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.

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.


Sunset BalintawakPicture: 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 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.


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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  1. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.I will remember to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back sometime soon. I want to encourage you to continue your great job, have a nice weekend!


    1. 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)

    1. 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.

      1. 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…..

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  7. 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.

    1. 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. – here’s a sample video of our cuentada sparring. This done is a slow but flowing motion.

  8. 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…

  9. 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

    1. 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)

      1. 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

  10. 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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  13. 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 ^___^

  14. Sir i admired this art very much…and i want to learn this art… do you have any instructor to reccomend here in North Cotabato?

  15. Good day to all, my name is Harry from Cebu. I am a disciple of Villasin Balintawak under Grand Master Dom Lopez. I like to continue training with you, do you have a club here in Cebu? Thank you

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