12 Basics

Interviews with Benjamin Winn and different FQI´s

WHO ARE YOU? HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOURSELF? WHATS YOUR STORY?

 

Most people that interact with me on a daily basis would define me by my role as a rehabilitation physician. Providing care to patients with illnesses that can cause dramatic life changing disability and palpable suffering has without a doubt influenced my perspective on the human condition. At the same time the resolve found in human beings is truly inspiring. It never ceases to amaze me when I see patients with severe disabilities that are happier than “non-disabled” folks. Being a rehabilitation physician has opened my eyes to the realization that we are here to live life, and get everything it has to offer. I believe that human beings, by makeup, are inclined to care for people who are suffering. Empathy and compassion are part of the gifts of human nature.

12 Basics... Guro Patrick Schmitt

December 31, 2018

"12 basics..." Chief Master Rich Cotterill"

December 31, 2018

“12 Basics” are 12 questions posed to Fully Qualified Instructors under Grandmaster Bobby Taboada and those in our orbit to give you a little insight into who we are as individuals and collectively as a Brotherhood. This installment we talk to Chief Master Rich Cotterill, head of Grandmaster Taboada’s Balintwak Cuentada in Europe!

12 Basics... Guro Garth Dicker

December 31, 2018

I first met Bobby in 1990 when he was based in New Zealand and had been invited to run a seminar at my local Karate Dojo in Melbourne, Australia. Bobby was accompanied by his sponsor in New Zealand at the time Peter Ball who he had trained in Balintawak. I had trained in Modern Arnis for quite a few years before I first met Bobby, and despite having trained in the Phillipines many times this seminar with Bobby was the first time I had seen the Balintawak style.

12 Basics... Guro Jemar Carcellar

January 5th, 2016

This begins what I hope will be an ongoing insight into the Brotherhood of the Taboada Cuentada system and those in our orbit. I have always been interested in the history of Balintawak. Listening to Grandmaster talk about how things used to be… how this particular thing developed… why this move made it into shadow fighting form… where this scar came from… it’s hard not to be interested. 

12 Basics... Guro Randy Cornell

December 31, 2018

I am just an ordinary guy with a love for Martial Arts, and Balintawak. Even though I am a martial artist I have other passions as well, I enjoy woodworking and balloon twisting. So, I can’t really say what defines me, other that my zest for fun and life in general. I think life is too short to take anything too seriously!

WHO ARE YOU? HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOURSELF? WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

I grew up in Philadelphia, PA.  I was the youngest of 4 girls born to Marjorie and Joe
Infante.  Since my mother was only 20 when I was born and my dad 22 it is obvious that they had no real tools to raise 4 littles girls.  As many of these stories go my mother was swept away by an older man and the story of abuse and abandonment goes on for years.

The four of us went together and apart for most of our lives. My story went like this: foster homes, children’s homes, and then group home.  I learned at an early age to be quiet, don’t get in trouble, and you won’t get picked on or hurt. I know that it is hard to believe but I was a very shy little girl…

12 Basics... Guro Sharon LoParo

December 31, 2018

12 Basics... Guro Brian Corey

December 31, 2018

“12 Basics” are 12 questions posed to Fully Qualified Instructors under Grandmaster Bobby Taboada and those in our orbit to give you a little insight into who we are as individuals and collectively as a Brotherhood. This installment we talk to Guro Brian Corey!

12 Basics... Guro Jeff Soriano

December 31, 2018

“12 Basics” are 12 questions posed to Fully Qualified Instructors under Grandmaster Bobby Taboada and those in our orbit to give you a little insight into who we are as individuals and collectively as a Brotherhood. This installment we talk to Guro Jeff Soriano!

My name is Floyd Yoder.  I am a retired SWAT operator with over 26 years of experience from the Hickory Police Department in Hickory NC.  

 Currently, I am employed with the North Carolina Department of Justice at the North Carolina Justice Academy where I am the Special Operations Coordinator/Instructor and responsible for the SWAT and Active Shooter program in the State of NC. 
 
Law enforcement has been the passion of my life for over 37 years.  I have retired from active duty on the streets and successfully transitioned into the classroom where I serve as an experienced and passionate instructor/mentor to our law enforcement students and profession.hat’s this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience’s attention…

12 Basics... Guro Floyd Yoder

December 31, 2018

Very simply I started training Martial Arts at the age of 14yrs old with an Incredible Ju-Jitsu instructor Sensei Allan Clarkin, Who now has been awarded M.B.E for dedication and teaching of Martial Arts, with fighters in Sombo, Kick-boxing and M.M.A, his fighters competing at a world class level… a great great man….
 
I then trained with Soke Martin Rogers again an incredible Kenpo Ju-Jitsu Instructor, again he runs a well-established traditional ju–jitsu dojo, and a kick-boxing, BJJ and MMA Gym with national and international level competitors and Champions, a great friend and instructor. 
 
It was then I meet Richard and Bill and my Balintawak journey began and is still continuing to this present day.

12 Basics... Guro Steve Baker

December 31, 2018

12 Basics... Guro Alex Ormaza

December 31, 2018

What´s your story? Well, this is not an easy answer for me. I’ve never really articulated my past on paper, nor on a public forum. However, my story is deeply rooted with experience. To know my past is to know me. So I felt compelled to share more than just a brief summary for this project. I wanted to give everyone a mask-less look into my life and how it has shaped me into the man you see today.

12 Basics... Guro Adam Greenspan

December 31, 2018

…One day, back in 2004 while I was working out at the local fitness center, I saw my soon to be instructor, Guro Jeffri Love, in the back room practicing the art. Since I was in a new area after graduating college, I was looking for something that completed the athletic side of me.  Guro Jeff made the art look powerful but also effortless.  So, I approached him and asked what he was doing. He told me it was Balintawak and he asked if I wanted to learn. I said, “Of course” To which he replied, “Meet me here Saturday at 8 AM and I’ll teach you.” The rest, as they say, is history.

12 Basics... Guro Michael Vincent Malanyaon

December 31, 2018

“12 Basics” are 12 questions posed to Fully Qualified Instructors under Grandmaster Bobby Taboada and those in our orbit to give you a little insight into who we are as individuals and collectively as a Brotherhood. This installment we talk to Guro Michael-Vincent Malanyao!

12 Basics... Guro Elmann Cabotage

December 31, 2018

“12 Basics” are 12 questions posed to Fully Qualified Instructors under Grandmaster Bobby Taboada and those in our orbit to give you a little insight into who we are as individuals and collectively as a Brotherhood. This installment we talk to Guro Elmann Cabotage!

12 Basics... Guro Bob Sullen

December 31, 2018

“12 Basics” are 12 questions posed to Fully Qualified Instructors under Grandmaster Bobby Taboada and those in our orbit to give you a little insight into who we are as individuals and collectively as a Brotherhood. This installment we talk to Guro Bob Sullen!

WHO ARE YOU? HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOURSELF? WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

My name is Terence Dayot and I was born and raised in the Philippines. I moved to Canada when I was 16. My wife, Christy, and I live in the Greater Toronto Area with our three kids. While I do have a day job, I also run Pugad Lawin Martial Arts where I teach FMA; primarily Balintawak and Modern Arnis.

HOW WERE YOU EXPOSED TO BALINTAWAK?

I was exposed to Balintawak through Ike Sepulveda. I met him a few weeks after I started Modern Arnis in 2008. My Modern Arnis instructor Brian Johns was telling me about a gentleman who came to visit him and his class

12 Basics... Guro Terence Dayot

December 31, 2018

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The following is an article published in The Filipino Martial Arts Digest. Special Edition of 2017. Please click on the picture to read the full article.