Monday, September 20, 2010

Navales Arnis Tilt Set This Masskara by: James U. Sy Jr.

The Bacolod Negros Arnis Federation International, (BNAFI), Inc. of Grandmaster Hortencio “Horten” M. Navales will be presenting the Grandmasters Arnis Open Forms Competition this coming October 16, 2010 at the Bacolod Arts, Youth, and Sports (BAYS), Center, San Juan St., Bacolod City.

The tournament will have a Sparring Division and the Forms Division. According to GM Navales, grandmasters affiliated with his organization will see action in the open forms event.

P/Sgt. (Ret.) Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra, Founder of Guarra Style Modern Arnis and President of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), have expressed his support to the event of GM Navales.

GM Navales is the most prolific promoter of Arnis tournaments in Bacolod and Negros Occidental. He started organizing competitions since the early 1980s, producing at least two events in a year, namely the Arnis Day every March and his Masskara Arnis showdowns.

From its humble beginnings as the Navales Arnis Clinic, GM Navales’ group was known by various names at different times: Navales Arnis Club, Navales Arnis Kali Eskrima Group (NAKEG), and today, Bacolod Negros Arnis Federation International, (BNAFI), Inc.

Many arnisadors in Bacolod and Negros Occidental who had made names for themselves had been affiliated at one time or another with the master, to name a few: GM Frank Abalajon of Abalajon Classical Arnis, GM Felix A. Guinabo of Guinabo Arnis Combat Sports (GACS), GM Ibarra E. Lopez (Golden Kamagong), GM Romeo Oro of Oro Arnis Club (Cauayan), GM Romeo Postrano (Sikaran Garote Arnis Society (SGAS), the late GM Bernandino Tanique of Tanique Arnis and Combat Club (TACC), Master Dominador “Jun-Jun” L. Villaluna of Black Mamba Arnis, etc.

Tribe W.A.R VII Oct. 15 by: James U. Sy Jr.

Tribu Hangaway Philippines of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. in cooperation with Aksyon Radio will be presenting Tribe W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) VII this coming October 15, 2010, 1:00-6:00 PM, at the Atrium Area, Gaisano Bacolod Supermall, Araneta St., Bacolod City.

The number of bouts has yet to be confirmed as of press time but all of them will be in the Submission Grappling Division. Expected to field entries in the tournament are host Affinity of Chester Laquian, Submission Sports Philippines-Bacolod Team of Adrian Ledesma, Team Fusion of Mohammed El Hello, and Tribu Hangaway Philippines.

Allied organizations expected to give demonstrations include Bacolod Aikido Enthusiasts of Founder/Chief Instructor Maxwell “Max” J. Maun, Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. of Founders/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Guarra Style Modern Arnis of P/Sgt. (Ret.) Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra, KaliSilat Arnis Association (KAA) of Grandmaster Danilo “Danny” L. Cardinal, Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA)-Ma-ao Elementary School Chapter under the supervision of Sports Coordinator/Teacher II Janet Gubaton and Grandmasters Abraham and Sabas T. Gubaton, Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA0, Inc. of 1st Generation Inheritor/Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” Mamar Lobrido, Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. of Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo, Sacred Ki Art of Filipino Foot Fighting (SKAFF) of Founder/Master Ricardo P. Filipinas, and Universal Defensive Tactics Academy (UDTA) of Founder/Chairman Abraham “Abe” Ganzon Jr. Additional groups may confirm participation in the days leading to the competition.

The standard Tribe W.A.R. Submission Grappling rules will be used, which has also been used in the previous editions of the competition. Maun Sensei will be the Chief Referee.

Tribe W.A.R. is the longest running Submission Grappling tournament in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. Tribe W.A.R. VI was successfully held last April 24, 2010 at the Casino Filipino Amphitheater, Goldenfields Commercial Complex, Bacolod City.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Getz Pharma ICOX Arnis in Action Sched For Bacolod by: James U. Sy Jr.

Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. explaining the finer points of an Arnis technique to a doctor during the ICOX FMA in Action at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City recently (Getz Pharma photo).

Getz Pharma (Phils.), Inc. will hold the ICOX Filipino Martial Art (FMA) seminar in Action for Bacolod and Negros Occidental doctors and their families this coming September 5, 2010, 10:00 A.M., at the Palmas del Mar Conference Resort Hotel, 37 JR Torres, Bacolod City.

Hosts will be Professional Medical representatives Leizl Araneta-Abalo and Christine S. Pabalinas under the supervision of Regional Sales Manager Iris Gesta.

FMA in Action is a nationwide project of Getz Pharma (Phils.), Inc. where the history and fundamentals of the indigenous Filipino Martial Art (FMA) of Arnis/Eskrima are introduced to doctors by leading authorities of this art. Previously Getz Pharma (Phils.), Inc. had organized events for other sports and the ICOX Arnis seminar is a pioneering concept in the field.

Resource Instructors previously tapped for the workshop include University of the Philippines-Diliman anthropology Professor Master Felipe “Bot” P. Jocano Jr. of Lightning Scientific Arnis International (LSAI)-Sangkil Karasak (Manila), Doce Pares (Cebu), and Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr., Master Joeffrey S. Deriada, and Senior Instructor Dr. Rey Mollenido of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. (Iloilo).

Resource Instructors for the Bacolod event will be Master Ferdinand Emmanuel Y. Gayoles of Yasay Sable and Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. Master Gayoles will be assisted by his daughter Irene Anne “Aya” Gayoles, RN, and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) Criminology students Aber Yamar M. Azuelo, Gerald June Daclan, and Carlos Trunio II.

The number of doctors to attend is still being confirmed as of press time but the Iloilo event had attracted not less than 45 doctors and members of their families.

The activity will be opened with a film showing about Getz Pharma (Phils.), Inc. and the concept behind the ICOX Arnis seminar and its role in propagating Filipino martial tradition and its benefits.

The seminar proper will be opened with a lecture on the historical and cultural foundation of the Filipino Martial Art (FMA) of Arnis/Eskrima followed by demonstrations of its various techniques and the hands on section where doctors will be taught a limited number of techniques which they can use right after the workshop.

The Resource Instructors are expected to showcase Oido de Caburata Aguilar Style, Lapu-Lapu ViƱas Arnis, and Conceptual Arnis.