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Thursday, June 29, 2006

2006 KABANKALAN MILO MUAY SUMMER CLINIC CONCLUDED

The 2006 Kabankalan Milo Muay Summer Clinic was officially concluded with a formal ceremony recently at the FBC Audio Visual Room, Fellowship Baptist College (FBC), Rizal St., Kabankalan City. 24 graduates were presented with their certificate of completion by FBC President Dr. Anecito D. Villaluz Jr., Ph.D., CPA.

The graduates were A. G. C. Allic, A. J. C. Allic, S. C. Allic, A. R. Apuhan, Virgie Bachita, J. Ray Basiao, Rose Basiao, R. Ryan Basiao, Z. J. Casuncad, A. E. Colina, Bethea A. Colina, L. S. Diaz, J. Y. Estabas, M. Garcia, Ed Gargantiel, F. A. Grigori, C. L. Hilario, M. G. Loloy, M. B. Loloy, M. T. Olac, S. V. L. Orana, L. M. Patricio, M. T. Quicho, and M. M. Quicho.

Officials present were Meldridge A. Quiocho, FBC Sports Coordinator and the proponent of the 2006 Kabankalan Milo Muay Summer Clinic; Henly S. Pahilagao, Accounting Department Chair; Rev. Enrico E. Resano, A.B./Education Department Chair; Pastor Vince Nemenzo, Music and Religious Coordinator; and Prosperidad P. lorgue, MBA, Student Services Head.

Special guest was Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) Visayas and Region 7 Head Kru Ike Xavier Villaflores of Dumaguete City.

The graduates gave a Muay Thai exhibition for the officials present. Colleen Valdez, 2006 Voice Recital 1st honors, gave a special song number.

The 2006 Kabankalan Milo Muay Summer Clinic was started last April 17, 2006 at the FBC PE Room.

Mrs. Quicho, through her nephew 2005 Visayas champion and national bronze medalist Romnick R. Pabalate of Mabinay, started the Muay Thai program at Fellowship Baptist College, the first such program in Kabankalan City and Southern Negros Occidental under the sanction of the Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP), the sole recognized National Sport Association (NSA) for Amateur Muay Thai in the Philippines by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports commission (PSC).

Training is under the banner of Muay Association of the Philippines-Kabankalan City Chapter, which was officially formed on August 5, 2005. Pabalate handled the classes till the time he traveled to Manila to become a member of the Philippine Muay Team. Today, MAP-KC is a non-academic club recognized and fully accredited by the Fellowship Baptist College (FBC).

Mrs. Quicho, who holds a BS in Criminology from the Philippine College of Criminology (PCCR) in Manila and a BS Education Major in Physical Education from the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) in Dumaguete, is herself an athlete, having been a member of the Philippine Track and Field Team in the past. She was employed with the Diaz College in Tanjay for 7 years as an athletic Coordinator and PE Teacher.

Mrs. Quicho supported the formation of a Muay Thai club in the school because Muay Thai is an excellent way to develop one’s body, mind, and spirit. The training improves cardiovascular efficiency, increases flexibility, promotes better muscle tone, and develops a better well being. The training also equips a practitioner the necessary tools and skills to defend oneself during dangerous situations.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

FERDINAND EMMANUEL Y. GAYOLES: YASAY SABLE MASTER & NAT’L OUTSTANDING FARMER


Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Yasay Gayoles, recipient of the Gawad Saka Award for 2004-2005 and the Parangal ng Pangulo sa Natatanging Magsasaka ng Tubo 2004-2005 (Presidential Citation for Outstanding Sugarcane Farmer).

This article was reprinetd from the Negros Daily Bulletin June 22 and 23, 2006 issues with the permission of the writer, James U. Sy Jr.

Ferdinand Emmanuel “Bobot” Y. Gayoles of Bacolod City had been the recipient of two prestigious awards during the Gawad Saka Para sa Natatanging Magsasaka at Mangingisda awarding ceremony last May 31, 2006 at the Bureao of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) Convention Hall, Quezon City.

The first recognition was the Gawad Saka Award for 2004-2005 given by the Department of Agriculture symbolized by a trophy. The other award was the Parangal ng Pangulo sa Natatanging Magsasaka ng Tubo 2004-2005 (Presidential Citation for Outstanding Sugarcane Farmer) personally awarded by the President of the Republic of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with a framed citation.

The Gawad Saka Para sa Natatanging Magsasaka at Mangingisda is a nationwide award given to 25 farmers and fishermen in different categories such as sugarcane, rice, corn, etc. Gayoles is the 3rd Negrense to be given such award and the only one coming from Region 6 (Western Visayas) at this awarding

Gayoles was previously honored with the Outstanding Sugarcane Farmer Award for Region 6 for 2004-2005 by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit No. 6 during the 2005 Western Visayas Agri Fair last October 22, 2005 at Robinson’s Place Iloilo, Iloilo City. The award was documented with a certificate of recognition duly signed by Department of Agriculture Regional Executive director Jinthra Demetrio.

The national and regional level awards were given after an intensive review of a candidate’s farmland, farming methods, production output, and a personal interview. Criteria for selection include having the attributes of a model farmer, the use of scientific methods to produce a good yield, social agenda (assistance to the poor and teaching them good farming methods, etc.), engaged in organic farming and eco friendly, and sustainable agricultural practices. Gayoles had a produce of 92 tons at 2.2 LKG/ha. To bag the regional and national awards.

Gayoles is the National President of the Outreach Project for the Sugar Industry (OPSI) and will be presiding over the 2006 OPSI National Convention this coming June 22-23, 2006 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Bacolod City. He is the Farm Manager of the Ma-ao Mill District Development Committee in Ma-ao, Bago City. He is also a member of AALPI in La Carlota City and the Negros Consolidated Farmer’s Association.

He is a professional teacher, having taken the licensure examinations last 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB), took his Educational Supplemental at the West Negros College (WNC), and currently pursuing his Master of Arts in English at the University of St. Agustin, Iloilo City (offshore program).

Gayoles is also active in the field of martial arts, being one of the Vice Presidents of the Bacolod Taekwondo Association (BTA), the Secretary of the Bacolod Oido de Caburata Arnis Society (BAODCAS), an Examiner in the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association (LVAAA), and an Adviser to the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS). He is also a member of Vasquez Modified Martial Arts International (VMMAI) and the Philippine Karate-do Federation (PKF).

Gayoles is graded Master in his family art of Yasay Sable, Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis, and Oido de Caburata Arnis Aguilar Style, a Senior Instructor in Vasquez Modified Tapado, and a 3rd degree black belt in World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) style Taekwondo.

1ST NEG. OCC. MMA SEMINAR BY AMERICANS BIG HIT


Dr. Ronald A. Harris (black shirt, center) and Christian Werner Adam Seifert (4th from right) with participants of the 1st Negros Occidental Mixed Martial Arts Seminar “Cage Fighting Fundamentals” after the training last June 3, 2006 at the PIMAA-FTSDA Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.


Dr. Ronald A. Harris (black shirt) demonstrates the neutral clinch with Nelson Armamento as Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil looks on and follows.


Christian Werner Adam Seifert (top) controls the mobility of Dr. Ronald A. Harris with a side mount.

This article appeared in the Western Visayas Journal June 5-11, 2006 issue.

American regional level heavyweight MMA fighter Christian Werner Adam Seifert of Gladiator Academy and Muay Thai Trainor Dr. Ronald A. Harris of Russell Jones Fight Club, both of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, made history when they successfully conducted the 1st Negros Occidental Mixed Martial Arts Seminar “Cage Fighting Fundamentals” with the sponsorship of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo and Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr., and Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) of President/Inheritor Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido under the banner of the Intercontinental Federation of Martial Arts Schools (IFMAS) last June 3, 2006 at the PIMAA-FTSDA Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

The seminar attracted 40 participants and guests (20 were instructors/black belts) representing 6 martial arts organizations from Bacolod, Bago, Iloilo, and Silay Cities. 4 of the organizations represented were members of the Brotherhood of Mixed Martial Artists of Bacolod (BOMB), the first MMA alliance in the Visayas (founded December 6, 2003).

The participating organizations were CMAS, Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center of Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil, Negros United Fighting Arts Academy of Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa, OFTLSFA, PIMAA-FTSDA, and Tapondo International Federation Inc.-Negros Chapter of Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr.

Seifert holds a record of 20-6-4. He did 6 years of Hapkido and another 2 years with Han Mu Do before taking up Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) under Brazilian Roney Salles, who was a student of BJJ legend Carlson Gracie Sr. He currently holds a purple belt in BJJ. He started Muay Thai with Dr. Harris in 2004. He stands 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 225 lbs. Seifert is currently a doctorate fellow at the Southern University in Louisiana.

Dr. Harris has 34 years martial arts experience. He is a and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu trainor and is certified/graded in several other arts including San Miguel Eskrima (10th degree, Doce Pares), Arnis (master, Negros Occidental Arnis Federation), Ricarte en Cruzada (master, Chavez Arnis Group), Original Filipino Tapado (master instructor, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association), Kajukenbo (6th degree), Taekwondo (4th degree, WTF and Jidokwan), Doce Pares Combat Judo (3rd degree), Shotokan Karate (1st degree, Vasquez Martial Arts Center), Pekiti Tirsia (Lakan Guro), and Firearms (Instructor, National Rifle Association). Dr. Harris had also trained in Boxe Francaise Savate, Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do, Historical Western Fencing, Modern Fencing, Nihon Jujutsu, and Western Boxing.

Dr. Harris is the Chair of Public Policy at the Southern University. He is a writer/author, his work having been published in several national level materials in the US including inside Kung Fu.

The seminar was historic in that it was the first seminar in Bacolod City, Negros Island, Visayas, and the Philippines to be conducted by an active American MMA fighter, the first one to be conducted by two Americans, and the first to feature both BJJ and Muay Thai together in one seminar. Although 3 times Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Royce Gracie of Brazil conducted a seminar in Manila sometime in 2001, it can be better defined as the first BJJ seminar in the Philippines and the first such to be conducted by a Brazilian. Later, another Brazilian, BJJ champion Kazeka Muniz, did another BJJ seminar.

The Philippines’ premier propagator of Gracie Jiu-jitsu and the founder of the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), Alvin Aguilar, did a seminar in Bacolod and a demonstration in Victorias in October 2003 which focused on BJJ/Grappling. BOMB held 2 seminars in 2004 in Bacolod but those two were primarily rules orientation for its upcoming tournaments. Early this year, the Doce Pares held an MMA seminar in Cebu City with Judo Grandmaster Philip Porter of the United States Martial Arts Association (USMAA) as guest instructor.

Dr. Harris contacted GM Lobrido for the sponsorship of the seminar. GM Lobrido tapped CMAS to organize the seminar due to its founders’ extensive experience in organizing/sponsoring and conducting seminars. Sy and Alojado, singly or in unison, had previously organized a total of not less than 15 seminars which covered topics like Aikido, Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai, and Pencak Silat Olahraga. This figure is above the average number of seminars organized/sponsored by an individual or organization in Negros. Furthermore, Sy had previously taught &/or assisted in 20 seminars/special trainings for students, women, professionals, CAT cadet officers, barangay tanods, security guards, and the police. Alojado had taught a number seminars/special trainings most of which were on tai chi chuan.

GM Lobrido tapped PIMAA-FTSDA to be the venue because of its world class facilities and ambiance. The PIMAA-FTSDA Group K Gym had previously made its mark as “a center of martial arts renaissance in Negros,” playing host to various martial arts seminars, trainings, examinations, meetings, and special events involving Conceptual Martial Arts, Dumog, Filipino Tang Soo Do, Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis, Long Quan, Muay Thai, Original Filipino Tapado, and Tai Chi Chuan among others. Master Montoyo, himself a veteran of martial arts for 44 years, brings in his own expertise into the organizing of the seminar.

The seminar was composed of 4 1-hour segments: Stand up skills, ground fundamentals, transition from stand up to groundfighting, and finishing maneuvers. The stand up material was primarily Muay Thai with some elements taken from other stand up arts such as Savate while the clinches/tie ups, takedowns and submissions were from Freestyle Wrestling, Greco Roman Wrestling, Russian Sambo, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Material taught include fundamental stance footwork, punches, elbows, kicks, and knees; stand up clinching, outbalancing, takedowns and takedown defenses; ground positions including mount, side mount, guard, and half guard; escapes from the mount, guard, half guard, etc.; and ground submissions including arm bar, Kimura, Americana, face lock, knee bar, and ankle lock.

AMERICAN RESEARCHERS/MARTIAL ARTISTS VISIT NEGROS


Dr. Ronald A. Harris and his students Christian Weber Adam Seifert and Thomas Demetrice Eatmon Jr. (3rd to 5th from left) with Asst. Ms. Ponteras and Balayan Director Teresita Barcoma (5th and 4th from left) at the University of St. La Salle.

Dr. Ronald A. Harris and his students Christian Weber Adam Seifert and Thomas Demetrice Eatmon Jr. visited the Philippines last May 2006 to conduct research on various matters relating to sustainable development and to forge a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with some domestic universities, colleges, and industrial plants.

Dr. Harris holds a Ph.D. in political economy and has served as chair of the Ph.D. program in Public Policy at the Southern University in the USA since 1996. Seifert and eatmon are doctoral fellows at the same university. Dr. Harris availed of a study grant for the trip. The grant award came from the Mondialogo International Engineering Award and the US National Science Foundation.

The three researchers visited Holcim Cement Plant in Bulacan, Luzon to learn more about cement production; International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in UP los Baños; Boracay for energy management; Engr. Belonio at the central Philippine University in Iloilo City for rice husk/hull; University of the Philippines-Visayas (UP-V) in Miag-ao for coastal zone concerns; Balayan Director Teresita Barcoma and Graduate School Dean Donna Echaus at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod; Habitat Housing Project in Tangub for low cost housing; Victorias Milling Company (VICMICO) in Victorias for bagas and fuel; Kabankalan for low cost construction materials; and Clodualdo “Budoy” M. Lobrido in Bago City for rice cultivation.

Other subjects they researched include organic agriculture, sustainable agriculture and foresting, environmental concerns, coastal management, volcanic ash, community empowerment, and alternative energy sources.

Dr. Harris, who is certified in several martial arts including Muay Thai, and Seifert, an active regional level MMA fighter, punctuated their visit in the Philippines by conducting the 1st Negros Occidental Mixed Martial Arts Seminar “Cage Fighting Fundamentals” on June 3, 2006 at the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

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1ST BACOLOD MILO MUAY CLINIC CONCLUDED


The graduates of the 1st Bacolod Milo Muay Summer Clinic with PIMAA-FTSDA Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo and his son Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer "Don-Don" P. Montoyo Jr.

The 1st Bacolod Milo Muay Summer Clinic was concluded by PIMAA-FTSDA Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr. last May 31, 2006 at the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

12 students graduated from the summer course. They were Remil Gimay, Steven Mark Y. Gumban, Michael “Mic-Mic” E. Gurrea, Kim Rodence Jamilarin, John Amadeo “Joma” G. Libo-on, Theresa Jane “Princess” G. Libo-on, Eva Rose Luto, Ben Marian “BM” D. Malayang, Chellie Mae “Chippy” D. Malayang, Paul Gerry H. Peña, Russel H. Peña, and James Rian I. Sabanate.

The Milo Muay Thai Summer Clinic is one of the courses offered in the Milo Summer Sports Clinics (MSSC), a nationwide summer sports program founded in 1984 and sponsored by energy drink Milo that teaches children the basics of various sports in a fun, unique and scientific way. The Milo Muay Thai Summer Clinic is a collaboration between Milo and the Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) to introduce and make easily available the sport of Muay Boran (Traditional Thai Boxing) to the public, especially the youth.

The Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) is the sole National Sport Association (NSA) for Amateur Muay Thai in the Philippines as recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Muay is a Thai word which means “to pull together to form a single group” and refers to Thailand’s national martial art, sport, and “Science of the 8 limbs” (fists, elbows, legs, and knees). Muay Thai has a colorful history stretching back thousands of years. It has enjoyed support from the Thai Royal Family since the 12th Century A.D.

Muay Thai, in simple terms, is kickboxing with elbows and knees added in. Clinching (controlling the neck) is allowed as well as throwing from that position. Judo throws, however, such as shoulder, hip, reaping, and sacrifice throws are not allowed. Amateur Muay Thai is fought with full protective armor.

Montoyo Kyosanim, aside from attending 2 intensive seminars in Muay Thai last June 2005 and February 2006, traveled to the Dumaguete Muay Association Headquarters, 90-A Dr. E. Miciano Rd., Dumaguete City, Oriental Negros last Holy Week to intensively train in Muay Thai under the supervision of M.A.P. Visayas and Region 7 Head Ike Xavier Villaflores.

Montoyo Kyosanim is the Assistant Chief Instructor of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association, the Negros Occidental Coordinator for the Philippine Pencak Silat Association (Philsilat), and a Board Director of the Muay Association of the Philippines-Neg. Occ., Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental and Original Filipino Tapado Long stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA).

He holds a 3rd dan black belt in Filipino Tang Soo Do and is graded Junior Instructor with the OFTLSFA. He is a former Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do full contact and hyung champion in the early 1990s and a VisMin taekwondo champion in the featherweight champion in 1996.

He once coached the Bacolod Taekwondo Team represented by Sum-ag National High School to a championship in the provincial level and brought them to the regionals. He, together with his brother Ernest Christian “Chen-Chen” P. Montoyo Kyosanim, also coached Butuan City’s Sunrise Christian College (SCC) in their first bid in the Butuan City Tertiary Athletic Association (BCTAA) Taekwondo Championships in 2004.

3RD (NEGROIS) PROV’L TAPONDO COMPETITION BIG SUCCESS


Instructors and members of the different chapters of the Tapondo Internatioanl Federation Inc. (TIFI) in Region 6 pose for posterity before the start of the competition.

Negros Island Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr. and the Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Bacolod Chapter in cooperation with Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Dr. Marc Victor Lopez, Office of Youth and Health Development (OYSD), and DYRL successfully held and dominated the 3rd (Negros) Regional Tapondo Competition last May 26, 2006 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St., Bacolod City.

TIFI-Bacolod topped the competition with a total of 9 titles won. TIFI-Iloilo of TIFI Panay Director SPO4 Roberto Celiz was 2nd place with 6 titles while TIFI-San Carlos of Florencio Yap and Silay of Edrolin Ortigas tied at 3rd place with 2 titles each. Other participating chapters were Calatrava of Danny Lopez, Escalante City of Rolando Mirasol, Sagay City of Frederick Flores, and Toboso of Basilio de la Torre.

BREAKFALLING. Gleen Albina of TIFI-Iloilo (long thrust, 7-10 years old), Slade Matthew Cabelis of TIFI-Bacolod (long thrust, 11-14 years old), Gleen Albina of TIFI-Iloilo (somersault, 7-10 & 11-14 years old), Jake Bugna of TIFI-Bacolod (somersault, 14 above), Rey Balasabas of TIFI-Iloilo (high thrust, 15 above), Dennis Celiz of TIFI-Iloilo (high thrust, black belt).

MULTIPLE ATTACK. Dean Carl Badian of TIFI-Silay (boys 7-10 years old), Juan Ramon Azcona of TIFI-San Carlos (boys 11-14 years old), Ysa Gumarin of TIFI-Iloilo (girls 8-14 years old), Nikki Nuñez of TIFI-Bacolod (girls 14 above), Dr. Mark Lopez of TIFI-Bacolod (black belt).

SELF DEFENSE. Ramil Morales of TIFI-Bacolod (kicking defense, yellow belt category), Louies Miguel Lopez of TIFI-Silay (knife defense, blue belt category), Johnny Cañedo of TIFI-San Carlos (stick defense, brown belt category), Alan Mario Facturan of TIFI-Bacolod (baston exhibition, black belt category).

FORMS. Jared Turbanos of TIFI-Bacolod (bokken, black belt category), Dr. Mark Lopez of TIFI-Bacolod (jo, black belt).

DRAMATIZE GROUP COMPETITION. TIFI-Bacolod.

A guest exhibition was given by the combined contingent of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), and Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA).

PIMAA-FTSDA Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo narrated the exhibition of the group which included lastiko and bladed lines of Original Filipino Tapado by Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido; Integration of Muay Thai, Pencak Silat, Wushu, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and other arts into the Filipino Tang Soo Do base by PIMAA-FTSDA Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr., PIMAA-FTSDA Caraga Region Head Ernest Christian “Chen-Chen” P. Montoyo, and Michael Gurrea; and Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis pang-agaw baston kag cuchillo, Yasay Sable and Guarra Style Saber Foil sparring, Wild Judo knife defense, Silaynon espada y daga opensa depensa, and daga and oido de caburata free form by CMAS Founder James U. Sy Jr. and Instructor Francis Stephen A. Diaz.

The tournamnet was Chief Instructor Flores’ 3rd successive hosted competition since 2004. Flores, who was promoted to 5th degree black belt last December 18, 2005 by the founder, had successfully made TIFI-Negros the largest aikido group in the Negros Island in terms of number of members with 6 active chapters, mostly in Northern Negros Occidental. As of press time, TIFI-Negros had produced a total of 19 black belts (Bacolod has the most with 11).

On May 6, 2006, TIFI-Negros took home 5 trophies from the 2nd (Panay) Regional Tapondo Competition organized by TIFI Panay Director SPO4 Roberto Celiz and TIFI-Iloilo Chapter at SM City Iloilo, Manduriao, Iloilo City.

Tapondo is a Filipino derivative of Japanese aikido founded by Master Ambrosio “Monching” J. Gavileño of Guimaras to suit the self defense needs of the Filipino populace. Tapondo, which was previously known as combat aikido, is a contraction of the Tagalog word tapon “throw” and the Ilonggo term pondo “to stop,” in reference to the primary techniques employed in the art.

DUMAGUETE MUAY TEAM OFF TO MANILA

Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) Visayas and Region 7 Head Kru Ike Xavier Villaflores led the Dumaguete Muay Team to the Olympic Day Festival last June 23, 2006 in Manila. The play offs will run till June 25, 2006.

4TH PANAY CONCEPTUAL M.A. SEMINAR HELD

This article is from the negros daily bulletin.

The 4th Panay Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar “Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Hand Blade Fundamentals” was conduced by Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) Founder James U. Sy Jr. of Bacolod City last June 9, 2006 at the West Visayas State University Medical Center (WVSUMC) Doctors’ Quarters, Iloilo City.

2 doctor-members of CMAS-Iloilo Chapter, namely Dr. Rey Mollenido and Dr. Jason Rojas, attended the 2-hour session which covered Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis basic diagonal footwork, the body dynamics of the deflecting technique hand blade, its practical applications against a punch, kick, stick strike, and knife attack, and its translation to the stick and other similar derivable weapons. Sy was also supposed to take up its application against grabs but didn’t have enough time.

The doctors, who had previously learned Long Quan (Dragon Fist), Yasay Sable, and Oido de Caburata with CMAS-IC Chapter head Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad and Original Filipino Tapado under Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) President Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, found the technique very practical and easy to use even with minimal maintenance training.

The seminar was the first documented formal introduction of Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis to Iloilo City and the Panay Island. Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis is an indigenous Bacoleño system of corto (close quarter) Filipino Martial Art (FMA) using the solo baston, daga, and pangamut and specializes in disarming edged and impact weapons. The art was founded by the late Great Grandmaster Jose “Joe” L. Viñas (1906-1991) in 1932 and is currently headed by his only son Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas.

Sy and most of the core members of CMAS studied directly under Headmaster “Nonong” Viñas. Sy started his studies at the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Aficionados Association in June 1994. Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis is being taught in 6 of the 8 chapters of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS).

1ST BRGY. AGPINGI, CALTRAVA KICKBOX RULED BY JUFIMAC

The San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) of Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay dominated the 1st Brgy. Agpangi Invitational Kickboxing Tournament last June 17, 2006 Sitio Galangan, Brgy. Agpangi, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.

The tournament was organized by the Philippine Martial Arts Self Defense Association (PMSDA) of Chief Instructor Bernabe Sarin in cooperation with Brgy. Capt. Lanny Ramas and brgy. officials as part of the St. Anthony de Padua Fiesta Celebration. SACA JUFIMAC won 8 of 11 bouts contested. PMSDA got 2 wins and the remaining bout was a draw.

EXHIBITION BOUT. Reniel Rocamora and Elmer Dialo, both of PMSDA (28 kg.).

38 KG. Sonny Boy Abella of SACA JUFIMAC over Julius Belangel of PMSDA.

40 KG. Jovic Marane of SACA JUFIMAC and Felix Clabario of PMSDA fought to a draw.

45 KG. Juanito Refaso Jr. of SACA JUFIMAC over Christopher Ugdamin of PMSDA.

47 KG. Rene Ortiz of SACA JUFIMAC over Romel Siacor of PMSDA.

50 KG. Angelito Abella of SACA JUFIMAC over Ronald Esparagera of PMSDA.

52 KG. Arcey Fajardo of SACA JUFIMAC over Romel Lamutan of PMSDA.

53 KG. Ronnie Panlaan of PMSDA over Bernie Fernandez of PMSDA.

54 KG. Clemenso Endrina of SACA JUFIMAC over Rolando Ombria of PMSDA.

55 KG. Hundchel Talarion of PMSDA over Jerry Nodnod of SACA JUFIMAC.

56 KG. Fabian Manzano of SACA JUFIMAC over Jonathan Torino of PMSDA.

MAIN EVENT. 2005 national wushu sanshou bronze medalist Johnmar P. Palabrica of SACA JUFIMAC, 57 kg., over San Benito boxing champion Jemrel Apurado of PMSDA, 64 kg., via TKO at 48 seconds in the 1st round

Officials were Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay of SACA JUFIMAC (referee), Instructor Nessiday Littao of Najukaju-a, Chief Instructor Bernabe Sarin of PMSDA, Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Enrique Segovia of Escalante, and Founder/Chief Instructor Wilfredo Teleron of White Crane Martial Arts Club/San Carlos (judges), Fitz Berjolano (timer), Rodgen Libunao (emcee), and Teodoro Pardillo (table official).

XANGA, NEWEST MMA GYM, OPENS IN CITY OF SMILES

Team Xanga MMA Gym officially opened its doors to the public last June 7, 2006 at the 2/F SC Centre Bldg. (former location of ACA Video), B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City.

The Team Xanga MMA Gym is being managed by Martin Chua, a former student of Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil of the Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center. Chua and his buddies bought an intensive line of training equipment for use in the gym, among them 5 life sized punching bags.

The name Xanga is actually an Ilonggo term which means “to block,” in this case an invitation of would be opponents to the attacks dished out by members of the gym.

Classes officially opened with the Western Boxing program under former ALA Boxing Gym (Cebu) professional boxer Rogelito “Nonoy” Plomeda and his assistant former Philippine National Boxing Training Pool member Michael Regalado. Plomeda is a native of Bago City, the renowned boxing capital of the Philippines. He is ranked No. 7 in the Philippines in the bantamweight division. He holds a professional record of 8-1 8 KO.

The Kickboxing, Yaw Yan, and Muay Thai program will be handled by Senior Instructor Alan Gako, who is a student of Yaw Yan Founder/Grandmaster Napoleon Fernandez. He will be assisted by Christopher.

Kickboxing is a synthesis of Western Boxing punches and Asian martial arts kicks, particularly karate, made by the Americans a popular sport in the later half of the 20th Century. Here in Negros it is often referred to as Sipa Sumbag or Tadyak Suntok.

Yaw Yan is a Filipino style of kickboxing (or footboxing as it’s known in the past) founded by GM Fernandez in 1972 by combining various styles of Asian martial arts, including arnis. It is a contraction of the Tagalog words Sayaw ng Kamatayan “Dance of Death.”

Muay Thai or Thai boxing is the Thai style of kickboxing which is often referred as “The Science of the 8 Limbs” as it makes use of not only the fists and the legs but also the knees and elbows. As the national sport of Thailand, it is backed by thousands of years of evolution and history. Amateur Muay Thai in the Philippines is governed by the Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) under its President, Kru Roberto Valdez.

The grappling program is still on hold until Chua finds a qualified instructor to handle it. A unique characteristic of the gym is that its clientele can walk in and train at any time convenient to them. Program instructors are full time except for yaw yan where classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-8:00 P.M. Team Xanga MMA Gym opens at 7:00 A.M. and closes at 10:00 P.M.

Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil of the Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center and Founder/Head Instructor James U. Sy Jr. of Conceptual Martial Arts Society graces the opening day of the Team Xanga MMA Gym.

Interested parties may contact Chua at 0917-7102482.

2006 BULIG SA KUBOS STARTED BY BLACK FALCON'S JOERY AMANTE

Newly elected Prk. Bulak President and Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante had mobilized his yearly project Bulig sa Kubos (Assistance to the Needy) starting last June 2, 2006 at Prk. Bulak, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City. As of date, 22 poverty stricken families of the community had received monetary, goods, and school supplies assistance from the Bulig sa Kubos project.

Donors for the project are Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of the Center for La Sallian Ministries (CELAM)/Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Bob Bergante of the Office of the Vice President for Administration (VPA), Alma Cabalo, Jean Baptiste Dance Company (JBDC) headed by Rene Hinojales, Emma Kaw, Alice Lucero, Mariano Montelibano, and Edith Sedonio, all of the University of St. La Salle (USLS); Analyn Amante, Jessie Divinagracia, Manuel Oliveros, and Erna Talavera, all of Prk. Bulak; Julius Dohinog, Rommel Regalado, and Andres Villarmia, all of BFMAA-Main; and USLS parent Rhea Marquez.

2006 BACSMA SUMMER TKD CHALLENGE HELD

The 2006 BACSMA Summer Taekwondo Challenge Matches were held by the Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) as part of the dance show and summer party “To The Hits” presented by the Danzline Studio last May 28, 2006 at the Bacolod Pavilion, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City. The dance show featured summer dance class students, dance teachers, and guest dancers.

Jins from 7 schools competed in the taekwondo event. The schools represented were Bacolod City National High School, Don Bosco Victorias, ETCS-1, Ilolio, :a Consolacion College-Main, Murcia, and Negros Occidental High School.

Gold medalists were:

ELEMENTARY DIVISION. Jovy Bedayos (4’0” under), Christopher Flores (4’0”-4’3”),
Roni Jean Raymundo (4’3”-4’6”), Miguel Lim (4’3”-4’6”), and Jasper Aranda (4’6”-4’9”).

MID JUNIOR DIVISION. Rosetochile Illorin (finweight) and Trisha Lim (lightweight).

SECONDARY DIVISION. Yusif Aguda (finweight), Eugene Bedayos (flyweight), and Roy Vincent Dionela (featherweight).

BEST PLAYERS. Roni Jean Raymundo and Yusif Aguda.

OFFICIALS. BACSMA Head Instructor Joel R. Casiple (project director) and Albert Algarme, Mark Anthony Carmona, Jerry Estante, Catherine Joy Guotana, Jennylyn Palama, Krismarie Palancos, and Mark Tan (technical officials).

CEFIMAC-CNC OFFICERS FOR 2006-2007 TOOK OFFICE

The outgoing officers of the Centralian Fighters Martial Arts Club (CEFIMAC)-CNC for S.Y. 2005-2006 turned over their duties and responsibilities to the incoming S.Y. 2006-2007 officers recently during the club’s 3rd Annual General Membership Assembly Meeting at the CNC Social Hall, Central Negros College (CNC), San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

The outgoing officers were John Carlo Cañete (president), Rogelio Delima Jr. (VP), Freddie Dela Torre (treasurer), and Angielyn Eslais (auditor). The incoming officers were Ronel S. Solitario (president), Joy Jean A. Osorio (VP), Ronessa B. Ruben (secretary), Manuel P. Laparan Jr. (treasurer), Rameda Kay P. Cañete (auditor), Hector John Bolonias (PIO), Aigner L. Cabael and Joemarie S. Esquierdo (sgt. at arms), Hazzelyn Dojeño and Ma. Shiela O. Anceno (muses).

CEFIMAC-CNC members are Alvin B. Agbay, Arniel Bardon, Mark Anthony T. Canoy, Kevin Johnson B. Cantiga, Chiukie Chiu, Reynalona J. Enad, Marjory Eslais, Rhea Estimar, Rizelle L. Franciloso, Reniel S. Guarin, Queency Love Layon, Junekho D. Mole, Bengie C. Pancho, Joan Planas, Niño T. Rosales, Shera May C. Siabo, Jhanel B. Tanio, and John Joseph C. Villardo.

Officials who witnessed the turnover were CEFIMAC-CNC Moderator/Adviser and CNC Sports Coordinator/CAT 1 Commandant Rosani G. Velarde, CEFIMAC-CNC Asst. Adviser and CNC Asst. Sports Coordinator/Asst. CAT 1 Commandant Fernando Solitario, and CEFIMAC-CNC and San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay.

Through the efforts of the first club president, Jonas Palabrica, CEFIMAC-CNC was recognized and fully accredited as a non-academic club and the only martial arts club in Central Negros College in 2004 by School Director Mario S. Ledesma, School Principal Luis N. Dizon, and College Dean Evelyn Caballero. This recognition still stands up to the present.

Jonas Palabrica also spearheaded the hosting of the 1st San Carlos City Kickboxing and Wushu Sanshou Interclub Tournament under the sanction of the Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental on March 11, 2005 at the San Carlos City Auditorium. CEFIMAC-CNC, under its second club president John Carlo Cañete, organized the 1st Inter-Schools Kickboxing Tournament/Wushu Sanshou Showdown on August 26, 2005 at the CNC Social Hall.

BACSMA JINS SHINE IN PANAAD, PALARO, & PETRON TKD

Within 17 days time, Bacolod Consolidated Sports Management Association (BACSMA) jins amassed a total of 8 gold, 4 silver, and 6 bronze medals in 2 national and 1 provincial level taekwondo tournaments.

BACSMA, representing the city of Bacolod, took home a 5-4-4 tally during the 2006 Panaad sa Negros Festival Taekwondo Championships last April 25, 2006 at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod City. BACSMA took the team championships in the elementary boys category.

BACSMA Panaad gold medalists were Gehru Bedayos of Medel Elementary School (elementary boys), Dustin de Larrazabal of Negros Occidental High School (secondary boys welterweight), Tedjay Ibañez of Bacolod Christian Educational Center School (elementary boys), Carl Jason Porras of ETCS-1 (elementary boys), and Myrel Tapang of Sum-ag National High School (secondary girls flyweight).

BACSMA jins taking the silver were Eugene Bedayos of Negros Occidental High School (secondary boys finweight), Shiela de la Cruz of Medel Elementary School (elementary girls), Trisha Lim of La Consolcaion College-Main (secondary girls lightweight), and Hernani Tacorda of Sum-ag National High School (secondary boys bantamweight).

BACSMA Bronze medalists were Roy Dionela of Don Bosco-Victorias (secondary boys featherweight), Richelle Fernandez of Negros Occidental High School (secondary girls featherweight), Roni Jean Raymundo of ETCS-1 (elementary girls), and Stephanie Samonte of Negros Occidental High School (secondary6 girls finweight).

Other BACSMA jins who competed in the Panaad hostilities were Mark Antony Acebedo of Banago Elementary School, Jovie Bedayos of ETCS-1, Allan de Larrazabal of Negros Occidental High School, Roper Iwayan of Mansilingan High School, and Catherine Samonte of Riverside Medical College.

Official coaches for the Bacolod Panaad Taekwondo Team were BACSMA Head Instructor Joel R. Casiple and Mr. Henry Burbano.

Meanwhile, BACSMA jins represented the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) and took home a 1-0-3 medal tally in the 2006 Palarong Pambansa last May 7-11, 2006 in Naga, Camarines Sur.

Krystell Joy S. Kuan of Manapla Elementary School, was crowned champion in the 4’6”-4’9” elementary girls category. Kuan was a gold medalist during the Area 3 Meet (Victorias City), Negros Occidental Provincial Athletic Meet (Bacolod City), and WVRAA Meet (Roxas City). Kuan trained with BACSMA Head Instructor Joel R. Casiple, the official trainor for the WVRAA Secondary Boys Taekwondo Team, to prepare for the event.

BACSMA jins John Robert “JR” Burbano of Castleson High School and Tedjay Ibañez of Bacolod Christian Educational Center School took the bronze in the secondary boys featherweight and 4’6”-4’9” elementary boys category respectively.

Two other BACSMA jins, while fighting under the banner of the University of the East (UE), took the championship titles in their respective categories during the 2006 Petron New Face of the Year Taekwondo Championships last May 5-6, 2006 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila.

Dustin de Larrazabal ruled the seniors men bantamweight (advance) division by defeating jins from the Philippine Women’s University, Bulacan State University, and Baguio City in the 3 bouts leading to the championships.

George Bedayos bested jins from Bulacan State University, Region 2, Letran, and Iligan City in 4 bouts to claim the seniors men finweight (advance) crown.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Proud FMA Warriors Promote Filipino Martial Arts in Hong Kong Despite Lack of Support From Mediocre Philippine Government Officials


HONG KONG. Last June 12, 2006 in celebration of the 108th Philippine Independence Day Celebration, a group of FMA Warriors were invited to do a 20 minute presentation in the late afternoon. As they proceeded to the venue the Cultural Officer from the Philippine Consulate informed them that they cannot perform on stage due to changes in the program. Instead they were told to perform in the street and that they will just be provided with an enclosure string. It was as clear that the government officials thought of our culture and arts as not worth the support. The FMA Warriors could have declined and left. But true to their hearts' commitment as proud Filipino Warriors they moved on to perform in the street of Hong Kong. Some FMA performers even included non-Filipinos who were studying FMA.


At the middle of the presentation members of the media in Hong Kong started covering the presentation, everybody in the crowd took photos and videos. It was then when the head of the FMA Warriors was approached by the consulate people and asked if they invited media to cover their presentation. The presentation was excellent by any standard and was indeed a success. It is rather sad that the Philippine government representatives came over only to steal credit when in the first place there was little support from them. No wonder that fellow Filipinos are uneducated with our own beautiful culture and arts. They cannot even distinguish what is Filipino and what is not.


Let us help in promoting Filipino culture and arts - particularly, Filipino Martial Arts.


We are Filipinos. Let us love what is truly Filipino.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

BACOLOD CMG TRAINS IN AIKIDO

In a quest to better equip the 40-men strong Bacolod PNP City Mobile Group (CMG), its Group Director, P/Cinsp. Armando Tubongbanua, had requested Maxwell “Max” J. Maun Sensei to reorient and train his men in the physical and psychological techniques of aikido and related arts starting last May 10, 2006.

The CMG is a special “Strike Force” unit of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) which covers a wide scope of specializations and operations. The Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and the Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) are among its members. CMG elements undergo specialized training specifically designed for combat preparedness. In the highly urbanized city of Bacolod, they present tactical police visibility to deter criminality and immediately put a stop to it when it occurs. CMG elements are trained for “quick time” response to police calls (less than 5 minutes).

Maun Sensei is the Founder/Chief Instructor of the Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts (BAE), was the former Arnis Philippines Commissioner for Negros Occidental, and is an exponent in the herada pigada style of arnis. He had previously taught a seminar for the L’Fisher Hotel Security Force and a crash course for the Casino Filipino Security Personnel.

Aikido is a Japanese pacifist martial art centered on maintaining balance and order by going with the force of an attack and using said force to neutralize and subdue, not maim or kill, an assailant. Because of the nature of its techniques and philosophy, aikido works well in the field of criminology where the primary aim is to apprehend and contain a suspect pending investigation and trial, if at all necessary, of a suspect.

P/Cinsp. Tubongbanua believes training his men in aikido will supplement their previous Police Defensive Tactics (DEFTAC) learning at the academy. He believes that with the right skills and restraining holds, suspects can be subdued with the least possible injury to them and with the maximum control by responding police officers.

P/Cinsp. Tubongbanua is sure that the discipline emphasized in the martial arts will help his men become better bringers of peace and order. P/Cinsp. Tubongbanua himself was into martial arts in his early days, having studied Karate, Judo, and Tang Soo Do. His last teacher was then Philippine Moo Duk Kwan Inc.-Korea Tang Soo Do Association Chief Instructor Master Elmer V. Montoyo. . P/Cinsp. Tubongbanua was also crowned as a Kickboxing champion twice.

This move by P/Cinsp. Tubongbanua has the blessing of Bacolod City Police Director Col. Pedro Merced, who himself had encouraged the program to better equip the Bacolod CMG.

Training is held every Friday and Saturdays at the Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts (BAE) Gym. Maun Sensei is working to instill K.A.S. to the CMG, that is Knowledge, Attitude, and Skills. Knowledge encompasses information pertinent to the execution of the CMG’s duties as keepers of peace and order.

Attitude refers to how CMG elements bring themselves. They are being trained to respond to the needs of the public and to be approachable while doing so. Attitude also extends to how they would treat and uphold the rights of suspects while in custody.

The skill part includes in the physiological training of manipulating joints and other weak spots of the human body to render a suspect immobilized with minimum or no resistance without injuring him. The physical techniques are actually a distillation of the most practical kansetsu waza “jointlocks” from Aikido, Jujutsu, Arnis, and Police Defensive Tactics.

Maun Sensei is being assisted by Engr. Franklin R. Calmerin, Gelkoff A. Calmerin, Andy B. Caña, Engr. Kim Jake A. Cepeda, Edwin F. Dueñas, Jappeth S. Juguan, Edwin Layon, and Dr. Orville “Butch” Paez Jr.

Maun Sensei had invited Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin J. Tusil of Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center (FC) and Founder/Head Instructor James U. Sy Jr. of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) to share their specialties during the May 27, 2006 training. Tusil taught takedowns in preparation for handcuffing and chokes for submission while Sy showed Filipino Martial Arts as applied to police work such as weapon retention, shotgun used against talibong without shooting, pang-agaw, and arresting techniques.

JUFIMAC TO SPONSOR MUAY THAI SEMINAR

The San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) and Centralian Fighters Martial Arts Club (CEFIMAC) of Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay and the Combat Taekwondo Club-Main (CTC-Main) of Founder/President Ret. Lt. Col. Epifamio F. Mercado are set to sponsor the 3rd Negros Occidental M.A.P. Muay Boran Instructors Course “The Introduction of Muay Thai to San Carlos” this coming July 8-9, 2006 at the CTC-Main Gym, San Carlos City.

The seminar will be conducted by Muay Association of the Philippines (M.A.P.) Visayas and Region 7 Head Kru Ike Villaflores of Dumaguete City. M.A.P.-Negros Occidental Chapter Coordinator James U. Sy Jr. of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) will also be present.

The Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) is the sole National Sport Association (NSA) for amateur Muay Thai in the Philippines as recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Muay is a Thai word which means “to pull together to form a single group” and refers to Thailand’s national martial art, sport, and “Science of the 8 limbs” (fists, elbows, legs, and knees). Muay Thai has a colorful history stretching back thousands of years. It has enjoyed support from the Thai Royal Family since the 12th Century A.D.

Muay Thai, in simple terms, is kickboxing with elbows and knees added in. Clinching (controlling the neck) is allowed as well as throwing from that position. Judo throws, however, such as shoulder, hip, reaping, and sacrifice throws are not allowed. Amateur Muay Thai is fought with full protective armor.

Mamugay Sensei is expecting about 5 martial arts organizations to attend the seminar, among them CTC (San Carlos and Canlaon), SACA JUFIMAC/CEFIMAC (San Carlos), Red Dragon Martial Arts (Calatrava), and Yantaokido (San Carlos).

Meanwhile, the 2006 Milo Muay Thai Summer Clinic in various locations in the Visayas will be concluded with the end of the summer period. The Dumaguete Muay Association started 3 summer Muay Thai programs in separate venues. The Milo Summer Clinic, conducted by Walter Zaldiriaga and Fortunato Sechico at the Dumaguete Muay Association HQ, will close the program for 33 participants on May 25, 2006.

Supplemental summer classes taught by Kru Villaflores at the Royal Oaks International School and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) will close on May 24 and May 20 with 13 and 27 participants respectively.

The Milo Muay Thai Summer Clinic in Kabankalan City by 2005 Visayas champion Romnick Pabalate and Bacolod City by Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr. will be concluded on May 26 and 31 respectively.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Gathering of Templar Knights

Modern day Templar Knights will be having a gathering on July 7 and 8, 2006 at the Pearl Manor Banquet Hall, B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City. Templar Knights coming from all over the Visayas Jurisdiction will be coming to attend the said gathering. Grand Line Officers and visiting dignitaries are expected to grace the occassion as well. A number of Templar Knights are known to be active FMA practitioners. For more information about the said gathering may we refer you to the official website of the gathering at http://regcon2006.ph.tc/.

On June 12, 2006 there will be another gathering of Templar Knights at Bago City. Templar Knights all over the Negros Island will be gathering in honor of their brothers who fought for our hard-earned freedom and independence from foreign rule. Unknown to most people is that the Katipunan movement was founded by warrior-scholar Templar Knights. To know more about these warrior-scholars please visit this website http://glphils.org/index-page.htm. The gathering at Bago City is an annual event participated by the Local Government of Bago City and other organizations.

Friday, June 02, 2006

"EXTRA JOSS LAKAS" SHOWN WITH EXPLOSIVE M.A. EXPO


The logo of Extra Joss.


Organizers (from left): Finance and GA Officer Armand Sudhiranatha Artawijaya of BT Bentang Toedjoe, Regional Manager Dwight G. Villanueva of Ace Foods, Inc., and Barney Molina of ABS-CBN.


Host Ms. Dorothy Joy Luarca of ABS-CBN.


The Arnis de Mano Associacion de Silay (AMAS). From left: Arnold Hilado, Grandmasters Felipe “Totong” Hilado, Grandmasters Norman Serfino, Master Herman Siason, Master Eddy Leonor, and Master Tony Lescano.


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Various martial arts demonstrations were given by 7 organizations from Bacolod, bago, Silay,a dn Victorias Cities jumpstarted and punctuated the highly successful 1st Extra Joss Extra La Cash Part 2 Regional Monthly Draw last May 20, 2006 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Brgy. Singcang, Araneta St., Bacolod City.

The show was organized by Barney Molina of ABS-CBN for Extra Joss. Guests were Finance and GA Officer Armand Sudhiranatha Artawijaya of BT Bentang Toedjoe, Regional Manager Dwight G. Villanueva of Ace Foods, Inc., and Senior Account Executive Hazel M. Aliniabon of Catalytx. Masters of ceremonies were Dorothy Joy Luarca and Edren Sese.

The martial arts demonstrations, which depicted power, speed, agility, and grace, best describe the “lakas” one gets from drinking Extra Joss. The first to ,perform was the combined contingent of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., and Negros united Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA).

CMAS showcased Lapu-Lapu Viñas arnis paired sinawali, solo vs doble baston, and panagang kag pang-agaw baston kag cuchillo; Silaynon espada y daga; Wild Judo and Guarra/Togle Style Modern arnis knife disarming; and eclectic daga and oido de caburata shadow fight. The CMAS delegation included Founders James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and Instructors Joeffrey S. Deriada, Francis Stephen A. Diaz, Lafayette A. Diamante, and Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon.

PIMAA-FTSDA demonstrated Filipino tang Soo double knife defense using kicks, punches, elbows, knees, throws, and jointlocks. The PIMAA-FTSDA included Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo, Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P, Montoyo Jr., and Carag Region Head Ernest Christian “Chen-Chen” Montoyo.

OFTLSFA, led by President Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido and Vice President/Senior Instructor John “Jun-Jun” Maravilla, exhibited the basic strikes no. 1 and 2 and combinacion, the lastiko and bladed lines of Tapado, and tapado as used with a short stick.

NUFAA showcased the Indian electric, siquete, whipping, and other techniques of the close quarter style of Alasabate Scienceia (a.k.a. Recto arnis). The NUFAA delegation included Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa, Chief Instructor Wilson A. Alvarado, Randy A. Alvarado, Joemarie de la Torre, and Stevie John Doctora.

The Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts (BAE) represented the Japanese pacifist art of Aikido “the way of the harmonious spirit.” Their demonstration included the various methods neutralizing attacks using kansetsu waza “joint controls” and nage waza “projection techniques.” The BAE delegation included Founder/Chief Instructor Maxwell “Max” J. Maun, Engr. Frank and Gelkoff Calmerin, Andy B. Caña, Kim Jake A. Cepeda, Edwin Dueñas, Jappeth S. Juguan, and Joseph S. Sobremisana.

The Arnis de Mano Associacion de Silay (AMAS) showcased the Northern Negrense styles of Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) which included a wide spectrum of skills like classic Silaynon espada y daga, Fencing, and shadow fight form. The AMAS delegation included Grandmasters Norman Serfino and Felipe “Totong” Hilado, Arnold Hilado, and Masters Herman Siason, Eddy Leonor, and Tony Lescano.

The Victorias-based Negrido Defense Club (NEDEC) demonstrated combat techniques of sikaran kicking, punching, throwing, ground grappling, knife defense, and arnis. The NEDEC delegation included Founder/Chief Instructor Ian Negrido, Antonio Chavez Jr., Nilrax de Cafe, Gary P. Intig, Elpidio Magbanua, and Norly J. Maglinte.

Portions of the demonstrations were featured as a 5 minute segment of Sabado Barkada which aired on May 27, 2006 over at ABS-CBN.

Winners of the 1st Extra Joss Extra La Cash Part 2 Regional Monthly Draw for the Visayas are Erwin Labiste of Cebu (1st prize), Carl Erv A. Jomalesa of Bacolod City (2nd prize), and Eric Capuntan of Iloilo (3rd prize).

AMERICANS TO TEACH 1ST NEG. OCC. MMA SEMINAR


Christian Seifert (left) and Dr. Ronald A. Harris of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Heavyweight MMA fighter Christian Seifert and Muay Thai Trainor Dr. Ronald A. Harris, both of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, will be conducting the 1st Negros Occidental Mixed Martial Arts Seminar “Cage Fighting Fundamentals” this coming June 3, 2006, 1:30-5:30 P.M. at the PIMAA-FTSDA Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

The seminar is jointly sponsored by the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) of President Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo and Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo, and Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr. under the banner of the Intercontinental Federation of Martial Arts Schools (IFMAS).

Seifert of Gladiator Academy (Louisiana, USA) competes at the regional level in the US and holds an MMA record of 20-6-4. His forte is Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (since 1996) and Muay Thai (since 2004). He stands 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 225 lbs. Seifert is currently a doctorate fellow at the Southern University in Louisiana.

Dr. Harris of Russell Jones Fight Club (Louisiana, USA) is a Muay Thai (since 1985) and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (since 1993) trainer. He is ranked Master by the Chavez Arnis Group and Negros Occidental Arnis Federation (Bacolod City) and Master Instructor by the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (Bago City).

Dr. Harris also holds black belts in Combat Judo (3rd degree, Doce Pares Club, Cebu), Eskrima (10th degree, Doce Pares), Kajukenbo (6th degree, Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute, Hawaii), Pekiti Tirsia (Lakan Guro), Shotokan Karate (1st degree, Vasquez Martial Arts Center, Bacolod), Taekwondo (4th degree, World Taekwondo Federation and Taekwondo Jidokwan, Korea), and Firearms (National Rifle Association).

Dr. Harris, who started studying martial arts in 1972, is the chair of Public Policy at the Southern University. He is also a writer, his work having been published in several national level materials in the US.

The seminar will be broken down into 4 1-hour segments: Stand up skills, ground fundamentals, transition from stand up to groundfighting, and finishing maneuvers. The stand up material would be more of Muay Thai while the takedowns and submissions are from Western Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Warriors Reunion

Sensei Mike Vasquez with Ron Harris, Chris Seifert, TJ Eatmon, Tony Aguirre, Henried Lamayo, and Jun Villaluna at the bahay kubo in Tony Aguirre's residence. It was a reunion for Sensei Mike Vasquez and Ron Harris and Vasquez students. Ron Harris and his brother Russ were Sensei Mike Vasquez' student in FMA a couple of years back. Living as a true warrior-scholar Mr. Harris is currently teaching in the Graduate School in one of the Universities in the United States in the field of Sustainable Development. Mr. Harris and his Ph.D. students Chris Seifert andf TJ Eatmon came over for a paper on Sustainable Development. Before coming over to Bacolod City Mr. Harris and his students have visited the University of the Philippines in the Visayas and Central Philippine University in Iloilo City. They have also visited the different campuses of the University of the Philippines in Manila. As a sidetrip, Mr. Harris and his student Chris Seifert will be conducting an MMA seminar in Bacolod City.

BLACK FALCON WUSHU, KICKBOX, BOXING BIG HIT

The Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) of Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante once more gave an explosive twist to the annual fiesta of Prk. Bulak with their highly successful conduct of the 8th Prk. Bulak Boxing Showdown, 3rd Prk. Bulak Wushu Sanshou Competition, and the 1st Prk. Bulak Kickboxing Competition last May 27-28, 2006 at the Prk. Bulak Basketball Court, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City. 7 teams from Bacolod and Los Angeles competed in the hostilities.

The event was held under the banner of the Intercontinental Federation of Martial Arts schools (IFMAS).

The kickboxing event had six 2-round/2-minute-per-round bouts. The men’s division was fought on May 27, 2006 while the lone women’s match was contested the following day. BFMAA-Main won 5 of these bouts. Filipinas Kickboxing (FK) of Founder/Chief Instructor Ricaredo Filipinas got a win.

The wushu sanshou competition had 2 bouts. BFMAA-Main and Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) of Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo and Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr. had a win each.

The western boxing tournament had 9 2-round/1 ½-minute-per-round bouts. BFMAA-Main topped the competition with 5 wins. Canaan Boxing Team (CBT) of Coach Ramie Cabanag was 2nd place with 2 wins. Prk. Bulak and Brgy. Granada were 3rd place with a win each.

KICKBOXING. Danilo Sumbang Jr. of FK over Lemuel Lumawag of BFMAA-Main by points. Nonoy Amante of BFMAA-Main over Christian Ramhas of FK via 2nd round RSC at 1:10. Joery “Jun-Jun” Amante Jr. of BFMAA-Main over Rynbert Laspuñas of FK by points. Joenel Vega of BFMAA-Main over Ferdinand Jaralbio of FK via 1st round KO at 0:56. Gino Claver of BFMAA-Main over Joshua Carmona of FK via 1st round KO at 1:40. Renalyn “Ren-Ren” Jacob of BFMAA-Main over Eva Rose Luto of PIMAA-FTSDA via unanimous decision.

WUSHU SANSHOU. Steven James Gumban of PIMAA-FTSDA over Joefer Lumawag of BFMAA-Main via unanimous decision. Janry Amante of BFMAA-Main over Michael Goria of PIMAA-FTSDA by points.

WESTERN BOXING. Oliver Solis of BFMAA-Main over James Cabanag of CBT via RSC. Alvinson Canayon over Jong-Jong Escamilia of BFMAA-Main via RSC. Stephen Joy Balateria of CBT over Vincent Pehid of BFMAA-Main. Christian Plantinos of BFMAA-Main over Nishal Nandwani of Round 1 Gym/L.A., USA via 1st round RSC-O at 1:02 (main event). Tata Allien Arciaga of Prk. Bulak over Alvin Santillan of Prk. Bulak. Beboy Peñas of BFMAA-Main over Johnry Bordo of Prk. Bulak over 2nd round retirement at 1:52. Rafael Sueño of Granada over Jaymar Canayon of CBT via unanimous decision. Kirby Dahildahil of BFMAA-Main over May-May Chua of CBT. John Lendl Amante of BFMAA-Main over Christian Joseph Padios of Prk. Bulak (special bout)(.

DEMONSTRATIONS. The Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. presented a wide array of Negrense warrior traditions including Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis solo and paired sinawali, solo vs doble baston, and panagang kag pang-agaw sa baston kag cuchillo; Silaynon espada y daga; Guarra and Togle Style Modern Arnis knife defense; and Yasay Sable free form. The demo team was composed of Founder James U. Sy Jr. and Instructors Francis Stephen A. Diaz, Lafayette A. Diamante, and Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon.

Officials were Prk. Bulak President and Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP) Negros Occidental Coordinator/President Joery C. Amante (referee), PIMAA-FTSDA Founder Master Elmer V. Montoyo, CMAS Instructor Francis Stephen A. Diaz, Criston Oliveros, and Feliciano Pehid (judges), Renalyn “Ren-Ren” Jacob and Julius Dohinog (timer), Former National Wushu trainee Jet Lumawag and CMAS Founder Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado (tabulator/record keeper), CMAS Founder James U. Sy Jr. (master of ceremonies), Bebing Peñas and Pastor Romeo Gumban (invocation), and former Prk. President Felix “Berong” Altarap of the St. Joseph High School Martial Arts Club (inspirational address).

Major sponsors were Hansy Alojado, Berong Altarap, Joery Amante, Bro. Joseph (FSC), Boy Peñas, and San Miguel Corp.; sponsors, Hon. Zosimo Carreon, Hon. Nap Cordova, Hon. Nikie Cordova, Hon. Mae Cuaycong, Hon. XL de la Rosa, Jessie Divinagracia, Hon. Ramon Espidido, Nonoy Padillo, Hon. Ramie Samilo, and Ed Tabanao; and acknowledgements, Marissa, Batiles, Gealon Ent., Dionisio Integ, Bon-Bon Mamaril, Maya & Bade Store, Teresita Oliveros, Nona Papa, Arthur Pulgo, Bebing Talavera, Dolores Valzado, and Dominga Villaruel.

BACOLOD NEGROS ARNIS FED INT'L TO HOLD ARNIS GM FORMS COMPETITION

The Bacolod Negros Arnis Federation International (BNAFI), Inc. of Grandmaster Hortencio M. Navales is set to hold the Arnis Grandmasters Forms Competition this coming June 25, 2006 at the Bacolod Arts and Youth (BAY) Center, San Juan St., Bacolod City.

The event is BNAFI’s second this year, the first being the 2006 Arnis Day Grandmasters, Masters, and Seniors National Invitational Arnis Championships held last March 19, 2006 at the Bacolod City Public Plaza. More than 10 federations, associations, and academies from Bacolod City, Bago City, Cauayan, Pontevedra, Silay City, and Talisay City supported that event.

Organizations who saw action and/or supported the Arnis Day event were Arjuka-Malingin of Grandmaster Isaac “Saac” T. Guarra, Bacolod Oido de Caburata Arnis Society (BAODCAS) represented by Master Jimmy Villo and Ritchie S. Piodena, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) of Founders Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr., Golden Kamagong Arnis Kali Escrima Association-Pontevedra of Grandmaster Ricky Tenirife, Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association (GSMASDA) of Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra, Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) of Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo, Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Col. Atty. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) of Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) of Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, Oro Arnis Club of Grandmaster Romeo Oro, and Philippine Arnis (Kali) Escrima Martial Arts Federation International Inc. of Grandmaster Jerson “Nene” Tortal.

WFP-NEG. OCC. & OR. NEG. POISED FOR 2006 WUSHU NAT’LS


The Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) and Conceptual Martial arts society during the 2nd Prk. Bulak Wushu Sanshou Competition in 2005.

The Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental (WFP-Neg. Occ.) under Provincial Coordinator Joery C. Amante of the Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main (BFMAA-Main) and Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Oriental Negros (WFP-Or. Neg.) under Provincial Coordinator Roy R. Flores of the Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Negros Chapter are poised to send in their best players to the upcoming 2006 Philippine National Wushu Championships this coming June 17, 2006 in Manila.

The qualifying tournament for the Manila-bound wushu sanshou artists was the 2006 Negros Island Wushu Sanshou Elimination Championships held last April 20, 2006 at the Fountain Area, Robinson’s Place Bacolod, Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

The Negros Occidental Team under Amante took home a 3-3-3 medal haul, the best finish in the competition, without counting the exhibition bouts fought. The Negros Occidental Wushu Sanshou Team was composed of players from the BFMAA-Main of Amante, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) of Founders Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr., and Escalante City’s Thunder Kick Martial Arts Club (TKMAC) of Chief Instructor Jess Flores.

Gold medalist from the Negros Occidental Team were Jake Donald Go of TKMAC (juniors 48 kg.), Renie Requiron of TKMAC (juniors 60 kg.), and Rosendo Trayco III of BFMAA-Main (seniors 48 kg.); silver medalists, Janry Amante of BFMAA-Main (juniors 48 kg.), Jet Lumawag of BFMAA-Main (seniors 52 kg.), and Joebin “JR” M. Rodriguez of CMAS-Porferia (seniors 48 kg.); and bronze medalists, Julius Dohinog of BFMAA-Main (seniors 48 kg.), Ephraem Manlapao of BFMAA-Main (juniors 48 kg.), and Andres Villarmia (seniors 56 kg.). Renalyn “Ren-Ren” Jacob of BFMAA-Main went on to fight an exhibition bout.

Meanwhile, the Oriental Negros Team under Flores, composed of wushu sanshou artists from the Lee Gralto Self Defense Club (LGSDC, san Carlos City), took home a 1-9-0 medal haul. Noel Pancho (52 kg.) was the lone gold medalist for the team. The silver medalists were Alice Jane Alingasa (48 kg.), Gilbert Alingasa (56 kg.), Ernie Camingao (52 kg.), Noel Labajo (48 kg.), Flordiline Macapaz (48 kg.), Florepie Macapaz (45 kg.), Chally Patok (52 kg.), Gebunisa Sta. Ana (52 kg.), and Henry Tumarcie (60 kg.).

Those scheduled to fly to Manila for the nationals are gold medalist Go , Pancho, Requiron, and Trayco, silver medalist Amante, and bronze medalist Villarmia. Amante climbs up to the juniors 52 kg. category which is vacant. Jacob, who didn’t have an opponent, automatically qualified in the juniors 56 kg. category. E.J. Fama and Christian Plantinos will be filling up vacant slots in the team.

Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental and Oriental Negros would like to extend their condolences to the family of Gilbert Alingasa of Sipaway Island, who passed away just days after getting the silver in the qualifying event at Robinson’s Place.

3RD NEG. OCC. MUAY SEMINAR TO BE SPONSORED BY JUFIMAC


Muay Association of the Philippines (M.A.P.) Visayas and Region 7 Head Kru Ike Villaflores of Dumaguete City

The San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) and Centralian Fighters Martial Arts Club (CEFIMAC) of Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay and the Combat Taekwondo Club-Main (CTC-Main) of Founder/President Ret. Lt. Col. Epifamio F. Mercado are set to sponsor the 3rd Negros Occidental M.A.P. Muay Boran Instructors Course “The Introduction of Muay Thai to San Carlos” this coming July 8-9, 2006 at the CTC-Main Gym, San Carlos City.

The seminar will be conducted by Muay Association of the Philippines (M.A.P.) Visayas and Region 7 Head Kru Ike Villaflores of Dumaguete City. M.A.P.-Negros Occidental Chapter Coordinator James U. Sy Jr. of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS) will also be present.

The Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP) is the sole National Sport Association (NSA) for amateur Muay Thai in the Philippines as recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Muay is a Thai word which means “to pull together to form a single group” and refers to Thailand’s national martial art, sport, and “Science of the 8 limbs” (fists, elbows, legs, and knees). Muay Thai has a colorful history stretching back thousands of years. It has enjoyed support from the Thai Royal Family since the 12th Century A.D.

Muay Thai, in simple terms, is kickboxing with elbows and knees added in. Clinching (controlling the neck) is allowed as well as throwing from that position. Judo throws, however, such as shoulder, hip, reaping, and sacrifice throws are not allowed. Amateur Muay Thai is fought with full protective armor.

Mamugay Sensei is expecting about 5 martial arts organizations to attend the seminar, among them CTC (San Carlos and Canlaon), SACA JUFIMAC/CEFIMAC (San Carlos), Red Dragon Martial Arts (Calatrava), and Yantaokido (San Carlos).

Meanwhile, the 2006 Milo Muay Thai Summer Clinic in various locations in the Visayas will be concluded with the end of the summer period. The Dumaguete Muay Association started 3 summer Muay Thai programs in separate venues. The Milo Summer Clinic, conducted by Walter Zaldiriaga and Fortunato Sechico at the Dumaguete Muay Association HQ, will close the program for 33 participants on May 25, 2006.

Supplemental summer classes taught by Kru Villaflores at the Royal Oaks International School and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) will close on May 24 and May 20 with 13 and 27 participants respectively.

The Milo Muay Thai Summer Clinic in Kabankalan City by 2005 Visayas champion Romnick Pabalate and Bacolod City by Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr. will be concluded on May 26 and 31 respectively.

1ST BRGY. DOLIS, CALATRAVA KICKBOX A SUCCESS

The 1st Barangay Dolis, Calatrava Invitational Karate Kickboxing Tournament was successfully held by Gaudioso Enim of the Negros Occidental Federation of Kickboxing Association (NOFEKA) with the sponsorship of Brgy. Capt. Anaclito Belangel and other Brgy. Dolis officials last May 22, 2006 in Brgy. Dolis, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.

Eight martial arts organizations from Bacolod City, Calatrava, San Carlos City, and Victorias City figured in 13 hard hitting kickboxing action. 4 other clubs gave officiating support to the event.

San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC)/Centralian Fighters Martial Arts Club (CEFIMAC)-CNC Chapter of Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay and the Negrido Defense Club (NEDEC, Victorias City) of Founder/Chief Instructor Ian Negrido each took 3 wins.

Golden Scorpion (GS, Bacolod) of Founder/Chief Instructor Herminio Lagumbay and Philippine Martial Arts Self Defense Association (PMSDA, Calatrava) of Founder Bernabe Sarin each took 2 wins while Red Condor Martial Arts Club (RCMAC, Victorias) of Founder Antonio Moises Sr. and Red Eagle Karate Club (REKC, Victorias) of Founder/Chief Instructor/VP Cesar Java each got a win.

36 KG. Ronni Caballero of RCMAC over Martian Pampag of REKC.

40 KG. Kim Brian Segura of REKC over Andromal Moises of RCMAC.

42 KG. Arnel Marino of JUFIMAC/CEFIMAC over Antonio Moises Jr. of RCMAC.

45 KG. Richard Claveras of NEDEC over Antonio Almencion Jr. of JUFIMAC/CEFIMAC.

50 KG. Rene F. Ortiz of JUFIMAC/CEFIMAC over Panlaan of PMSDA.

52 KG. Roel Gonzales of GS over Jonathan Torino of PMSDA.

54 KG. Anthony de Asis of NEDEC over Ronald Esperagera of PMSDA.

55 KG. Ronnie Panlaan of PMSDA over Arnel M. Arino of JUFIMAC/CEFIMAC.

56 KG. Giovannie Fermin of PMSDA over Harry Sta. Ana of NEDEC.

60 KG. Johnmar Palabrica of JUFIMAC/CEFIMAC over Danilo de Asis of NEDEC.

OTHER BOUTS. Coronel Alauderes of GS over Jerry Nodnod of JUFIMAC/CEFIMAC. Nilrax de Cape of NEDEC over Reynaldo Simeon of JUFIMAC/CEFIMAC. Roy Paril and July Chavez fought to a draw.

Referees were Gaudiose Enim of REKC, Fernando Boy Hilay of Tigers Karate Club (San Carlos City), Rodolfo Jermina of Black Buffalo Martial Arts Club (Victorias), and Ian Negrido of NEDEC. Judges were Inocencio Biboso, Herminio Lagumbay of GS, and Wilfredo Teleron of White crane Martial Arts (San Carlos City). Also present was the Club 43 NEDEC of Antonio Chavez (Bacolod City).

7TH NEGROS CONCEPTUAL MARTIAL ART SEMINAR HELD

The 7th Negros Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar “Intensive Training in Negrense FMA” was jointly held by the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., and Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) for 3 visiting doctor-members of CMAS-Iloilo Chapter last May 13, 2006 at the PIMAA-FTSDA Gym, Group K Complex, Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

The principal focus of the seminar was the primary course of Original Filipino Tapado which was taught by OFTLSFA President Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido. GM Lobrido reviewed CMAS-IC Head Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad and members Dr. Rey Mollenido and Dr. Jason Rojas of the previous materials they had covered in the 5th edition of the NCMAS and added the other lines for the primary course. Aside from the standard tapado long stick, GM Lobrido also introduced the visiting doctors to the tapado short stick.

The visiting doctors, who were from the College of Medicine of the West Visayas State University (WVSU), started their training in tapado under Dr. Maguad sometime last year. The seminar was Dr. Mollenido’s and Dr. Rojas’ second time to formally train under the guidance of GM Lobrido.

Others who attended the tapado segment of the training were PIMAA-FTSDA Founder/OFTLSFA Secretary Master Elmer V. Montoyo, PIMAA-FTSDA Asst. Chief Instructor Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo, Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI) Negros Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sensei, CMAS Founders Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and James U. Sy Jr., and CMAS Business Manager/Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association (GSMASDA) Secretary Francis Stephen A. Diaz.

The session also marked the start of the formal training of Flores Sensei in the indigenous Bagoueño long stick fighting art of Original Filipino Tapado, after having his first session last October 8, 2006, also under GM Lobrido. Flores Sensei heads the largest aikido group in Negros Occidental and perhaps, in the Negros Island. He is also the Oriental Negros Coordinator of the Wushu Federation of the Philippines (WFP).

Later in the afternoon, Dr. Mollenido and Dr. Rojas had an introductory course on knife defense with Master Montoyo (Filipino Tang Soo Do) and Alojado and Sy (Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis System). The seminar ended with Dr. Maguad reviewing CMAS-Main members the two man sets of long quan (dragon fist).

The first 6 editions of the Negros Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar were Universal Fundamentals (January 28, 2005), Tai Chi Chuan as Stress Management (June 2005), Introduction to Arnis Basics (July 2, 2005), Reality Based Martial Arts (January 20, 2006), Fundamentals of Tapado (April 14, 2006), and Introduction to Pencak Silat Olahraga Basics (April 24-28, 2006). Each edition was taught by a different instructor or group of instructors.

3RD PANAY CONCEPTUAL MARTIAL ART SEMINAR HELD

The 3rd Panay Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar “Tapado Goes to Iloilo ” was conduced by Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) President Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido and Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA) Founder/President Master Elmer V. Montoyo at the West Visayas State University Medical Center (WVSUMC) Doctors’ Quarters and then at the Iloilo Sports Complex, Lapaz, Iloilo City.

The Bago and Bacolod-based instructors conducted the intensive training for the 4 doctor-members of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.-Iloilo Chapter: Chapter Head Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, Dr. Frank Gellada, Dr. Rey Mollenido, and Dr. Jason Rojas.

It was the 3rd formal training under GM Lobrido for the doctors except for Dr. Maguad who took up tapado several months earlier. The first 2 trainings were during the 5th and 7th Negros Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar held last April 13, 2006 and May 13, 2006 respectively.

GM Lobrido worked on the doctors’ basics and introduced the salta and torsido lines from tapado’s primary course.

2ND PANAY CONCEPTUAL MARTIAL ART SEMINAR HELD

The 2nd Panay Conceptual Martial Arts Seminar “The World of Arnis and Kung Fu Take Two ” was hosted by the Tuburan Study Center (TSC) last May 10, 2006 at the Tuburan Study Center, 49 Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City.

Resource persons were Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS)-Iloilo Chapter Head Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad and members Dr. Rey Mollenido and Dr. Eugene “Bong” Alicante Jr. All the guest speakers were from the College of Medicine of the West Visayas State University (WVSU).

15 students from the St. Catalina International School, St. Joseph High School, and Westbridge School for Boys were in attendance.

The seminar was the second of its kind to be held at the Tuburan Study Center, the first one being held last February 4, 2006. The resource persons introduced more historical, cultural, philosophical, and technical aspects of the Negrense Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) of Original Filipino Tapado, Oido de Caburata, and Yasay Sable and the Chinese Wushu style of long quan (dragon fist).

TSC was founded in 1991 as a project of the Daguiao Foundation Inc. to help students of Iloilo City to learn current socio-cultural matters and interesting activities from their peers and professionals. Project coordinator is Roger P. Sarmiento.

CMAS is a non-profit network of professionals-martial artists founded in October 2002 to research, document, systematize, organize, preserve, and propagate the various warrior traditions of Negrense FMA as well as other Asian and Occidental martial arts. CMAS-Iloilo was started by Dr. Maguad last June 2005. CMAS-IC is the first group to introduce the aforementioned arts in a seminar-demo setting in the Panay Island