The 3rd Hon. Mayor Beboy Yap Jr. & Hon. BM Nene de la Cruz Wushu Sanshou “Tournament of Negros Champions” was successfully held by the Escalante School of Martial Arts (Thunder Kick Martial Arts Club-Escalante Chapter) under Founder/Chief instructor Jesus “Jess” J. Flores, 3rd Degree Black Belt, with the sponsorship of the Escalante City Government under Hon. Mayor Melecio “Beboy” Yap, Jr. and Board Member 1st District Provincial Board Member Nene de la Cruz as part of the 9th Escalante City Charter Day Celebration last February 27, 2010 at the Escalante City Public Plaza, Escalante City, Negros Occidental.
A total of 15 bouts were fought by fighters representing 6 teams from Escalante, Bacolod, and San Carlos Cities. Overall champion was host Escalante School of Martial Arts (ESMA) under Jesus “Jess” J. Flores with 8 wins and 2 loses. 2nd to 6th places were Old Poblacion under Mr. Glen Saraga (3-1), Buenavista under Mr. Alfredo Ggallego (2-2), Octagon Martial Arts under Founder/Chief Instructor Carmelino “Jun” Rojo Jr. (1-5), Black Falcon Martial Arts Association (BFMAA)-Main under Chief Instructor Joery C. Amante (1-3), and San Carlos City under Carmelino “Jun” Rojo Jr. (0-2).
31 Kg.: Mario Aguhayon of ECSMA over Joery “Jun-Jun” Amante Jr. of BFMAA-Main. 42 Kg.: Jan Abrasado of ECSMA over Billy Rojo of OMA. 48 Kg.: James Mahinay of ECSMA over Virgel Rojo of OMA. Junrie Gali of Buenavista over Jemboy Mayang of BFMAA-Main. Raymond Agabon of ECSMA over James Batadonia of OMA.
52 Kg. Ali Agupasa of ECSMA over Joselito Bianan of BFMAA-Main. Julius P. Dohinog of BFMAA-Main over Milbert Nueva of ECSMA. 56 Kg.: Rodel Garcia of Old Poblacion over Eddie Nuyad of ECSMA. Raymond Lajo of OMA over Roby Billas of Old Poblacion.
60 Kg.: Rene Bogtong of Old Poblacion over Jeariel Aboloc of Buenavista. Orlando Salago of ECSMA over Edison Molina of OMA. Vic Mark Escribano of ECSMA over Ramchur Rontalo of OMA. Ronald Mayordomo of ECSMA over Richard Norve of San Carlos City. Rene Requeron of ECSMA over Eduardo Castro of San Carlos City. 65 Kg.: Rey Villacastin of Old Poblacion over Romeo Ramos of Buenavista.
Resolution No. 98-79 “Requesting the Honorable Congressman Julio A. Ledesma IV of the 1st District of Negros Occidental to file a bill in Congress creating/converting the Municipality of Escalante into a new City of Escalante” was passed by the Sangguniang Bayan of Escalante on July 24, 1998and Cong. Ledesma filed House Bill No. 1514 “An act converting the Municipality of Escalante into a component city to be known as the City of Escalante” six days later.
Although Malacañang imposed a moratorium on the creation of cities in 1999, Congress went ahead with the enactment of House Bill No. 1514. Soon Congress passed the substitute bill, House Bill No. 8882. Meanwhile, Sen. Serge Osmeña III filed a similar bill, Senate Bill No. 1786, in the House of the Senate. Both bills became Republic Act No. 9014, “An act converting the Municipality of Escalante, Province of Negros Occidental into a component city to be known as the City of Escalante” and was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 28, 2001. It was ratified in a plebiscite held on March 31, 2001. This momentous declaration of Escalante as a city happened during the term of Hon. Santiago G. Barcelona, Jr. The 9th Charter Day Celebration of escalante city was held under the leadership of Hon. Mayor Melecio "Beboy" J. Yap, Jr.
The Thunder Kick Martial Arts Club (TKMAC)-Escalante Chapter, renamed to the Escalante School of Martial Arts (ECSMA) during the tournament, pioneered Wushu Sanshou in Escalante City. It has sent players to provincial and national level competitions and produced the first two silver medals in the sport for the City of Escalante during the 2006 National Wushu Nationals in Manila, courtesy of Rene Requeron and Jake Donald Go, who prior to the Manila event took the gold medals in the juniors 60 kg. and 48 kg. categories respectively during the 2006 Negros Island Wushu Sanshou Elimination Championships held on April 20, 2006 at the Fountain Area, Robinson’s Place Bacolod, Mandalagan, Bacolod City.
TKMAC was started by its Chief Instructor Jesus “Jess” Flores as a non-prophet group to encourage out of school youths to go into martial arts in place of being in gangs, drugs, and other unnecessary vices. The club’s main philosophy is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. The group got its biggest break when the honorable mayor of the city started supporting its programs of bringing the sport closer to the youth.
Advisers for the Escalante School of Martial Arts (ECSMA) are (Ret.) Maj. Arthur T. Tupas, INF (PA) and Hon. SP Atty. Santiago Maravillas while Lobster Ponsica is the major sponsor/financier.
Wushu Sanshou, as defined by former National Head Coach Yu Zhi Bo of beijing, China, is not a style of Chinese Martial Art (CMA) but rather a set of rules wherein exponents from different styles of Wushu (a.k.a. Kung Fu) can compete regardless of their stylistic preference for striking or throwing. The globalization of the sport, exponents of Karate, Western Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Grappling, Wrestling, etc. had entered the Wushu leiotai.