Six members of Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Negros Chapter took part in a mass examination conducted by Negros Chief Instructor Roy R. Flores Sr., 6th Degree, last May 31, 2008 at the TIFI-Negros Gen. HQ, 2F Golden Heritage Bldg., San Juan St., Bacolod City.
Those who took the exams and passed were Almar Mariano of Toboso (2nd degree), Dodgie Flores, Joseph Ong, and Jussell Torres of Bacolod (Brown Belt), Ariel Guanzon of Escalante (Blue Belt), and Ana Erika Gumban of Bacolod (Green Belt). The examinations were conducted under the sanction of Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI) under Tapondo Founder Master Ambrosio “Monching” Gavileño
Mass examinations had been conducted periodically since a year after TIFI-Bacolod was organized by Chief Instructor Flores in 2001. The first mass examination was conducted by the founder himself, who traveled from Manila to Bacolod . Today, TIFI is the largest Aikido group in Negros Occidental and the one with the most black belts (not less than 28). It has chapters in Bacolod , Calatrava, Escalante, Sagay, Silay, Talisay, Toboso, and San Carlos .
To continuously heighten the students’ skills, TIFI-Bacolod had held the 5th Negros Regional Tapondo Invitational Competition last May 25, 2008 at the Food Court Area, Gaisano City Bacolod Supermall , Araneta St. , Bacolod City which was participated in by various chapter in Western Visayas .
Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Negros Chapter is a member of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF) of Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., and Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) of President Master Elmer V. Montoyo.