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

Friday, December 30, 2005


EXAMINATION PANEL. From left: Master Ferdinand Emmanuel "Bobot" Y. Gayoles, Headmaster Wilson E. Viñas, Grandmaster Dominador "Doming" D. Ferrer, and Host Master Elmer V. Montoyo.

EXAMINEES. From left: Wilson A. Alvarado, Heli "Kabong" Altamarino, Lafayette A. Diamante, Lorema "Bing" Tacsagon, and Moises "Jung-Jung" Nifras Jr.

EXAMINATION PANEL, EXAMINATION STAFF, AND EXAMINEES. Seated first row, from left: Master Ferdinand Emmanuel "Bobot" Y. Gayoles, Headmaster Wilson E. Viñas, Grandmaster Dominador "Doming" D. Ferrer, and Host Master Elmer V. Montoyo. Standing second row: Instructor James U. Sy Jr., Instructor Joeffrey S. Deriada, Heli "Kabong" Altamarino, Wilson A. Alvarado, Lafayette A. Diamante, Lorema "Bing" Tacsagon, Instructor Narciso "Hansy" L. Alojado, Moises "Jung-Jung" Nifras Jr., and Senior Instructor Dante L. Robles.

Examinees demonstrating their mastery of the 7 basic strikes of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis system.

Heli "Kabong" Altamarino (right) displaying his blocking skills against the offensives of Instructor Narciso "Hansy" L. Alojado during the second phase of the examination (blocking).

Heli "Kabong" Altamarino (right) responds with a handblade and outside wristlock against the knife attack of Instructor Joeffrey S. Deriada.

Wilson A. Alvarado of Bago City (right) defends against the onslaught of Senior Instructor Dante L. Robles during the fourth phase (empty hands) of the examination.

The examination panel grading the test candidates. From left:
Host Master Elmer V. Montoyo, Master Ferdinand Emmanuel "Bobot" Y. Gayoles, Grandmaster Dominador "Doming" D. Ferrer, and Headmaster Wilson E. Viñas.

Lafayette A. Diamante effects a disarm on Instructor Narciso "Hansy" Alojado.

Moises "Jung-Jung" Nifras Jr. going through a free form routine during the fifth phase of the examination (open/freestyle demonstration).

Lorema "Bing" Tacsagon (left) uses disarm no. 1 to render Senior Instructor Dante L. Robles helpless during the third phase of the examinations (disarming).

Headmaster Wilson E. Viñas, the 1st generation inheritor of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis system, giving his comments and recommendations after the examination. Here he is explaining the finer points of stickfighting with Senior Instructor Dante L. Robles.

Grandmaster Dominador "Doming" D. Ferrer, the oldest living grandmaster of Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis in the world, demonstrating jointlocking technique for everybody in attendance with the assistance of Instructor James U. Sy Jr.

The 2nd Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Standardized Ranking Promotional Examinations were held by the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association (LVAAA) on December 30, 2005 at the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

The examination was historic in that it was the first ranking promotion in the association’s 73 years existence conducted with a systematic examination for instructor candidates complete with a well defined examination format and criteria and an examination panel who evaluated the test candidates. The 1st batch of promotions was made as spot promotions to initiate the association’s Standardized Ranking Program.

The Examination Panel consisted of Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas, the 1st generation inheritor of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis system and the president/chief instructor of LVAAA; Grandmaster Dominador “Doming” D. Ferrer, 10th degree grandmaster LVAAA and Founder/Chief Instructor of Kalantiaw Defense Society; and Master Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles, 4th generation master of Yasay Sable and 5th degree master LVAAA. Host instructor was Master Elmer V. Montoyo, 6th degree black belt founder of Filipino Tang soo do and the Founder/President of PIMAA-FTSDA.

The 5 test candidates who came from different chapters of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (and their instructors/recommending authority) were Heli “Kabong” Altamarino of CMAS-Alijis (under senior Instructor Dante L. Robles), English teacher Wilson A. Alvarado of CMAS-Bago (under Master Gayoles), Bago City Clerk of Court Moises “Jong-Jong” G. Nifras Jr. of CMAS-Main (under headmaster Viñas), and West Negros College Jr. Clinical Instructor Lafayette A. Diamante and Ma. Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon of CMAS-PNRC (under Instructor James U. Sy Jr.).

The Examination Staff were Instructor Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of CMAS-Porferia/USLS, Instructor Joeffrey S. Deriada of CMAS-Alijis, Senior Instructor Dante L. Robles of CMAS-Alijis, and Instructor James U. Sy Jr. of CMAS-Main/USLS.

The examination consisted of 6 phases: strikes, blocks, disarms, empty hands, open/freestyle, and oral. All candidates passed the examinations and currently have a probationary status as 1st degree instructors until their certificate of ranks are officially awarded by the association. Alvarado topped the examinations, garnering 50 points out of the perfect score of 60.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005


CMAS-Main core member Raymund Antonio Maguad of Murcia, M.D., (left) and CMAS Co-Founder Narciso "Hansy" L. Alojado cross sticks at the CMAS-Porferia Gym, Porferia Rd., Mt. view Subd., Bacolod City.

The 8th chapter/branch of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), CMAS-Iloilo, was recently formalized by CMAS-Main core member Raymund Antonio Maguad of Murcia in Iloilo City. The group was started last June 2005 as an informal study group focusing on the different Negrosanon Filipino martial arts of arnis/eskrima.

The other CMAS chapters and their heads are CMAS-Main/Alunan (Founder James U. Sy Jr.), CMAS-Porferia (Founder Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado), CMAS-USLS (Founders Alojado and Sy), CMAS-Eroreco (Victorio C. Perez), CMAS-Alijis (Dante L. Robles), CMAS-PNRC (Lafayette A. Diamante), and CMAS-Candoni (Pastor Leo B. Tabligan).

CMAS is a non-profit, non-political martial arts brotherhood organized to research, study, document, systematize, establish, stimulate interest in, promote, and/or propagate indigenous and foreign based Negrense Filipino martial arts and other Asian and Occidental martial arts in Bacolod City and the rest of the Negros Island, and if possible, in other parts of the Philippines and the world. It is dedicated to the development of physically, mentally, and spiritually superior men and women for the benefit and betterment of society.

Every CMAS branch has their own specialty but most of them focus on FMA. CMAS-Iloilo practices Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis, oido de caburata, Togle style modern arnis , and Yasay sable.

CMAS-Iloilo has 6 members, all of whom are in the medical field. Plans are currently being ironed out for the group to travel to Bacolod City to study under the respective heads of the arts they are practicing.

Monday, December 19, 2005


Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) of Coach Joel R. Casiple took 7 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze medal haul at the 2005 Negros Occidental Provincial Athletic Meet (NOPAM) - Elementary and High School Divisions last December 17-20, 2005 at the Pana-ad Sports Complex, Bacolod City. ompetitors came fro, Areas 1 to 9.

Gold medalists were John Robert “JR” Burbano of Castleson High School-Area 8 (secondary boys featherweight), Allan de Larrazabal of Area 9 (secondary boys flyweight), Dustin de Larrazabal of Area 9 (secondary boys bantamweight), Shiela de la Cruz of Medel Elementary School-Area 7 (elementary girls 136-144 cm.), Roy Vincent Dionela of Don Bosco Victorias-Area 3 (secondary boys lightweight), Tedjay Ibañez of Bacolod christian Center School-Area 8 (elementary boys 136-144 cm.), and Marvic Sayon of sum-ag National High school-Area 7 (secondary boys welterweight).

Silver medalists were Eugene Bedayos of NOHS-Area 9 (secondary boys finweight) and Myrel Tapang of Sum-ag National High School-Area 7 (secondary girls flyweight).

Bronze medalists were Christian Maculada of ETCS-1-Area 7 (elementary boys 144-152 cm.), Mike Mascardo of NOHS-Area 9 (secondary boys featherweight), and Roni Jean Raymundo of ETCS-1-Area 7 (elementary girls 120-128 cm.).


Bernil de los Santos, Theresa Jane “Princess” Libo-on, the twin sisters Joan Shennen C. Moran and Jenny Shennen C. Moran, and Marilou Pecha of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) gave various martial arts demonstrations during the Parent’s Day celebration last December 4, 2005 at La Consolacion College-Gardenville, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

2004 Gov. Tupas Cup pencak silat medalist Bernil de los Santos demonstrated jurus tunggal which included empty hands work, the bolo, and the long stick. The junior members of the association performed the basic exercises of Filipino Tang soo do e(vrtical and horizontal splits, spider walk, headstand, etc.) and the
standard hyung (forms).

The teens are students of Master Elmer V. Montoyo, 6th dan black belt, Founder/President of PIMAA-FTSDA.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


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The Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center of Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil Sensei made history anew with their highly successful hosting of the Fight Club B.R.A.W.L. (Bacolod Reality Amateur Warrior's League) last December 10, 2005 at the Riverside Medical College Quadrangle, Bacolod City. 24 fighters from 5 Bacolod-based martial arts organizations fought a total of 12 bouts in the mixed martial arts and grappling divisions witnessed by about 550-600 spectators.

The organizing Fight Club Coambat and Streetfighting Center with Senior Advisers Mark T. Lusabaia (1st from left, 3rd row), Cargeoren T. Lusabia and Renny S. Tolentino, and Founder/Chief Instructor edwin j. Tusil (2nd to 4th from left, 1st row).

The tournament was historic in that it was the first ever mixed martial arts and the first ever purely grappling tournament to be held in a college in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, the Negros Island, Western Visayas, and the Visayas.

Excitement builds up at the Riverside Medical College Quadrangle as the audience awaits the start of the Fight Club B.R.A.W.L. (Bacolod Reality Amateur Warrior's League).

The Brotherhood of Mixed Martial Artists of Bacolod (BOMB), the first ever mixed martial arts alliance in the Visayas founded last December 6, 2003, sanctioned the bouts. Version 2 of the B.O.M.B. Mixed Martial Arts Tournament Rules was implemented.

Submission Sport Philippines (A.K.A. Pasukuang Laban)-Bacolod Team (SSP-BT) of Coach Jek Ferrer, the tournament’s defending champion, dominated the mixed martial arts event with 4 wins and the grappling division with 2 wins.

SSP-BT previously carted 3 wins out of 4 bouts in the 1st Fight Club Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Challenge (FCAMMAC) held last September 24, 2005 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St., Bacolod City (see http://fmacircle, for results). It again made its presence felt in the 11-bout Universal Reality Combat Championships (URCC) Provincial Tour held last November 19, 2005 in Dumaguete City where 4 of its fighters won (see for results).

The organizing Fight Club (FC) and the Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) of Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) Negros Occidental Coordinator Joery C. Amante Sensei tied at 2nd place with 2 wins each in the mixed martial arts event. The newly revived Octagon Martial Arts (OMA) of Jun Rojo Sensei placed 3rd with a win.

The Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main fighters who competed in the event (from left): Julius Dohinog, Jet Lumawag, and Romulo Cañete Jr.

The Fight Club and Warriors Club of B.O.M.B. Health Management Chairman Roy Flores Sr. Sensei tied at 2nd place in the grappling division with a wins each.

GRAPPLING. In the first bout, 2005 FCAMMAC 58 kg. champion Rameses Aloro of SSP-BT, 119 lbs., made short work of Ravelo Guavez of OMA, 122 lbs., with a perfect throw (body slam). Another grappler from SSP-BT, 2005 URCC Provincial Tour winner Obet Canlas, 129 lbs., ended the second match abruptly when he threw Glofred Libo-on of OMA, 122 lbs.

Rameses Aloro of Submission Sport Philippines raises his fist in victory after winning the first bout in the grappling division.

2005 URCC Provincial Tour winner Obet Canlas 9in black shirt) of Submission Sport Philippines and Glofred Libo-on of Octagon Martial Arts grapple for supremacy in the second bout of the grappling division.

Former judo player Ronico D. Despabeladeros of FC, 166 lbs., went to the 3rd bout as the underdog against grappling sensation Chester Laquian of SSP-BT, 150 lbs. The match started out with Laquian having his way with ground grappling on the mat, most of the times on his back in the guard position. Laquian is notorious with finishing moves while on the ground but Despabeladeros made a big upset when he threw Laquian using an ippon seionage (one arm shoulder throw) when the fight resumed in the standing position. The match was clocked at below 2 minutes of the allotted 5 minute limit.

Former judo player Ronico D. Despabeladeros of Fight Club prepares for an epic battle with grappling sensation Chester Laquian of Submission Sport Philippines as Coaches James Emmanuel Infante and Linus Paul Ramos (from left, lower right of the picture) looks on.

Chester Laquian of Submission Sport Philippines (bottom) goes for the rare naked choke from the rear mount early on. Ronico Despabeladeros of Fight Club defended effectively.

Chester Laquian of Submission Sport Philippines (bottom) attempting to apply an arm bar from the guard position. Ronico D. Despabeladeros of Fight Club kept his arm bent to prevent the technique from being effective.

In the 4th bout, 2005 Talisay City Baston Championships contender Alan Mario Facturan of Warrior’s Club, 140 lbs., was overpowered by the taller Timmy Fuentebella of SSP-BT, 140 lbs., in several occasions. Facturan took the win by pinning Fuentebella in a modified yoko shiho gatame (side mount) several seconds before the match expired.

Timmy Fuentebella of Submission Sport Philippines (white shirt) takes the back of Alan Mario Facturan of Warrior’s Club but failed to sink in a finishing choke.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. In the first bout, Jan-Jan Javier of SSP-BT, 109 lbs., TKOed Ramel Delgado of OMA, 107 lbs., in the 1st round. 2005 Dancalan kickboxing champion Julius Dohinog of BFMAA-Main, 110 lbs., dominated Virgilio Rojo of OMA, 113 lbs., with wushu sanshou takedowns to snatch a unanimous decision victory.

Former Philippine national wushu trainee and 2005 Cong. Raul Gonzales Cup wushu sanshou champion Jet Lumawag of BFMAA-Main, 114 lbs., and Mark Rojo of OMA, 115 lbs., went toe to toe in a bout won by Lumawag via unanimous decision.

In the fourth bout, underdog Eugene Yunque of FC, 121 lbs., faced crowd favorite and 2005 FCAMMAC 57-59 kg. champion Milo Abelido of SSP-BT, 120 lbs. The bout started out with both fighters being tentative and cautious. Yunque opened up with a powerful low thigh kick. Both fighters moved around to get the right chance to attack. Yunque prevented Abelido from using his renowned grappling skills by firing another roundhouse kick. Yunque surprised the audience with an upset KO victory.

Neophyte Gallon of OMA, 121 lbs., stood his ground and beat last minute replacement and 2nd BOMB MMA champion Romulo S. Cañete Jr. of BFMAA-Main via 1st round TKO. Cañete substituted for 2003 All Negros wushu sanshou champion Andres Villarmia, also of BFMAA-Main. In the sixth match, Mark T. Lusabia of FC, 128 lbs., defeated Alvin Libo-on of OMA, 128 lbs., in a primarily striking bout via judges decision.

Fighters from SSP-BT dominated the last 3 bouts. 2005 URCC Provincial Tour contender Adonis Arellano, 131 lbs., forced a tapout from the game Elijah Sian of FC, 132 lbs. 2005 URCC Provincial Tour contender Timmie Ledesma won over Jessie Fuentes of FC, 140 lbs., via judges decision.

The main event was a battle between heavyweights. 2005 FCAMMAC 84-90 kg. champion and 2005 URCC Provincial Tour winner Adrian Hillana of SSP-BT, 175 lbs., forced Peter Paul Guinto of FC, 167 lbs., to submit. Guinto ran out of steam.

Enrico Benetti, maker of quality bags based in Italy, recognized 3 of the competitors. The awardees were Eugene Yunque of Fight Club (Best K.O.), Ronico D. Despabeladeros of Fight Club (Best Takedown), and Adrian Hillana of Submission Sport Philippines-Bacolod Team (Best Submission). The awardees were given knapsacks/backpacks amounting to more P2,000.00.

Adrian Hillana of Submission Sport Philippines (bottom) locks Peter Paul Guinto of Fight Club in tight to prevent him from doing ground and pound during the main event of the Fight Club B.R.A.W.L. (Bacolod Reality Amateur Warrior's League).
Reserve fighters were Marold Canieso and Rebby Tingson of OMA, Patrick Escobar of SSP-BT, and Dodgie B. Flores of Warrior’s Club.

Officials were Maxwell "Big Max" Maun Sensei of the Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts and Edwin J. Tusil Sensei of Fight Club (referees); Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of Conceptual Martial Arts Society, Coach Joel R. Casiple of Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association, Master Elmer V. Montoyo and Elmer P. Montoyo Jr. Kyosanim of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association, Jun Rojo Sensei of Octagon Martial Arts, and James U. Sy Jr. Sensei of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (judges); Cargeoren T. Lusabia Sensei of Fight Club (timekeeper); Martin Chua and Stephen Sancho of FC (score recorder); Dra. Ava Luces of FC (tournament physician); President Leandro V. Torre of FC (sounds); John Mercado of Jamie 102.3 (emcee); Rey Emilia of FC (gate and food); Abby Uychiat, Ariel Uychiat, and Grachel Montebon of FC (usher); Mickey Chua, RA Araneta, and Julian Matti (runner); Ecoy Aguirre (cameraman); ABS-CBN Crew (media coverage).

Other instructors and black belts present were Eduard Ignacio Sensei, James Emmanuel B. Infante Sensei, Linus Paul Ramos Sensei, and Renny S. Tolentino Sensei of Fight Club, Jimmy T. Lee Kyosanim and Hieroteo “Didoy” Villarosa V Kyosanim of PIMAA-FTSDA, Dr. Mark Lopez of Tapondo Internatioanl federation Inc., and Grandmaster Hortencio Navales of the Bacolod Negros Arnis Federation International Inc. among others.

Sponsors were Enrico Benetti, Difenax of GX, Draft Sports Bar, 420, Home Fund Lending, Vice Gov. Isidro Zayco, Jamie 102.3, Mayor Manolito Escalante, 94.3 I-FM, Pax Christi Choir, Ponstan of Pfizer, Riverside College DO Club, Riverside College Foodcourt, RMN, RSG, Smart, Steel Art Industries, Sir Udoy, and Third World.


The Bacolod Kickboxing Team under Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) Negros Occidental Coordinator Joery C. Amante was crowned overall champion in the 1st Dancalan Battle of the Champions Kickboxing Tournament held last December 7, 2005 at Bgy. Dancalan, Municipality of Ilog, Negros Occidental, winning 5 of 8 bouts fought.

The Bacolod Kickboxing Team was composed of the Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) under Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante and the Conceptual Martial Arts Society-Porferia of under Narciso "Hansy" L. Alojado and James U. Sy, Jr. They faced the Ilog Kickboxing Team which was composed by the Philippine Combat Martial Arts (PHILCOMA) under Roy Javier and the White Budokan under Hernane Jenosa.

The event was organized by PHILCOMA head Instructor Roy Javier.

RESULTS. Elleon Montalvo of PHILCOMA over Efraim Manlapao of BFMAA-Main by retirement. Jr. Samillano of PHILCOMA over Johnray Amante of BFMAA-Main by points. Joeben Rodriguez of CMAS Porferia over Emerson Lingutra of PHILCOMA via KO. Jet Lumawag of BFMAA-Main over Romeo Severino of White Budokan via KO. Romel Regalado of BFMAA-Main over Joemar Bodoban of PHILCOMA via KO. Ramie Seron of PHILCOMA over Rosendo Trayco of BFMAA-Main by points. Julius Dohinog of BFMAA-Main over Gerald Bantilus of PHILCOMA by points. Junjun Agudo of CMAS Porferia over Elleon Montalvo of PHILCOMA Joseph Alarcon by points.

Officials were Cristina Catubig (head judge), Gaudencio Tabanao, Rodolfo Tabanao, and Sherwin (judges), Analyn Amante (timer), and Reynalyn Jacob (whistler).

Sponsors were retired US Army Mr. Teodoro Vail, who provided the lodging, traveling, and meal allowances of the Bacolod Delegation; the Barangay Council of Dancalan, 5R Lumber, and Mr. Dan Tanate.


The Tapondo Warriors Club of Head Instructor Roy R. Flores took home a 1-1-1 finish at the Ultimate Stickfighting held by Grandmaster Danny Cardinal’s KaliSilat Association in cooperation with the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Col. Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., on December 11, 2005 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St., Bacolod City.

2005 Talisay City baston seniors champion Jezreel Bugna was crowned champion of the heavyweight division. Jake Bugna placed 2nd in the middleweight category while Jerry dela Cruz finished 3rd in the featherweight division.


The Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Toboso Chapter under Basilio de la Torre Sensei conducted a martial arts demonstration last December 10, 2005 at the Toboso National High School, Municipality of Toboso, Negros Occidental.

TIFI-Toboso Chapter was supported by TIFI-Bacolod Chapter under Negros Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sensei, TIFI-Calatrava Chapter under Danny Lopez Sensei, TIFI-Escalante Chapter under Frederick Flores Sensei, and TIFI-San Carlos Chapter under Danny Lopez Sensei and Florencio Yap Sensei.

The exhibition consisted of knife fighting and knife defense, stick fighting and defense, sword forms, and other standard techniques of tapondo, a Filipino style of aikido founded by Philippine aikido pioneer Master Ambrosio “Monching” Gabileño, who is a native of Guimaras Province.

Tapondo is a contraction of the Tagalog word tapon which means “to throw” and the Ilonggo term pondo which signifies “to stop” in reference to jointlocking and pinning techniques. Taken together tapondo can literally mean “to throw and stop.” It works on the principle of stopping an aggressive intention and action by flowing and harmonizing with the attacker’s force and to use his force to subdue him.

Negros Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sensei is ranked 4th degree black belt by the Tapondo International Federation Inc. headquartered in Cubao, Quezon City.


The Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) under Coaches Joel R. Casiple and Albert Algarme took home a 3-0-2 medal haul in the Regional All Women’s Taekwondo Championships and Poomse Competition on November 19, 2005 at the sta. Barbara Governor’s Gym, Sta. Barbara, Panay.

BACSMA gold medalists were Richelle Fernandez of NOHS (secondary advance featherweight), Roni Jean Raymundo of ETCS-1 9elementary novice 120-128 cm.), and Myrel Tapang of Sum-ag National High School (secondary advance flyweight).

BACSMA Bronze medalists were Jennylyn Palama of Riverside college (senior advance finweight) and Cressida Quin Recto of Sum-ag National High School (secondary advance mid-junior).

The tournament was organized by the Sta. Barabara LGU and SK municipal federation in cooperation with the Sta. Barabara Taekwondo Association.

Officials were Panay Area Regional Instructor Simplicio “Sim” L. Griño Jr. (overall chairman), Region 6 Regional Director Antonio V. Lacson (co-chairman), Jun Tanalgo (tournament manager), Aubrey Mongao (assistant manager), Richard Cabagyo (referee chairman), and Tony Alcarde, Ben Lapadosa, Emmanuel Crudo, Ariel Dianes, Joel Fantillo, Pamela Gababasay, Michael Montinola, Jerry Nicavera, Josephine and Mariano Peñafel, Victor Seguiban, Ernie Sustutuido, and Roque Tacardon (referees).


Master Elmer V. Montoyo, founder/president of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), has officially postponed the 2nd Best of the Martial Arts tournament scheduled on December 17, 2005 in Bacolod City.

This came after the organizers did not reach the budget for the competition. The tournament has been scheduled to feature 4 divisions: Filipino Tang soo do, kuntao silat, wushu sanshou, and either mixed martial arts or grappling. An exhibition match for the indigenous Ilonggo grappling art dumog as well as an assortment of demonstrations were also planned. With such a scope, the tournament needed a larger funding than the average martial arts tournament.

The 2nd Best of the Martial Arts was rescheduled to March 2006. PIMAA-FTSDA officials are currently working things out for the hosting of the event possibly at the Negros Occidental (Onyok Velasco) Multi-Purpose Gym.

Expected organizations to compete in the upcoming tournament are Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main of Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental Coordinator Joery C. Amante Sensei, Conceptual Martial Arts Society of Muay Association of the Philippines Negros Occidental Coordinator James U. Sy Jr. Sensei and All Philippine Sipa-Sumbag Martial Arts Federation Secretary Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado Sensei, Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center of Brotherhood of Mixed Martial Artists of Bacolod General Management Chairman Edwin J. Tusil Sensei, Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association of Grandmaster Estanislao T. Guarra (Bago City), Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association of Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” Mamar Lobredo (Bago City), San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club of Founder Diomedes N. Mamugay Sensei, and United Negros Fighting Arts Academy of Founder Renante de la Cruz (Bago City).

Assisting Master Montoyo in organizing the event is his son PIMAA-FTSDA Chief Instructor and Philippine Pencak Silat Negros Occidental Vice Coordinator Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr.

PIMAA-FTSDA is affiliated with the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) of Grandmaster Chuck Norris in the USA and is recognized by the Muay Association of the Philippines, Philippine Pencak Silat Association, Wushu Federation of the Philippines, Rossi Kuntao International, and Intercontinental Federation of Martial Arts Schools.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Martial Arts: Living the Art and the Craft.

A friend of FMA Circle of Negros Island is shown here rapelling. Are martial artists healthy enough to lift their own weight? Do martial artists enrich themselves with experience by engaging in other worthwhile activities in order to have a balanced personality? Are Martial Arts teachers and masters spiritually, physically and mentally healthy?

Are martial artists healthy enough to carry their own weight?
The Way of Martial Arts is a chaotic path. Born out of conflict, it seeks peace. Its original purpose is the destruction of the enemy - no matter what the enemy be - by all means possible. For it is only in the defeat of all enemies that peace of mind can be achieved. Through time Martial Arts has evolved into what it is now known to be - self-defence - the Martial Way. As a way, it focuses on the total development of man's character. It is also being taught as a sport. Hence, there is the emergence of Martial Sports which puts emphasis on the competitive nature of the art.

To better understand its essence, one must look into the practice of Martial Arts. It is not all technique, nor is it all about guts and glory. Since it involves the total development of the character and personality of the one who practices it, Martial Arts must be lived. In this light, we may as martial artists, look at ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves whether we have lived up to the highest standard of the Art and Craft that we love. Asking ourselves this question is important. Even more than important - it is urgent.

Let us look at the matter in the light of Martial Arts Education. Do teachers of Martial Arts pursue higher education in school. Much more important, are teachers of Martial Arts well-educated in their home? Do teachers of Martial Arts live the discipline they teach? Do they teach the right values to their students - values like patriotism, honesty, perseverance, hard work, etc. ?

Let us look at the matter in the light of health. Many martial arts "masters" teach fighting techniques that are supposed to be the best and most effective. They claim superiority over other styles and masters. But then are they physically and mentally fit and good role models? It is not a matter what Martial Arts one teaches - may it be long stick, short stick, knife, sword/bolo, or empty handed striking and grappling. The point is health. A Martial Arts teacher who has the habit of drinking and smoking is not a good teacher. He is passing on his way of life to his students. A way of life that is a far cry from the true essence of Martials Arts. Take these examples: A martial artist who is drunk cannot defend himself against an armed opponent who may be equally trained and has the intention of hurting or killing him; a martial artist who is a habitual smoker, when overwhelmed, cannot run a long distance away from his pursuing enemies; A poorly educated teacher may talk offensively against other martial artists and get himself and his students in trouble.

Now, why is the matter urgent? It is because in the long run poor Martial Arts Education will kill the students of todays Martial Arts. It is not enough to propagate Martial Arts. It is more important to live what we teach. Whether it be traditional Martial Arts or not, the point is proper education and right values must be lived by the Martial Artist to be a better person.

Thursday, December 01, 2005


Grandmaster Roberto A. Presas in his younger days.

Based on details given by Grandmaster Roberto A. Presas during an interview in Hinigaran.

1947 Born in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
1960-1961 Began study of karate
1967 Began study of arnis
1972 Served as karate and arnis instructor of the Philippine Air Force
1972-1975 Served as instructor of Arjuken Karate Association
1973 Served as arnis instructor of Armed Forces of the Philippines/Philippine National Police
1974 Served as karate/arnis instructor of U.P. Police/P.E.
1975 Conducted an arnis seminar in Lucena City/Bataan
1976 Served as karate instructor of Marikina Police
1978 Performed an arnis demonstration at West Negros College, Bacolod City
1982 Performed an arnis demonstration in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
1984 Performed an arnis demonstration in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
1993 Promoted to 10th degree grandmaster by the Arjuken Karate Association
2003 Founded the Arnis Hinigaran Philippines Association


Hon. Mayor Janet E. Torres

Bago City, with the leadership of Mayor Janet E. Torres and the Bago City Tourism Office, gave a welcome dinner to the 23rd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games boxing delegates last November 27, 2005 at the Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center, Bago City.

Dignitaries present include SEA Games delegation heads, Bacolod City First Lady Elsa Leonardia, Lone District of Bacolod first Lady Josefa “Patching” Puentebella, Board Member Mae Javellana, Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) President Manny Lopez, BASOC representatives, and other government officials.

Bago City, the boxing capital of the Philippines, is home to the first Filipino boxer brothers who won medals in the Olympic Games: 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medalist Roel Velasco and 1996 Atlanta Olympics silver medalist Mansueto ‘Onyok” Velasco. Other boxers from Bago who made it to the Olympics were Larry Semillano (2000 Sydney Olympics), Reynaldo Galido, and Isidro Vicera Jr. (1992 Barcelona Olympics).

The RP Boxing Team for the 23rd SEA Games includes 6 Negrense sluggers, namely Joegen Ladon of Bago City, Juanito Maliqiuan of Talisay City, Mitchell Martinez of Bago City, Mark Jason Meliquen of Talisay City, Warlito Parreñas of Cadiz City, and Joan Tipon of Talisay City.

Others in the RP Team are Annie Albania of Marbel, Alice Kate Aprarri of Baguio, Genebert Basadre of Cagayan de Oro, Romeo Brin, Jouvelit Chilem, Reynaldo Galido, and Harry Tañamor.

Team heads are Glecerio Catolico (women) and Patricio Caspe (men). Assistant Coach is Roel Velasco.

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The insignia of the 23rd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games depicts the Philippines' symbolic flag and colors with a mask that symbolizes one of the country's rich culture, the Masskara Festival of Bacolod City.


The biennial Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is the largest multi-sport event in the region, next to the Asian Games. It evolved from the South East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games, a brainchild by Thailand Olympic Committee VP Laung Sukhumnaipradit, which was first held in 1959 in Thailand. Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam were the 6 six original countries to compete in the games. The SEA Games was started to strengthen political, economic, and social ties with the different nations of the region.

In 1977, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Brunei Darussalam joined the 9th SEAP Games in Malaysia, which prompted the renaming of the event to its present name. Later Cambodia and Timor Leste also joined.

The flags of the participating countries:

Brunei Darussalam









Timor Leste



The 23rd SEA Games scheduled from November 27, 2005 to December 2005 will be the 3rd time the Philippines is hosting the games. The first two were during the 11th and 16th editions of the games on December 6-15, 1981 and November 24-December 3, 1991.


41 sports will be competed in the games. 10 of these are martial sports. Martial sports (and their venues) included in the games are arnis (Emilio Aguinaldo College, Manila), fencing (Pasig Sports Center, Pasig City), judo (Mandaue Coliseum, Cebu), karatedo (Mandaue Coliseum, Cebu), muay Thai (GSIS, Manila), pencak silat (Cebu Coliseum, Cebu), taekwondo (Cuneta Astrodome), western boxing (University of St. La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City), wrestling (San Andres Gym, Manila), and wushu (Emilio Aguinaldo College, Manila).

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The 1st Combat Taekwondo Inter Club Tournament will be held by the Combat Taekwondo Club-Main (CTC-Main) in February 2006 in San Carlos City. The exact date is tentatively set anytime between the 16th to the 19th. Tournament director is Ret. Lt. Col. Epifamio F. Mercado, founder/president of CTC-Main.

Expected participating teams are CTC-Main (San Carlos) of Lt. Col. Mercado, 6th degree black belt; CTC-Canlaon Chapter of Chief Instructor Joerdan Oca, 3rd degree black belt; Masang taekwondo Brotherhood of Chief Instructor Ricaredo Panunciar, 3rd degree black belt; CTC-Brgy. 2 Chapter of Chief Instructor Ernie Tranilla, 4th degree black belt; Centralian Fighters Taekwondo Team of Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay, 2nd degree black belt.


Taekwondo jins of the San Carlos City Private Schools Association (SCCPSA) brought home a gold and a silver medal during the Division Meet Athletic Taekwondo Competition held last October 22, 2005 at the Gaisano City San Carlos Supermall, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. The event was organized by the Department of Education.

Timojan Palmares of Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos won the gold in the featherweight division. Queency Love Layon of Central Negros College took the silver in her category. The SCCPSA Taekwondo Team is handled by Coach Jose Paulo Limpio and Trainor Diomedes N. Mamugay.

Trainor Diomedes N. Mamugay is employed with the Sta. Rita College and is the founder/chief instructor of the San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) and the Centralian Fighters Martial Arts Club (CEFIMAC).