The Negros United Fighting Arts Academy (NUFAA) under Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mancesa and President Eliseo T. Yanong Sr. are currently laying plans to conduct an Arnis tournament this coming November 5, 2008 to jive with Bago City ’s celebration of the historic Cinco de Novembre.
The proposed Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) tournament will be using Arnis Philippines rules and will be under the sanction of Arnis Philippines (ArPi)-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Chapter of Commissioner Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo “Pope” C. Jalandoon, Ph.D.
NUFAA, in cooperation with and with the full support of the Office of the Bago City Mayor under Hon. Ramon D. Torres and the SK Federation-Bago City under President Eliseo T. Yanong Jr., had conducted two successful Arnis tournaments for the first half of the year, the 1st and 2nd NUFAA-SK Bago City Invitational Arnis Tournament held last February 17, 2008 at the Bago City Community Center and May 31, 2008 at the Bago City College (BCC) Campus Grounds, Brgy. Balingasag respectively.
NUFAA took the overall championship in both tournaments as well as during the
1st ArPi-Bacolod/Negros Occidental Goodwill Tournament (May 18, 2008, Casino Filipino Hotel) and the 2nd Western Visayas Invitational Sports Arnis Tournament (May 10-11, 2008, Robinson’s Place Bacolod).
Expected allied organizations expected to support the tournament include
Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” Cardinal, Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) of Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo, Sikaran Garrote Arnis Club of Grandmaster Romeo “Roming” Postrano, Tribu hangaway of Master Roy R. Flores Sr., Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. of Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Foudners/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, among others.
Arnis Philippines is the National Sport Association for Arnis and the sole governing body for the Filipino Martial Art (FMA) recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).