Wednesday, February 20, 2013
GM Montoyo Celebrates 67th Birthday By: James U. Sy Jr.
Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo (seated, 5th from left) together with members of his Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. and invited guests at the conclusion of his 67th birthday celebration recently at the Caocao Grill, Burgos St., Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS Photo). Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo, 8th degree black belt Tang Soo Do, celebrated his 67th birthday with a simple get together with members of his Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. and invited guests recently at the Caocao Grill, Burgos St., Bacolod City. The simple celebration also served as the 13th Anniversary celebration of the association. In his speech, GM Montoyo thanked all those who have supported him in his endeavors in the past years and who continue to do so. GM Montoyo, who started martial arts training in 1957, also gave a summary of his personal martial arts history, which ultimately led to the founding of his own art, Filipino Tang Soo Do (Filipino Chinese Integrated Hand Way), and PIMAA-FTSDA, Inc. The program featured some demonstrations of different forms of martial arts. Master Elmer "Don-Don" P. Montoyo, 5th degree black belt Filipino Tang Soo Do, the eldest son of GM Montoyo, led PIMAA-FTSDA members Nonoy Gargoles and Norbert Poliapoy in showcasing a blend of the Filipino Chinese Integrated Hand Way and other Asian martial arts like Muay Thai and Silat. Chester Esmalla also performed a long stick form developed by GM Montoyo. Grandmaster Benefredo “Bebing” M. Lobrido, 1st Generation Inheritor of the Original Filipino Tapado system and President of the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA) Inc., with the assitance of Master Joeffrey S. Deriada of CMAS, Inc., demonstrated the basic and advanced direct hitting linyada of the long stick fighting art founded by his late uncle Grandmaster Romeo "Nono" C. Mamar. Grandmaster Rodrigo Berdin and Grandmaster Anita Montoya-Berdin of Murcia demonstrated the Oido de Cinco Henerales style of Arnis that they developed over a course of several years. Master James U. Sy Jr., Founder of the Conceptual Arnis System andf President of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc., with the assistance of Chester F. Esmalla, showed the universality of movements in the martial arts by performing side by side methods from the Filipino and Japanese martial arts side by side.