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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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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Filipino Martial Arts: Balintawak Eskrima Sparring

Master V Spar 1 1

Master V Spar 1 2

Master V Spar 1 empty hand

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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! 😀

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

Filipino Martial Arts Seminar in Manila: Master Virgil Cavada of Applied Eskrima (Balintawak Style)

Applied Eskrima Global

My Combat Kali Manila teammates and I had been extremely excited for Master Virgil Cavada’s 2-day Filipino martial arts seminar. Master Virgil, or Master V as he is fondly called by most, is my teacher’s Balintawak Eskrima teacher. He’s part of our lineage that traces all the way back to Grandmasters Crispulo Atillo and Venancio “Anciong” Bacon.

So the big day came! Time to meet and learn from a renowned Filipino martial arts master, who travels across the globe to teach his system, Applied Eskrima. And whose first student is Dan Inosanto. Oh my God, I can’t get over it. I’m still on a high until now.

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My First Karambit Training Knife

Karambit Training Knife

Karambit training knife

Just a quick post to show you my first ever (maybe the last) karambit training knife. I got this ravishing red karambit or kerambit from Master Virgil Cavada’s Applied Eskrima (Balintawak style) training last weekend. It’s made from stainless steel (at least, I think) and it’s lightweight. Cheap also at Php500 or around $12.

Sure, it’s not Doug Marcaida’s DART Knife, but I’m cool with that. This karambit training knife is conveniently placed beside my laptop and mouse. I flip it around in between working in front of my computer. I have other weapons (training and live) strategically located in my room. I’ll perhaps talk about them later.

Hailed from Indonesia, the karambit is arguably the deadliest knife in the whole wide world:

P.S.
Speaking of Master Virgil Cavada, I’ll blog about his recently concluded Filipino martial arts seminar in Manila very soon. Stay tuned! Subscribe to my blog to keep posted. Here’s that post: Filipino Martial Arts Seminar in Manila: Master Virgil Cavada of Applied Eskrima (Balintawak Style).