Thursday, April 11, 2013
Oido Fencing Founder Turns 82 by James U. Sy Jr.
Grandmaster Sotero Tario (holding the cake), the Founder of Oido Fencing, celebrating his 82nd birthday last April 7, 2013 at his residence in Bago City with his children, grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and guests (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). Grandmaster Sotero Tario, the Founder of Oido Fencing, celebrated his 82nd birthday last April 7, 2013 at his residence in Bago City with his 8 children, 40 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and guests. The Tario family prepared a sumptuous buffet as well as games to celebrate the occasion. Sound systems were set up within the vicinity to liven up the affair. Among GM Tario's guests were his friends Grandmaster Jose "Joe" Salanap of the Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA) and Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Joeffrey S. Deriada of Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. GM Tario, a farmer by trade, started his studies in the indigenous Filipino art of Arnis in the the Espada y Daga in his younger days. After plowing his fields he would "play" the sticks he had previously set aside beside a tree. Since Oido, a further evolution of Lagas, was the predominant form of Arnis in his area, he studied it and went on to develop his own style, which combines Oido with Negrense style fencing. He associated with the Oido de Caburata Arnis Group (ODCA), headed by the late Grandmaster Abraham T. Gubaton (B: 2011), and had cordial relations with the late Grandmaster Jose D. Aguilar (D: 2013) of Murcia, Head of the Bacolod Oido de Caburata Arnis Society (BAODCAS) and the late Rev. Fr. Jerson Balitor (D: 2010), Founder of MAAPIN. GM Tario, together with his student Master Federico Culango Sr., made his first public demonstration in Bacolod city during the 2007 Summer Best of Negros Martial Arts Expo at the Activity Center, SM City Bacolod, Reclamation Area. He 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 last February 18, 2012 at the Bantayan Park, Bago City.