Tuesday, September 9, 2008


181 reserve Officers Training corps (ROTC) cadets/cadettes from Central Negros College (CNC) and Tanon College (TC) was formally introduced to the indigenous Bacoleno art of Lapulapu Vinas Arnis during the 1st CNC/TC ROTC Arnis Training Seminars last August 17, 2008, 1-4 p.m., at the CNC Quadrangle, Central Negros College, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

The training was organized by ROTC Tactical Officer M/Sgt. Ricardo Panunciar, Jr., Philippine Army R6eserve (PAR). Featured instructor was Founder/Chief Instructor Diomedes N. Mamugay of the San Carlos Jungle Fighters martial Arts Club (SACA JUFIMAC) and Centralian fighters Martial arts club (CEFIMAC).

M/Sgt. Ricardo Panunciar, Jr. is the brother of Founder/Chief Instructor Ricarido Panunciar of the Roaring Panther Self Defense Society (RPSDS) and Musang Taekwondo Brotherhood (MTB). F/CI Panunciar, 4th degree Black belt and F/CI Mamugay, 3rd degree Black Belt, are both affiliated with the Combat Taekwondo club (CTC) of Lt. Col. (Ret) Master Epifanio Mercado.

M/Sgt. Panunciar had the training as part of the cadets/cadettes Self Defense Course.

F/CI Mamugay learned Lapulapu Vinas Arnis from Founder/Master James U. Sy, Jr. of the Bacolod based Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., who in turn learned from Headmaster Wilson “Nonong” E. Vinas and the late GM Dominador “Doming” Ferrer, the son and the student of the late Founder/GM Jose “joe” Vinas (1906-1991) respectively.

The Lapulapu Vinas Arnis Mamugay learned was a segment of the Conceptual Martial Arts System being taught by Sy which includes concepts from other Filipino and Asian martial Arts and personally designed to fit Mamugay’s own background of Karate, Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Western boxing, and Wushu Sanshou.

Course outline was 1) system description, 2) evasive footwork, 3) 7 basic strikes, 4) block no. 1, 5) disarming, 6) knife defense, 7) stick defense, and 8) empty hand skills.

Mamugay was the first to teach Lapulapu Vinas Arnis in a school in San Carlos City. He had previously taught barangay tanods in his locality.

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