A logo is a distinctive signature of an organization. In a nut shell, it expresses the goals or ideals of an organization. It is akin to a maxim adopted as a principle for behavior.
Surprisingly, the logo of Balintawak Eskrima has undergone several changes depending on the variant of group lineages. However, the group under the leadership of Guru Andrew P. Obon (APO-Balintawak) has stuck to the original logo with some significant modification towards simplicity without undermining its original intent.
Image: APO-Balintawak Self Defense System Logo
The APO-Balintawak group has deliberately chosen to use the bull’s-eye logo minus the eye and justice balance. The meaning of these two symbols are captured in the ten virtues of acronym BALINTAWAK, namely Benevolence, Altruism, Loyalty, Integrity, Nationalism, Temperance, Awakening, Wisdom, Attitude, and Kindness (see Basic Principles of Balintawak Eskrima for a more detailed discussion).
What do the Four Circles in the Bull’s Eye stand For?
They stand for the four levels of learning in APO-Balintawak, namely Basic, Intermediate, Advance, and Mastery. Each of these levels of learning has its own curriculum or course of study that’s geared towards the mastery of the art. The chief aim of a novice in Balintawak Eskrima is to hit the bull’s-eye and become a master of the art. This is achieved through the gradual process of curiosity, interest, commitment, and passion for excellence.
In Balintawak Eskrima, the cane is a mere extension of the arm. The left fist represents the bare hand combat techniques of Balintawak. The art is just as effective with or without the cane. The limbs are used to complement the cane in Balintawak for optimum efficiency and effectiveness.
The X-figure form of the cane and the bolo indicates that Balintawak Eskrima is a defensive and combative art guided by the Three Rules of Engagement, namely, Avoidance, Defensive, and Win-win (see separate discussion on The Value System of APO-Balintawak Eskrima). This is the reason for the overlapping position of the cane over the bolo, with the former as its basic and the latter as its ultimate weapon of combat.
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