My Filipino Martial Arts Journey So Far: Updates and Goals

It’s been almost 3 years now since I started practicing Filipino martial arts. Picking up the sticks is probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I admit there were times when I got distracted and lost my focus because work happened. Travel happened. Personal battles happened. Laziness happened. Oops, sorry! But never did it cross my mind to give up this art/sport/lifestyle that I’m crazy about.

What occurred in the last 3 years was exactly what I had imagined. Looks like I’m slowly starting to become a “Visualization” or “The Secret” or “Law of Attraction” believer—or whatever you may want to call it. So far…

I’ve found a teacher

The mediocre teacher quote

Via quotlr.com

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Balintawak Eskrima Certification Test Under Applied Eskrima Global

Blade Apprentice AEG Module 1 Balintawak Eskrima Certification Test (Practical)

Blade Apprentice AEG Module 1 Balintawak Eskrima Certification Test (Practical)

The most dreaded day came. The moment of truth. The Judgment day. During our recent Eat, Sleep, Train FMA: Balintawak Eskrima Training in Cebu, two of my teammates and I took our Module 1 Balintawak Eskrima Certification tests under Applied Eskrima Global. The AEG comprehensive exam consists of three parts: written, verbal and practical.

Module 1 is the foundation of AE system and is no joking matter—by no means easy to master. It has a total of 26 lessons (A to Z) and with each lesson having at least 3-14 sub parts.

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Applied Eskrima Module 1 Lessons A-Z DVDs

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Eat, Sleep, Train FMA: Balintawak Eskrima Training in Cebu (July 2015)

To be able to eat, sleep, train for a time is probably every ardent martial artist’s dream. This is the second time I joined a mini Filipino martial arts training camp like this. Back in January 2015, some of my teammates and I had a first taste of a 3-day Balintawak Eskrima Training… And we’ve been even hungrier ever since. This time around, we came back with two more Eskrima devoted teammates so they can also experience it.

Day 1 was action-packed. We started with the usual sightseeing in Cebu City, marveling at the Magellan’s Cross, Santo Niño Church and Fort San Pedro. A little trivia: Fort San Pedro is where GM Anciong Bacon used to train his Balintawak Eskrima students.

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Meeting SGM Cacoy Canete of Doce Pares Eskrima Club

With SGM Cacoy Cañete

“The next time I get to Cebu, I’d like to meet SGM Cacoy Canete.” I don’t know how many times I’ve said that to myself. I already lost count. At last, it happened, courtesy of Master V and Miss Dina!!!

Being an avid Eskrima fan and practitioner, it’s a dream come true for me to meet him. I bet all if not most Filipino martial artists would love to see him, too! Right??! No wonder I was over the moon when I’ve finally met him, in the flesh!

SGM Cacoy is still sharp and witty at 95-years-old. He has told our group a million jokes! And we enjoyed every bit of his punch lines. It’s very evident in his aura that he’s happy and fulfilled. He exudes so much happiness and it’s contagious. He’s a living proof that not taking life TOO seriously can bring you a long, cheerful life. So, go have fun and eat that cupcake already!

We also bought his latest book, The Art of Olisi-Baraw, and got it signed. Wohoo! We were still smiling from ear to ear long after our visit was over. What a wonderful way to end our 3-day Balintawak Eskrima training!

While I’m at it, I’ll shout out to the Universe, “The next time I get to Cebu, I’d like to meet GM Nick Elizar and Master Rodrigo Maranga.” Think positive and the Universe will conspire.

How about you, any Grandmasters you’d like to meet? Feel free to share in the comments! 🙂

Balintawak Eskrima Beach Training (January 2015)

Applied Eskrima Manila by the beach
Beach and Eskrima are two of my favorite things. Put them together and it’s a happiness explosion. Make it a sunrise or a sunset background and it’s heaven. We didn’t get the last one, but still it was pure joy.

The past couple of days of our 3-day Balintawak Eskrima training were a bit gloomy and stormy. Fortunately, we were blessed with a fine weather on our last day in Cebu—ideal for seaside training. So after our morning training and breakfast, Master V brought us to a nearby beach. Yay!

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Filipino Martial Arts: Balintawak Eskrima 3-Day Training (January 2015)

Applied Eskrima HQ Cebu

While everyone was catching Pope Francis fever, and others were partying at the Sinulog Festival, some of my Applied Eskrima teammates and I were learning the foundation of AE system. We flew in all the way from Manila to Cebu, where AE Headquarters is located, to get a 3-day intensive Filipino martial arts (Balintawak Eskrima) training with Master Virgil Cavada.

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Balintawak Eskrima Rough Sparring

The title pretty much says it all. Just one of those Balintawak Eskrima sparring sessions we do in class. Although, this is a bit more intense than the others. We fight dirty like in the streets. It may not be beautiful nor graceful but it’s as real as it can get. My adrenaline really went through the roof and I was exhausted afterwards! Good cardio. #BeastMode

What do you think of the video? Let me know in the comments! 😉

Filipino Martial Arts: Balintawak Eskrima Sparring

Master V Spar 1 1

Master V Spar 1 2

Master V Spar 1 empty hand

Photo credit: deodomuique.tumblr.com

I can’t help but share this Balintawak Eskrima gif of our master, Master Virgil Cavada (Applied Eskrima Global). If I’m not mistaken, they’re practicing Spar 1. Just awesome!

Now I’m getting more and more excited-scared of our upcoming training with Master V in Cebu early next year! 😀

Balintawak Eskrima Practice Sparring

I’m usually rattled when I’m pressured. But I’d like to believe I’m a diamond in the rough. So I accept all the polishing and pressuring needed to become a stronger, better fighter. In the end, win or lose, I’ll still emerge a champ.

Sharing to you a quick Balintawak Eskrima sparring session with my Filipino martial arts teacher, Guro Jeric Pantaleon of Applied Eskrima. Pardon my haggardness!

Yes, my face, my face! 😀

Filipino Martial Arts Seminar 2014: Balintawak Eskrima and Close Quarter Combat

Imagine this: Two world-famous Balintawak eskrima teachers under one roof for two whole days.

Stop dreaming now! Wish granted. Yay!

Master Virgil Cavada of Applied Eskrima Global and Grandmaster Nonato “Nene” Gaabucayan of NNG Balintawak will conduct a 2-day Filipino martial arts seminar on close quarter combat and Balintawak style of Arnis, Kali, Eskrima at the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts on December 6 and 7, 2014.

Yes, you read that right. Two Balintawak celebrities. Once in a lifetime event. Must book now.

Please check out the poster below for more details.

Master Virgil Cavada and GM Nene Gaabucayan Balintawak Seminar 2014Master Virgil Cavada and GM Nene Gaabucayan Balintawak Seminar 2014 Continue reading