Master Elmer V. Montoyo, founder/president of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), has officially postponed the 2nd Best of the Martial Arts tournament scheduled on December 17, 2005 in Bacolod City.
This came after the organizers did not reach the budget for the competition. The tournament has been scheduled to feature 4 divisions: Filipino Tang soo do, kuntao silat, wushu sanshou, and either mixed martial arts or grappling. An exhibition match for the indigenous Ilonggo grappling art dumog as well as an assortment of demonstrations were also planned. With such a scope, the tournament needed a larger funding than the average martial arts tournament.
The 2nd Best of the Martial Arts was rescheduled to March 2006. PIMAA-FTSDA officials are currently working things out for the hosting of the event possibly at the Negros Occidental (Onyok Velasco) Multi-Purpose Gym.
Expected organizations to compete in the upcoming tournament are Black Falcon Martial Arts Association-Main of Wushu Federation of the Philippines-Negros Occidental Coordinator Joery C. Amante Sensei, Conceptual Martial Arts Society of Muay Association of the Philippines Negros Occidental Coordinator James U. Sy Jr. Sensei and All Philippine Sipa-Sumbag Martial Arts Federation Secretary Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado Sensei, Fight Club Combat and Streetfighting Center of Brotherhood of Mixed Martial Artists of Bacolod General Management Chairman Edwin J. Tusil Sensei, Guarra Style Modern Arnis and Self Defense Association of Grandmaster Estanislao T. Guarra (Bago City), Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association of Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” Mamar Lobredo (Bago City), San Carlos Jungle Fighters Martial Arts Club of Founder Diomedes N. Mamugay Sensei, and United Negros Fighting Arts Academy of Founder Renante de la Cruz (Bago City).
Assisting Master Montoyo in organizing the event is his son PIMAA-FTSDA Chief Instructor and Philippine Pencak Silat Negros Occidental Vice Coordinator Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo Jr.
PIMAA-FTSDA is affiliated with the United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF) of Grandmaster Chuck Norris in the USA and is recognized by the Muay Association of the Philippines, Philippine Pencak Silat Association, Wushu Federation of the Philippines, Rossi Kuntao International, and Intercontinental Federation of Martial Arts Schools.