MATAW-GURO ASSOCIATION (MGA)
The need for a term to convey the meaning of a high standard teacher of the martial arts in the academe environment became necessary. The term Mata-Guro, coined from Mataas na guro was suggested. But the word did not have the “ring” or the “backbone” required. The term was later changed to Mataw, which was coined from mataas ang tanaw (high standard). Thereafter, the term Mataw-Guro or teacher of high standard came about. When Zack Taco, who was born and grew up in Maguindanao, heard the word from Louelle Lledo, Zack confirmed that elders in his hometown always referred to people who are knowledgeable as Mataw. The title Mataw-Guro (knowledgeable teacher or master teacher) thereafter was chosen as the rank of the highest level in the academe.
With the title and the need to form an association of educators agreed upon, it became imperative to set down the qualifications and requirements to be a member. This task fell on the shoulders of Louelle Lledo. He selected the teachers he knows who have a successful program of instruction. He is aware of the success of the program of Professor Armando Soteco and the School of Arnis Professionals. Rodel Dagooc and Yuli Romo’s programs are also very successful. Jose Sidlacan, a Professor of criminology has a program that is adopted by the Philippine National Police Training Academy. They are highly qualified to be the founding- members of the Mataw-guro Association or MGA.
So it was on February 12, 2010, the Mataw-guro Association was formally established, composed of the 17 Founding members and 2 posthumous members. On March 6, 2010 at the Joy Tsin Lau Restaurant, 1026-2B Race St., Philadelphia, PA., where the United Fellowship of Martial Artists was holding their first Hall of Fame Banquet. With the cooperation of Dr. John Lee the head of the United Fellowship of Martial Artists, Punong Mataw-Guro Louelle Lledo was able to commence forming a foundation for his dream of uniting the teachers of the Filipino martial arts.
In this a category for the main body of Mataw-Guro-s (Master Teachers) was formed and recognized.
Award of Excellence, for the Propagation and Development of Filipino Martial Arts Education in the USA
Mataw -Guro Walter Crisostomo ~ Ultimate Eskrima
Mataw -Guro Wesley Crisostomo ~ Ultimate Eskrima
Mataw -Guro Dr. Jerome Barber ~ Kenpo Eskrima
Mataw -Guro Alexander Bayot France ~ Kombatan
Mataw -Guro Spencer Gee ~ Panannadata
Mataw -Guro Michael Giron ~ Original Giron Eskrima
Mataw -Guro Andy Sanano ~ Sanano Martial Arts System
Mataw -Guro Zack Taco ~ Balintawak Eskrima
Mataw-Guro Mark Louelle Lledo - Amara Arkanis, International (Posthumous)
To note again in the Mataw-Guro Association the practitioners are designated with the same title, and the reason is that all are equal in the development of the Mataw-Guro Association which the Association will (once fully established) be comprised of Filipino martial arts practitioners that can properly teach the ABC’s (basics) of the Filipino martial arts.
For more information, visit the Mataw-Guro Website
WEKAF - World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation
WEKAF (World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation) was formed in 1989 in Cebu, Philippines, to promote the Filipino martial arts (FMA) via a sporting version of eskrima (stickfighting) throughout the world.
The WEKAF world championships are held every two years with every 2nd championships being held in Cebu City, Philippines. Participants from all over the world come together in competition to prove themselves and represent their country in different categories of full contact stick fighting and forms.
The scoring system of the tournaments is based on the 10 point 'Must System' that is used in boxing. Participants wear specially designed head and body protectors, gloves and arm guards and fight in a 'knock out' format with each bout consisting of three one minute rounds with thirty second breaks.
The target area is anywhere above the knee area using all strikes with the stick with the exception of thrusts, butt strikes and double handed strikes. No kicks, punches, elbows, knees, throws or locks are allowed. All strikes must be with the standard 28 inch rattan stick that weighs no more than 200 grams.
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WEKAF (Cebu, Philippines)
WEKAF (Great Britain)
WEKAF (Hong Kong)
WEKAF (Puerto Rico)
USFMAF - UNITED STATES FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS FEDERATION
Filipino martial arts in the United States can trace it’s roots to Stockton California where a number of masters from the Philippines came in search of a better life for them and their families. With this in, mind it’s only fitting that the United States Filipino Martial Arts Federation was founded in Stockton as well.
Our goal is to create an organization that represents ALL Martial Art forms that trace their roots back to the Philippines. To provide an environment that allows safe honest competition for all ages, officiating and rules that is fair and impartial and promotes the exciting world of Filipino Martial Arts.
By joining our federation you are supporting an organization that will provide excellent seminars and specialized training sessions through out the United States by Masters and Grand Masters representing a variety of Filipino Styles. Those members in good standing at the time of registration will be entitled to a majority of USFMAF sponsored events.
For more information, visit the USFMAF Website
IKAEF - INTERNATIONAL KALI ARNIS ESKRIMA FEDERATION
In March 1993, during the European Stickfighting Championship in London, the European Kali Aarnis Eskrima Federation (EKAEF) was founded. The seven represented nations were England, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The EKAEF grew and spread the Art of Kali Arnis Eskrima across the borders of Europe. In the USA, Canada, Morocco and French Polynesia it became necessary to create an International Headquarter. In November 2000 the IKAEF was founded. The goal of the IKAEF is to promote and share the Filipino Martial Arts around the World
For more information, visit the IKAEF Website
IMAF - INTERNATIONAL MODERN ARNIS FEDERATION
IMAF is the abbreviation for the International Modern Arnis Federation, formed by Remy Presas in the 1970s as the principal organization for the promotion and administration of hisFilipino martial art of Modern Arnis in North America. The organization was responsible for maintaining records of promotions and other administrative tasks. Since shortly after his 2001 death it has bifurcated into two groups, one headed by Master of Tapi-Tapi Jeff Delaney and often referred to as IMAF-Delaney, and the other headed by Master of Tapi-Tapi Dr. Randi Schea and the remaining Masters of Tapi-Tapi, often referred to as IMAF-Schea. The latter group is the larger of the two.
There are other notable Modern Arnis organizations, including IMAFP (International Modern Arnis Federation Philippines), based in the Philippines and led by the most senior Filipino masters of Modern Arnis; a group headed by the founder's children (MARPPIO); a group headed by Datu Tim Hartman (WMAA); a German group headed by Datu Dieter Knuettel (DAV); and others.
For more information, visit the IMAF Website
IPEAC - International Philippine Eskrima-Arnis De Mano Confederation
The IPEAC-SBMAC envisions itself as an organization of high quality with respect to martial art learning, training and development standards. Our philosophy is to create a learning environment with enriched and innovative, functional & effective instruction for all.
For more information, visit the IPEAC Website
WFMAA - World Filipino Martial Arts Association
The World Filipino Martial Arts Association is an association of Filipino Martial Arts (Arnis, Eskrima, Kali) instructors committed to the propagation and positive promotion of the Combative Arts and Culture of the Philippines. Punong Guro Myrlino P. Hufana, the founder and president of the association, invites all FMA instructors and students dedicated to improving the image of the Filipino Combative Arts under one flagship that represent all styles and systems indigenous to the Philippines.
For more information, visit the WFMAA Website
IFFMAS - The Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools
Is a Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines based organization founded to document, organize, preserve, publicize, and propagate the various Filipino Martial Arts, whether indigenous or foreign influenced, classical or eclectic, and to support other forms of non-Filipino martial arts practiced by Filipinos and other races. Membership will soon be opened to other parts of the Philippines and the world.
For more information, visit the IFFMAS Website
PCKEAM - Philippine Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Masters
Was formed in 2005 by Roland Dantes to bring togeather a number of FMA Masters and Grand Masters.
For more information, visit the PCKEAM Website
BCKEAI - British Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Instructors
The BCKEAI is a non fee paying, non political and non profit making organisation that's sole purpose is to promote the Filipino martial arts and it's instructors regardless of style. The BCKEAI is directley linked to the PCKEAM in Manila as well as other larger organisations such as Bakbakan and Doce Pares.
For more information, visit the BCKEAI Website
NARAPHIL - National Arnis Association of the Philippines
Bakbakan International is a brotherhood of martial artists from different disciplines of martial arts. It is not a style nor representative of any single style. It is a center for the sharing of ideas, techniques and knowledge." - from the Bakbakan International Member's Handbook.
Bakbakan is a Filipino Martial Arts Association with its headquarters located in Manila, Philippines. The founder and Chief Instructor of Bakbakan is Christopher Ricketts, a well-known martial artist in the Philippines, Australia, and the United States.
Bakbakan has chapters in Australia, Canada, and the United States. It was Bakbakan that promoted the Masters of Arnis tour in Australia that featured Christopher Ricketts, Antonio Diego, Edgar Sulite, and Rey Galang.
Grandmaster Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo is the revered head of the Kali Ilustrisimo system. It is this system that is the basis of Bakbakan's Kali system now referred to as Bakbakan Kali Ilustrisimo. This name change identifies the system developed and structured by Bakbakan based on Grandmaster Ilustrisimo's concepts and strategy.
Tulisan Knife-Fighting System
An off-shoot of the Bakbakan Kali Ilustrisimo system, is based more on basic knife-fighting techniques and constant sparring rather than memorized pre-planned drills.
Sinawali Fighting System
Teaches ambidexterity and fluidity in the mastery of weapons.
The late Edgar Sulite of Lameco Eskrima is another of the first-generation Kali Ilustrisimo masters that helped develop the structure of the Bakbakan Kali system. Sulite's Lameco Eskrima System is part of Bakbakan's system of martial arts.
Sagasa Kickboxing System
Developed from drills and concepts formulated by Dr. Guillermo Lengson of the Karate Federation of the Philippines, Sagasa Kickboxing System has progressed into its present form through the efforts of Christopher Ricketts and senior members of Bakbakan. The intensive drills, known as "series", are designed to develop coordination, power and reflexes.
Hagibis Combat System
Complements Sagasa as combat evolves from long and mid-range into close-quarters fighting. Developed primarily as throwing and tripping techniques, Hagibis also includes grappling and submission arts. Emphasis, however, is to throw or disable an opponent in such a way, that one is able to defend themselves against multiple opponents.
Ngo Cho Kun Kung Fu
Ngo Cho helps develop power, stamina and concentration which are qualities of enormous value to the martial artist.
Tony Diego, Edgar Sulite, Alexander Co, Christopher Ricketts, Rey Galang, Dodong Sta. Iglesia, Miguel Zubiri, Ding Binay, Ronnie Ricketts, Rolly Maximo, Ramon Tulfo, Rey Dizer,
For more information, visit the Bakbakan website.
Cebu Eskrima Society
For more information, visit the Cebu Eskrima Society website.
WSEF - World Serrada Escrima Federation
The (WSEF) is an international escrima federation that was founded in 2003, by Grandmaster Anthony Davis and Prof. Leo T. Fong for the purposes of preserving the combative, scientific, philosophical, and the spiritual applications of the late Great Grandmaster Angel Cabales. As stated by Prof. Leo T. Fong " Much of Angel Cabales' system of Escrima I have incorporated into my empty-hand system called; "Wei
Kuen Do". Additionally, Prof. Fong was one of Bruce Lee's and Angel Cabales' star students and personal friend. Grandmaster Anthony Davis began his studies in the field of martial arts at age 15. In 1984, GM Davis was extended a personal invitation from Great Grandmaster Angel Cabales to privately train under him in Stockton, California. Based upon the personal permission of GGM Angel Cabales, GM Davis has been keenly instrumental in spreading the "Davis/Cabales Serrada System of Escrima" worldwide. It is essential to note that the 'Serrada System of Escrima' as taught by Grandmaster Angel Cabales has extensively influenced several top notched Bruce Lee students such as; Leo T. Fong, Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillo.
GGM Angel Cabales is responsible beginning in 1966, for the emergence of Filipino martial arts in America, and also, that he is officially considered to be the "Father of Escrima in America" as well. In 1991, GGM Angel Cabales was named by 'Black Belt Magazine' as "Weapons Instructor of
For more information, visit http://wsef-mai.defensivecombat.com
MARPPIO - Modern Arnis Remy P. Presas International Organization
Welcome to the next generation of Modern Arnis! The Modern Arnis Remy P. Presas International Organization MARPPIO, founded in 2001 and dedicated to the loving memory of our father, Grand Master Remy. A. Presas (founder of Modern Arnis), and to carry on the legacy he left us as the children and Family of Modern Arnis. MARPPIO was established for three reasons: first, continuous promotion and propagation of the Filipino Martial Arts throughout the world; second, cooperation and unification of all Modern Arnis enthusiasts and exponents worldwide; and third and foremost, fulfillment of our father's final wish to me, to once again take the cane and continue his legacy.
MARPPIO, an organization for the expansion and accurate depiction of Modern Arnis, will provide students with working and effective knowledge of self-defense and extensive mental, spiritual, and physical training in the Modern Arnis system in its totality as taught by the Presas lineage. A student shall gain rank only when he or she has grasped proficiency in a specific set of techniques and its applications. It shall commend exceptional and outstanding individuals by granting well-deserved and well-tested promotions, grades, degrees, and honorary titles. It will conduct seminars and sponsor regular exhibitions and tournaments as a means of brotherhood and of gathering and sharing knowledge and experiences among all Modern Arnis exponents from every chapter.
MARPPIO consists of Mary Jane Presas-Seletaria, Mary Ann P. Presas, Remy P. Presas, Ph.D., Maria Presas-Butler, Demetrio Jose P. Presas, Rosemary Pascual (Adviser, Phils.) and Jinile Calpe web masters of MARPPIO. Several arnis masters loyal to my father have volunteered to join us: Roland Dantes, Rodillo Dagooc, Jeremias V. de la Cruz, Vicente Sanchez, among others.
Training curriculum of MARPPIO will comprise the following divisions:
YANTOK (Art of the Single Cane), derived from stubborn rattan vine, which is arguably the best of all-purpose type of cane. In honor of the rattan cane, Yantok is the name given to the single cane form. Includes: Disarming, Striking Techniques, Blocking, Parrying, Sparring, Styles of Fighting: Abanico, Pilantik, Sungkiti, Banda y Banda, Figure 8, Rompida, etc.
PAGSAWALI (Art of the Double Cane), derived from the intricate weaving patterns of sawali. Literally translates to "Way of Weaving", reflect the harmonious but devastating path of the double cane form. Includes Advanced: Disarming, Blocking, Parrying, Sparring, Striking Techniques and Styles of Fighting: Sinawali and Redonda.
ANYO (Art of Forms), the proving certificate of truly skilled Arnisador. Anyo is the way of nothingness. Literally, Anyo translates to form, which could stand for just about anything. In Modern Arnis, Anyo is the application of all styles learned throughout one's training, and is performed with a specific weapon (i.e. cane, dagger, hands…) to show the flow of that form. Anyo requires certain proficiency of beat, tempo, timing, agility, and most of all, diwang panlaban (fighting spirit).
TALAS-TALIM (Sword and Dagger and Art of Blade Fighting),
TAPI-TAPI (Art of Parrying and Sparring),
TINDIG (Art of Stances and Throws), derived from its literal translation, "To Hold One's Position", Tindig is the art of cadence and weight manipulation. Even if one lacks in size, one can overcome a much bigger opponent by utilizing the laws of physics through the defender and the opponent. By being able to hold one's position, one can easily defeat an opponent simply through mastery of inertia.
SIPA (Art of Kicks),
PALO-PALO (Art of Strikes),
and KAMAO (Art of Fists).
Ultimately, MARPPIO will incorporate these arts and focus on the practical application of all techniques for proper and dynamic results in a self-defense situation.
We encourage all martial arts enthusiasts to read the Modern Arnis Cardinal Principle. Those who adhere to such principles are welcome to apply for membership. For further information, please send e-mail to: email@example.com
As a final note, my siblings Mary Ann and Demetrio Jose, and several of my father's loyal followers, will accompany me as we journey through the global arena of martial arts. Don't miss out: our objective is definite, and we will fulfill our father's final wish and continue the Presas tradition of Arnis.
Remy P. Presas, Ph.D.
"A man dies to leave his legacy for mankind."
For more information visit www.modernarnis.com