On January 26, 2011, Andrew P. Obon (APO) received a certificate of recognition from CASASAI (Combative And Sportive Arnis System Association Inc.) from its President Melecio Balberde and Vice-President Lino Baldevarona at the West Visayan College of Science and Technology Martial Arts Gym, La Paz, Iloilo City.
The citation reads: “In grateful recognition of his invaluable contributions to the development of CASASAI as one of its Grandmasters. His knowledge and skills significantly contributed to the continuous development of Filipino Martial Arts under the umbrella of the association.”
Andrew is the Punong Guro of the APO-Balintawak Self Defense System. His training gym is located in Phillips Bukidnon. He was the first Arnis instructor of Master Balberde who, together with Mr. Baldevarona founded the CASASAI.
The CASASAI under the leadership of Master Balberde has been a four-time overall champion of the Philippine Olympic Festival National Arnis Championship held last November 2007 in Manila until 2010. They are the current defending champion in both Anyo (form) and Labanan (free fighting) categories.
CASASAI is a style without a style. It incorporates all martial arts techniques that work into a system. Its mission is to promote and pressure the Filipino Cultural Heritage through the practice of Arnis.