APO-Balintawak Eskrima 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.

APO-Balintawak Arnis
Guru Andrew P. Obon with APO-Balintawak senior students and summer clinic group.

Guru Andrew P. Obon with APO-Balintawak senior students and summer clinic group.

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 differs from most martial arts in that it uses close range fighting drills. Its primary training tool is the single stick. It integrates into its system techniques like punching, kicking, throwing, etc.


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


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

MISSION: We are committed to training the Mind, Body, and Spirit, of each member Eskrimador into a true Martial Artist, installing 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.


  • To instil 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.


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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