We are pleased to announce our new affiliate, Kung Fu Northwest - Marysville, Washington. Welcome to the Balintawak Cuentada family Sifu Carlton Doup! Josh Faram, longtime Balintawak Seattle member will be teaching the Balintawak class, he can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taboada Balintawak - West Coast Training Camp is now open for registration! Please go to our "Events" page to register online.
Balintawak Seattle will be demonstrating at the 19th Annual Asian Pacific Cultural Center New Year Celebration. The event is being held on Saturday February 11th at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. Our demo is scheduled from 1:30PM-2:00PM. Come out and support the group and stay for the event which includes over 70 booths, live entertainment, food, cultural arts, crafts, games, and more. The event is free and runs all day from 11:00AM-6:00PM.
Our next mini-camp & testing will be held at our Covington location on Sunday March 12th, 2:00PM-5:00PM.
Apologies, finally having the opportunity to summarize and reflect on our 2nd Annual West Coast Training Camp held the end of August and participating in the Gathering of Masters Event and Taboada Balintawak World Camp.
Taboada Balintawak West Coast Camp August 26-28
Another successful Seattle training camp with 70+ participants. Out of town guest instructors included Guros: Brian Corey (Charlotte, NC), Jeff Soriano (Winston-Salem, NC), Dr. Patrick Schmitt (Cleveland, OH), and Jhun Occidental (Los Angeles, CA). Congrats to Belton Lubas for successfully passing Level 6, "Completion of the Art." And of course special thanks to our beloved "Doctor of Stickology," Grandmaster Bobby Taboada, our event headliner - thank you for sharing your art and your continued support and guidance.
Global Fellowship of Masters, Phoenix, AZ September 1-3
Balintawak Seattle members: Arielle Fontelara, Lance Lu, Lorenzo Carlos, Ken Pontelandolfo, Tony Manutani, and Guro John, participated in the 2nd Gathering of Masters. It was a fascinating sharing of systems and true display of fellowship and brotherhood. Highlights for the Seattle group included special intensive training sessions with GM Bobby Taboada and GM Nene Gaabucayan. Thank you to GM Sam Buot and the Buot Balintawak Group for the outstanding hospitality and hosting a memorable event.
Taboada Balintawak World Camp, September 30 - October 2nd
This year Guro John, Raul Tabile, and Lorenzo Carlos represented the Balintawak Seattle group at the annual fall event. The event was hosted by Guro Alex Ormaza and Debbie Ormaza at their spacious Ormaza Dojo located in Dallas, NC. As anticipated the event was filled with highlight after highlight. It was heartwarming to be around such a positive group with tremendous encouragement and support for each other as well as trademark Taboada Balintawak friendship and camaraderie. Testing day was outstanding, to see the future generation of Balintawak Eskrimadors and the talented individuals was inspiring. Can't wait till next year!
This year's Seattle fall training camp is scheduled for August 26th -28th. Please go to our EVENTS page to see the flyer and register.
October 2-4 was a special weekend for the Balintawak Seattle organization with over 60 participants attending GM Taboada's Camp. Attendees came from Washington State, California, Cincinnati, North Caroilina, and Vancouver, B.C. Thank you to everyone who supported the event!
Congratulations are in order for those that tested for their respective levels, it was a outstanding display of skill - the positive energy of friendship and camaraderie filled the room. It was also a milestone as Azeem McDaniel was promoted to Level 7, Full Qualified Instructor, becoming the first student of Guro John Soriano to achieve this out of the Balintawak Seattle group. Additionally, Azeem's son, twelve year old Shahid McDaniel, successfully tested for Level 6, Completion of the Art. Special mention to the other Seattle members who successfully tested: Quntin Abellon & Lance Lu (Level 6), Belton Lubas (Level 5), Arielle Fontelera, Jeff Pearce, Itsa Shash (Level 4), Daylon Foltz, Edward Madrid (Level 3), Nelson Pinto, Chad Foltz, Abishek Asokan (Level 2), Martin Joubert, Kevin Westman (Level 1). Well done all of you.
Of course the event wouldn't have been a success without Grandmaster Bobby Taboada - thank you so much for your teaching, guidance, and support. From our heart, you are welcome, with respect!
Thanks to everyone who participated in our August Boot Camp. Congrats to those who tested: Lorenzo C., Ken P., Chuck L., Justin S., and Chad F., well done.
The details are now set for our hosting of Grandmaster Taboada and fall training camp. Please see our Events page for details and registration information.
Mark your calendar, GM Bobby Taboada returns to Seattle for a fall seminar, October 2-4. More info to follow once all details are finalized.
May Boot Camp is set for Sunday May 31st, 2:00-4:30PM at Warrior Fitness Martial Arts in Factoria. Please see our Events tab for details and to register.