- Balintawak is the name given to the personal escrima style of Venancio "Anciong" Bacon in the first half of the 20th century. Using a single stick as its primary tool, it is a close-quarters art developed in the tight urban spaces of Cebu City, Philippines making it increasing relevant and practical in our urbanized world.
- Stick fighting art that emphasizes economy of motion, precision and accuracy
- Has multiple applications in empty hand as well as bladed weapons
- Benefits all levels of practitioners from the beginner to the experienced martial artist
- Enhanced hand-eye coordination
- Development of quick reflexes, combined with explosive power
Founder of Richmond Balintawak, Jemar Carcellar was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines. At the age of 12, he started receiving lessons at the Balintawak International Self Defense Club, located in the backyard of the Grandmaster Teofilo Velez.
Aside from training with GM Bobby Taboada, he was able to receive additional instruction from the Velez family – GM Teofilo Velez, GM Chito Velez, GM Monie Velez, and GM Eddie Velez. He received his Level 7, Fully Qualified Instructor, from GM Taboada in 2010. That same year Jemar was honored as Regional Man of the Year by the World Sokeship Head of Family Council.