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Welcome to the Official Home of Bobby Taboada’s World Balintawak Arnis Escrima. Balintawak is a powerful and very fast Filipino Martial Art originally from  Cebu City, The Philippines .

GM Guillermo O. "BOBBY" Taboada

Grand Master Taboada, originally from Cebu City, Phillipines, was trained in “old school” ways of stick fighting where the physical abuse one endured in training often exceeded the amount of abuse one experienced during an actual physical confrontation. This combination of extremely rigorous physical training, expert instruction and guidance from the Great Grand Master Venancio “Anciong” Bacon and Grand Masters Teofilo Velez and Jose Villasin, have produced this dynamic, highly-skilled, insightful and caring martial arts practitioner and teacher.

In 1979, Grand Master Taboada left the Philippines and taught his art in New Zealand before relocating to the United States in 1991. He now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he operates the headquarters for his Balintawak International organization. Since his arrival in the U.S., he’s been a self-defense instructor for the North Carolina Justice Academy and he has assisted in crime prevention programs sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Academy in the U.S. and other countries, such as England, Australia and Canada. In the year 2000, he was inducted into the World Head Council of Family Sokiship’s International Hall of Fame and was awarded the title of Millenium Grand Master. In 2002, that same organization honored him with the title of Distinguished Grand Master.

I first met Bobby through his wife, Luz Quinio, a co-alumna of the University of the Philippines, at the main social event of the Filipino-Americans in the Carolinas, the 13th Annual Gala Night, which was held in October at The Oasis that year, where then NC Congresswoman, now Senator Sue Myrick was Guest Speaker. Little did I know that within the next two years, I would be chairing the same event where a record crowd of over 600 attended, as 1st Vice President of the Filipino American Community of the Carolinas in 2002, and eventually taking over the helm the following year as FACC’s 13th President Bobby and Luz are among the staunchest supporters and tireless volunteers of the Filipino community in Charlotte.

WORDS OF WISDOM: “Believe that you can do it whatever you want, I grow because I live; just make more friends and not enemies”

MESSAGE: Keep up the good work officers or members of WEBAF Inc., do not think that you are who and who in your organization but here in WEBAF Inc. no one is who and who in this Federation, we are just one big Family, a Balintawak Family. Let unity, respect, honesty, and loyalty shall be the legacy of being a Balintawak warriors.

Note: If you think I am big, please think not but I am your servant.

International Balintawak – Official Home Page of GM Bobby Taboada
FMA Digest Special Issue Featuring GM Taboada (PDF)
Rare footage of the late GM Teofilo Velez with his student Bobby Taboada

Awards, Appreciations and Recognitions of GM Taboada