Atlanta Kali Group’s 7th Annual Krampus Stick Fights

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Atlanta Kali Group’s 7th Annual Krampus Stick Fights

Atlanta Kali Group’s Annual Krampus Stick Fighting 2017

The 7th Annual Krampus Stick Fights are December 30th from 1 PM – 3 PM Next Week at The Dojo American Karate Centers at Roswell-Crabapple!!!

This is a free event!!!

The Dojo American Karate Centers at Roswell-Crabapple
645 W Crossville Rd Ste 136, Roswell, Georgia 30075
(404) 339-5425

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What is Atlanta Kali Group’s Annual Krampus Stick Fighting? This is an open, non contest sparring. You choose the weapon and the armor. Single stick, double stick, padded sticks, tomahawk, shield and stick, plastic weapons, or flexible weapons. Any ranges, corto, largo, or knife(cqc). Come have fun and help spread the Filipino Martial Arts along with the Christmas cheer!!!!

Filipino martial arts are noted for their ability to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably and their ability turn ordinary items into weapons of personal protection. This art is historically and tactically significant with equal emphasis placed on combat utility, artistic expression, and day-to-day graciousness. – Guro Ben Salas

Additional information on Kali, Arnis, Eskrima, Escrima from Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskrima

Eskrima, Escrima, Arnis, and Kali are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (“Filipino Martial Arts,” or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons. It is also known as Estoque (Spanish for rapier), Estocada (Spanish for thrust or stab) and Garrote (Spanish for club). In Luzon they may go by the name of Arnis de Mano, Pananandata (use of weapons), Sinawali (Pampanga, “to weave”), Sitbatan (Pangasinan), Didya and Kabaroan (Ilocos region). In the Visayas and Mindanao, these martial arts have been referred to as eskrima, kali, kaliradman, pagaradman and kalirongan. kuntaw and silat are separate martial arts practiced in the islands.

It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques. Although in general, emphasis is put on weapons for these arts, some systems put empty hands as the primary focus and some old school systems do not teach weapons at all.

WOTBAG First Annual Gathering Seminar

WOTBAG Masters

WOTBAG First Annual Gathering Seminar featuring Chief Master Zac Taco and Master Eugene Nepangue.

Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017.
1 PM – 6 PM

Who: Chief Master Zac Taco and Master Eugene Nepangue

What: WORLD ORIGINAL TEOVEL’S BALINTAWAK ARNIS GROUP™

Where:
Richmond Balintawak

Registration / Price: $100

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Details:
Balintawak seminar fund raiser with Chief Master Zac Taco and Master Eugene Nepangue.

Richmond Balintawak and WOTBAG will hold a seminar with Chief Master Zac Taco and Master Eugene Nepangue on Saturday November 11th, 2017 from 1 pm – 6 pm. All proceeds will be for the benefit of the medical fund for Grandmaster Monie Velez – for his ongoing monthly medical maintenance expenses.

Cost: $100

If you can’t make this event feel free to still support GM Monie Velez by sending your donation to this link:
https://www.gofundme.com/tdjwbk4c

For more information contact Jemar Carcellar at 804-714-5746 or email atlanta.balintawak@yahoo.com

More about WOTBAG
Teovel’s Balintawak Arnis was renowned by our late Great Grandmaster “Teofilo Velez”. He was the one who started propagating art of balintawak arnis, GM Teofilo Velez & Late GM Atty. Villasen they are the one who initiate to modify on how to teach Balintawak arnis in easiest way for students.The Velez Brothers (Chito, Eddie, Monnie) are known to be his successors and the first ever instructors of GM Teofilo Velez are his sons: Pacito “Chito” Velez, Ramon Franco “Monnie” Velez, and Eduardo “Eddie” Velez Sr.

When Late GM Teofilo Velez passed away because of cancer, Mr. Chito Velez was chosen by the members to be the New Grand Master of Teovel’s Balintawak Arnis. Few years after, the Velez Brothers continued teaching the Balintawak style of arnis. GrandMaster Monnie Velez teaches arnis at his home in Englis,Guadalupe Cebu and later at Ayala Park while GrandMaster Eddie Velez teaches arnis at one of our Headquarters in Guadalupe, Cebu. By the year 2007, the Velez Brothers regrouped. GrandMaster Monnie Velez and his students came up with the name of WOTBAG which stands for “World Original Teovel’s Balintawak Arnis Group”. With the help of Master Oliver Mag-uyon, they were able to register the group to the Secretary of Exchange Commission in order for it to be legalized and they were also able to elect new sets of officers.

Now the The Three Pillar’s( Velez Brothers ) introduced a new method of teaching, focusing on the students’ performance on flexibility, timing, speed, hitting points, defense and offense,knife fighting. They were also able to share their tactical skills by using all the knowledge they have learned during their training with their late father, Great Grandmaster Teofilo Velez which he also learned from his late mentor, Great Grandmaster Anciong Bacon, who introduced the Balintawak Style.Now we have our WOTBAG and IPMAF Balintawak Eskrima Poland Association by cooperation of Agreement by their Chairman GM Dr. Andreas Boruta as official representative of WOTBAG in Europe will help on developing and propagating WOTBAG.

From the WOTBAG website http://wotbag.weebly.com/

Kalis Ilustrisimo Seminar – Guro Baste Carlos

Kalis Ilustrisimo Guro Baste Carlos

Kalis Ilustrisimo Guro Baste Carlos

When: Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Where: Atlanta Budokan
2508 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA, 30080

Registration / Price: $60

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Details:
Guro Baste Carlos will be visiting Atlanta to promote and teach Kalis Ilustrisimo! He will be sharing this unique and powerful bladed system as taught to him by various Grandmasters over the years. You do not need previous experience in bladed systems to come out and enjoy this session. You will learn the efficiency and effectiveness of this bladed weapons art and it’s practicality in combat. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of the few remaining people to have learned directly from ‘Tatang’ Ilustrisimo, Tony Diego and Arnold Narzo in the United States.

Guro Baste Carlos comes to us with 25+ years of experience in Kalis Ilustrisimo, also including other styles of FMA. Having trained with some of the Masters and Grand-masters directly, Guro Baste brings a unique perspective on combative application. Training under an apprenticeship with Pekiti Tirsia’s Leo T. Gaje, as well as Jun Pueblos of LAMECO. Guro Baste weathered the hardships in the old way of training in Eskrima. This continued with ‘Tatang’ Ilustrisimo and Tony Diego in Kalis Ilustrisimo. Where training meant taking any pain the old men could dish out, until techniques were perfected. The Carlos Hermanos FMA group is the original pioneer of full contact sparring clubs in the Philippines. Everything taught will be from a no-nonsense methodology, having practiced and validated these methods in sparring. However this will not exclude real world application. We would be honored to have all that can make it come out and enjoy broadening your skillsets with one of the most time honored systems in Filipino Martial Arts.

More about Kalis Ilustrisimo

The Ilustrisimo clan from Bantayan Island in the Northern part of the Cebu region was known for their Eskrima and has practiced its own traditional stick and sword fighting style for over five generations. Its first known practitioner was Pablo Ilustrisimo who passed it on to Juan de Dios Ilustrisimo, who then passed it to the brothers Isidro, Melecio and Regino (the better known of Tatang’s uncles). Tatang was mentored by his father Isidro as well as by his uncles. Another illustrious ancestor was Agapito Ilustrismo, a rebel against the Spaniards who escaped to Mount Banahaw and established a religious cult.

Tatang retained his family style while he lived a long, storied, and tumultuous life and refined his fighting style from the influences of at least Pedro Cortez, a Zamboangueño bounty hunter, and a Tausug family who adopted him from age 10 to 17. He had his experiences as an eskrimador in various matches, as a seaman going around South-East Asia and as a security-enforcer for business establishments in various areas of the Philippines, including the Tondo-Binondo areas of Manila. He faced numerous duels, challenges as well as “death matches” with live blades. Family members that Tatang taught were his cousin Floro Villabrille (1912-1992) and his grandnephew Samuel Ilustrisimo.

Throughout most of his latter life, Tatang was secretive about his methods of fighting for they had kept him alive and undefeated for decades. It was only in 1976 that Tatang started openly teaching his refinement of the family style to “outsiders”, with Antonio “Tony” Diego (1946-2014) and Epifanio “Yuli” Romo as his first students in Manila where he had migrated. Other notable students were Christopher “Topher” Ricketts (1955–2010), Romeo “Romy” Macapagal, Pedro Reyes, Edgar Sulite (1957-1997), Rey Galang, Norman Suanico, Inocencio Glaraga, Roberto Morales (deceased 2010), Mark V. Wiley and Ernesto Talag. Prior to World War II, Tatang had also privately taught a contemporary, Timoteo Maranga (later on Major Maranga of the Cebu police force).

Even at his advanced age, Tatang retained the respect accorded him as a fighter in the tough streets of Tondo where he resided. As a testament to his reputation, archive footage of Ilustrisimo taken well into his 80s show his speed, control, timing and accuracy with sticks, blades as well as empty hand disarms against live blades in spite of his failing eyesight.

After Tatang Ilustrisimo’s death in 1997, Tony Diego was elected the head of Kalis Ilustrisimo. Tony Diego later added a descriptive to the system which became known as Kalis Ilustrisimo Orihinal Repeticion. This was on the suggestion of the late Pedro Reyes—that the senior students of Tatang should set up their own schools. Thus, there were Bakbakan Kali Ilustrisimo by Rey Galang, “Kali Ilustrisimo” by Topher Ricketts, Tagpas Kalis Ilustrisimo by Romy Macapagal, Luneta Kali Ilustrisimo by Pedro Reyes and Samuel Ilustrisimo and Olistrisimo Eskrima by Roberto Morales. Romy Macapagal, as archivist of the Kalis Ilustrisimo system and not founding a school, dropped “Tagpas” and retained Kalis Ilustrismo.

Diego had named Tom Dy Tang as successor of Kalis Ilustrismo twelve years prior to his death (2002). Diego died on August 25, 2014. . Peachie Baron teaches GM Diego’s “Punta y Daga” style. Arnold Narzo was appointed as Kalis Ilustrisimo Chief Instructor by GM Diego two years (2012) before his death (2014).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalis_Ilustrisimo

GM Bobby Taboada Seminar ATL

GM Taboada Seminar [ATL]

GM Taboada Seminar [ATL]

When: Saturday, June 17 at 1 PM – 6 PM

Where: Atlanta Budokan
2508 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA, 30080

Registration / Price: $100

Save yourself a few bucks and register early!
$100 before 6/1/2017
$110 6/1/2017-6/16/2017
$120 Day of Event

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Details:
GM Bobby Taboada will be visiting Richmond Balintawak to lead an intensive training session! GM Taboada will be sharing his unique brand of Balintawak known for it’s speed, power, and control. Whether you are new to Balintawak or a seasoned practitioner of the art, you will walk away with something that will elevate your game. Don’t miss this increasingly limited opportunity to get the details directly from the man himself.

If you have any questions, please see Jemar Carcellar.

More about Grand Master Bobby Taboada

GM Bobby Taboada was introduced to the Balintawak school founded by the Great Grand Master Venancio “Anciong” Bacon, and headed at the time by Grand Masters Teofilo Velez and Jose Villasin. GM Taboada was trained in the “old school” ways of stick fighting.

Grand Master 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, GM Taboada was introduced to the Balintawak school founded by the Great Grand Master Venancio “Anciong” Bacon, and headed at the time by Grand Masters Teofilo Velez and Jose Villasin. GM 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, GM Taboada left the Philippines and brought his art to New Zealand and Australia before being pursuaded to introduce Balintawak to a US audience. In 1991, GM Taboada relocated to the United States and settled in Charlotte, North Carolina.

GM 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. GM 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 are scattered throughout the world as well. Always a welcome instructor at martial arts seminars, GM 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 Grand Master. In 2002, that same organization honored him with the title of Distinguished Grand Master. 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.

Atlanta Kali Group’s Annual Krampus Stick Fighting 2016

Krampus 2016

Krampus 2016

Atlanta Kali Group’s Annual Krampus Stick Fighting 2016

The 6th Annual Krampus Stick Fights are December 11th from 10 AM – 12 PM at The Dojo American Karate Centers at Roswell-Crabapple!!!

This is a free event!!!

The Dojo American Karate Centers at Roswell-Crabapple
645 W Crossville Rd Ste 136, Roswell, Georgia 30075
(404) 339-5425

Facebook Invite

What is Atlanta Kali Group’s Annual Krampus Stick Fighting? This is an open, non contest sparring. You choose the weapon and the armor. Single stick, double stick, padded sticks, tomahawk, shield and stick, plastic weapons, or flexible weapons. Any ranges, corto, largo, or knife(cqc). Come have fun and help spread the Filipino Martial Arts along with the Christmas cheer!!!!

Filipino martial arts are noted for their ability to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably and their ability turn ordinary items into weapons of personal protection. This art is historically and tactically significant with equal emphasis placed on combat utility, artistic expression, and day-to-day graciousness. – Guro Ben Salas

Additional information on Kali, Arnis, Eskrima, Escrima from Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskrima

Eskrima, Escrima, Arnis, and Kali are umbrella terms for the traditional martial arts of the Philippines (“Filipino Martial Arts,” or FMA) that emphasize weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives and other bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons. It is also known as Estoque (Spanish for rapier), Estocada (Spanish for thrust or stab) and Garrote (Spanish for club). In Luzon they may go by the name of Arnis de Mano, Pananandata (use of weapons), Sinawali (Pampanga, “to weave”), Sitbatan (Pangasinan), Didya and Kabaroan (Ilocos region). In the Visayas and Mindanao, these martial arts have been referred to as eskrima, kali, kaliradman, pagaradman and kalirongan. kuntaw and silat are separate martial arts practiced in the islands.

It also includes hand-to-hand combat, joint locks, grappling and weapon disarming techniques. Although in general, emphasis is put on weapons for these arts, some systems put empty hands as the primary focus and some old school systems do not teach weapons at all.

Balintawak seminar fund raiser with Master Eugene Nepangue

Balintawak seminar fund raiser with Master Eugene Nepangue

Balintawak seminar fund raiser with Master Eugene Nepangue


Balintawak seminar fund raiser with Master Eugene Nepangue

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016.
1 PM – 5:30 PM

Who: Master Eugene Nepangue

What: WORLD ORIGINAL TEOVEL’S BALINTAWAK ARNIS GROUP™

Where:
Richmond Balintawak

Registration / Price: $110

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Details:
Balintawak seminar fund raiser with Master Eugene Nepangue.

Richmond Balintawak and WOTBAG will hold a seminar with Master Eugene Nepangue on Saturday November 12th, 2016 from 1 pm – 5:30 pm. All proceeds will be for the benefit of the medical fund for Grandmaster Monie Velez – for his ongoing monthly medical maintenance expenses.

Cost: $110 – which will include a free GM Bobby Taboada DVD.

If you can’t make this event feel free to still support GM Monie Velez by sending your donation to this link:
https://www.gofundme.com/tdjwbk4c

For more information contact Jemar Carcellar at 804-714-5746 or email atlanta.balintawak@yahoo.com

More about WOTBAG
Teovel’s Balintawak Arnis was renowned by our late Great Grandmaster “Teofilo Velez”. He was the one who started propagating art of balintawak arnis, GM Teofilo Velez & Late GM Atty. Villasen they are the one who initiate to modify on how to teach Balintawak arnis in easiest way for students.The Velez Brothers (Chito, Eddie, Monnie) are known to be his successors and the first ever instructors of GM Teofilo Velez are his sons: Pacito “Chito” Velez, Ramon Franco “Monnie” Velez, and Eduardo “Eddie” Velez Sr.

When Late GM Teofilo Velez passed away because of cancer, Mr. Chito Velez was chosen by the members to be the New Grand Master of Teovel’s Balintawak Arnis. Few years after, the Velez Brothers continued teaching the Balintawak style of arnis. GrandMaster Monnie Velez teaches arnis at his home in Englis,Guadalupe Cebu and later at Ayala Park while GrandMaster Eddie Velez teaches arnis at one of our Headquarters in Guadalupe, Cebu. By the year 2007, the Velez Brothers regrouped. GrandMaster Monnie Velez and his students came up with the name of WOTBAG which stands for “World Original Teovel’s Balintawak Arnis Group”. With the help of Master Oliver Mag-uyon, they were able to register the group to the Secretary of Exchange Commission in order for it to be legalized and they were also able to elect new sets of officers.

Now the The Three Pillar’s( Velez Brothers ) introduced a new method of teaching, focusing on the students’ performance on flexibility, timing, speed, hitting points, defense and offense,knife fighting. They were also able to share their tactical skills by using all the knowledge they have learned during their training with their late father, Great Grandmaster Teofilo Velez which he also learned from his late mentor, Great Grandmaster Anciong Bacon, who introduced the Balintawak Style.Now we have our WOTBAG and IPMAF Balintawak Eskrima Poland Association by cooperation of Agreement by their Chairman GM Dr. Andreas Boruta as official representative of WOTBAG in Europe will help on developing and propagating WOTBAG.

From the WOTBAG website http://wotbag.weebly.com/

INTENSIVE TRAINING WITH GRAND MASTER BOBBY TABOADA: ATLANTA

GM Bobby Taboada

GM Bobby Taboada

INTENSIVE TRAINING WITH GRAND MASTER BOBBY TABOADA

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Who: Grand Master Bobby Taboada

What: INTENSIVE TRAINING WITH GRAND MASTER BOBBY TABOADA: ATLANTA

Where: Atlanta Budokan
2508 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA, 30080

Registration / Price: $100

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Details:
Grandmaster Taboada will be visiting Atlanta for an intensive training session from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday June 18th. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to generate speed, power, and accuracy from the man who is renown for all three! Grandmaster Taboada often teaches a broad range of material that introduces beginners to the concepts of the Cuentada system while simultaneously providing high level details for those who have been practicing for many years. This training session will be open to all. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cost will be $100.

If you have any questions, please see Jemar Carcellar.

More about Grand Master Bobby Taboada

GM Taboada was introduced to the Balintawak school founded by the Great Grand Master Venancio “Anciong” Bacon, and headed at the time by Grand Masters Teofilo Velez and Jose Villasin. GM Taboada was trained in the “old school” ways of stick fighting.

gm bobby taboadaGrand Master 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, GM Taboada was introduced to the Balintawak school founded by the Great Grand Master Venancio “Anciong” Bacon, and headed at the time by Grand Masters Teofilo Velez and Jose Villasin. GM 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, GM Taboada left the Philippines and brought his art to New Zealand and Australia before being pursuaded to introduce Balintawak to a US audience. In 1991, GM Taboada relocated to the United States and settled in Charlotte, North Carolina.

GM 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. GM 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 are scattered throughout the world as well. Always a welcome instructor at martial arts seminars, GM 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 Grand Master. In 2002, that same organization honored him with the title of Distinguished Grand Master. 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.

Atlanta Annual FMA Gathering 2016

Atlanta Annual FMA Gathering 2016

Atlanta Annual FMA Gathering 2016


Atlanta Annual FMA Gathering 2016


Atlanta Martial Arts Club is proud to announce the 1st Atlanta Annual FMA Gathering 2016. There will be multiple FMA systems represented.

Date: Sunday, March 20th 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Who:
Baste CarlosCarlos Hermanos Kalis Ilustrisimo
Jemar CarcellarRichmond Balintawak
Brian BrownAtlanta Martial Arts Club (Cacoy Doce Pares Escrima & Counterpoint Tactical Systems)
Chris CabanAtlanta Kali Group (Lucay-Lucay Kali & Inosanto Filipino Martial Arts)

What:
The focus will be on single stick and range. Different systems have different ranges which all have distinctively different applications. This will be the theme as multiple systems will be explored.

Where: The Dojo
3005 Old Alabama Rd #60, Johns Creek, GA 30022

Registration / Price: $40

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Details:
This is the first of, hopefully many more collaborative Filipino Martial Arts events in Atlanta. This is an awesome event to attend even if you are new to FMA. There will be four very distinctively different systems being presented. All the instructors live and train in the Atlanta area.

For those of you who don’t know about Baste Carlos and Jemar Carcellar yet, here is some quick info.

Baste Carlos – From Manila, Philippines – trained under “Tatang” Ilustrisimo and Tony Diego, received his instructorship from the late GM Tony Diego of Kalis Ilustrisimo Repeticion Orihinal.
Jemar Carcellar – From Cebu, Philippines – trained under GM Monie Velez and GM Bobby Taboada and received his instructorship from GM Bobby Taboada of Balintawak Cuentada.

Both Brian Brown and Chris Caban should both be somewhat recognizable here in Atlanta. Both have had FMA training groups here for a long time. Brian Brown teaches Cacoy Doce Pares and CTS, and Chris Caban teaches Lucay-Lucay and Inosanto blend.

For more information please contact Brian Brown at 770.873.2234 or e-mail bbrown2026@gmail.com

Grand Master Monie Velez of WOTBAG

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Grand Master Monie Velez of WOTBAG

Richmond Balintawak in Atlanta is hosting Grand Master Monie Velez of WOTBAG and his protege Master Eugene Nepangue on May 30th. This will be the first stop of GM Velez’s Inaugural US Tour.

Grand Master Velez is the son of the late Great Grand Master Teofilo Velez, founder of the World Original Teofilo Velez Balintawak Arnis Group (WOTBAG) and one of the three current pillars of WOTBAG.

All levels and all styles are welcome.

Date: May 30th, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Who: Grand Master Monie Velez and Master Eugene Nepangue
What: World Original Teofilo Velez Balintawak Arnis Group (WOTBAG)

Where: Atlanta Budokan
Location: 2508 Cobb Pkwy, Smyrna, GA 30080

Price: $85

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World Original Teofilo Velez Balintawak Arnis Group (WOTBAG)

Teovel’s Balintawak Arnis was renowned by our late Great Grand Master “Teofilo Velez”. He was the one who started propagating art of Balintawak Arnis, Grand Master Teofilo Velez & Late Grand Master Atty. Villasen they are the one who initiate to modify on how to teach Balintawak Arnis in easiest way for students. The Velez Brothers (Chito, Eddie, Monnie) are known to be his successors and the first ever instructors of Grand Master Teofilo Velez are his sons: Pacito “Chito” Velez, Ramon Franco “Monnie” Velez, and Eduardo “Eddie” Velez Sr.

When Late Grand Master Teofilo Velez passed away because of cancer, Mr. Chito Velez was chosen by the members to be the New Grand Master of Teovel’s Balintawak Arnis. Few years after, the Velez Brothers continued teaching the Balintawak style of Arnis. Grand Master Monnie Velez teaches Arnis at his home in Englis, Guadalupe Cebu and later at Ayala Park while Grand Master Eddie Velez teaches Arnis at one of our Headquarters in Guadalupe, Cebu. By the year 2007, the Velez Brothers regrouped. Grand Master Monie Velez and his students came up with the name of WOTBAG which stands for “World Original Teovel’s Balintawak Arnis Group”. With the help of Master Oliver Mag-uyon, they were able to register the group to the Secretary of Exchange Commission in order for it to be legalized and they were also able to elect new sets of officers.

Now the The Three Pillar’s( Velez Brothers ) introduced a new method of teaching, focusing on the students’ performance on flexibility, timing, speed, hitting points, defense and offense,knife fighting. They were also able to share their tactical skills by using all the knowledge they have learned during their training with their late father, Great Grand Master Teofilo Velez which he also learned from his late mentor, Great Grand Master Anciong Bacon, who introduced the Balintawak Style.Now we have our WOTBAG and IPMAF Balintawak Eskrima Poland Association by cooperation of Agreement by their Chairman GM Dr. Andreas Boruta as official representative of WOTBAG in Europe will help on developing and propagating WOTBAG.

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