Monday, March 11, 2013
CMAS Visits Oido Fencing GM by James U. Sy Jr.
Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. with the grandmaster (from left): Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of Conceptual Arnis System, Eirine O. Longno, Founder/Grandmaster Sotero Tario of Oido Fencing, Master Joeffrey S. Deriada, and Montano Mondia IV during a visit to the GM's home in Bago City on March 4, 2013 (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). The Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. visited Grandmaster Sotero Tario, Founder of Oido Fencing, for the 3rd time at his residence in Bago City last March 4, 2013. The group included Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr., Master Joeffrey S. Deriada, Montano Mondia IV, and Eirine O. Longno. The visitors were rought to the GM’s home by his son, Master Sotero Tario Jr. At 81 going 82 this May, GM Tario is one of the old timers of Arnis in Bago City and Negros occidental. He started his studies in the Espada y Daga in his younger days and later through his association and familiarity with other arnisadors, especially those specializing in Oido de Caburata, he developed his own style, which combines Oido with Negrense style fencing. CMAS helped introduce the public to Oido Fencing on April 7, 2007 when they invited GM Tario and his student Master Federico Culango Sr. to demonstrate his art during the 2007 Summer Best of Negros Martial Arts Expo at the Activity Center, SM City Bacolod, Reclamation Area, Bacolod City. GM Tario, who is already recognized as a grandmaster of Arnis in their locality, was formally conferred with the title Founder/Grandmaster of Oido Fencing by both the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. under its President, P/Sgt. (Ret.) Grandmaster Estanislao T. Guarra, and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS), Inc. under its President, Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo during the 2nd Hon. Mayor Ramon D. Torres Arnis Expo & Tournament organized for the Bago City Office of the Mayor and the Bago City Tourism Office by the Original Filipino Tapado Long Stick Fighting Association (OFTLSFA), Inc. last February 18, 2012 at the Bantayan Park, Bago City as part of the city’s 46th Charter Day Celebration.