The Random System Of Balintawak As Taught By Bobby Tabimina
This is the system founded by Grandmaster Bobby Tabimina. It's primary goal is the preservation of the art as handed to him by Great Grandmaster Venancio ‘Anciong’ Bacon during his incarceration. It is a martial art that gives importance to both physical and psychological aspect of the fight using a single stick or ‘olisi’ as a training tool to bring out the necessary reaction. These reactions are reshaped and remoulded to facilitate efficiency, precision and economy of motion in accordance with the individual’s natural body movement. With this in mind, the individual is able to generate speed, power, timing, accuracy and intent based on the individual’s comfort zone.
Zero Mind State
The Tabimina System teaches you how to attain the elusive zero mind state which is the missing link of every martial arts. Other systems often misconstrue muscle memory and zero mind state. Muscle memory is achieved through the repetition of movements but incorporates thought process, thus making this method effective to a certain extent. But this method has a downside, mainly because memorising can lead to anticipation. Defense should be devoid of thought so that your reaction is instantaneous. The Tabimina System specialises in enhancing your senses, to be accurate and respond to what is only required by completely emptying your mind.
Why Close Range?
The Tabimina System emphasises close range fighting as we believe that about 90% of the fight ends at this range. This is one of the major changes that the Great Grandmaster Venancio ‘Anciong’ Bacon implemented and practiced while he was incarcerated. In close range the variations become limitless. Any known combative strategy conceived by the creative mind becomes more effective and can be applied in this range. Therefore, since the Tabimina System emphasises a strong defense as its foundation, the individual is exposed to these variations repeatedly and is able to adapt and make necessary adjustments by defending properly based on his skills and abilities.
With Every Action there is an Equal Reaction
The Tabimina System believes in Newton’s Law of Motion. With every attack, there should be an equal counter-attack. That’s why the Tabimina System assumes that the opponent is a skilled fighter. An aggressor will attack in succession so we do not use the dummy approach, where one would strike and the defender can do multiple strikes. With this method of teaching, the student will be placed in harm’s way therefore simulating a real-time life threatening scenario, triggering the adrenaline and facilitating nervous system adaptation. The student will be required to sense or what we call ‘sniffing’, the speed, timing, sensitivity, strength and intent, of the instructor/opponent and react according.
Bare Hands, Boxing and Any Force Multiplier
The Tabimina System teaches bare hands, boxing or any force multiplier such as knives, dulo-dulo, etc. Since what is taught in this system is the natural movement of a human body, one must be able to adapt to the weapon at hand in any given situation. Although the movements may have similarities, each one will develop a certain unique attribute. The bare hands favours blocking and locking, the boxing favours evasion also known as no touch or the offline method, the knife favours vectoring and evasion and dulo-dulo favours precision hitting of vital areas. Ultimately, once a higher level of understanding of the art has been achieved, the realisation soon follows that the weapon is just a tool and the real weapon is You!