Time Travel Tuesday: Filipino Martial Arts Seminar with Guro Mumbakki

Mumbakki Seminar Group Pic

It was September 21, 2013. I’ll never forget that day. Guro Daniel “Mumbakki” Foronda, chief instructor of the Russian special forces and one of the featured Filipino Martial artists in The Bladed Hand, visited our team to conduct a brief FMA seminar/training.

Everyone was so excited to meet him. Everyone was glancing at the door whenever someone shows up. Then finally, a long-haired, tattooed man, armed with Rattan canes, came into view. Whoa, it’s Guro Mumbakki! It was so surreal. I hope no one saw my jaw dropped the moment he stepped into the gym. 😛 Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But I was definitely starstrucked!

Guro Jeric introduced him to the group, enumerating his awesome achievements and contributions to the FMA world. I think Guro Mumbakki did blush a little, not expecting such an introduction. Haha. Well, he deserves the recognition. Anyway, he first gathered us in a circle to share his experiences as a longtime Kali practitioner and teacher. Very inspiring. And for someone so accomplished, Guro Mumbakki is very humble and down-to-earth.

During training, he asked each one of us to get a cane. Then he taught us some practical lolo (grandfather) self-defense tactics and a little bit of Kali empty hand techniques, particularly dirty boxing. Before the class ended, he said we can keep the cane; it’s his gift to us. How thoughtful. 🙂 Thanks a lot, Guro Mumbakki for sharing your knowledge! And thank you, Guro Jeric for this wonderful opportunity! Pugay! 😀

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