Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tribu Hangaway Now @ New City Mall by James U. Sy Jr.

The Tribu Hangaway Association, Inc. (THAI) of Founder Roy R. Flores Sr. Sensei has recently transferred its location to the 3rd Floor of the New City Mall (formerly the De La Rama Center). Flores Sensei started teaching Aikido under the banner of the Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI) in January 2001 at the Iron World, 3/F Benjie’s Bldg., Gatuslao St., Bacolod City. Later, the club transferred to the 2nd and then the 3rd floor of the Golden Heritage Bldg. in San Juan St. where it stayed for several years up to about the first half of 2013. It relocated to the White House along Locsin St., staying there for 2 months, before it finally settled at the New City Mall. Tribu Hangaway started out as Warrior’s Club way back in 2003, when other instructors and Flores pioneered the propagation of Wushu Sanshou in Bacolod and Negros Occidental. The name was later changed to Tribu Hangaway because there was already a group who was using the Warrior’s Club name. Flores Sensei, after he resigned his post as Negros Chief Instructor for TIFI, went independent for awhile before affiliating his group to the Ki Association International of Ernesto “Ernie” Talag Sensei, which in turn is affiliated with Yuishinkai of Maruyama Sensei. Flores Sensei holds a 6th Degree Black belt in Tapondo and is graded Master in Arnis by the Negros Occidental Baston Federation (NOBF), Inc. He has been named Bacolod Coordinator by 4 times world Wushu Sanshou champion Rene Catalan, during the latter’s stint as the Region 6 Head of the Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP). Classes taught and their schedules are Aikido 6:30-8:30 PM MWF, 2:00-4:00 PM Sat. (kids only), 6:30-8:30 PM Sat. (adults); MMA is 6:30-8:30 PM TTH, 4:00-6:00 PM Sat.-Sun. Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu, and Arnis are also taught. Interested parties may contact Roy Flores Sr. @ 0946-665-2757.

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