Truly an amazing experience to train intensively with GM Bobby Taboada.
Thank you GM Bobby Taboada for your teachings and guidance.
Special thanks to Guro Brian Corey, Guro Alex Ormaza, Tom Cohen, and Perry Coumas
for hanging out with the KM Crew.
Kapatiran Mandirigma of VA/MD/DC (www.flowstrikes.com) and Balintawak Cuentada Taboada System hosted the 2017 Balintawak Arnis Invasion (B.A.I). This event was to celebrate and promote Filipino Martial Arts and Filipino culture. KM has invited top instructors all over the US to share their knowledge at this prestigious event. The goal was to build long lasting friendships, unity, brotherhood, and most of all, having fun. The event took place at NOVA Field House.
Instructor line up in no particular order.
Majority of the photo came from Hank Nicodemus. The rest were taken by the BAI participants. – Thank you for sharing the photos.
GGM Ernesto A. Presas Legacy Gathering
Kapatiran Mandirigma hosted the largest Gathering of Kombatan Instructor’s, Master’s and Grandmaster’s in the United States. It was held on June 23-25, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The event is to honor the legacy of GGM Ernesto A. Presas and the art he had left to his students.
Featured Instructors –
Grandmaster Alex France Sr. – Nevada (Kombatan, Bais Tres Manos, Villasin Balintawak)
Grandmaster Alex Ercia – San Francisco (Kombatan, Kalis Ilustrisimo, Villasin Balintawak)
Grandmaster Rene Tongson – Manila (Abaniko Tres Puntas, Modern Arnis, Kombatan)
Grandmaster Robert Castro – San Francisco (Eskabo Daan)
Master Oliver Garduce – Toronto (Kombatan, Waray Waray Garote Escrima)
Grandmaster Shelley Millspaugh – Colorado (Kombatan)
Guest Instructors –
Master Rino Balinado – Tacoma (NECOPA Balintawak)
Datu Tim Hartman – New York (Modern Arnis, Kombatan)
Grandmaster Jeff Sprawls – Missouri (Kombatan)
Master Kendal Coats – Oklahoma (Kombatan)
Master Damon Abraham – Colorado (Kombatan)
Master Jhun R. Occidental – NoVA/DC (Kombatan)
Master Dan Lowman – Florida (Kombatan)
Photo credits to GM Shelley Millspaugh
Another great Balintawak Cuentada Session. Session is open to all at no cost. The purpose is to build camaraderie within the FMA population here in VA/MD/DC. We will be planning on doing these get together once a month with combined FMA systems. Training starts 9am-11:30 then lunch then 12:15-3pm. I only ask donations for the food portion. Our KM mom will be providing delicious FOOD as always. Look out for the next one. Thank you for all that showed up from near and far. Thanks to Guro Cy Bongon for supporting the event.
KM crew supporting our friend GM Dan Medina, showcasing the Derobio art of eskrima. This successful event was held at the MGM National Harbor. Excellent demonstrations by GM Dennis Brown, GM Troy Price, GM Michael DePasquale, GM Ali Shabazz, GM Eddie Thomas, So-Shihan Carlos Delacruz and GM Dan Medina.
Here are a few shots from the event…