Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tribe W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) XI amateur grappling competition will be presented by the Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP) by Master Roy R. Flores Sr. in cooperation with Aksyon Radio Philippines (Bacolod) under Station Manager JJ Ocampo and Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall (GCBS) represented by Advertising Officer Nomer Lobaton this coming May 11, 2013, 1:30 PM, at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Bacolod City. Expected teams to compete are host Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP, 1 on 1 boxing gym, Affinity of Chester Laquian, and Submission Sports Philippines-Bacolod Team (SSP-BT) of Adrian Gellana, the overall champion of Tribe W.A.R. X last October 14, 2012. Martial arts demonstrations will also be given by allied groups of Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP), including members of the negros occidental baston federation, wherein the host is a member of.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The short answer is no and yes. To illuminate on this point, let us take some very relevant examples. I once asked an instructor what he will do if his bag is snatched from him or when his pocket is picked. He replied, “I’ll use Kickboxing and Taekwondo on him.” To a casual observer such a reply sounds logical. But let’s take the side of the snatcher/pickpocket. He has only one goal: to get somebody else’s property; sparring with a well trained martial artist is not included in his agenda. So how can a martial art be of use when the perpetrator is no longer in the crime scene? Probably if the martial artist can also run and is fast enough to catch the suspect, then he might be able to use his skills. Last Wednesday, April 18, 2013, a female call center agent lost P10,000 to Laglag Barya Gang inside a PUJ and a Pontevedra resident lost P35,000 to Laglag Cellphone Gang while she was in the escalator of SM City Bacolod. These two incidents, as well as the modus operandi of the Dura-Dura Gang, rely on distraction and stealth. Resistance from the victim is next to zero, or at least to the minimum if conditions are not ideal for the perpetrator, because before one can avoid or resist one needs to know what is about to happen or what is happening. To highlight this point, consider the case of a policeman from a town (or was it a city?) outside of Bacolod whose pocket was also picked in Bacolod City. This principle also applies to burglars. Their objective is to gain entrance undetected, grab valuables, and escape unnoticed. Even if a homeowner has an armory it wouldn’t serve him any good if he doesn’t know there is an intruder inside his home. The success of above mentioned modus operandi is all based on the victim being caught unaware. Thus, the first thing to have is awareness. Most people walk through the streets as if lieisurely strolling in the park or boarding a public utility vehicle with no concerns about their surroundings (some even wear headphones which impede their ability to hear small noises, such as slashing a bag open with a blade). The process of self protection can be broken down into 3 interrelated stages: perception, evaluation, and reaction. Many martial artists only train for the last one, reaction (a good example was the aforementioned instructor in the second paragraph), and most average citizens will also tend to rely on that stage. However, the first stage, perception, is the most important since it is the one that will determine the outcome, whether a crime will be successful or a victim can successfully avoid or fend it off. Established and legitimate martial arts do not only teach physical techniques of defense but also seek to develop the mind and spirit. It is in these aspects where perception and evaluation are developed. The two stages are primarily mental and the longer one stays in them, the more likely one could not proceed to the third one, which is reaction, a physical process. Some important questions to ask when you board a PUJ, do you know the plate number of the vehicle? Do you take a look at the other passengers as you board the vehicle? Do you choose with whom you will sit beside? How do you secure your cellphone, purse, or other valuables? Are you talking on your cellphone and freely announcing to everybody that you’ve just withdrawn a large amount of money? Do you have your fare ready or you still have to open your purse/wallet and show to people beside you all the paper money in it as well as all your credit cards? There are certain ways one can act outside of the house/office so as not to attract undesirables. Now as you take a look at the other passengers, do you find anybody suspicious? Maybe the jeepney only has a few passengers but a certain man is sticking with you or when the jeepney is full and he still inserts himself beside you even if there is an available seat just in front of you. Does the man smell of liquor? Do you notice something bulging under his shirt? This is what we call perception. As to how you analyze these informations taken from your observations, this is evaluation. Now presuming that you feel uneasy or suspicious of the person beside you, what do you do? Of course you can’t smack him if nothing yet happened (and I wouldn’t advice that because they usually work at least in pairs, and they have bladed weapons. You wouldn’t want to lose your life over a measly P1,000 bill or an obsolete cellphone). Depending on the situation, positions, and other factors, you may react by watching carefull the persons besides you on both sides and prepare yourself, transferring the location of your bag or cellphone, transferring to another seat if any is available, or going down the vehicle. If you choose to go down the vehicle, don’t get down in your home or place of work so in case your suspicion is true then they could not trrce you. Also make sure that when you go down you don’t choose a dimly lit or dark area for they may go down the vehicle too and follow you. A place with many people (i.e. witnesses) would be ideal. What I’ve given is simply a hypothetical situation to stimulate your imagination and illustrate a certain part of reality. The most powerful tool you can always have is your mind. Self preservation starts with it. Without it, even the best martial arts techniques would be useless. Of course, it goes without saying that even if a person has superior perception and evaluation skills but he lacks the physical attributes and skills to react, then he may still fail. This where martial arts training becomes very useful, in developing body, mind, and spirit. In part II, we will expound more on this matter with a focus on the reaction stage and how to evaluate the street utility of a martial art.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Grandmaster Sotero Tario (holding the cake), the Founder of Oido Fencing, celebrating his 82nd birthday last April 7, 2013 at his residence in Bago City with his children, grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and guests (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). Grandmaster Sotero Tario, the Founder of Oido Fencing, celebrated his 82nd birthday last April 7, 2013 at his residence in Bago City with his 8 children, 40 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and guests. The Tario family prepared a sumptuous buffet as well as games to celebrate the occasion. Sound systems were set up within the vicinity to liven up the affair. Among GM Tario's guests were his friends Grandmaster Jose "Joe" Salanap of the Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA) and Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Joeffrey S. Deriada of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. GM Tario, a farmer by trade, started his studies in the indigenous Filipino art of Arnis in the the Espada y Daga in his younger days. After plowing his fields he would "play" the sticks he had previously set aside beside a tree. Since Oido, a further evolution of Lagas, was the predominant form of Arnis in his area, he studied it and went on to develop his own style, which combines Oido with Negrense style fencing. He associated with the Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA), headed by the late Grandmaster Abraham T. Gubaton (B: 2011), and had cordial relations with the late Grandmaster Jose D. Aguilar (D: 2013) of Murcia, Head of the Bacolod Oido de Caburata Arnis Society (BAODCAS) and the late Rev. Fr. Jerson Balitor (D: 2010), Founder of MAAPIN. GM Tario, together with his student Master Federico Culango Sr., made his first public demonstration in Bacolod city during the 2007 Summer Best of Negros Martial Arts Expo at the Activity Center, SM City Bacolod, Reclamation Area. He was formally conferred with the title Founder/Grandmaster of Oido Fencing by both the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. under its President, P/Sgt. (Ret.) Grandmaster Estanislao T. Guarra, and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS), Inc. under its President, Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo during the 2nd Hon. Mayor Ramon D. Torres Arnis Expo & Tournament last February 18, 2012 at the Bantayan Park, Bago City.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Jeep collision at Lizares-Libertad Ext. last April 8, 201 (James U. Sy Jr. photo). In yet another addition to the increasing number of vehicular accidents in the city, two public utility jeepneys, with a Bata-Libertad route, had a collision last April 8, 2013, just a few minutes before or at 5:00 PM, at the corner of Lizares St.-Libertad Ext. in Bacolod City. The jeepney that was rammed from behind was colored orange, Balinas Lines operated by Juaning Balinas, with plate no. FVL-916. The ramming vehicle was colored white with blue trim, RTSI Lines operated by RTSI, with plate no. FVZ-549. No passengers were hurt. A policeman responded abd conducted an investigation.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Some of the arnisadores/arnisadoras who supported the successful 1st Negros Indigenous Fighting Arts Expo held by the The Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. in cooperation with Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS), Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc., and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS), Inc. last April 6, 2013 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). The Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. in cooperation with Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall represented by Advertising Officer Nomer Lobaton, Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) of Founder/Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo, Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. of Founder/President Emeritus Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo "Pope" C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., and President P/Sgt. (Ret.) Grandmaster Estanislao T. Guarra, and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS), Inc. headed by President Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo successfully held the 1st Negros Indigenous Fighting Arts Expo last April 6, 2013 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Bacolod City. The event was supported by not less than 50 arnisadors representing 17 Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) organizations. A total of 8 groups gave demonstrations on the different aspects of the Negrosanon-Filipino Martial Arts. The Siete Pares Multi System (SPMS) was represented by Founder/Chief Instructor Remer N. Decripito and his student, Aeron Allan M. Pitogo. They showed Solo Baston and Espada y Daga striking, blocking, and disarming. SPMS is not a member of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. but is affiliated with the Bacolod Negros Arnis Federation International Inc. of Grandmaster Hortencio M. Navales. Decripito is the grandson of GM Navales. The combined team of the Baston Sipa Sumbag Dumog Martial Arts Society (Bassdumas) of Founder/Master Ian B. Negrido and the Zion Original Disciples in Arnis and Combat Sports (ZODIACS) Self Defense Society of the Philippines/Red Musang Self Defense Combat Sports of . Grandmaster Romeo G. Banas showed Adino Eznite/Sikaran self defense sequences against stick, knife, double knife, gun, and mugging inside a jeepney. Performers were Master Negrido and Black belts Ron Van Joe F. Banas and Joel Petalcorin Pangamot International, a member of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Afficionados Association (LVAAA) of Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Viñas, demonstrated various empty handed defenses against the knife, knife against knife, and stick against stick. Performers were Founder/Master Stephen Roy S. Dedel, Ken Hester Baja, Nelson Gargar Jr., Larry V. Hernandez, and Phillip M. Rivera. The combined team of Guarra Style Modern Arnis of Founder/Grandmaster Estanislao T. Guarra and Arjuka-Malingin of Founder/Grandmaster Isaac T. Guarra exhibited Solo Baston, Doble Baston, Pangamot-Balos Balos, and Nunchaku. Demonstrators were Anthony Guara, Christian Guarra, Jeraldine Guarra, Jerryl Guarra, Marlon Legario, Clyde Jason Poral, Windy Lou Poral, Gerald Senon, Jimmy Terante, and Jim Tyrone Protacio. Clyde Jason Poral performed the solo nunchaku form. Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. was represented by Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr., Montano Mondia IV, Raphael “Rocky” K. Molina, and Kimberly O. Longno, who showed Conceptual arnis System otso-otso attack and defense, open T block knife disarming, gun disarming, and Original Filipino tapado short stick, and Instructors Lafayette A. Diamante and Ma. Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon, who performed a blindfolded tapi-tapi flow drill. Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP), Inc. of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. was represented by Instructors Jessie Necesito, Jimmy Soquiña, and Slade Matthew Cabiles, Roy C. Flores Jr., Silvester braga, Althea Tornea, and Luis B. Mangonon. Thew group exhibited the Tribu Arnis attack and defense, stick disarming, and Doble Baston. Founder/Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo, Master Joselito O. Guzon, and Spencer Panaongon of the Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) demonstrated the Trece Grabes Piga-Piga System armlocks with the use of sticks, counter for counter, and Espada y Daga. 1st Gen. Inheritor Grandmaster Benfredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, Masters Joeffrey “Jepoy” S. Deriada and James U. Sy Jr., JI Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon, and Phillip Penman of Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association, Inc. demonstrated the basic uno and dos strikes and the advanced direct hitting with control linyada of the long stick fighting art Original Filipino Tapado.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Fresh vegetables, bottled products, pastries, and flowers are only some of the items sold at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market at very affordable prices (NFWF photo). I first became aware that there is a Negros Farmers Weekend Market last March 22, 2013 when my friend Lodel Magbanua, a respected Aikido instructor here in Bacolod, invited me to go to the place the following day to discuss a possible lecture and demo in the place. From Talisay, I hurried to the designated venue and got down from the Ceres bus at the NOPPO entrance. No wonder the cops whom I asked were not familiar with the Negros Farmers Weekend Market; I would shortly know from its owner that it was only started a week ago, on March 16, 2013. What caught my attention immediately was that the place was huge, 1.2 ha. in all. Several paces from the entrance going to the center is a series of concrete footpaths leading to the pavilion, a hall dedicated to public education where anyone can talk about important issues such as health, environment and agriculture. Lectures on Saturdays are free to both speaker and the public, and the hall can accommodate 70-100 people. Nearer to the entrance (to the right side) is Zone 5, the area where farmers sell their fresh produce, both organic and natural for those who want to make their pick, at very reasonable prices, prices that can help the public make their money go farther in the current economic slump. For instance, a kilo of tomatoes at SM sells at P40.00 and at Libertad Market, P20.00; at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market, one can get it at P15.00, or a 62.50% and 25% savings respectively. Mangoes normally sell at around P80/kilo but the same can be bought at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market at P65-70/kilo. Ready to eat sweet corn costs P35 at SM but can be bought at P25.00 at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market. I wondered why they can sell it at a low price and then it dawned on me. The only way this would be possible is when the ones selling are the same farmers who grew these products, that is they have a more direct sales channel to the buyers, where no middlemen are involved. My hypothesis proved to be correct when I talked with Mrs. Ruby Cruz, Marketing Director of DC. Cruz Trading Corporation, later that day. Normally what happens is, farmers would sell their produce to middlemen who would make the same available to both institutional buyers and consumers alike. Since middlemen had to sustain their operations, they have to have mark ups. Furthermore, since the rent for the farmers at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market is so low, they are not burdened with a big overhead cost, a saving that is reflected in their pricing. Currently, there are over 50 vendors at the Negros Farmers Weekend Market, selling fresh products such as fruits, meat, vegetables, herbs, milk, fish, seafood, and rice and processed foods such as bottled sardines, artisanal bread and wine, dried squid products. There are also vendors who sell arts and craft, silk, ornamental plants and ready to eat cooked foods, featuring local and international (Spanish, Indian, Japanese, Bolivian) food. A few paces up north of Zone 5 is the Food Area, Zone 3, an open-air dining area where visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee while being one with the environment, as we did during our visit. There are tables and chairs under makeshift net-style shades where visitors wait for their coffee or order bangus, tilapia, and/or other seafood to be grilled, ala Pala-Pala style , or choose from a myriad of local and international cuisine. While enjoying our coffee, we saw former Gov. Lito Coscolluela who heads the Anti-Baha Group. We were told that the honorable statesman had pledged their support to the Negros Farmers Weekend Market by taking care of the solid waste management. The Negros Farmers Weekend Market is a no plastic zone, and does not allow plastic sando bags in the premises. So it is best for the visitor to bring along an eco bag for shopping. The Negros Farmers Weekend Market is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project of the DC. Cruz Trading Corporation, with its beneficiary being the family’s foundation, Herbe Foundation, which has the mission of providing education to indigent children with deep focus on character formation. DC Cruz Trading Corp. is an agriculture firm founded in 1966, with currently 8 branches in the Negros Island: Bacolod, Bago, Bais, Kabankalan, La Carlota, and San Carlos. The Herbe Foundation, named after the Cruz siblings’ now deceased sister, is a charitable institution presided by Ruth Cruz. The Philippine Lumen School, from the Latin “light,” was founded in 2010 to give a values-based type of education, which the Cruz siblings believe is the basis for people to become successful in life. The school currently has 67 students, all indigents and some abandoned by their parents. Tuition, while socialized, is minimal, ranging from free tuition to P350/month, inclusive of meals, snacks, uniforms and books. The Negros Farmers Weekend Market is open only every Saturday, 8:00-6:00 PM. Direct retail consumers and institutional buyers are all welcome, as well as NGOs and special interest groups who are interested to give lectures on special interest topics that will serve to educate the public. Interested parties may contact Mrs. Ruby Tania C. Cruz at 0917-300-3291.
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. core group pose with (seated from left) Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. and 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmaster Benfredo M. Lobrido of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association, Inc. CMAS will present the 1st Negros Indigenous Fighting Arts Expo (NIFAE) this coming April 6, 2013, 1:30-5:00 PM, at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). Master Stephen Roy S. Dedel of Pangamot International (left) with Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo of Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) during the 2nd NOBF Arnis Rank Certification Exams on February 24, 2013 at the Sea Breeze Hotel, San Juan St., Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). The Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. will be presenting the 1st Negros Indigenous Fighting Arts Expo (NIFAE) this coming April 6, 2013, 1:30-5:00 PM, at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Bacolod City. The event is being held in Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall, Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS), Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc., and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS), Inc. Not less than 10 Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) groups are expected to give demonstrations of the various forms of Arnis/Eskrima founded and/or practiced in the province of Negros Occidental. Some of the confirmed groups to perform include Arjuka-Malingin of Grandmaster Isaac T. Guarra, Baston Sipa Sumbag Dumog-Combat-Sports Martial arts Society (BASSDUMAS) of Founder/Master Ian B. Negrido, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr., Golden Kamagong International of Grandmaster Ibarra E. Lopez, Guarra Style Modern Arnis of P/Sgt. (Ret.) Grandmaster Estanislao T. Guarra, Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports of Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo, Mandatus Arnis Sikaran of Grandmaster Romeo V. Postrano, Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. of Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoom, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association, Inc. of 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmaster Benfredo . Lobrido, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy- Filipino Tang Soo Do Assn., Inc. of Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo, Red Musang Self Defense Combat Sports of Grandmaster Romeo G. Banas, and Tribu Hangaway Philippines, Inc. of Master Roy R. Flores. The program will also include the rank awarding ceremony of one grandmaster and four masters under the sanction of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. The awardees are Grandmaster Romeo V. Postrano of MASK, Master Roy R. Flores Sr. of Tribu Hangaway Philippines, Inc., Master Joselito O. Guzon of Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS), Master Ian B. Negrido of Baston Sipa Sumbag Dumog-Combat-Sports Martial arts Society (BASSDUMAS), and Master Stephen Roy S. Dedel of Pangamot International. Each one of the awardees are already graded in their respective organizations.