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." - from the Bakbakan International
Bakbakan is a Filipino Martial Arts Association with its headquarters located
in Manila, Philippines
. The founder and Chief Instructor of Bakbakan is Christopher Ricketts
, a well-known martial artist in the Philippines
, and the United States
Bakbakan has chapters in Australia, Canada, and the United States. It was Bakbakan that
promoted the Masters of Arnis tour in Australia that featured Christopher Ricketts,
Antonio Diego, Edgar Sulite, and Rey Galang.
Grandmaster Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo
is the revered head of the Kali Ilustrisimo
system. It is this system that is the basis of Bakbakan's Kali system now referred to as
Bakbakan Kali Ilustrisimo. This name change identifies the system developed and structured
by Bakbakan based on Grandmaster Ilustrisimo's concepts and strategy.
Tulisan Knife-Fighting System
An off-shoot of the Bakbakan Kali Ilustrisimo system, is based more on basic
knife-fighting techniques and constant sparring rather than memorized pre-planned drills.
Sinawali Fighting System
Teaches ambidexterity and fluidity in the mastery of weapons.
The late Edgar Sulite
of Lameco Eskrima
is another of the
first-generation Kali Ilustrisimo masters that helped develop the structure of the
Bakbakan Kali system. Sulite's Lameco Eskrima System is part of Bakbakan's system
of martial arts.
Sagasa Kickboxing System
Developed from drills and concepts formulated by Dr. Guillermo Lengson of the Karate
Federation of the Philippines, Sagasa Kickboxing System has progressed into its present
form through the efforts of Christopher Ricketts and senior members of Bakbakan. The
intensive drills, known as "series", are designed to develop coordination, power and reflexes.
Hagibis Combat System
Complements Sagasa as combat evolves from long and mid-range into close-quarters fighting.
Developed primarily as throwing and tripping techniques, Hagibis also includes grappling
and submission arts. Emphasis, however, is to throw or disable an opponent in such a way,
that one is able to defend themselves against multiple opponents.
Ngo Cho Kun Kung Fu
Ngo Cho helps develop power, stamina and concentration which are qualities of enormous value to the martial artist.
, Edgar Sulite
, Alexander Co
, Christopher Ricketts
, Rey Galang
, Dodong Sta. Iglesia, Miguel Zubiri
, Ding Binay, Ronnie Ricketts
, Rolly Maximo, Ramon Tulfo
, Rey Dizer, Edgar Aristorenas.
The organization or its senior members have been featured in the following published works:
- September 1997 issue of Exotic Martial Arts of Southeast Asia
- Filipino Martial Culture by Mark V. Wiley ISBN 0-8048-2088-0
- Five Ancestor Fist Kung Fu by Alexander Co ISBN 0-8048-3153-X
- Premiere Issue of Martial Arts Illustrated.
- Masters of the Blade by Reynaldo S. Galang ISBN 0-9727679-2-4
- Warrior Arts of the Philippines by Reynaldo S. Galang ISBN 0-9727679-1-6
- Classic ARNIS - The Legacy of Placido Yambao by Reynaldo S. Galang ISBN 0-9727679-0-8
- Complete Sinawali Filipino Double Weapon Fighting by Reynaldo S. Galang ISBN 0-8048-3156-4