta School of Arnis (GJAASA) to the Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association (GSMASDA) to reflect the current developments in the martial arts community. Previously, GJAASA was an alliance between the Guarra and Gubaton arnis groups. But later the need to identify one’s style from other forms of arnis prompted both groups to establish their own distinct identities. The Gubaton group used the name Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA) to identify their style and organization.

The GSMASDA election of new officers took place on August 15, 2005 in Brgy. Lag-asan, Bago City. Those elected to office were Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra (president), Grandmaster Isaac “Saac” T. Guarra (vice president), Francis Stephen A. Diaz (secretary), Mary Grace Guarra (treasurer), Epifanio S. Gamo Jr. (auditor), Leonilo P. Tayopon (PIO), Edgar P. Dormido (business manager), Judge Demosthenes Magallanes and Judge Erwin Javellana (advisers), and Col. Atty. Dr. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon and Fiscal Grandmaster Hitler Lagradilla, (legal counsels).

GM Isaac Guarra, the younger brother of GM Eslao Guarra, is the founder/chief instructor of arjuka-Malingin.

In line with this reorganization, GM Eslao Guarra promoted his student Francis Stephen A. Diaz to the rank of instructor under the GSMASDA on August 22, 2005 also in Brgy. Lag-asan, Bago City. Other signatories of the certification were GM Isaac Guarra, GM Atty. Col. Dr. Marcelo C. Jalandoon, and GM Fiscal Hitler Lagradilla.

Meanwhile, GM Eslao Guarra has recently started an arnis class for the youngsters of the Javellana Clan in Crossing Bago. Attending the class right now are Benjie G. Ganancial, Kentoy F. Clamor, Emmanuel H. Javellana III, Franklin J. Javellana, and Ma. Jacquelin J. Javellana. GM Guarra teaches an eclectic blend of saber/foil fencing, modernist stickfighting, practical empty handed skills, oido hand destructions, traditional arnis including espada y daga movements, and law enforcement defensive tactics.

GM Eslao and Isaac Guarra had powered both the GSMASDA & Arjuka-Malingin to be more visible in the martial arts community. Both groups gave officiating functions and/or demonstrations during the:

1. 1st Talisay City Baston Tournament by the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (January 29, 2005 Brgy. 2 Multi-Purpose Gym, Talisay City) Silver, demonstration division

2. 1st KaliSilat Arnis Tournament “Battle of Champions” by the KaliSilat Arnis Association (June 18, 2005 Pta. Taytay Gym, Brgy. Pta. Taytay, Bacolod City)

3. 5th USLS Martial Arts Expo by the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (September 8, 2005 University of St. La Salle) Tie-winner, self defense division

GM Eslao Guarra was previously hosted by anchorman Jerel S. Sombilla in his program Bombo Sports and Physical Fitness which aired over Bombo Radio DyWB on July 4, 2004.

LA SALLIANS COMPLETE ARNIS COURSE


CMAS Founders James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado together with the La Sallian students who cxompleted the 1st Conceptual Martial Arts Summer Arnis Workshop.


CMAS-USLS Balayan Representative Francis John Carranza (left) and CMAS-USLS Treasurer Richie Añover practices Yasay sable.

11 students of the University of St. La Salle successfully completed the 1st Conceptual Martial Arts Summer Arnis Workshop during awarding ceremonies held last May 11, 2005 at the Left Wing of the USLS Covered Court, University of St. La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City. The seminar, held on May 2-5, 9-11, 2005, was part of the club’s requirement as a recognized campus club of the university.

Conceptual Martial Arts Society-USLS Club Treasurer Richie Añover was unanimously voted by participants and instructors of the clinic as “Best in Sparring” to top the class.

The other graduates were Elizer “Jun-Jun” Agudo Jr., Vanessa Casey “Vanny” Ang, Andrew Bellosillo, Francis John Carranza, Reymar Charles Cornelia, Joash Daniel Deldo, Joy Gallos, Raymond Gil Ibarra, Montano Mondia IV, and Khenn Providencia.

Instructors for the course were CMAS Co-Founders James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado with the special session participation of Master Ferdinand Emmanuel Y. Gayoles of Yasay Sable. CMAS VP Victorio C. Perez was also present during the proceedings.

The summer clinic was a 6 2-hour sessions introductory course to the Filipino martial arts (FMA). The seminar did not focus on one particular style of arnis but shifted from one style to the other to show the universality of the principles being taught in the workshop. These universal concepts/principles binded the various elements into one cohesive art of self defense taught in a highly systematic progression based on academically accepted models and methodologies.

Systems and styles touched on include espada y daga, Galvarole style dynamic arnis, Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, sinawali, Togle style modern arnis, and Yasay sable.

The summer workshop was made possible through the efforts of CMAS-USLS President Joy M. Gallos and Secretary Agnes Gonxha Empio.

9TH KOMBATAN TRAINING CAMP HELD

The International Philippine Martial Arts Federation (IPMAF) held the 9th Kombatan Training Camp on April 25 to May 6, 2005 at the Presas Beach in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental. The objective of this IPMAF sanctioned event was to uplift and promote the Filipino martial arts in the global community so that it will obtain worldwide popularity and acceptance.

About 50 foreign instructors from America, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, and Thailand gathered in Hinigaran to study directly under Grandmaster Ernesto “Erning” A. Presas (born: 1945), founder of the kombatan system of Filipino martial arts and the “Father of Mano-Mano.”

Topics covered include solo baston, doble baston, espada y daga, daga sa daga, dos puntas, tres puntas, empty hand & foot fighting, throwing & takedowns, dulo-dulo, and bangkaw.

GM Ernesto Presas is a lakan sampu (10th degree) in arnis and mano-mano and lakan walo (8th degree) in Filipino Weaponry. He is the founder of the Modern Arnis Association of the Philippines International (1970), ARJUKEN (Arnis-Jujutsu-Kendo) Karate Association International (1970), and
International Philippine Martial Arts Federation (1975).

GM Ernesto Presas’ art of kombatan, which is a blend of arnis weaponry and mano-mano empty hands, is practiced in different parts of the world including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. GM Ernesto Presas is the author of The Art of Arnis (1981) and Arnis: Presas Style and Balisong (1985). He has also been featured in several magazines among them inside Kung Fu.

GM Ernesto Presas conducts the Kombatan Training Camp every 2 years in his hometown Hinigaran where he is well loved by the townsfolk for all that he has done to their municipality. When not in the Philippines, he travels the world teaching seminars for the spread of the Filipino martial arts.

Master Michael “Simba” Ma-alat (born: 1940), lakan pito (7th degree), assisted GM Presas during the training camp. Master Ma-alat is the founder of the Majubox Club and had served as an instructor for barangay tanods in the 24 barangays in Hinigaran. On May 6, 2005, during the awarding ceremonies of the training camp, GM Presas awarded Master Ma-alat with his 9th degree grandmaster grade.

MA-AO BPSO TRAINS IN OIDO DE CABURATA AND AIKIDO


DEFTAC Instructors (from left): CMAS Founder James U. Sy Jr., Francis Stephen A. Diaz, Master Jonathan J. Gubaton, Grandmaster Sabas T. Gubaton, Grandmaster Abraham T. Gubaton, Master Jose Salanap, the GMs grandson Gabriel Gubaton, and CMAS Founder Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado.


Francis Stephen A. Diaz of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society teaches a standard knife defense from the Philippine (Togle) modern arnis style (April 17, 2005).

The Defensive Tactics (EDFTAC) component of the 1st Brgy. Don Jorge L. Araneta (Bago City) Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSO) Skills Enhancement Training and Seminar was conducted by the Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA) and the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) for 22 barangay tanods with the sponsored by the Don Jorge L. Araneta Barangay Council headed by Brgy. Capt. Jacinto Torres Jr. on April 17 and 24, and May 8, 2005 at the Ma-ao Central Elementary School 1 Covered Court, Bago City. The Skills Enhancement Training was carried out with the blessings of Bago City Mayor Janet E. Torres and Police Chief Alex Belonio.

The self defense training was the first ever in any barangay in Bago City since the 2004 elections and the first since the adoption of the term BPSO for the barangay tanods. It was also the first organized martial arts defensive tactics training in any barangay in Ma-ao and Bago City to feature oido de caburata and aikido together in one course.

Featured Defensive Tactics (DEFTAC) instructors were Grandmasters Abraham and Sabas T. Gubaton, and Masters Jonathan J. Gubaton, Jose Salanap, and Reynold Gubaton of ODCA (Bago City) for impact and edged weapons; for empty handed restraints using aikido, judo, and Togle style modern arnis, Founders James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and Associate Instructors Joeffrey S. Deriada and Francis Stephen A. Diaz of CMAS (Bacolod City).

22 Brgy. Don Jorge L. Araneta Barangay Public Safety Officers graduated from the skills enhancement training on May 8, 2005. Graduating at the top of their class with special awards were Mario D. Lemoncito, Leonil T. “Bob” Torres, and Romeo M. Vasquez (Outstanding in Aikido), Armando A. Angelico, Leonardo V. Castillo, and Ronie D. Tanio (Outstanding in oido de caburata arnis), and Benegno P. Catanyag and Joel B. Francisco (Most Punctual, Cooperative, and Friendly). Other graduates were Antonio P. Arellano Jr., Daniel P. Arevalo, Rolando L. Belardo, Reynaldo M. De Claro, Alfredo J. Decimo, Nonito J. Enrile Sr., Agrifino J. Estoy Jr., Conrado P. Galve, Jared G. Garrovillo, Armando A. Grande, Edmundo E. Grande, Danny B. Peroy, Armando A. Remo, and Rogelio B. Salga.

Officials present during the proceedings were guests of honors 4th District Board Member Ike Barredo, Police Inspector Alberto Pabalona, and Chief Operations Officer/BPSO In-Charge SPO3 Nestor Layson; Brgy. Capt. Jacinto Torres Jr. and his Brgy, Council composed of Kagawads Rex V. Apurado, Felipa E. Comodas, Milagros C. Davao, Jonathan J. Gubaton, Leslie G. Locsin, Cesar C. Sasis, and Rodney B. Vallar, and Brgy. Secretary Leilani Z. Gamo; and the Defensive Tactics (DEFTAC) instructors

Monday, October 10, 2005

ORIGINAL FILIPINO TAPADO RE-ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING HELD, OFFICERS ELECTED

Like warrior knights gathering around the round table, practitioners of Original Tapado gather around to discuss their unique art and lineage.



Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” Mamar Lobrido presided over the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association re-organizational meeting held on October 9, 2005 at the Lobrido Residence, Brgy. Taloc, Bago City.

The primary agenda was the revival and reorganization of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association after the death of the founder and GM Lobrido’s uncle Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” Mamar last February 9, 2005.

An election of officers was held. Those elected to office were GM Benefredo Lobrido (president), John “Jun-Jun” Maravilla (vice president), Elmer V. Montoyo (secretary), Alfredo M. Lobrido (assistant secretary), Michael Rosquillo (treasurer), Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado (auditor), James U. Sy Jr. (business manager), Joe Pamilangco and Jinny Mamar (PIO), and Wilson M. Cejas, Nelson G. Carmona, Rufino M. Fernandez Jr., Pastor Romeo N. Gumban, Jimmy T. lee, Clodualdo M. Lobrido, Jevenio T. Magbanua, Hernando T. Mamar, Romeo T. Mamar Jr., Patrocinio C. Mamar, Rodolfo P. Mayordomo, Elmer P. Montoyo Jr., Ronie P. Ngalongalay, Rolito A. Ruelan, Erodgie O. Sepe, and Rodolfo N. Zambales (board members).

Plans were laid to register the organization with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

GM Lobrido, the 1st generation inheritor of original Filipino tapado, is currently teaching the original Filipino tapado class at the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City. Master Elmer V. Montoyo, Founder/President of PIMAA-FTSDA, and his son Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr. Kyosanim are helping GM Lobrido to popularize tapado in the urban areas of Bacolod City.

GM Lobrido led the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association demonstration during the Fight Club Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Challenge I: Animosity in Bacolod City held by the Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center of Edwin J. Tusil Sensei last September 24, 2005 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St., Bacolod City.

Interested parties may contact Master Montoyo at 446-4702. Updates on the activities of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association may be viewed at http://fmacircle.ph.tc.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

How about November 5 to honor Negrense Warriors and Heroes?


Note: This post is intended to be a topic for discussion among Filipino Martial Artists of Negros Island. After all, General Juan Araneta and General Anecito Lacson are Negrense Warriors worthy of the honor.

We tried our best to find a picture of General Anecito Lacson or of his monument but could not find one. Thus, we have only posted that of General Juan Araneta's monument.

A copy of this post can be found in the Forum entitled "Let Us Celebrate Negros Martial Arts Day". Please join us there so your opinions, arguments, and discussions may be heard and considered.


General Juan Araneta, Negrense Warrior and Hero.

Can we make November 5 of each year a celebration of Filipino Martial Arts Day since this is the day the highest form of Martial Art strategy was used by Negrenses to defeat the Spanish forces?

Consider these facts: On November 5, 1898, a rebellion led by Juan Araneta and Aniceto Lacson began which ended with the defeat of the Spaniards. Following their victory, the revolutionaries formed a Republic of Negros which later included Negros Oriental. These people are the best examples of Filipino Martial Artists don't you think? They are in my opinion World-Class Negrense Warriors. No Negrense living today ever had the same achievement in a lifetime.

They have been consistent with Sun Tzu's strategy/principle of winning without fighting. The Spaniards, with all their superior weaponry surrendered to these Negrenses who used decoys when staging an attack to the Spaniard's stronghold. Incidentally, Negros Day is solemnly celebrated by the City of Bago every November 5 of each year. In my opinion, we should consider having a joint celebration with the City Government of Bago City and the City Government of Talisay on every November 5 of each year to give honor to our great Negrense heroes.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

How should Martial Artists handle / prevent situations like this?


Note: The clip shown in this post was taken from a joke passed around in the form of email. While the senders consider it funny, I find it to a lesson worth learning before it ever happens. The identities of the lady and the prankster are unknown.

Attack from behind

Consider for a moment the situation you find in this clip. Many of the men may find it funny or amusing, even tempting. While others may find it stupid or unlucky for the lady. Pause for a while... and then contemplate on this... what if the lady was a daughter, a sister, a friend, or student in you dojo? What would you do?


Where does Martial Arts Education come in? What should self-defense, as part of the Martial Arts, teach in terms of values and attitudes to students? In this light, Martial Arts as a discipline is more than just the use of crude muscle and bone to subdue the opponent. Common sense would tell us that the lady in the clip would lose in a fight if mere crude muscle and bone was applied towards the assailant.


On the other hand, Martial Arts Education may teach students character, the proper attitude, and strategy and tactics over and above fighting techniques. Correct strategy would teach the lady to avoid using language and wearing clothes that would entice an attack. Proper Martial Arts Education could have taught her that walking alone in an isolated alley would mean ambush. Lessons on character could have taught her that to deserve respect one should earn it. It is not a question what Martial Arts we teach. Even more, it does not matter whether we teach traditional or modern Martial Arts. The central point is the kind of Martial Arts Education we impart in the training hall.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

GUINABO ARNIS AT CENTROPLEX


Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo, founder of trese grabes piga-piga system, in action.

Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) will open its commercial location at the Fitness California Gym, 4F Centroplex Bldg., Gonzaga-Locsin Sts., Bacolod City this coming October 1, 2005.

Schedule of training is every Saturday 9:00-11:00 A.M. Instructors are Founder/Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo and Master Arman Tanique. The style taught is trese grabes piga-piga system of arnis.

GM Guinabo has 16 years combined martial arts experience and had studied under the late grandmaster Bernandino G. Tanique of Tanique Arnis and Combat Club and Grandmaster Hortencio Navales of the Bacolod Negros Arnis Federation International Inc. He is a 2001 world kali (arnis) bantamweight champion. Master Tanique is the son of GM B. Tanique.

Guinabo Arnis and combat Sports is a member of the Negros occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon.

LOBRIDO, INHERITOR OF ORIGINAL FILIPINO TAPADO



Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebeng” M. Lobrido (left) and Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association Chief Instructor Elmer P. Montoyo Jr. Kyosanim performing an Original Filipino Tapado during the Club Amateur Mixed Martial Arts (FCAMMA) Challenge I: Animosity in Bacolod City last September 24, 2005 at the Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall.

Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association Chief Instructor Master Benefredo “Bebeng” M. Lobrido was elevated as the 1st generation inheritor and current headmaster of original Filipino tapado when the art’s founder and his uncle Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” Mamar of Taloc, Bago City (1938-2005) succumbed to a heart attack on February 7, 2005.

GM Mamar was 66 years old when he died. He was survived by his wife Wilceta Teriales-Mamar and their 9 children. His remains were buried on February 19, 2005 at the Sacred Heart Memorial Park, Sum-ag, Bacolod City.

The transitional period of succession was gradual. The 2005 Original Filipino Tapado General Assembly and Reunion was scheduled for June 26, 2005 at the Brgy. Taloc Gym, Bago City. However, the event was postponed indefinitely due to the health condition of GM Lobredo during that time.

Nevertheless, not less than 14 tapadistas and enthusiasts gathered for the scheduled assembly. Among those present were Grandmaster Jose Pamilangco and Masters Nelson N. Carmona and Alfredo Lobrido of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association, Master Welbor “Kikok” Presno and Instructor Jasper L. Pantulla of the Kalupaan Tapado Association, Senior Instructors Elmer V. Montoyo of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association and Michael Rosquildo, and Junior Instructor Moses Ledesma.

On August 27, 2005, the Lobrido and Mamar Clans in cooperation with the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association held a thanksgiving for the recovery of GM Lobredo in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City. 200 people more or less, most of them immediate family members of GM Lobredo and practitioners of original Filipino tapado, were in attendance.

Today, Grandmaster Lobrido teaches the tapado class at the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association of Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo, who is himself graded as senior instructor of original Filipino tapado as of this writing, at the PIMAA-FTSDA Main Gym, Paglaum Sports Complex, Hernaez St., Bacolod City.

The Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association under the leadership of GM Lobrido gave the first ever mall demonstration of the art in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental during the Fight Club Amateur Mixed Martial Arts (FCAMMA) Challenge I: Animosity in Bacolod City last September 24, 2005 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St., Bacolod City. More than 1,000 spectators witnessed the event, including the tapado demonstration.

The Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association is currently implementing a reorganization scheme. The reorganization effort will include an election of new officers, registration of bonafide members, and the registration of the governing body with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Original Filipino tapado is a long stick fighting style of arnis indigenous to Taloc, Bago City and founded by Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” Mamar in 1960 after studying from several arnisadores among them masters of lagas, sinamak, layaw, and oido/uhido.

BERTAR KARATE KAN REACHES NEW HEIGHTS


Philippine team member Niño Franco Sensei, Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) National Referee Council Chairman and Advocacy for the Strengthening of Karatedo (ASK) Founder/President Ramon S. Franco Shihan, and Bertar Karate Kan Founder/Chief Instructor Edilberto "Bert" A. Arcositas Sensei.

2005 is a good year for Bertar Karate Kan. It all started with its Founder/Chief Instructor Edilberto A. Arcositas Sensei undergoing a 9-day intensive training from February 3 to 12, 2005 at the Advocacy for the Strengthening of Karatedo (ASK) Hombu Dojo, Farmacia Consuelo Compound, Avenida Veteranos (formerly Imelda Avenue), Tacloban City. On the last day of his training, Arcositas Sensei was appointed by ASK Founder/President Ramon S. Franco Shihan, 6th dan black belt Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF), as the head instructor for ASK in Bacolod City and his Bertar Karate Kan (BKK) was granted membership to the association.

To formalize its affiliation with ASK, BKK hosted Franco Shihan’s first official visit to their dojo on April 23-24, 2005 at City Gym, 2F RCBC Hilado, MFC Bldg., Hilado-Narra Sts., Capitol Shopping Center, Bacolod City for an advanced training and conference for ASK instructors and kyu ranks examinations for students. Franco Shihan was accompanied by his son Philippine team member Niño Franco.

Franco Shihan is the Chairman of the National Referee Council of the Philippine Karatedo Federation, being a holder of an Asian Karatedo Federation (AKF) Kumite Referee B License taken and passed in Tokyo, Japan and AKF kata judge B taken and passed in Genting, Malaysia. He is also director for martial arts at the Holy Spirit College Foundation in Tacloban City.

ASK is an international karate association founded on November 9, 1981 and now based in Tacloban City with branches in Bacolod, Bohol, Canada, Cebu, Iligan, Manila, Saudi Arabia, Surigao, UK, and USA.

Those who took the kyu exams and successfully passed were Agnes Rizza Ani and Anna Rita Ani (blue), Helen Cañete, John David Lizares, Michael Robin Lizares, Connie Mullion, and Stephanie Queen Uberas (purple), Larev Barroa, John Vincent Javier, Louise Angelica Parreño, and Charito Salario (orange), Julia Sarah Seballos (green), and Karen Donasco (yellow).

BKK’s rise to the top started with 18th PKF Open and National Age Group Championships held by the PKF on May 9-15, 2005 in Calamba, Laguna. There ASK Philippines was declared overall champion with a 11-8-6 medal tally. Stephanie Queen Uberas of BKK contributed a bronze to that total (kumite 48 kg.) in her first outing in a nationally sanctioned tournament. Her teammate John David Lizares won 3 bouts but had to bow out in the fourth on the way to a bronze medal.

During the 5th USLS Martial Arts Expo “The Rise of the Renaissance Warriors” (a.k.a. 1st USLS Martial Arts Tournament: Martial Arts Redefined) held on September 8, 2005 at the USLS College Covered Court, University of St. La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City, BKK was crowned champion in the karate-do division, winning 2 of 3 bouts fought.

Then on September 24-25, 2005 the BKK Team brought home 2 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals in the Mayor Thadeo Ouano Pre SEA Games National Invitational Karatedo Championships held by the PKF Cebu Chapter in Mandaue City, Cebu.

Stephanie Queen Uberas snatched 3 medals for the Bacolod based Bertar Karate Kan. She was crowned champion in the kumite juniors 48 kg. division and got the silver in the kata women’s senior category and the bronze in kata women’s junior class. Meanwhile, John David Lizares topped the kumite cadet category and took bronze in the kata boys division.

Other competitors from Bertar Karate Kan were Charity Salario and Helen Cañete. Mario Lizares was the manager. Mary Ver Cordova and Marianne Sioson were support delegates.

During the tournament, Bertar Karate Kan was officially recognized by the Philippine Karatedo Federation as a member through the sponsorship of ASK. With the present success of BKK, it will surely continue to rise and keep the flame of karate-do in Bacolod alive for years to come.

ENGLISH TEACHER-ARNISADOR SUBDUES ESPADING WIELDING SCHOOL DROPOUT

On August 24, 2005, 12:45 n.n., English teacher, who was also an arnisador, Wilson Alvarado noticed Jan Delbirt Mobreros, 19, sitting in a bench upon entering the campus grounds of the Ramon Torres Malingin National High School in Brgy. Malingin, Bago City. Mobreros was formerly a student in the school but was expelled because he starts troubles and physically hurt students. He was banned from entering the school since then. Patrolling BPSO (barangay public safety officers) would prevent the teen from getting inside the campus but on that particular day the barangay tanods were off to lunch.

Alvarado requested Mobreros to leave which enraged the youth who immediately grabbed a double bladed espading and attacked the teacher. Only one and a half meters separated Alvarado and the southpaw Mobreros. Alvarado, who was unarmed, deflected Mobreros’ hack to the right side of his head and pinned the blade to his body to prevent him from using it. Mobreros embraced the blade to prevent Alvarado from disarming it. Alvarado took Mobreros down with a leg sweep and pinned him down. Then students came to help Alvarado restrain the enraged teen.

Some local arnisadors criticized Alvarado in the way he dealt with the situation but Alvarado was convinced he did the right thing. “I didn’t have any intention of hurting him, I just wanted to restraint him. It is very easy for me to injure or maim the kid but as a teacher I have a moral obligation to end a conflict and preserve life as much as possible. I’m glad none of us were hurt. That’s the bottom line” Alvarado explained.

Alvarado is also thankful for the skills his arnis teacher, Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles of Bacolod City, taught him (Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, Yasay sable, oido de caburata, karate). He was saved from grave injury and gave him the confidence to face a life threatening situation.

Mobreros was brought to the barangay hall after the incident and was later released.

BFMAA BOXING CHAMPS, CMAS & PIMAA-FTSDA SHARE WUSHU CHAMPIONSHIP


Wushu Federation of the Philippines Negros Occidental Coordinator Joery C. Amante (standing, 4th from left) with his wards at the Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main

The Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) of Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante in cooperation with the Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental (WFP-Neg. Occ.) and the Intercontinental Federation of Martial Arts Schools (IFMAS) held the 2nd San Lorenzo Ruiz Village Wushu Sanshou Competition, the 7th Prk. Bulak Boxing Showdown, and the 1st Prk. Bulak Arnis Competition last September 18, 2005 at the Mandalagan Elementary School Covered Court, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City. 24 competitors representing 5 groups fought in a total of 13 bouts (5 boxing, 6 wushu sanshou, 2 arnis). More than 200 residents of Prk. Bulak and visitors witnessed the hard hitting action event. The tournaments were held as part of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Village Foundation Day.

WESTERN BOXING. Champion: Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (3 wins). 2nd place: Prk. Bulak (2 wins).

Kids’ Division. John Paul Alegre of Prk. Bulak over Jino Galvez of Prk. Sambag by unanimous decision. Jomarie Yucaran of BFMAA-Main over Jade Esmalla of Prk. Bulak by majority decision. Jun-Jun Amante of BFMAA-Main over Rafael Nuevo of Prk. Sambag by unanimous decision.

Juniors Division. Vincent Pehid of Prk. Bulak over John Mark Amante of BFMAA-Main by split decision. Ephraim Manlapao of BFMAA-Main over Pigy Pehid of Prk. Bulak by unanimous decision.

WUSHU SANSHOU. Champion: Tie for Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main, Conceptual Martial Arts Society-Porferia & USLS, and Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (2 wins each).

Kids’ Division. John Lendl Amante of BFMAA-Main over John Paul Dionila of Prk. Bulak. Dante Reynaldo Jacob of BFMAA-Main over Jimboy Gallanero of Prk. Sambag.

Juniors Division. Steven Mark Gumban of PIMAA-FTSDA over Koji Posadas of CMAS-Porferia. Andy Makilan of PIMAA-FTSDA over John Philip Sincero of BFMAA-Main.

Seniors Division. Elizer “Jun-Jun” Agudo Jr. of CMAS-USLS over John Manuel Fama of BFMAA-Main. Joeben “JR” Rodriguez of of CMAS-Porferia over Rosendo Trayco III of BFMAA-Main.

ARNIS. Champion: Conceptual Martial Arts Society-Alijis.

Seniors Division. Heli Altamarino of CMAS-Alijis over Franco Martir of United Negros Fighting Arts Academy by default. Nathaniel Gregory of CMAS-Alijis over Jonel Mancesa of UNFAA by default.

DEMONSTRATIONS. A combined demo team composed by instructors and members of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) and Kalantiaw Defense Society (KDS) gave various exhibitions on Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, original Filipino tapado, oido de caburata, and Yasay sable. The demo team included Grandmaster Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer, CMAS Founder James U. Sy Jr., CMAS Instructors Dante S. Robles and Joeffrey S. Deriada, Heli Altamarino, and Nathaniel Gregory.

Tournament officials were WFP-Neg. Occ. Coordinator/President Joery C. Amante (tournament director/referee); WFP-Neg. Occ. VP-Central Bacolod Master Elmer V. Montoyo of PIMAA-FTSDA (chief judge); WFP-Neg. Occ. Secretary Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of CMAS-Porferia, Joeffrey S. Deriada of CMAS-Alijis, Jessie S. Divinagracia of Prk. Bulak, John Manuel Fama of BFMAA-Main, Gilbert Go of PIMAA-FTSDA, Jet Lumawag of BFMAA-Main, and Chief Instructor Elmer P. Montoyo Jr. of PIMAA-FTSDA (judges); WFP-Neg. Occ. PIO/Business Manager James U. Sy Jr. of CMAS-Main (emcee); Lorenz Bernales (timer); Prk. President Nestor S. Talagon and Grandmaster Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer of KDS (awarding officers).

NOHS & SNHS BRINGS 1-2-1 MILO TKD MEDAL HAUL

The 10th Milo Little Olympics Taekwondo Championships were held by Milo in cooperation with the Department of Education and the sanction of the Philippine taekwondo Association (PTA) last September 10, 2005 at the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit, Cebu City. Several private and public elementary and high schools from Bacolod, Cebu City, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Tagbilaran, and municipalities from Cebu Province participated in the event.

Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) jins representing Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) and Sum-ag National High School (SNHS) brought home a 1-2-1 medal haul. Medalists were Eugene Bedayos of NOHS (gold, super finweight), Quinie Recto of SNHS (silver, bantamweight), Myrel Tapang of SNHS (silver, flyweight), and Regine Compra of NOHS (bronze, super finweight). The other member of the team was Mike Mascardo of NOHS who competed in the bantamweight division. Their on-the-scene coach was Albert Algarme. Head instructor for BACSMA is Joel R. Casiple.

AIKIDO DEMO AT UNO-R U WEEK

The Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts (BAE) was hosted by the Criminology and Engineering Departments for an aikido demonstration last September 8, 2005 at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R), Lizares St., Bacolod City. The exhibition was one of the prepared activities for the University Week celebration of the school. Founder/Chief Instructor Maxwell J. Maun Sensei headed the BAE delegation.

CMAS MAKES M.A. HISTORY WITH 5TH USLS M.A. EXPO


Conceptual Martial Arts Society-USLS (from left): Gabbe Tumbos, Steve Vincent Mamaed, Michelle Villacarlos, Francis John Carranza, and Montano Mondia IV.

The Conceptual Martial Arts Society-USLS and Main in cooperation with 5 sanctioning bodies successfully held the 5th USLS Martial Arts Expo “The Rise of the Renaissance Warriors” (a.k.a. 1st USLS Martial Arts Tournament: Martial Arts Redefined) last September 8, 2005 at the USLS College Covered Court, University of St. La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City. Not less than 88 martial artists representing 10 organizations from Bacolod and Bago Cities fought for titles in 5 bouts each for taekwondo and kickboxing, 3 karate-do matches, 1 showdown each for arnis, sable, and self defense, as well as demonstrations of 6 martial arts.

The event, the longest running annual university-based multi-style martial arts extravaganza in Bacolod City, Negros Islands, and perhaps, Western Visayas, has earned the distinction as the first ever tournament in the Philippines to feature 5 different martial arts tournament formats in just one setting. It was also the first multi-style martial arts tournament to be held in any university in the Negros Island.

Tournament directors were CMAS-Main Founder and Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) Negros Occidental Coordinator James U. Sy Jr. and CMAS-USLS Founder and Philippine Pencak Silat Association (Philsilat) Bacolod City Vice Coordinator Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado. The Tournament Production Crew was CMAS-USLS headed by 2nd termer President Joy M. Gallos.

TAEKWONDO. Sanctioned by: Bacolod Taekwondo Mission Association (BTMA) and the Negros Taekwondo Mission Association (NTMA). Officials: Mark Anthony Tan of BACSMA (referee), Joel R. Casiple of BACSMA (Jury), Liwayway Malumay of BACSMA, Chief Instructor Elmer P. Montoyo Jr. of Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), and Renante de la Cruz of UNFAA (judges).

Champion: Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) of NOPSSCEA Taekwondo Tournament Director Joel R. Casiple. 2nd place: United Negros Fighting Arts Academy (UNFAA) of Founder Renante de la Cruz.

Secondary Men Finweight. Josef John Aguda of BACSMA (gold), Joly Magallanes of UNFAA (silver). Arwin Milos of BACSMA (gold), Rex de la Cruz of UNFAA (silver).

Secondary Women Finweight. Sabrina Pineda of BACSMA (gold), Ezel Luto of PIMAA-FTSDA (silver).

Secondary Men Flyweight. Archie Lladoc of UNFAA (gold), July Linco of BACSMA (silver).

Collegiate Women Finweight. Agustina Tupal of BACSMA (gold), Marilou Pecha of PIMAA-FTSDA (silver).

KARATE-DO. Sanctioned by: Advocacy for the Strengthening of Karate-do (ASK). Officials: Romy Lisondra Jr. of BKK (referee), Master Elmer V. Montoyo of PIMAA-FTSDA (judge). Champion: Bertar Karate Kan (BKK) of ASK Bacolod Head Instructor Edilberto A. Arcositas. 2nd place: UNFAA.

Secondary Men Bantamweight. Michael Robin Lizares of BKK (gold), Edward Acostoy of UNFAA (silver).

Secondary Men Finweight. Jex Cabiloque of UNFAA (gold), Chomin Aberasturri of BKK (silver). David John Lizares of BKK (gold), Archie Lladoc of UNFAA (silver).

ARNIS. Sanctioned by: Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association (LVAAA) of Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas. Officials: Grandmaster Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer of Kalantiaw Defense Society (referee) and Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) VP-South Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra of Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association (judge).

Openweight. Nathaniel Gregory of CMAS-Alijis (gold), Heli Altamarino of CMAS-Alijis (silver). The rules of the bout were devised by Headmaster Viñas and closely resemble Arnis Philippines rules. Padded sticks were used with no headgear and other body protection.

SABLE. Sanctioned by: Yasay Sable of Grandmaster Paterno “Pater” V. Yasay. Officials: GM Estanislao Guarra (referee).

Openweight. Montano F. Mondia IV of CMAS-USLS (gold), Francis John E. Carranza of CMAS-USLS (silver). The bout was the first ever sanctioned sable competition to be held in Bacolod City and anywhere else in the Negros Island.

KICKBOXING. Sanctioned by: Intercontinental Federation of Martial Arts Schools (IFMAS). Officials: Joery C. Amante of BFMAA-Main (referee), Alojado of CMAS-USLS, Arcositas of BKK, Casiple of BACSMA, Master Montoyo of PIMAA-FTSDA, and Edwin J. Tusil of Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center (judges).

Champion: Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Philippine Pencak Silat Association (Philsilat) Negros Occidental Coordinator Master Elmer V. Montoyo and Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) of Wushu Federation of the Philippines Negros Occidental Coordinator Joery C. Amante. 2nd place: UNFAA.

Boy’s Finweight. John Leo Saldua of UNFAA (gold), Jun-Jun Amante of BFMAA-Main (silver). Steven Mark Gumban of PIMAA-FTSDA (gold by default).

Collegiate Women’s Finweight. Reynalyn Jacob of BFMAA-Main (gold), Eva Rose Luto (PIMAA-FTSDA) (silver).

Collegiate Men’s Bantamweight. Janry Amante of BFMAA-Main (gold), Elizer Agudo Jr. of CMAS-USLS (silver).

Collegiate Men’s Flyweight. Andy Makilan of PIMAA-FTSDA (gold), Chester Esmalla of CMAS-USLS (silver).

SELF DEFENSE. Draw between Arjuka-Malingin of Grandmaster Isaac T. Guarra (Harold Bernadas, Jeffer and Gay Guarra, and Janrey Montes) and Bertar Karate Kan (Helen Cañete, D. Lizares, Lisondra, Ivan Montaño, Charity Salario, and Stephanie Uberas).

DEMONSTRATIONS. Arjuka-Malingin: Assorted weapons (Dexter Guarra);
Bertar Karate Kan: Pinan series of kata (members); Conceptual Martial Arts Society-USLS: Tomiki aikido and pencak silat jurus tunggal (Fritz Gerard K. Fernandez and Chester F. Esmalla); Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association: sinawali (GM Estanislao Guarra and 8-year old Windy Lou G. Poral); Kalantiaw Defense Society: disarming (GM D. Ferrer and Instructor James Sy).

Other technical and production staff: Norly M. Nabos of CMAS-USLS (timer); Hieroteo Villarosa V of PIMAA-FTSDA (photographer); Joy M. Gallos of CMAS-USLS (tournament organizing head); Richie Añover, Emilio A. Beroncal, Raymar Charles B. Carelia, Francis John Carranza, Agnes Gonxha Empio, Carmela Juntela, Steve Vincent Mamaed, Montano Mondia IV, Michael Roma, Mary Joe Saragosa, Gabbe Tumbos, Michelle Villacarlos, and Reyna Jean Viñarta, all of CMAS-USLS (tournament crew); President Desiree Jane Go, Ferlyn Jimenez, Jenny Descasota, Rodrigo Casiano Jr., and Secretary Charica Ramsey, all of Philippine National Red Cross-USLS (medical team); Jonalie Lorilla, Cindy Leb Iligan, and Neslie Faith Sianson, all of The Spectrum (media team); Joeffrey S. Deriada of CMAS-Alijis, Francis Stephen A. Diaz of CMAS-Main/GSMASDA, Rey Emilia of Fight Club, Jek Ferrer of Submission Sports Philippines-Bacolod, Pastor Romeo Gumban of PIMAA-FTSDA, Moises “Jung-Jung” Nifras Jr. of CMAS-Main, Linus Paul Ramos of Fight Club, Dante S. Robles of CMAS-Alijis, etc. (support team).

3RD BACOLOD TKD ASPIRANTS CHALLENGE HELD

The Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) in cooperation with the Bacolod Taekwondo Mission Association (BTMA) and Negros Taekwondo Mission Association (NTMA) held the 3rd Bacolod Taekwondo Aspirants Challenge Matches last September 4, 2005 at the BACSMA Gym, Court D, 3F Cineplex Bldg., Araneta St., Bacolod City. Jins representing 11 schools joined the competition.

BACSMA head instructor Joel R. Casiple was tournament director. Technical officials include Albert Algarme, Jerry Estante, Felix “Vic” Feria Jr., Catherine Joy Guotana, Ellen June Guotana, and Mark Anthony Tan.

The participating schools were Bacolod Christian Education Center School, Bacolod City National High School, Buakim Learning Center, Education Training Center School-1, LCC-Bacolod, Medel Elementary School, Medel Elementary School, Medel National High School, Negros Occidental High School, Rizal Elementary School, St. Vincent’s Academy, Sum-ag Elementary School, and Sum-ag National High School.

Gold medalists were:

GRADE SCHOOL BOYS. Daniel Casiple of Buakim Learning Center (4’0”-4’3”), Welker Añora of Education Training Center School-1 (4’3”-4’6”), John Escalona of Rizal Elementary School (4’6”-4’9”), and Christian Maculada of ETCS-1 (4’9”-5’0”).

GRADE SCHOOL GIRLS. Grace Bedayos of ETCS-1 (4’0”-4’3”), Zion Gumapang of Rizal Elementary School (4’3”-4’6”), Kasandra Yanson of ETCS-1 (4’6”-4’9”), and Tiffanie Cruz of ETCS-1 (4’9”-5’0”).

SECONDARY BOYS. Yusif Aguda of NOHS (Finweight), Carmelino Divino of Sum-ag National High School (flyweight), Mike Mascardo of NOHS (bantamweight), and Rogen Damasco of Sum-ag National High School (featherweight), Rodolfo Sabay of Sum-ag National High School (lightweight), and Louie Cabalatungan of NOHS (welterweight).

SECONDARY GIRLS. Stephanie Garcia of Sum-ag National High School (Finweight), Corazon de la Cruz of NOHS (flyweight), Annie Danila of Sum-ag National High School (bantamweight), Micah Agenales of Sum-ag National High School (featherweight), Myka Arnado (lightweight), and Michele Jardiniano of Sum-ag National High School (welterweight).

CNC SHINES IN KICKBOX, WUSHU TILT

The Centralian Fighters Martial Arts Club (CEFIMAC) of Founder and Wushu Federation of the Philippines North Negros Occidental Vice President Deomedes N. Mamugay Sensei successfully held the 1st Inter-Schools Kickboxing Tournament/Wushu Sanshou Showdown last August 26, 2005 at the CNC Social Hall, Central Negros College, San Carlos City as part of the school’s Acquaintance Day celebration. 6 schools and 2 clubs from San Carlos and Calatrava fought in 9 (8 interschool, 1 interclub) kickboxing and 2 wushu sanshou bouts (including 1 exhibition match).

Participating schools were Agpangi National High School (ANHS) of Calatrava of Pricnipal Joey Sotes; Central Negros College of Director Mario S. Ledesma, Principal Luis N. Dizon, and College Dean Evelyn Caballero; Colegio de Sta. Rita (CSR) of Rev. Sr. Ma. Flora Silverio, A.R. Superior Directress; Guadalupe Elementary School (GES) of Principal Oscar Deraja; Julio Ledesma National High School (JLNHS) of OIC Glenda Arañez; and Tañon College of School Administrator Cynthia A. Sanchez and Principal Pascual Mondragon.

Participating clubs were CEFIMAC and Yantaiokido Martial Arts Association (YMAA) of Evangelito Algarme Shihan and Ernie Tranilla Sensei.

Central Negros College was overall champion with 5 matches won. Tañon College (TC) under Clemente Jumuad Sensei and Julio Ledesma National High School (JLNHS) tied at 2nd place while Guadalupe Elementary School (GES) under Ronald Baquia was 3rd place.

KICKBOXING. Roel Baquia of GES over Ariel Otocan of ANHS. Tirso Pardillo of TC over Manny Garpen of CNC. Jacques Cyrus Dojeño of CNC over Raymund Cuesta of TC. Queency Love Layon of CNC over Junalyn Alay of CSR. Juanito Repaso Jr. of JLNHS over Christopher Tayona Jr. of CNC. Niña Rosales of CNC over Reynonber Arnon of ANHS. Rufino Potot Jr. of CNC over Arcey Fajardo of JLNHS. Johnmar P. Palabrica of CNC over Zanelle Mosqueda of CSR. Reynaldo M. Simeon of CEFIMAC over Anwar Radiomoda of YMAA.

WUSHU SANSHOU. Cipriano Garpen of CNC Nigh HS over Dave Bordaje of CNC Day HS.

WUSHU SANSHOU (EXHIBITION BOUT). Joy Jean Osario and Rhea Estimar.

Tournament officials were Deomedes N. Mamugay Sensei (San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club/CEFIMAC), Alejandro Alcoriza (SACAJUFIMAC), Eleanor Alcoriza (SACAJUFIMAC), Evangelito Algarme Shihan (YMAA), Jose V. Caballero (Zon Karate Club), John Carlo Cañete (CEFIMAC), Rosalie N. Mamugay (SACAJUFIMAC), Jerry Nodnod (SACAJUFIMAC), Jo Cleo Ripdos (Red Dragon Fighters Martial Arts Club), Fernando Solitario (CEFIMAC), Wilfredo Teleron (YMAA), Ernie Tranilla Sensei (YMAA), and Adviser/Tournament Coordinator Rosani Velarde (CEFIMAC).

BACSMA JIN SETTLES FOR SILVER

Bacoleño and Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) jin Mark Anthony Carmona, representing University of the East, faced the greatest challenge of his competition career when he came face to face with Milo sensation and Philippine Team stalwart John Paul Lizardo during the 4th Samsung Best of the Best National Taekwondo Championships held on August 7-11, 2005 at the Glorieta Activity Center, Makati City.

Carmona was ahead by a point in the 1st round and tied Lizardo in the 2nd round at 3-3 but had to withdraw from the championship bout due to an injury and had to settle for the silver medal.

Other crowned champions of the event were Elaine Alora of Laguna (featherweight), Gerrielyn Arranzanso of La Salle (finweight), Zach Canoy of Socsargen (mid heavyweight), Loraine Catalan of UP (flyweight), Tshomlee Go of PAF (flyweight), Marie Antoinette Rivero (light welterweight), and Esther Marie Sayson of UST (bantamweight).

MUAY ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES-NEGROS OCCIDENTAL FOUNDED

The Muay Thai Association of the Philippines-Negros Occidental Chapter (MAP-Neg. Occ.) was formally founded with an election officers on June 24, 2005 at the Check Inn Coffee Shop, Luzuriaga St., Bacolod City.

Those elected to office were James U. Sy Jr. Sensei of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (Negros Occidental Coordinator/President), Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado Sensei of CMAS (Negros Occidental Vice Coordinator/Vice President), Hieroteo “Didoy” Villarosa of Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (secretary), Edwin J. Tusil of Fight Club (treasurer), Joery C. Amante of Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (PIO), Elmer V. Montoyo Sabumnim of PIMAA-FTSDA (chairman of the board), and Reynante De La Cruz of United Negros Fighting Arts Academy, Francis Stephen A. Diaz of CMAS, James Emmanuel Infante of Fight Club, Jimmy T. Lee of PIMAA-FTSDA, Moises “Jung-Jung” Nifras Jr. of CMAS, and Franklin Tabino of PIMAA-FTSDA (board directors).

4 NEW BLACK FALCON INSTRUCTORS CERTIFIED TO TEACH SANSHOU AND KICKBOX

Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental (WFP-Neg. Occ.) Coordinator/President and Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante awarded licenses to teach to 4 of his students on June 22, 2005 in Bacolod City.

Those granted authority to teach wushu sanshou and sipa sumbag/kickboxing were Jorandi Daguman of Victorias City (Branch 2), Roberto Didal of Bacolod City (Branch 4), Bong-Bong Jariñas of Bacolod City (Branch 1), and Climaco Lumawag of Caltrava (Branch 3).

3RD NEGROS CONCEPTUAL MARTIAL ARTS SEMINAR SUCCESS

The 3rd Negros Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar “Introduction to Arnis Basics” was conducted by Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis instructor and Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) Founder James U. Sy Jr. in cooperation with Conceptual Martial Arts Society-USLS and the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish-Christian Youth Organization on July 2, 2005 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City. 11 OLLP-CYO members participated in the seminar.

Assisting Sy were CMAS-USLS Secretary Agnes Gonxha Empio, Outreach Committee Head Reyna Jean Viñarta, and Balayan Representative Francis John Carranza Jr.

Those who attended were Trisha Alabia, Gaia Ma. Karleena Dajao, Madia Ma. Karina Dajao, Rofelene Elisan, Rona Annie Elisan, RT Hilado, Nathan Lopez, Roger A. Pamolarcon, Aika Parlan, Herlo Pun-an, Ma. Cristina Remolleno, and Kristine Vicente.

SUBMISSION SPORT PHILIPPINES-BACOLOD TEAM OPENS

Submission Sports Philippines-Bacolod Team of Jek Ferrer, Chester Laquian, and Milo Abelido gave a mixed martial arts demonstration on July 9, 2005 at Court D, 3F Cineplex Bldg., Araneta St., Bacolod City.

Then on July 12, 2005, the group officially opened its door to the general public at the same lcoation. SSP-BT became the first mixed martial arts (MMA) group in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental that is affiliated with a major MMA group in Manila. The group is also the first affiliate of Submission Sports Philippines in the Visayas.

NEGRENSE US NAVY TEACHES SHOOTO AT FC

Negrense PO2/ET2 Jeff Villarosa Behimino of the US Navy made a visit to his friend and former classmate, Edwin J. Tusil, and ended up teaching a session for Tusil’s Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center on July 14, 2005 at the Sam’s Slim Gym, 3F JTL Bldg., B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City.

Behimino, who is in active duty in surface and air warfare with the US Navy at the US Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan, shared some basic shooto moves to Chief Instructor Tusil and 5 of his students. It was the first documented introduction and presence of shooto in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. Shooto is a Japanese hybrid/mixed martial art that combines striking (primarily kickboxing) and grappling (primarily Brazilian jui-jitsu).

While Behimino did taekwondo when he was in Seoul Korea (2003) and muay Thai when he was in Pattaya, Thailand (2004), it was in shooto where he stayed longest. Behimino is enrolled at the Hakkei Shooto MMA Gym, Kunazawa Hakkei, Yokohama, Japan. Hakkei Shooto MMA Gym is being run by Nobuhiko Watanabe who specializes in muay Thai and also teaches classes. Instructors include No. 1 world BJJ light heavyweight contender Yamashita, Shiko, former world shooto flyweight champion Masato, Oishi, and shooto bantamweight fighter Maruyama, Eiji.

NEGRENSE US NAVY TEACHES SHOOTO AT FC

Negrense PO2/ET2 Jeff Villarosa Behimino of the US Navy made a visit to his friend and former classmate, Edwin J. Tusil, and ended up teaching a session for Tusil’s Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center on July 14, 2005 at the Sam’s Slim Gym, 3F JTL Bldg., B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City.

Behimino, who is in active duty in surface and air warfare with the US Navy at the US Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan, shared some basic shooto moves to Chief Instructor Tusil and 5 of his students. It was the first documented introduction and presence of shooto in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. Shooto is a Japanese hybrid/mixed martial art that combines striking (primarily kickboxing) and grappling (primarily Brazilian jui-jitsu).

While Behimino did taekwondo when he was in Seoul Korea (2003) and muay Thai when he was in Pattaya, Thailand (2004), it was in shooto where he stayed longest. Behimino is enrolled at the Hakkei Shooto MMA Gym, Kunazawa Hakkei, Yokohama, Japan. Hakkei Shooto MMA Gym is being run by Nobuhiko Watanabe who specializes in muay Thai and also teaches classes. Instructors include No. 1 world BJJ light heavyweight contender Yamashita, Shiko, former world shooto flyweight champion Masato, Oishi, and shooto bantamweight fighter Maruyama, Eiji.

ARNIS MASTER GIVES FMA TALK TO KOREAN STUDENTS

At the invitation of Professor Jeeray de Leon, Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles gave a talk on the Filipino martial arts (FMA) to 12 Korean English students on August 9, 2005 at the University of St. La Salle, La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City.

The talk was mean to familiarize Korean students with one aspect of Filipino culture which is not often given enough attention in the academe. Master Gayoles discussed the history, unique characteristics, and anthropological significance of FMA. The talk was the first such lecture on FMA made for Korean students in any university in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

Gayoles has a master’s ranking in the Negrense arts of Yasay sable, Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, and oido de caburata arnis, a senior instructor grade in Vasquez modified tapado, a 3rd degree black belt in taekwondo, and a black belt in Vasquez modified karate.

KALIMASADA INSTRUCTRESS APPRECIATES NEGRENSE ARNIS

This article was published in the August 31, 2005 issue of Sun Star Bacolod.

Kalimasada (Indonesian energy works) instructress Cecilia Ferrer of Manila met Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) founders James Sy Jr. and Narciso "Hansy" Alojado last August 26, 2005 in Bacolod City for a formal introduction to the Filipino warrior arts of Negros Occidental.

The duo gave Ferrer a short session which covered the wide spectrum of Negrense arnis but focused on the universal fundamentals as taught in the Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis system.

Ferrer was also introduced to two FMA grandmasters in Bacolod City and witnessed a first hand demonstration of their respective arts on August 27, 2005.

Headmaster Wilson "Nonong" E, Viñas, the 1st generation inheritor of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis system, showed her the scientific application of the art's single stick combat and dynamic weapon disarming.

Grandmaster Mike F. Vasquez, the headmaster of Vasquez modified tapado and Vasquez modified karate, gave a demonstration of the devastating power of tapado, the Negrense arnis art of long stick fighting.

Ferrer, a daughter of the late Representative Inocencio V. Ferrer Sr., was amazed at the depth with which the Filipino martial arts (FMA) is interpreted and taught in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

"The Negrense/Bacoleño arnis is very logical. Each movement has a reason, making it very effective and efficient. The way they teach arnis here is different from how it is taught in other parts of the Philippines, and even abroad" she explained.

2005 CMAS-USLS ACQUAINTANCE PARTY HELD

The 2005 CMAS-USLS Acquaintance Party was held on August 27, 2005 at the Monterey Resort, Buroburo, Alangilan, Bacolod City. 18 officers and members of the club led by Club President Joy M. Gallos were in attendance.

GM CASIMIRO “CHINGI” GRANDEZA, THE “FATHER OF KARATE IN NEGROS” AND THE 1ST FILIPINO GRANDMASTER OF TANG SOO DO

Written by Western Visayas' premier martial arts writer James U. Sy jr. at the request of FMA circle of negros Island.

Casimiro “Chingi” A. Grandeza Sensei, the founder/chief instructor of the famed White Kimono Karate-do Club, can lay claim as the teacher of most karate black belts and instructors in Negros. His students include George A. Gargalicano (Hiraken Tang Soo Do), Enriquito B. Maguad Jr. (Renbukan), “Berting” Garde (Mastodon), and Elmer V. Montoyo (Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association) among others. Grandeza Sensei is universally acknowledged as “The Father of Karate in Negros.”

Grandeza Sensei’s White Kimono was affiliated to the All Japan Karate Federation (AJKF) under its President Kainosuke Watanabe Sensei and Chief Instructor Koichi Kondo Sensei.

In the late 1964, Grandeza Sensei corresponded with Grandmaster Hwang Kee, the founder of Moo Duk Kwan, with the introduction of Col. Gregorio Agaloos

In 1968, Grandeza Sensei received an invitation from GM Hwang Kee, through the Bacolod City mayor, to attend a special training course for masters in Seoul, South Korea only offered once in every 10 years.

After one and a half months of rigid training from 4:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., Grandeza Sensei was promoted to 6th dan black belt, appointed as Black Belt Commissioner, and licensed to establish the Philippine Chapter of the Moo Duk Kwan. Grandeza Sensei was the first Filipino to learn and become a grandmaster of tang soo do.

Upon the establishment of the Philippine Moo Duk Kwan Inc.-Korea Tang Soo Do Association, Master Grandeza affiliated his organization with the World Moo Duk Kwan Korea Tang Soo Do Association.

Master Grandeza went on to establish Korean Tang soo do and the Philippine Moo Duk Kwan Inc.-Korea Tang Soo Do Association in Bacolod City, Negros, and outwards to other parts of the Philippines. The Philippine Moo Duk Kwan held the most organized martial arts tournaments during those times. It had organized several national tournaments and had produced a lot of great fighters.

Truly, the history of Negros martial arts will not be complete without mentioning Grandmaster Casimiro “Chingi” A. Grandeza, a true pioneer, a master of masters.

PANCHO VILLA, THE 1ST WORLD BOXING CHAMPION FROM ASIA


The first world boxing champion from Negros and Asia. Pancho Villa, the Negrosanons' pride.

Written by Western Visayas’ premier martial arts historian James U. Sy Jr. at the request of FMA Circle of Negros Island

Negrenses might not know it but the first world boxing champion from Asia was born on August 1, 1901 in Ilog, Negros Occidental. His name, Francisco Guilledo, better known as Pancho Villa in the boxing world. The teenager Guilledo started his boxing career in 1919.

Adopting the name of a famous Mexican revolutionary leader, Guilledo campaigned in the USA in 1922.

At the age of 22, Pancho Villa challenged reigning world flyweight champion Jimmy Wilde of Wales on June 18, 1923 and pummeled him to submission throughout their 7 round encounter at the Polo Grounds in New York, USA. Right after knocking out his foe with punches to the stomach and the jaw, he helped the fallen Wilde return to his corner, for which a woman reached out to shake his gloves. The woman was Mrs. Wilde. Despite his reach advantage, Wilde didn’t had a chance. 23,000 spectators, who paid a total of US$94,950.00, witnessed the bout. Pancho Villa thus became the first Asian, Filipino, and Negrense world boxing champion.

Pancho Villa made 3 successful defenses of his crown in 2 years against Georgie Marks (February 8, 1924, New York, USA), Frankie Ash (May 30, 1924, Brooklyn, New York), and Jose Sencio (May 1, 1925, Manila, Philippines).

On July 4, 1925, world flyweight champion Pancho Villa, 5’1”, fought welterweight Jimmy McLarnin with an ulcerated tooth. Pancho Villa lost in his last bout, which was a non-title match, via a controversial 10-round decision. McLarnin went on to become the welterweight champion of the world. It was common at that time for lighter boxers to fight the ones in the heavier category because of the shortage of boxers.

On July 14, 1925, 10 days after his last bout and 18 days before his 24th birthday, Pancho Villa died because of complications from his ulcerated tooth. He had a record of 71-4-5-19 22 KO. His 19 no decisions were bouts held in areas where boxing was illegal.

In 1994, 4 Asians were enshrined into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in New York. Pancho Villa, touted as the greatest flyweight of the century by the Associated Press, and Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, another great Filipino boxing champion, were two of them.

1ST MUAY THAI SEMINAR IN BACOLOD CITY HELD


Kru Ruben S. Sumido and Kru Ike Xavier Villaflores (6th to 6th from left) with participants of the 1st Begros Muay Association of the Philippines Muay Boran Instructors' Course.

The 1st Negros Occidental M.A.P. Muay Boran Instructors Course (Basic and Intermediate Levels) was conducted by Visayas and Region 7 Coordinator Kru Ike Xavier Villaflores and Iloilo City Coordinator Kru Ruben S. Sumido under the sanction of the Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) and with the sponsorship of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) in cooperation with the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) on June 18-19, 2005 at the PIMAA-FTSDA, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City. 33 martial artists representing 5 organizations were in attendance.

The seminar was the first workshop on muay Thai in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental sanctioned by the art’s NSA. Kru Villaflores was the first M.A.P. certified official to conduct such training in this part of the country while Kru Sumido was the first Visayas and national champion, world bronze medalist, and Philippine Team member to assist in such an instructors’ course. James U. Sy Jr. Sensei and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado Sensei (CMAS) and Master Elmer V. Montoyo (PIMAA-FTSDA) were the first sponsor and host respectively of a muay Thai seminar in the province.

Kru Villaflores, through the authority vested on him by Muay Association of the Philippines President Kru Roberto B. Valdez, certified the first 12 muay Thai boran instructors in Negros Occidental under M.A.P. Those certified were Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado (CMAS), Joery C. Amante (Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main), Reynante De La Cruz (United Negros Fighting Arts Academy), Francis Stephen A. Diaz (CMAS), James Emmanuel Infante (Fight Club), Jimmy T. Lee (PIMAA-FTSDA), Master Elmer V. Montoyo (PIMAA-FTSDA), Moises “Jung-Jung” Nifras Jr. (CMAS), James U. Sy Jr. (CMAS), Franklin Tabino (PIMAA-FTSDA), Edwin J. Tusil (Fight Club), and Hieroteo “Didoy” Villarosa (PIMAA-FTSDA).

FIGHT CLUB ELECTS OFFICERS

The Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center elected its new set of officers for Batch Underground last August 2005 at Sam’s Slim Gym, 3F JTL Bldg., B.S. Aquino Drive (in front of Redemptorist Church), Bacolod City. Those who were elected to office were Leandro V. Torre (president), Alvin Solon (vice president), Stephen Sancho (secretary), Martin Chua (treasurer), and Rey “Panoy” Emilia (sgt. at arms). Founder/Chief Instructor is Edwin J. Tusil Sensei, a student Enriquito B. Maguad Jr. Sensei.

NTMA & BACSMA HOSTS 2005 NEGROS INTER-SCHOOL TKD TILT

The Negros Taekwondo Mission Association (NTMA), an affiliate of the World Taekwondo Mission Federation (affiliated: World Taekwondo Federation), in cooperation with the Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) held the 2005 Negros Inter-School Taekwondo Championships last August 6, 2005 at the Saint Benilde School Covered Court, Bacolod City.

In the elementary division, Shiloh Christian School was crowned champion with a 1-1-2 medal haul. Education Training Center School-1 (1-1-1) and St. John’s Institute (1-0-1) were 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

In the high school division, Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) was crowned champion with a 5-5-1 medal haul. Sum-ag National High School (4-3-3) and Medel National High School (2-4-1) were 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

In the college division, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) took 3 championship titles while Visayan Maritime Academy (VMA) and Riverside Medical College (RMC) won 2 and 1 championship titles respectively.

Guest of honor was Hon. Councilor Mark Louie “XI” de la Rosa. Felix “Vic” Feria Jr., World Taekwondo Mission Federation liaison officer for Visayas, was chairman of the organizing committee while Joel R. Casiple, Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association head instructor, was tournament director. Technical officials include Albert Algarme, Jerry Estante, Catherine Joy Guotana, Ellen June Guotana, Victor Lopez, Liwayway Malumay, Christine Mejias, Melbeth Ramirez, Mark Anthony Tan, and Agustin Tupal.

Gold medalists were:

ELEMENTARY BOYS NOVICE. Matthew Daclan of Jack and Jill (4’0” and under), Jonan Colinco of Shiloh Christian School (4’0”-4’3”), Tristan Daclan of Trinity Christian School (4’3”-4’6”), Zach Salvador (4’6”-4’9”), and Joseph Guerrero of Koryo Martial Arts (4’9”-5’0”).

ELEMENTARY BOYS ADVANCE. Jason Teodoro of ETCS-1 (4’0”-4’3”), James Madrigal of LCC-Main (4’3” 4’6”), Tedjay Ibañez of Bacolod Christian Center (4’6”-4’9”), Gehru Bedayos of Medel Elem. School (4’9”-5’0”), and Antonio Evangelio of La Castellana Elem. School (5’0”-5’3”).

ELEMENTARY GIRLS NOVICE. Eryel Daclan of Koryo Martial Arts (4’0” and under) and Zion Gumapang of Rizal Elem. School (4’0”-4’3”).

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS NOVICE. Jiz Imalay of Binalbagan Catholic College (Finweight), Rodolfo Sabay of Sum-ag National High School (flyweight), Rojen Damasco of Sum-ag National High School (bantamweight), and Carmelinjo Divino of Sum-ag National High School (welterweight).

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS ADVANCE. Eugene Bedayos of Negros Occidental High School (Finweight), Allan de Larrazabal of Negros Occidental High School (flyweight), Roy Vincent Dionela of Don Bosco-Victorias (bantamweight), and John Reyes of Christian Venture Academy (welterweight).

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS NOVICE. Regine Compra of Negros Occidental High School (Finweight), Gellie Tamayo of Medel National High School (flyweight), Annamie Duremdes of Medel National High School (bantamweight), and Marjorie Ines of Negros Occidental High School (welterweight).

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS ADVANCE. Stephanie Samonte of Negros Occidental High School (Finweight) and Myrel Tapang of Sum-ag National High School (flyweight).

COLLEGE MEN. Rex Tupal of Visayan Maritime Academy (finweight) and John Mark Proneza of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (flyweight).

COLLEGE WOMEN. Agustina Tupal of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (Finweight), Barbara Gruber of Visayan Maritime Academy (bantamweight), Catherine Samonte of Riverside Medical College (featherweight), and April Joy Salazar the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (lightweight).

Meanwhile, a Korean 7th dan black belt master and top official of the World Taekwondo Mission Federation (WTMF) based in Seoul, South Korea conducted a second local rank promotion examinations for Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) jins on August 7, 2005 at the BACSMA Gym, Court D, 3F Cineplex Bldg., Araneta St., Bacolod City.

MASTER “SIMBA” PROMOTED TO 9TH DAN IN KOMBATAN

Grandmaster Ernesto “Erning” A. Presas officially awarded Master Michael “Zimba” Ma-alat of Hinigaran his 9th degree black belt grandmaster rank under the sanction of the International Philippine Martial Arts Federation (IPMAF) during the graduation ceremonies of the 9th Kombatan Training Camp on May 6, 2005 at the Presas Beach, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.

JUFIMAC RENAMED, OFFICERS ELECTED

The Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (JUFIMAC) was officially renamed to the San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) during an organizational meeting held last May 10, 2005 in San Carlos City.

Then there was an election of a new set of officers for 2005-2006. Those elected to office were SACA JUFIMAC Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay Sensei (president), Johnmar P. Palabrica (VP), Estrelita M. Sabijon (secretary), Rosalie N. Mamugay (treasurer), Reynaldo Simeon (auditor), Dominador Tingson III (PIO), Danilo Oguia and Rodrigo Oguia (sgt. at arms), and Renato Buhat, Larry L. Libre, Zanelle Mosqueda, Jerry Nodnod, Wilfredo Paragados, and Antonio Sabijon (board directors).

FIGHT CLUB PROMOTES INSTRUCTORS

Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil Sensei awarded rank promotions to 6 members of the Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center during the 5th Fight Club Founding Anniversary on May 28, 2005 at the Infante Residence, 20th St. Lacson, Bacolod City.

Those promoted were Mark and Cargeoren T. Lusabia (Senior Advisors), Drodgel “Sunny” Benedicto, James Emmanuel Infante, and Linus Ramos (Senior Instructors), and Eduard A. Ignacio (Junior Instructor).

PALABRICA GIVES WFP-NEGROS ITS LONE MEDAL IN THE WUSHU NAT’LS

Johnmar Palabrica of Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (JUFIMAC) was one of two Negrense who represented Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental (WFP-Neg. Occ.) in the 2005 Philippine National Wushu Championships held by the Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) on May 28-29, 2005 at the National Wushu Training Center, Manila.

He failed to go for the gold as he succumbed to Joseph Pasiwat of powerhouse Baguio. Palabrica, however, became the first wushu sanshou athlete from San Carlos City to bring home a national level bronze medal for his hometown. Palabrica was entered in the Male B 60 kgs. category.

Palabrica’s teammate, Andres Villarmia of Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main), bowed out to Tyrone Naticho of Benguet in the Male B 56 kgs. division.

ATLETA JUDO CLUB DOMINATES NAT’L JR. & KIDS TILT

The Administered Training Leading to the Empowerment of Talisay Athletes (ATLETA) Judo Club of Chief Professor Kinjho, Masaharu K. Shihan, 8th dan black belt PAJA, was crowned overall champion with a 13-7-6 medal haul during the 2005 Philippine National Juniors and Kids Individual Judo Championships on June 11-12, 2005 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Vito Cruz, Malate, Metro Manila. The Philippine Amateur Judo Association (PAJA) sanctioned tournament pitted 17 teams.

Davao Masters (6-5-7), Muntinlupa (5-4-7), and UP Diliman Quezon (4-3-3) were 2nd to 4th places respectively.

AJC gold medalists were Edgardo S. Alegayda of DLMHS (kids boys -73 kg.), Arai Tetsuro S. of LCC-Main (kids boys +46 kg.), Shallane T. Bello of CHMSC (kids girls -45 kg.), Novelyn B. Benigay of Concepcion Elementary School (kids girls +29 kg.), Renelyn B. Benigay of De La Salle Manila (juniors women’s -48 kg.), Charlton Steve Duron of CES (kids boys -35 kg.), Aljaymar S. Estremos of WNC (juniors men’s -81 kg.), Rafael M. Garcia of TES (kids boys -46 kg.), Kinjho Sueko L. of CES (kids girls -29 kg.), Jessa L. Marin of JBLCF (juniors women’s -70 kg.), Nonalyn P. Oredina of CES (kids girls -32 kg.), Mark Ryan D. Tortogo of CES (kids boys -42 kg.), and Katherine H. Villegas of CES (kids girls -22 kg.);

AJC silver medalists were Marian de la Cruz of CES (kids girls -32 kg.), Roosevelt S. Delatina of JBLCF (juniors men’s -73 kg.), Mary Ann E. Diaz of CHMSC (juniors women’s -63 kg.), Patricia Marie L. Kinjho of CHMSC (juniors women’s -52 kg.), Nechelle P. Oredina of DHGGMHS (kids girls -36 kg.), Rey L. Telebrico of CHMSC (kids boys -55 kg.), and Jo-an S. Villamin of RBLMHS (juniors women’s -78 kg.).

AJC bronze medalists were Marjun Acupinpin of Hda. Virgen II RBLMHS (kids boys +73 kg.), Aljun S. Estremos of Shema CA (kids boys -25 kg.), Jovelyn R. Laboriante of RBLMHS (kids girls -73 kg.), Edna H. Montoya of CHMSC (juniors women’s -45 kg.), Crisa Joy W. Neri of RBLMHS (kids girls -57 kg.), and Ronamie G. Robles of RBLMHS (kids girls +36 kg.).

Officials were Kinjho Shihan (head of delegation, team manager, head coach); Emir P. Reyes, 4th dan, National A Referee (team referee); Jansen Y. Benjamin, 3rd dan, National B Referee and Jessmond R. Delos Reyes Jalwin L. Luanebelle, both 2nd dan (coaches).

PIMAA-FTSDA BEAUTY SHINES


Joan C. Moran after being honored with the Best in Talent and People’s Choice awards.

Joan C. Moran was the crowd favorite when she entered the 2005 Mutya ng Paraiso 2 on May 15, 2005 at Prk. Paraiso 2, Brgy. Taloc, Bago City. Her beauty and charm was crowned by her breathtaking Filipino Tang soo do performance during the talent portion of the beauty pageant. Ultimately, she didn’t get the crown but was honored with the Best in Talent and People’s Choice awards. Moran is a student of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, President/Founder of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA).

BLACK FALCON DOMINATES BOXING, WUSHU TILTS

The Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) of Chief Instructor and WFP-Neg. Occ. Joery C. Amante in cooperation with the Purok Bulak Sports Committee and the Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental successfully held the 1st Prk. Bulak Wushu Sanshou Competition and 6th Prk. Bulak Boxing Showdown on May 22, 2005 at the Prk. Bulak Basketball Court, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City during the purok’s annual fiesta. 8 martial arts organizations from Bacolod, Bago, and Victorias Cities and boxing enthusiasts from 5 barangays/teams were in attendance.

The organizations/teams involved were Active, Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA), Brgy. 34, BFMAA-Main, Brotherhood Martial Arts Federation (BMAF),
Calantas Shopping Boxing Team, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Hervias, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Prk. Bulak, St. Joseph High School Martial Arts Club (SJHSMAC)/Yaming Arts, and United Negros Fighting Arts Academy (UNFAA).

BFMAA-Main was crowned overall champion in the 6th Prk. Bulak Boxing Showdown with all of its 3 entries winning, garnering a 100% knockout rate in a fight time of 63 seconds. Calantas Shopping Boxing Team of Coach Badong Bedico and Prk. Bulak tied at 2nd place with a win each.

BFMAA-Main was crowned overall champion in the 1st Prk. Bulak Wushu Sanshou Competition winning 3 of 6 bouts fought. BMAF and CMAS were 2nd and 3rd places respectively with 2 and 1 wins in that order.

WESTERN BOXING. John Philip Sincero of BFMAA-Main over Julius Agolino of Active via KO in 0.24 in the 1st round. Rosendo Trayco of BFMAA-Main over James Bedico of Calantas Shopping Boxing Team via KO in 0.16 in the 1st round. Benny Trayco of BFMAA-Main over Robert Alipayan of Hervias via KO in 0.23 in the first round. Peggie Pehid of Prk. Bulak over Ifraim Manlapao of Prk. Bulak via unanimous decision. July Paderno of Calantas Shopping Boxing Team over Kenneth Arthur Chicka of Brgy. 34 via unanimous decision.

WUSHU SANSHOU. Anthony de Asis of BMAF over Manuel Fama of BFMAA-Main in 2 rounds. Janry Amante of BFMAA-Main over Richard Claveras of BMAF in 2 rounds. Judilyn de café of BMAF over Mika Geduriagao of BFMAA-Main in 2 rounds. Renalyn “Ren-Ren” Jacob of BFMAA-Main) over Rose Marie de la Cruz of BMAF via retirement in 1.39 of the 2nd round. Andres Villarmia of BFMAA-Main over Danilo de Asis of BMAF via retirement in 1.18 of the 2nd round. Elizer “Jun-Jun” Agudo Jr. of CMAS over Ivan Sincero of BFMAA-Main via unanimous decision.

SIPA SUMBAG/KICKBOXING. John Mark Amante of BFMAA-Main over Junjie Ayrand Aposaga of BMAF via split decision.

EXHIBITIONS. UNFAA represented by Founder Reynante de La Cruz and his students Eduard Acostoy, Archie Lladoc, Dale Saldua, and John Saldua (taekwondo, street defense), PIMAA-FTSDA represented by red belts Gilbert Go and Bernel de los Santos (pencak silat, karate, Filipino Tang soo do), and CMAS represented by Founder James U. Sy Jr. and Khenn Providencia (Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, Yasay sable, aikido).

All 3 exhibitions were historic in that it was the first time UNFAA of Bago City made a demonstration in Bacolod City and Prk. Bulak; the first time for pencak silat, Filipino Tang soo do, Yasay sable, and aikido to be demonstrated in Prk. Bulak; and the first time for Yasay sable to be demonstrated anywhere in Bacolod City.

Officials were WFP-Negros PIO/Business Manager Sy and WFP-Negros Secretary Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of CMAS (Emcee), WFP-Central Negros Vice President Elmer V. Montoyo Sabumnim of PIMAA-FTSDA (Chief Judge), WFP-Negros President Amante of BFMAA-Main (Tournament director/referee), WFP-Negros Board Directors Joel R. Casiple of BACSMA, Pastor Romeo Gumban, Jimmy T. Lee, and Hieroteo “Didoy” Villarosa V of PIMAA-FTSDA (judges), Felix “Berong” Altarap of SJHSMAC/Yaming Arts (Awards presentor), Christon Oliveros (record keeper), Romil Regalado of BFMAA-Main (timekeeper), Rustico Pabalinas of BMAF (wushu sanshou coach), Coach Badong Bedico (western boxing coach), and Khenn Providencia and Joeben “JR” Rodriguez of CMAS (cameramen).

Sponsors were Hon. Lone District of Bacolod Congressman Monico O. Puentebella, Councilors Hon. Atty. Lyndon Caña, Greg Gasataya, and Catalino Alisbo, CMAS Founder Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Barangay Hon. Kagawads Nikki Cordova, Mae Cuaycong, Ramon Espidido, and Ramie Samilo, Hon. Prk. Bulak President Nestor Talagon, Hon. Brgy. Mandalagan Treasurer Quirico Quirino, Brgy. Mandalagan Council, Hon. SK Chairman Marx Louie “XL” De La Rosa, Airclean Arcobilla, Carlos Barredo, Dionisio, “Toto” Indig, Bro. Dennis Magbanua (FSC), Benjie Oyog, Ben and Bong-Bong Rante, Benjamin Relato, and Engr. Paul Sillarequez and Capt. Nars Sumilhig (Iloilo City).