Monday, April 1, 2013
Russians Train in Trece Grabes Piga-Piga Arnis by James U. Sy Jr.
Russian martial arts experts headed by Instructor Alexander Pisarkin pose with Master Baldwin “Nonoy” Garrucho of Sundangan Baneg International and Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo of the Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS) (3rd and 4th from the left respectively) at the conclusion of a training session recently at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, Bacolod City (Felix A. Guinabo photo). Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo of the Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS), Founder of the Trece Grabes Piga-Piga System of Arnis training the Russian group headed by Instructor Alexander Pisarkin recently at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, Bacolod City (Felix A. Guinabo photo). Four Russian martial arts experts headed by Alexander Pisarkin trained briefly under the Grandmaster Felix A. Guinabo, Founder of the Guinabo Arnis and Combat Sports (GACS), in his Trece Grabes Piga-Piga System of Arnis at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon, Bacolod City recently. Master Baldwin “Nonoy” Garrucho, Founder of Sundangan Baneg, introduced the Russians to GM Guinabo. GM Guinabo had previous association with Master Garrucho, including when the latter invited him to fight in the no armor, no referee, surrender-policy “World Kali Championships” held by the Pekitit Tirsia in Iloilo on November 17, 2001. GM Guinabo represented Arnis from Negros and was crowned world bantamweight champion. GM Guinabo is a Board Director of the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. under Founder Atty. Col. Grandmaster Marcelo “Pope” C. Jalandoon, Ph.D., and P/Sgt. (Ret.) Grandmaster Estanislao “Eslao” T. Guarra. Master Garrucho was a product of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis Affecionados Association, learning from the grandmasters and masters of the Lapu-Lapu Viñas Arnis system before joining the Pekitit Tirsia System and later establishing his own Mantas Daga, then Sundanagan Baneg International, and specializing in knifework. His sophisticated knifework had been adapted into the Pekitit Tirsia. Instructor Pisarkin is the Russian Representative of the Filipino Combat System (FCS) and had also been named one time the Representative of Pekitit Tirsia in Russia by Tuhon Rommel Tortal. He has also trained in Sayoc Kali, Modern Arnis, Algunos Otros Estilos, Abanico Tres Puntos, Jeet kune Do, Dagooc Arnis System, and Nickelstick Balintawak Eskrima The one-session training focused on Espada y Daga, using the Trece Grabes Piga-Piga System methodology. The Guinabo style is characterized by short, direct but snappy and powerful offensive while applying piga-piga on the opponent to hinder his capability to react and counter.