The ideals of Bakbakan are embodied in its tri-step salutation, emphasizing the following:
An introduction to
Bakbakan International is a brotherhood of martial artists from different disciplines of martial arts. It is not a style nor representative of any single style. It is a center for the sharing of ideas, techniques and knowledge. It serves as the driving force in keeping realistic, practical and proven martial arts at the forefront in these days of numerous “paper” masters and founders.
The Force Behind Bakbakan
Born in the heart of Manila’s Chinatown, Master Rey Galang was exposed at an early age to the Chinese operas and legends of warriors and heroes that spawned and nurtured his love and interest in the martial arts. Having lost his father at an early age, Master Rey’s early pursuit of the martial arts was nurtured and encouraged by his uncles. Stemming from a family with a tradition and history of military and police career officers and Filipino-Chinese bloodlines, the discipline and demands of martial arts training became natural for him. Master Rey attributes his exposure to the martial arts, specifically Filipino and Chinese disciplines, to his family.
Shrouded in secrecy and mystery, the anting-anting is a subject close to the Filipino’s heart. It holds promise of invincibility, of victory and of heroic deeds. Legends have been born and men have died because of the lure of the mysterious and powerful anting-anting.
The anting-anting made a resurgence into popularity in the early 70’s when the film Nardong Putik chronicling the life of the outlaw Leonardo Manecio made its debut. The hero of the film, a local Robin Hood, credited his ability to survive and escape numerous ambushes and gunfights to his anting-anting.
From the combat tested and proven art of Kali Ilustrisimo is born the knife fighting art of Tulisan. Developed under the watchful and critical eyes of the late Grand Master Antonio Ilustrisimo of Kali Ilustrisimo and the art’s Chief Instructor and Heir, Master Antonio Diego, Tulisan has proven itself a totally realistic, dynamic and practical knife fighting system.
Pampanga, an area that once encompassed a large portion of the Central Luzon Plain of the Philippines, has always prided itself of its renowned leaders and heroes, the courage, skill and loyalty of its warriors, and its fighting art known as Sinawali (literal translation: woven), a proven combat art noted for its advanced and sophisticated double weapon system of fighting.
Katipunan – DIMABUNGGO
Katipunero Eusebio Viola (alias Dimabunggo) , also known as Maestro Sebio, is one of the more colorful characters of the Philippine revolution against Spain. Accompanied by Felipe Estrella, the schoolmaster Viola was bandied about as possessing the mysterious and powerful gift of making a person invulnerable.