ABOUT

 THE APO-BALINTAWAK ESKRIMA SELF-DEFENSE SYSTEM

APO-Balintawak Esrkrima Self Defense Organization is headed by Martial Arts Guru Andrew P. Obon. This blog-site was made in an attempt to give interested individuals a fast and comprehensive information about Balintawak Eskrima and APO-Balintawak as a Combat and Self Defense System.

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RATIONALE: There are a few good and practical Martial Arts which one can learn; to be able to defend oneself effectively against potential assailants. However, the more popular Oriental Martial Arts may not be as effective and practical as our Filipino Martial Arts, specifically Balintawak Eskrima.

Balintawak Eskrima or popularly known as Arnis, treats the stick, its basic weapon, merely as an extension of the arms. The principles of the weapon techniques are applicable to the bare hands. Thus, it gives the Eskrimador greater flexibility in defending against attacks like those from bladed weapons. 

Moreover, advocating Eskrima or Arnis as a Self-defense system of choice is a way of promoting our very own heritage, and it enhances in us the spirit of nationalism. 

What is Balintawak Eskrima? Balintawak Eskrima is a Combat System developed by Grandmaster Anciong Bacon in the 1950s. It was named after a small street in Cebu City where the first club was founded. Balintawak differ from most martial arts in that it uses close range fighting drills. Its primary training tool is the single stick. It integrates in its system techniques like punching, kicking, throwing, etc.

THE APO-BALINTAWAK SELF DEFENSE ORGANIZATION

Sunset BalintawakPicture: Guru Andrew P. Obon with his Italian student Mauricio Mariscoli (Kali Master) – twilight training in Bukidnon, Philippines

THE ORGANIZATION’S VISION, MISSION and PURPOSE

VISION: A critical mass of significant Balintawak Eskrimadors, providing leadership, and Contributing to the betterment in their respective societies.

MISSION: We are committed to train the Mind, Body, and Spirit, of each member Eskrimador into a true Martial Artist, instilling the Virtues, Principles, Philosophy, and Discipline of Balintawak Eskrima.

GENERAL PURPOSE: To develop each practitioner into a significant Eskrimador who is mild outside but strong within, through the education, training and practice of the art of Balintawak Eskrima Self Defense System.

SPECIFIC PURPOSE:

  • To instill in each practitioner the Virtues of the Art.
  • To develop and enhance discipline, self-control, and respect among its practitioners.
  • To inculcate in each practitioner the true meaning, purpose, and practice of the Charter of APO-Balintawak Eskrima.

CHARTER OF APO-BALINTAWAK ESKRIMA

Respect for human life is equally important as protecting one’s life in APO-Balintawak. Our basic charter is for all members to protect life, even that of an enemy. Inculcating reverence for nature, with emphasis on beauty, simplicity, speed, fluidity, and integrity.

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  8. hartford
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 10:41:41

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    • APO BALINTAWAK SELF DEFENSE SYSTEM
      Mar 10, 2012 @ 07:14:35

      Hello Hartford,

      Thank you for your interest in joining our organization and learning Balintawak Eskrima. You may contact us in the following address and phone number:
      Training and registration at:
      WYN’s GYM, Damilag (Centro) Bukidnon
      For more information, feel free to contact the club at:
      3382 (landline) or 09165039923 (cell phone)

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  9. hartford
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 13:23:27

    where we see the WYNs GYM,DAMILAG (CENTRO)BUKIDNON?

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    • APO BALINTAWAK SELF DEFENSE SYSTEM
      Mar 17, 2012 @ 05:40:22

      Hello Hatford, You can look for this location at Google Maps. The general address is Damilag Manolo Fortich Bukidnon. Bukidnon is province found in Mindanao which is one of the main Islands of the Philippines- the Island found in the south. Once you reach the address, you may ask for the location of WYN’s GYM at the local LGU unit. Thy Gym is located right beside the local LGU unit.

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      • hartford
        Mar 24, 2012 @ 13:33:10

        hmm…….besides in mindanao, do you have an organization in the visayas?
        or in the cebu city? if yes , where? hmmm…. sorry for my questions that are not good because I’m not good in english ,sorry for that…..

      • APO BALINTAWAK SELF DEFENSE SYSTEM
        Mar 25, 2012 @ 03:25:57

        Hello Hartford. No problem and thank you for your interest. Unfortunately we don’t have a branch in Visayas and Cebu city. But there are other Balintawak groups like GM Nick Elizar – NickelStick Eskrima.

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  19. Ioanis
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 10:11:08

    Ser
    I am owner and instructor in Taekwon-do itf in a small club of martial arts in a town of north Greece.
    I am interested to teach apo Balintawak (stick), but it is difficult for me to come to your country because of financial crisis.
    I amm look forward to hearing more of you.

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    • APO BALINTAWAK SELF DEFENSE SYSTEM
      Aug 12, 2012 @ 02:02:17

      Hello,
      We would like to promote APO-Balintawak abroad. If you are interested we will train you and help you put up a Club so that you can promote APO-Balintawak.
      How about organizing a seminar for Balintawak so that it can pay up for my round trip to Greece and one day I will initiate you into APO-Balintawak. -Guru APO P.S. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIZK60Q5ZPY – here’s a sample video of our cuentada sparring. This done is a slow but flowing motion.

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  20. Florante Taguilaso { Dante }
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 01:10:02

    Thank’s a lot, really help me this web-site…I practice everyday aikido and thai- boxing,and now i start to practice arnis or skrima…thanks again for this site….Do you have a branch anis club her in Laguna Province..Nice web-site…

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  21. onin salaga
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 02:50:11

    sir,1st of all thanks sa patuloy na pagpapalawig sa isa sa mga pinakamahalagang kultura ng ating bansa,saludo po ako sa inyo…akoy nasa KUWAIT po ngayon dito at ngayon lng din po ako namulat sa ganitong kultura natin bagamat naririnig ko na noon ito pero sa hindi ko lam na kadahilanan ay tinatago ito sa publiko…Surigao del sur po province ko,sa madaling sabi po kahit noonh bata pa ako ay mahilig po ako sa ganitong art at ngayon ngo po kinoCultivate ko po ung interest ko by watching through youtube…gusto ko pong mgkaroon ng pormal na pagsasanay ako po ba ay inyong matutulongan po?maraming salamat po at nawa’y lalong lumaganap at pagyamanin ang kulturang pilipino…GOD BLESS

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    • APO BALINTAWAK SELF DEFENSE SYSTEM
      Jan 20, 2013 @ 02:24:43

      Hi Onin Salaga. It’s nice to hear from your comments. Thank you for your interest in the Filipino martial arts. Specifically APO-Balintawak. So you are from Surigao. I’ve been in several towns in Surigao such as San Augustine, Marihatag, Tandag, Karaskal and Kantilan. From which town are you from? We will be happy to teach you when you come back to the Philippines. Just monitor our website because we will be posting new videos from time to time. Hope to hear from you again. -Guru Andrew P. Obon (APO)

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      • onin salaga
        Jan 20, 2013 @ 02:34:32

        salamat sir andrew…sa barcelona,LINGIG po ako sir kung narinig mo na ang lugar na yun…12 yrs na po akong hindi nakakauwi dun pero plano kung mgbakasyon this coming december at sana makapasyal ako sa inyo…SALAMAT GOD BLESS po

  22. onin salaga
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 14:33:20

    sir andrew gusto ko lng sana malaman kung may direct contact kayo or email add po ni grand master Nick Elizar….thankz po

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    Feb 14, 2013 @ 06:50:19

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    • APO BALINTAWAK SELF DEFENSE SYSTEM
      Feb 24, 2013 @ 02:13:52

      Thank you for your keen observation. We will make a quick spell check on our site and correct all the spellings. We have done this before but it seems like we haven’t checked everything. Thank you for giving the time in reading our site. -APO

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  24. KGB MAGGS
    May 21, 2013 @ 09:40:40

    This is really cool site for Balintawak Martial Arts fellow brothers. More power to us! \m/ Balintawak

    Reply

  25. smith
    Jun 13, 2013 @ 00:46:48

    Knife Defense is a very easy and effective way to build a functional and effective defense against edged weapons. It has been used and taught for personal protection and all the way to tactical units around the world. It can combined with other concepts and arts depending on the purpose of your training. We offer an easy way to really improve and develop your understanding of knife defense for tactical or teaching purposes.

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  26. Blade Apprentice
    Jan 09, 2014 @ 12:56:44

    My current FMA teacher has a background in Balintawak, which I believe is one of the best systems to llearn–especially when it comes to corto mano. Pugay!

    Reply

  27. nelsonabellana1
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 20:32:04

    I like arnis balintawak self defence

    Reply

  28. Hand Blade
    Mar 03, 2014 @ 13:01:23

    Sir.. ga accept pamo og student? Dugay nako gusto maka.tuon og eskrima especially the Balintawak style.. ask ko lang po kung asa po ang inyong location(specific)? Tga Cagayan de Oro po ako.. do u have any branch in Cdeo?

    SALAMAT PO ^___^

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  29. glenn
    Jul 31, 2014 @ 15:12:25

    hi sir..pwede paku maka apil ana. salamat sir..

    Reply

  30. alejandro g. cabantug jr
    Oct 06, 2014 @ 06:42:53

    sir naa moy branch sa north cotabato? bisag instructor lang unta

    Reply

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