5 Magtutudlo (Instructors) and 13 players of the Bayawanihan Martial Arts Club (BMAC) attended the “Fundamental Concepts of Combative Arnis/Eskrima Seminar” last October 3, 2010 at the Universal Care Center of Excellence, Locsin St., Bacolod City.
Resource Instructor was Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.
The Hon. Mayor Atty. Rene G. Gaudiel and Hon. Vice Mayor Esmael Pimpo Martinez-sponsored Bayawanihan Martial Arts Club (BMAC) represented Oriental Negros during the 2nd UDTA-Mayor Evelio “Bing” R. Leonardia Arnis Cup 2010 last October 2, 2010 at the Atrium Area, Gaisano City Bacolod, Araneta St., Bacolod City. The Bayawan Arnis Team won 2 gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze medals.
Bayawanihan Martial Arts Club (BMAC) was hosted and accommodated by tournament promoter T/Sgt. Abraham G. Ganzon Jr., Founder/Chief Instructor of Universal Defensive Tactics Academy (UDTA) and Chairman of Universal Care Center of Excellence.
It was during the tournament when the Magtutudlo of the Bayawanihan Martial Arts Club (BMAC) met Sy. The succeeding exchange of ideas led to BMAC Founder/Chief Adviser Edilberto “Jun” B. Euraoba inviting Sy to share his concepts to the group. In the spirit of brotherhood among eskrimadors, the seminar was set a day after the tournament, for a 2-hour slot.
Sy started off with a short backgrounder on how the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) is actually an amalgation of the various cultures that traded with and invaded the Philippines from pre-Hispanic times to the 20th Century.
The seminar proper began with Sy giving an analysis of the stance and the base of support, optimum reach and minimal distancing as they relate to the fighting stance, using the tip of the weapon as a pointer, and the difference between the blade and the stick body mechanics. From the on guard position, he taught 14 applications of the center thrust covering solo baston contra solo baston, pangamot contra solo baston, and pangamot contra pangamot. Sy also taught the use of the banda banda as a defense and counter offense to any kind of slashing and thrusting attack.
In the later part of the seminar, Sy taught two Dumog counters to a Judo throw and gave two Brazilian Jiu-jitsu ground techniques. As a whole, he showed the participants the relationship of the blade to the stick, weapons to empty hands, striking to grappling. He ended the seminar by encouraging the students to be proud of our own indigenous martial art, to continue their studies of Eskrima to keep alive the martial culture and legacy of our forefathers, and to always respect and honor one’s teacher(s) no matter how good one becomes in Eskrima.
The Instructors of the Bayawanihan Martial Arts Club (BMAC) helped out in demonstrating the techniques. BMAC officials present were Founder/Chief Adviser Edilberto B. Euraoba, Chief Instructor Arwin W. Aban, Magtutudlo Arnulfo N. Lape, Magtutudlo Arthur G. Lomoljo Jr., and Magtutudlo Jonathan P. Tumlad.