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Tri-step salutation

The ideals of Bakbakan are embodied in its tri-step salutation, emphasizing the following:
Karunungan – Knowledge

Learn Well

Katapatan – Loyalty

Train Hard

Katarungan – Justice or Truth

Fight Easy

An introduction to

Bakbakan International

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.

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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.

Before the invention of the gun, the knife was generally regarded as the most used weapon. In its many shapes and sizes, it is found in all nations throughout the ages. In South East Asia, the most widely used and popular knife is the KRIS. It is a very old weapon which survives even to this day.

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.

Among the feared and respected Grandmasters of Philippine Warrior Arts, there exists one common bond that ignores regional styles, tradition and dialect. There exists a common concept and principle shared by these warrior Grandmasters.

Simplicity, functionality and practicality. These are the essence, the root and foundation of Kali Ilustrisimo. It is in these timeless concepts that the secret of Kali Ilustrisimo lies.

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.

With the unleashed fury of a raging wave pounding on the surf, the once gentle, quiescent force of Hagibis, like water, permeates and integrates with little or no resistance, its force accelerated and amplified by the winds of energy, motion and momentum of combat.

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.

Historical Features

The Burning of Samar

At Balangiga, on October 23, 1901, Brigadier General Jacob Smith ordered a battalion of 300 U.S. Marines, under the command of then Major Littleton W. Waller, to make Samar “a howling wilderness”.

Andres Bonifacio

Long ago, in the days when Tondo, Manila was a town dotted with rice fields, a poor couple was married in Tondo church. The groom was a short muscular Filipino named Santiago Bonifacio.

Captain Leonard Furlong

The Philippine Constabulary boasts of many heroes and legends among its ranks. Here is one American officer that is recognized and honored as a warrior by one of the world’s fiercest warriors, the Moros — the Muslin natives of southern Philippines.

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.

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