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Balintawak Vlog

Two days ago I purchased Grandmaster Bobby Taboada's Balintawak Eskrima Cuentada System levels 1-6 on his website for $200USD. The price is far cheaper than what it's worth in my opinion so you will definitely get value for money. The only thing missing is training in person or with a partner unless you can find someone who would be interested to learn with you. I don't have a training partner and my Kalis Ilustrisimo club closed down so I'm out of luck and will be learning solo however this year I've decided to challenge myself to complete all 6 levels recording my progress as I go. Originally I planned to film this in Melbourne's iconic laneways but I since then have been through a pregnancy so will now be filming this closer to home.

Earlier I had joined a couple of online sessions with Tom Saysithideth's Kapatiran Mandirigma NoVA group who are based in America and really liked that the teaching methods weren't too far removed from what I was used to with the Kalis Ilustrisimo club and what I prefer as a student. Unfortunately my schedule conflicts with a lot of the group class times so having this system available online was a relief for me. I can now learn at my own pace which if I'm being honest can come and go in bursts and then sporadically over the week/month. I'm excited to take this challenge on in a creative way.

GM Taboada has recorded himself teaching 6 levels of Balintawak Cuentada covering the following:

Level 1

12 Basic Strikes in Control

12 Basic Strikes No Control

Shadow Fighting Forms & Applications

Basic Blocks Side to Side 1, 2, 3

Power Blocks High - High, Low - Low, Center - Center & Applications

Level 2

12 Defense & Counter in control

12 Defense & Counter No Control

Semi Hitting while in a Defensive Stage with applications 1, 2, & 3 Strikes

Applications for Bob or Bag training

Level 3

5 Grouping System

Lifting & Clearing

Lifting & Clearing with Head Movement

Body Flexibility

Speed & Reflex

Defense against Punches while in Stick Fighting Motion

Level 4

12 Basic Butting Techniques

Applications for 12 Basic Butting Techniques

Pushing & Pulling

2 Sets of Power Drills

Level 5

24 Disarming Techniques

12 Left Side Disarms

12 Right Side Disarms

Disarming Applications

Must be able to teach Level 1 & 2

Level 6

Completion of the Arts

Must be able to Teach Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Semi Advance Techniques & Applications

You can purchase Bobby Taboada's Balintawak Eskrima Cuentada System here:


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