I first met Balintawak Arnis Escrima GM Bobby
Taboada in Vancouver, Canada
sometime in 1995 the night before his very first training seminar in
this city. He visited our
Filipino Martial Arts club with assistant Rick Mitchell and were
kind enough to conduct a 2-hour training for us and introduce us to
Balintawak. At that time, our club's training program included
Indonesian Pencak Silat and Filipino Kali. He respectfully asked
me, "What do you know about the art ?", my reply was...just the
basics. He then said, "OK, I will teach you and your students the basic's of
Balintawak." We practiced the 12 basic strikes and 12 basic defenses
then applied them in 2-person drills. Throughout the 2 hour session
I kept saying to myself that this was just
another drill and just another Filipino Martial Arts instructor. All
these would change in 5 minutes as after the class, GM Taboada and
his assistant demonstrated their Art with
precision, power and intensity. I have never seen the Art
demonstrated with such precision, control and intention. I quietly
said to myself, "this is the Art I am looking for." I went home that
night thinking about what I and my students have seen and
experienced that night.
I have sought out other practitioners and teachers of Balintawak and
come to a conclusion that this Art has definitely something positive
to offer. Something I can cultivate and develop for the rest of my
life. My whole family will benefit from it as well. I will further
develop the Balintawak basic's that GM Taboada has shared. I would
also like to mention that in the 9 years that I have known
GM Taboada, he never once asked or forced me to go through the
complete program. He respected my decision to concentrate on the
basic's. For that, I even respected him further.
I have always kept an open mind in my quest for knowledge in the
arts since 1973, always taking the opportunity to learn from
different teachers and practitioners of the combat arts. I highly
respect all of them.
I have made it a commitment to attend GM Taboada's training whenever
in Vancouver and have made the recommendation to my students and
associates to take the opportunity as well. I have adapted some of
his training methods, concepts and drills and include them in my
seminars. I highly recommend GM Taboada's training method and is
very well suited to military and law enforcement personnel due to
it's simplicity and directness.
GM Taboada is a humble, kind and giving individual. He has been a
friend the past 9 years. We have kept in communication all these
years and I also appreciate the impromptu private lessons, house
visits and for taking time to visit our family, specially our
youngest daughter who had cancer.
I will always treasure the man and the art.
Louie D. Lindo
Ikatan Kali/Eskrima Association