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.