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Old 11-10-2011, 04:00 AM
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Default It's TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

My next post will be after my Completion Of The Art test in Balintawak. The test is this Saturday and Sunday...

I have worked 3 years for this.. I have sweated... been hurt.. bled... verbally and physically beat down...

I have spent time away from my kids.. I have given up ALOT.. to be able to do this...

Nervous?? Ohhhh heck yeah!!!! I have assisted in teaching this art in South America.. I have trained at Grand Master Bobby Tobada's home... I got a stick to the face just last Tuesday...the inside of the left side of my mouth is still like hamburger...

In 2010 I was inducted to World Head Council of Family Sokiship's International Hall of Fame along with my guro/shiahn... I have 3 students under me...that are fantastic...

I consider Robert Klampfer to be a personal friend.. and he has spent many hours with me.. honing and tweaking me...



Welcome to the Official Home of Bobby Taboada's World Balintawak Arnis Escrima. Balintawak is a powerful and very fast Filipino Martial Art originally from Cebu City, The Philippines .

Grand Master Taboada, originally from Cebu City, Phillipines, was trained in "old school" ways of stick fighting where the physical abuse one endured in training often exceeded the amount of abuse one experienced during an actual physical confrontation. This combination of extremely rigorous physical training, expert instruction and guidance from the Great Grand Master Venancio "Anciong" Bacon and Grand Masters Teofilo Velez and Jose Villasin, have produced this dynamic, highly-skilled, insightful and caring martial arts practitioner and teacher.

In 1979, Grand Master Taboada left the Philippines and taught his art in New Zealand before relocating to the United States in 1991. He now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he operates the headquarters for his Balintawak International organization. Since his arrival in the U.S., he's been a self-defense instructor for the North Carolina Justice Academy and he has assisted in crime prevention programs sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriff's Academy in the U.S. and other countries, such as England, Australia and Canada. In the year 2000, he was inducted into the World Head Council of Family Sokiship's International Hall of Fame and was awarded the title of Millenium Grand Master. In 2002, that same organization honored him with the title of Distinguished Grand Master.

Wish me luck.. gonna need a bit!!!
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:21 PM
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good luck, bro! it really sounds like you are prepared for this, so have confidence.

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Old 11-10-2011, 04:15 PM
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Good luck! Well after all that training you shouldn't need any luck. Hope all goes perfect for you.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:25 PM
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Wow, that first video is amazing when the movements speed up!

Best of luck to you, SW, for this weekend's test. Your focus and hard work towards your goals are really admirable.
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Old 11-10-2011, 10:21 PM
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good luck ! hope things go well for you !
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:33 PM
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Go get em! your hard work will pay off!!
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