Saturday, May 23, 2015

Boxer Rebellion International: FMA as taught by Mark Stewart through the Guro Ted Lucaylucay Lineage.
Kali Obtik is a Modern Filipino method with a strong Traditional Root that includes influences from JKD & Boxing. Kali Obtik is an art that includes both drilling and freestyle sparring with padded weapons and safety gear. Kali Obtik also includes CQD/Mano-Mano techniques designed for defense against weapons and close quarter defense as well as Panuntukan/Sikaran. Kali Obtik is directly inspired from Guro Ted Lucaylucay's Kali, with emphasis on "Obtik". Obtik is defined as the explosive use of stepping, pivoting and sinking or raising to power and time the stroke. Ultimately the strategy is to win and to avoid "double kill" through control of distance, timing and position...
Kali Obtik History and Lineage: Based on a suggestion from Leigh Harris, I will post the Bios of Guro Ted Lucaylucay's three main teachers in FMA.. This will be Part 1. Leo Giron:)
Grandmaster Leo Giron (Teacher of Ted Lucaylucay)
Leovigildo "Leo" Miguel Giron was born in Bayambang a little barrio in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines on August 20, 1911. Young Giron first started his training in the Filipino arts because of the neighborhood children and bullies that would take advantage of him and others. Giron soon learned, however, that if he stood up to him and made one of them cry, the rest would run away and leave him alone.
All of Giron's early training was with family members. They would train under the mango tree late at night. Giron would first hold the lantern for the training until his father had asked the teacher to train young Giron. His training started in 1921 and lasted until 1926 until Giron would set sail on the USS President Lincoln for America.
Giron landed in San Francisco in November 1926 and was picked up by his cousin and brought to Stockton, California. During this time Stockton, California had the largest population of Filipinos in American that it would earn the nickname "Little Manila". Young Giron would work in various areas in Stockton until in 1929 when he would move to Meridian, California to pick prunes. During this time he would meet a man by the name of Flaviano Vergara. Vergara was from the town of Santa Cruz in Ilocos Sur Luzon, Philippines. Vergara was the top student of Dalmacio Bergoina who defeated the great champion Santiago Toledo. Giron and Vergara would "play" deep in the orchards so no one would be able to watch the secret training of the deadly art of Arnis / Escrima. There training would last from 1929 until 1932. Vergara and Giron would meet again directly after the outbreak of World War II. They would train again for the last time from October 1942 until January 1943.
In 1937 Giron was initiated into the Legionarios del Trabajo in America. The Legionarios del Trabajo is a fraternal order or lodge, they would be known as one of the most powerful and riches of any other Filipino lodge. This organization with membership at the time would top over 3,000 members, 86 men's lodges and 12 women's only lodges.
On September 24, 1942 he was inducted into the United States Army and would be attached to the 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiment and would later be assigned to the famous 978th Signal Group and The Allied Intelligence Bureau. This was a select group of men that served as secret operatives for General Douglas Macarthur. Then Sergeant Leo Giron would be dropped behind enemy lines by submarine nearly one full year before any America Soldier would set foot on Philippine soil. It was there assignment to search out the enemy, extending lines of communication, securing vital weather data and obtaining military information and not to be detected by the enemy. Sergeant Giron lead a group of American and Philippine soldier's through the most hazardous conditions of Would War II deep in the jungles of the Philippines. Many encounters are documented in the United States Library of Congress in Washington DC. Because of his contributions during World War II Sergeant Giron would receive, The Bronze Star Medal, The Philippine Liberation Ribbon, The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, The American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and a letter of commendation ordered by the President of the United States of America.
Giron would return to civilian life as World War II hero and a part of America's Greatest Generation. But, without anyone knowing he would return too live a new and normal life in America as a Filipino American, not pondering on his heroics during the War. After the war Giron would return to Stockton, California to raise a family.
Because of a person back East that had killed several nursing students, most of them Filipino women this would enrage Giron that only if they would know self defense they could have try to subdue this maniac. So in 1968 Leo Giron would open his first licensed Bahala Na club in Tracy California.
In 1970 Grand Master Leo M. Giron and wife Alberta would move to Stockton along with his Bahala Na Club. And in 1973 the first student to graduate from his system would be Stockton born and World Renown Martial Artist Dan Inosanto. Along with martial art greats such as Dentoy Revillar, Richard Bustillo and Ted Lucaylucay. In 1979 the first meeting was called to order of the Bahala Na Filipino Martial Arts Association. Grand Master Giron was the founder and leader of this Association that is governed by a Constitution and by laws.
Grand Master Giron's contributions to the Filipino Martial Arts in general were enormous. He was known as the Father of Larga Mano in America. A World War II veteran that knew how to use his weapon and will be always remembered as a great man, a humble man, with dignity, love in his heart, a living legend and martial art Icon. He was a super star, he was our star and he was our shinning light of life. He gave us all the liberty of freedom to learn of life and the arts, Equality in having the necessary ability and strength, Fraternity in which the same beliefs in work along with fellowship and family.
Part 2.
Grand Master Angel Cabales (Teacher of Ted Lucaylucay)
Angel Ovalles Cabales was born in 1917, in the island of Visaya, in south-central Philippines. He learned the Close Range stick-fighting system of SERRADA from a master named Felicissimo Dizon. Master Cabales then went to Manila, and then worked on the shipyard docks, later joining the
merchant navy and travelling to distant lands. In 1966, master Cabales established the first escrima academy in Stockton, California. Serrada Escrima is the fighting system and teaching methodology developed and used by the late Grandmaster Angel Cabales. Angel Cabales was the only known heir of Grandmaster Felisimo Dizon. The Serrada system was developed to produce competent escrimadors in 6 months to a year and master level practitioners in as little as three years. Serrada is first taught as a stickfighting art but at it's core it is a bladed system. Serrada also has an extensive empty hand curriculum and has a highly developed system of Espada y Daga or Blade and Dagger concepts.
The system is taught with a short stick in comparison to most other Filipino Martial Arts. A common way to measure the weapon length in Serrada is to check the distance from the arm pit to the wrist or mid-hand. While known as a corto or close range system, Serrada is also commonly seen practiced at the medio range. This is where the practitioner can hit their opponents body with the primary weapon and still remain out of range for the secondary weapon with out a change in footwork.
Serrada also uses a medium frame work; practitioners are usually found forward weighted in what is commonly called the 60/40 stance. Serrada practitioners use this framework to easily load weight into either leg. This allows practioners to either ground their power when hitting or blocking, or to spring out when moving.
From a historical context Serrada is a sister art to Kali Ilustrisimo, the Villabrille-Largusa System of Kali, and Doblete Rapilon Arnis. Of the four systems Serrada is known for specializing at the corto or close range. The empty hand techniques of Serrada have often been compared to Wing Chun, but with a more mobile footwork and frame. Serrada also shares similarities with some of the standing techniques of Sera-Serak Silat and Hsing-I Chuan.
Kali Obtik History and Lineage: Based on a suggestion from Leigh Harris, I will post the Bios of Guro Ted Lucaylucay's three main teachers in FMA.
Grandmaster Ben Largusa (Teacher of Ted Lucaylucay) Part 3.
Grandmaster Ben Largusa [1926 – 2010] was the first man to bring the Kali into the United States public arena. At the 1964 Ed Parker International Karate Championships held in Long Beach, California, he gave America its first demonstration of Kali. Also in attendance were numerous martial artists from around the world, including Bruce Lee, Dan Inosanto, and Jhoon Rhee.
Born on Kauai, Hawaii in 1926, Grandmaster Largusa’s first exposure to Kali came when as a toddler, he watched the Filipino men in his hometown of Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii practice with the sticks.
Although his Filipino Martial Arts training began under his father who exposed him to the basics of Kali, his first formal instruction came from Master Augustine, an Eskrimador. In 1945, his study in the art came to a temporary halt when he joined the United States Army. While in the service, he trained in a variety of styles including judo and boxing.
When he returned to Kauai in 1951, he was fortunate enough to become a student of Grandmaster Floro Villabrille. At 25 years old, Largusa trained one on one with Villabrille, who was still in his prime at 39 years old, for 7 unbroken years. At the onset of his training, Grandmaster Villabrille had him promise to never teach anyone else other than his own sons the deadly art of Kali. At the time, few people had ever heard of Kali. It was a closely guarded secret that was passed on from teacher to student and father to son. Only the students deemed loyal were taught the art and it was never taught to non-Filipinos. He left for mainland in 1958 but remained in close touch with Villabrille and trained with him whenever the opportunity arose.
Largusa’s genius became apparent when he systemized and broke-down Villabrille’s fighting techniques, and put into place theories and philosophies that comprise the art. He explains that Villabrille “was greatest influence in my life because he opened my eyes to many things, allowing me to observe, analyze and finally modify things for the better.” It is for this reason that the art is known today as the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System. As the years passed, he saw the need to perpetuate Villabrille’s teachings and to promote a part of the Filipino heritage. With Villabrille’s blessing, he began teaching a select group of students privately in his home in South San Francisco, California in 1969. The first generation included his sons Lindsey Largusa and Jerry Largusa, Greg Lontayao, Mel Lopez, Tony Lamadora, Greg Rojas, Kaohu Cummings, Ted Fidel and Rick Reyes. As Floro Villabrille’s foremost student, Ben Largusa was personally chosen as his successor to the Villabrille Kali System. In 1972, Villabrille bestowed upon Largusa the rank of Tuhan (Master) of the Villabrille Kali System.
In 1973, the Largusa School of Kali, in South San Francisco, California, was formally opened. It was the first school to teach Kali to the public. Later that year, the Kali Association of America was formed as the governing body of the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System of which all member schools fall under.
In 1981, Grandmaster Villabrille presented Tuhan Ben Largusa the Conveyance of Life Interest, which gives him the exclusive right, license and authority to continue to use the name of the Floro Villabrille School of Kali in perpetuating and promoting the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System.
Upon Grandmaster Villabrille’s death in 1992, Tuhan Ben Largusa succeeded him as Grandmaster of the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System. In 1994, Largusa named Professor Mel Lopez as his successor and bestowed upon him the rank of Tuhan (Master) of the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System. In keeping with Grandmaster Villabrille’s wishes, the Villabrille-Largusa Kali System has only one Grandmaster and one Master.
Grandmaster Ben T. Largusa entered into eternal rest on October 3, 2010. He is preceded in death by his son, Lane and is survived by his wife, Philomena, daughter, Lois and sons, Jerry and Lindsey.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

SKD Tactical Kali Training 2011

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

SKD Tactical Classes 2011

Currently there is no formal SKD classes available this year due to limited number of students. We do apologize for any inconvenience. If your interested in learning SKD Tactical please contact Guro Mark Stewart on or Gilbert on

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

The schedule below will be the new schedule starting Mon Jan 10th. The only thing uncertain at this point is if the Mon 8:45 pm class will be SKD or JKD. PLEASE VOTE FOR WHICH YOU PREFER.


Mon: SKD 8:45-10:15pm

Weds: JKD 8:45-10:15pm

Thurs: JKD 12-1:30pm

Sat: SKD 12-1:30pm and JKD 1:30-3pm