Balintawak Arnis Volume 1: Basics, Principles, and Values

This book, the first volume in a trilogy, presents to you the Balintawak Arnis System as founded by Supreme Grandmaster Venancio “Anciong” Bacon in Cebu, in the 1950s.

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The basic levels are considered the most important phase in the training of Balintawak Arnis, as in any other martial arts and sports. It is here that you develop and strengthen your foundation in the art.

This book, Balintawak Arnis Volume 1 – a science-based approach, has been written for practitioners of all Arnis system, not limited to Balintawak advocates.

Features of Balintawak Arnis

Balintawak Arnis differs from the other Filipino Stick Fighting system, as cited below, among others:

1. It employs a single stick throughout its training,
2. The stick, as a weapon, is treated as the extension of the arm,
3. It employs stemless strikes,
4. It uses hinge block,
5. It applies the science of ergonomics,
6. It emphasizes on economy of movement, making it simple and practical.
7. It employs short and shallow footwork

What’s Inside the Book?

The content of this book touches on the basic levels 1 and 2, under the training curriculum of the APO-Balintawak System, as follows, among others:

Level 1

a. History of Arnis and Balintawak Eskrima,
b. Knowledge of the weapon and its potential,
c. Basic stances, posture and footwork,
d. Basic strike angles,
e. Follow-through strikes,
f. Shadow fighting with use of strikes only,
g. Value System,
h. Principles on shoulder width index, torque, stemless strikes,
i. Vital target points

Level 2

a. Basic blocks,
b. Basic counter-attack,
c. Randomization of defense and counter-attack,
d. Shadow fighting applying attack, defense and counter-attack stratagem,
e. Attack, clock-footwork and free hand control,
f. Principles of hinged block, counter-attack, clock-footwork and free hand control.

For those from other martial arts disciplines, they may use the book to study how to enhance their defense, counter, and re-counter vis-à-vis Arnis’ offensive and defensive maneuvers, particularly of the Balintawak system.

This book is also useful for them to validate the effectiveness of their combat arts of choice vis-à-vis weapon-based martial arts like Arnis, specifically the Balintawak system.

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About the Author

Master Andrew Obon

Andrew Pereira Obon was born in Iloilo, Philippines in 1954, of Malaysian-Filipino parents. His mother was from British Borneo (now Sabah) while his father was from Cabatuan Iloilo, Philippines. In 1956 his family moved to Sabah, Malaysia and settled down there where Andrew finished his junior education.

Andrew returned to the Philippines in 1972 to continue his studies, where he graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He is married to Ester Bulfa Ymalay, and they have five children. He is retired, and they are residing in the Philippines.

Andrew Obon founded the APO-Balintawak Self-Defense System in 1987. His Filipino martial arts school is composed of various chapters based in Cagayan de Oro City, Camp Phillips Bukidnon, Malaybalay Bukidnon, and Cabatuan Ililoilo, Philippines.

Martial Arts Milestones:

  • Started learning Taekwondo at the age of 13 in Malaysia
  • Also studied Chinese Boxing and Kuntao Harimau from local masters in Sabah, Malaysia
  • Studied Doble Baston and Traditional Solo Baston Arnis in Negros Oriental, Philippines; 1973 – 1974
  • Served as Club Head and Chief Instructor of the Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwon Central Gym in Dumaguete City, Philippines, 1974 – 1975
  • Best Tournament Fighter, All Philippine Karate-Judo Organization (APKO) Tournament at Bago City, Negros Occidental, 1973
  • Black Belt Division Champion of the APKO Tournament at Murcia, Negros Occidental, 1974
  • His club won the Overall Championship in the same tournament, 1974
  • Studied Balintawak Eskrima from the late Master Tinong Ybanes, 1973 – 1975
  • Continued his study of Balintawak Eskrima under then Master (now GM) Nicomedes Elizar, 1975 – 1977.
  • Teaches Balintawak Eskrima for the last four decades
  • Featured in FMA Informative Issues #15 and #107, and interviewed by FMA Informative Newsletter, USA
  • Featured in The New Sabah Times, Malaysia, May 2017

Master Andrew Obon is currently residing at Upper Linog, Zone 5, Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippine, 9000.

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