I was invited by a friend "Elmer Tancinco" in Consolacion, Cebu, they are having a Christmas Party Celebration in their group who is practicing a style of Eskrima called "Balintawak" a Filipino martial art developed by Venancio "Anciong" Bacon in the 1950's to enhance and preserve the combative nature of arnis which he felt was being watered down by other styles of Philippine martial arts. It is named after a small street in Cebu where it was founded. Elmer Tancinco introduced me to his teacher his name is Carlo Veloso Campaña he is also known as "Kaloy" an artist who formerly work in a furniture factory, he is designing eskrima sticks, according to him when he was having a hard time financially making sticks have helped him when he was in need as he said "Nakatabang jud ni nako pamaligya ug stick nga ako gibuhat sa panahon sa kalisud." I am very impressed to see his art on a stick by burning, those two sticks in the picture were his eagle and dragon design on a stick, we had a great and good talk the night that we've met, these people are worth to be remembered for their dedication in Filipino Martial Arts and it was a pleasure for me to meet them. He started to learn eskrima when he was 13 years old through a friend and a classmate of him named John Villacin a son of a well known Balintawak practitioner who directly learned eskrima through the founder of Balintawak "Anciong Bacon". Carlo also teaches balintawak to few of his students who are willing to learn balintawak in Consolacion, Cebu his stick designs were already known to eskrima circles, I heard his name through my Senior Trainer in Eskrima De Campo JDC-IO Erwin Ian Almagro for he also bought a stick from Carlo. I'll be back soon to have my own stick. A big Salute to the guy "KUDOS!"
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