Thursday, July 25, 2013

GM Greg Henderson - founder of Diamondback Eskrima

Coming up this week we are excited to have  GM Greg Henderson the founder of Diamondback Eskrima. Grand Master Greg Henderson whom has been involved in FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) for over 50 years. As one of the founding members of WEKAF (World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation), he is also known as the 'Father of Filipino Martial Arts in New Zealand'. The list of instructors whom he has the opportunity to train with are impressive and frequently named as the who's who in the FMA world. He was also the only Westerner to ever been accepted as an indoor disciple of GM Eulogio "Yoling" Canete, the founding member of Labangon Fencing Club and the now famous Doce Pares whom he was the President from 1932 to his passing away in 1988.

GM Ernesto. Y. Berdin, founder of the Magkuno style, is credited as being the main influence in GM Greg's FMA training that lead to the development of the Diamondback system. Grand Master Greg Henderson also trained with GM Abner Pasa, the successor of GM Eulogio Canete's Larga Mano system whom was gracious to allow GM Greg to live and train full time with him to complete his study of Eulogio's system.

Among other instructors that GM Greg Henderson has trained with are (but not limited to, as 50 years is a long time!!!!!)
GM Filemon "Momoy" Canete ( San Miguel Eskrima/ Doce Pares)
GM Ciriaco "Cacoy" Canete ( Doce Pares)
GM Diniosio "Diony" Canete (Doce Pares)
• GM Vincente "Inting" Carin ( Eskrima Carin)
GM Idring Casio ( San Miguel)
GM Winnie Dela Rosa ( Balintawak System)
GM Liborio Heyrosa ( Balintawak System)
GM Teofilo Velez ( Balintawak System)
GM Filemon Caburnay ( Lapunti Arnis De Abanico)
GM Timoteo Maranga ( Tres Puntas)
GM Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo ( Kali Ilustrisimo)
GM Benjamin Luna Lema ( Lightning Scientific Arnis)
Maestro Sonny Umpad ( Visayan Corto Kadena)
GM Joseph Seregar ( Silat)
Alex Henderson (GM Henderson's grandfather and first teacher) - AMARH Eskrima
GM Andrew Fleming ( Combat Judo/Jujutsu - who was instrumental in introducing Judo into Australia)

Currently, GM Greg Henderson teaches privately to a dedicated group of private students whom train in his backyard. They are being groomed to be future instructors. Most of his students are either experienced martial artist from other disciplines or instructors in their own right.

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Our hosts will be Guro Federico Malibago, Guro John Bednarski, Guro Mark Basel and anyone else we can convince to join in on the madness.

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