Monday, February 18, 2008


By: James U. Sy Jr.

The 2nd Brgy. Taloc Martial Arts Showdown was presented by the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. of 1st Generation Inheritor Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido in cooperation with Brgy. Taloc Officials and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of President Master Elmer V. Montoyo last February 10, 2008 at the Taloc Covered Gym, Brgy. Taloc, Bago City as part of the purok’s Annual Fiesta Celebration.

6 martial arts organizations from Bacolod and Bago Cities gave demonstrations showcasing 9 forms of martial arts.

Foudners/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado and LVA Master Instructor Joeffrey S. Deriada of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. demonstrated an Arnis interactive ofensa defensa flow drill, Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis knife knife disarming and seated techniques, and Long Ying Quan double touch 2-man form.

Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) of Founder/Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa showcased the Alasabate Sciencia style of Arnis, which descended from the late Grandmaster Dominador Recto. Instructor Stevie John Doctora led 6 other members of NUFAA in performing whipping, siquete, valor, pang-agaw, sinawali, and other techniques of the style.

Tapondo International Federation Inc.-Bacolod/Negros (TIFI- Bacolod/Negros) of Master Roy R. Flores Sr. was represented by Jake A. Bugna, who presented various counters for hold up knifge threats as well as stabbing attacks with a blade.

Founder/Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal, Master Instructor Bering Dajao, and Master Elizalde Aspan of KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) demonstrated likha anyo (creative forms) with solo and doble baston, tapi-tapi ofensa defensa, knife tapi-tapi, and disarming techniques with a stick and with the empty hands.

Master Elmer V. Montoyo, Founder/President of the Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), together with Foudner/Master Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. demonstrated the 24-posture Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan to the tune of Once Upon A Time in China . CMAS Foudner/Master James U. Sy Jr., representing Master Montoyo’s PIMAA-FTSDA performed the Chinese empty hand form Kokusun, which is taught in Filipino Tang Soo Do.

Host Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. was led by 1st Generation Inheritor/Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido in demonstrating the basic uno and dos short stick and long stick techniques and the advanced one-stroke hitting techniques of Original Filipino Tapado, the indigenous Bagoueño art of long stick fighting founded by his late uncle Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar in 1960 in Taloc, Bago City. Assisiting GM Lobrido were OFTLSFA VP/OFT Senior Instructor Jun-Jun Maravilla, OFT Senior Instructor Joeffrey S. Deriada, and Lorema “Bing” H. Tacsagon.

Special guests were Brgy. Taloc Secretary Hon. Ramon Espacio and Brgy. Taloc Kagawad Hon. Vicente Monteras Jr.

The demonstrating martial artists were treated with Taloc hospitality at the residence of Kagawad Hon. Muriel Carmona after the event.

The event was held by the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. to support the aim of the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) to introduce the various indigenous Negrense martial arts and other related art forms to the new generation and to encourage them to study the martial arts, irregarless of which style they may chose.

After the Founder’s death in 2005, GM Lobrido was unanimously chosen by the Mamar Clan to take over as the Headmaster of the art his late uncle. Such wish by the family was carried out with the formal turnover performed by the son of late Founder, Romeo “Tokong” Mamar Jr., in a simple ceremony prior to the burial of GM Mamar (see for the pictures and documentation of said turnover).

GM Lobrido, who served as the long time Chief Instructor of the association, strives to preserve the art he learned from his uncle. Original Filipino Tapado, as developed by the late Founder/Grandmaster Romeo “Nono” C. Mamar, was tested in actual unarmored combat against masters from other styles of Arnis. GM Lobrido teaches the same techniques his uncle used in these fights.

Parties interested in Original Filipino Tapado may contact GM Lobrido thru his daughter Ruby at 0928-6002476 or thru Master Montoyo at Bacolod YMCA Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 5:00-7:00 P.M. and Saturdays 9:00-11:00 A.M.

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