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.

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