Where: Choi Kwang Do International
4327 Wade Green Rd NW, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
Registration: Visit Armas Filomeno
$125 – $220
Grandmaster Bobby Taboada
Bobby Taboada was introduced to the Balintawak school founded by the Great Grandmaster Venancio “Anciong” Bacon and headed at the time by Grandmasters Teofilo Velez and Jose Villasin. Grandmaster Taboada was trained in the “old school” ways of stick fighting. Grandmaster Bobby Taboada was raised in Cebu City, Philippines, the birthplace of Balintawak and a thriving martial arts culture. After studying karate and boxing and other fighting arts, Grandmaster Taboada was introduced to the Balintawak school founded by the Great Grandmaster Venancio “Anciong” Bacon and headed at the time by Grandmasters Teofilo Velez and Jose Villasin. Grandmaster Taboada was trained in the “old school” ways of stick fighting, enduring physical abuse and constant live stick training with the masters. The combination of extremely rigorous physical training, expert instruction, and guidance from masters Bacon, Velez and Villasin helped shape and produce a dynamic and highly skilled martial arts master and teacher. In 1979, Grandmaster Taboada left the Philippines and brought his art to New Zealand and Australia before being persuaded to introduce Balintawak to a US audience. In 1991, Grandmaster Taboada relocated to the United States and settled in Charlotte, North Carolina. Grandmaster Taboada, or “Bobby”, as most of his friends and students know him, still teaches at the headquarters for his Balintawak International organization, in Charlotte, NC. Since his arrival in the U.S., he’s been a self-defense instructor for the North Carolina Justice Academy and he has assisted in crime prevention programs sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Academy, and been featured in dozens of articles and magazines. Grandmaster Taboada has trained martial arts experts and practitioners all through the US and around the world, in countries such as England, Australia, Germany, and Canada. He has produced a dedicated handful of Qualified Instructors, authorized to teach his Balintawak curriculum that is scattered throughout the world as well. Always a welcome instructor at martial arts seminars, Grandmaster Taboada continues to amaze and teach students that are willing and have a desire to learn. In the year 2000, he was inducted into the World Head Council of Family Sokiship’s International Hall of Fame and was awarded the title of Millenium Grandmaster. In 2002, that same organization honored him with the title of Distinguished Grandmaster. He is well known throughout martial arts circles as a highly respected master, a great teacher, and a superb human being that has remained humble and welcoming to all he comes in contact with.
Tuhon Ray is the founder of Filipino Combat Systems, a training brother of Guru Bahati Mershant and a member of our Kuntao/Silat family. He is considered one of the worlds foremost experts in Filipino Martial Arts.
Filipino Combat Systems
Founded by Tuhon Ray Dionaldo, Filipino Combat Systems is an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of all Filipino Martial Arts.
Filipino Combat Systems(FCS) is an organization/system with members from around the world. We come from extremely diverse backgrounds and Martial Arts systems. We’ve all come together because of our love of the Filipino Martial Arts, and our unwillingness to be
Tuhon Jared Wihongi
Tuhon Jared Wihongi is a full-time International Tactical Combatives (Hand-to-Hand Combat), Firearms and Martial Arts Instructor/Consultant. He is most known internationally as a Pekiti-Tirsia Kali Instructor, and his specialization extends to the complete tactical application and integration of empty-hand, edged/impact weapons, and firearms skills in extreme close-quarters. His vast experience operating in the Real World as a SWAT Operator, Police Firearms/Defensive Tactics Instructor and street Patrol Officer has heavily influenced his approach to teaching, training and applying Pekiti-Tirsia.
In addition to training thousands of security personnel, conventional police officers and soldiers in many countries, Jared has taught Pekiti-Tirsia tactics and Tactical Firearms to police and military Special and Covert Operations individual Operators and entire Units throughout Europe, Asia, Australasia, North & South America. He continues to travel throughout the USA, Europe, South America, and Asia several times yearly to teach tactical courses, most particularly in and around the Philippines, Brazil & Germany. Jared has also worked occasional Executive/Close Protection jobs for some of his international clients.
Jared’s professional background from 2000-2014 includes:
- Private Sector Security Professional, 1996-2000.
- Deputy Sheriff for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, 2000-2001.
- Police Officer Salt Lake City Police Department, 2001-2008.
- Chief Defensive Tactics Instructor & Firearms Instructor, Salt Lake City Police 2004-2008.
- SWAT Operator Salt Lake City Police, 2003-2008.
- Reserve SWAT Operator South Salt Lake Police, 2008-2013.
- Reserve Police Officer South Salt Lake Police, 2013-Present.
- From 2003-2013 Jared participated in over 100 high-hazard operations including hostage situations, barricaded gunmen and narcotics warrants in the capacity of a SWAT Operator.
In addition to Jared’s 14-year background as a Police Officer, he has been contracted as a Combatives Instructor for U.S. Army Special Forces Units for the last 9 years. He has also taught Defensive Tactics and Combatives courses for other training companies that cater to the Special Operations community.
In the private sector, Jared is currently retained by Browning as the Tactical Consultant for their new Black Label brand of Tactical Blades and equipment. He is retained as a consultant for the Tactical Baton training program for Germany’s Bonowi Camlock Baton. Jared was also recently featured as a subject matter expert on season one of SPIKE TV’S hit series Deadliest Warrior.
In March 2012 Jared was invited to represent Tactical Pekiti-Tirsia at the European Police Trainers Conference in Nuremberg, Germany. He was one of only four international Hand-to-Hand Combat Instructors invited to teach at the conference, which is attended by hundreds of Police Instructors and Tactical Officers from around Europe.