26 July 2017

Below is a list of legendary figures in the Filipino Martial Arts. Although they are no longer with us, these legends, through their art, left a legacy that will remain with us for generations to come.

We know our list is not complete and apologize if we missed anyone. If there is a FMA legend that we left out, please contact us and include their bio and pictures so we can add them to our list.

Grandmaster
Angel Cabales
(1917-1991) | Cabales Serrada Eskrima
Grandmaster
Antonio "Tatang" Ilustrisimo
(1904 - 1997) | Kali Ilustrisimo
Grandmaster
Atty. Jose Villasin
(1923-1988) | Balintawak Escrima
Grandmaster
Ben Largusa
(1926 - 2010) | Villabrille-Largusa Kali System
Grandmaster
Benjamin Luna Lema
(1919-2003) | Lightning Scientifc Arnis
Great Grandmaster
Braulio Pedoy
(1900-1992) | Pedoy's Style of Derobio Escrima
Master
Christopher "Topher" Ricketts
(1955–2010) | Bakbakan International
Punong Guro
Edgar Sulite
(1957-1997) | Lamenco Eskrima
Maestro
Elmer Ybanez
(1953 - 2004) | Lema Scientific Kali Arnis System (LESKAS)
Grandmaster
Ernesto Presas
(1945 - 2010) | Kombatan
Founder
Filemon "Momy" Canete
(1904 - 1995) | San Miguel Eskrima
Supreme Grandmaster
Florendo M. Visitacion
(1910-1999) | Vee Arnis Jitsu
Grandmaster
Floro Villabrille
(1912 - 1992) | Villabrille-Largusa Kali System
Grandmaster
Gerardo B. Alcuizar, PhD M.A.
(1934-2007) | Wolrd Eskrido Federation
Grandmaster
Jose D. Caballero
(1907 - 1987) | De Campo Uno-Dos-Tres Orihinal
Grandmaster
Jose Mena
(1917-2005) | Doblete Rapilon System
Grandmaster
Leo Giron
(1911-2002) | BAHALA NA
Grandmaster
Liborio "Tiboring" G. Heyrosa
(?) | Liborio Heyrosa De Cuerdas
Pundador
Manuel Molina Aguillon Sr.
(1915 - 1995) | Arnis Balite
Mangisursuro
Mike Inay
(1944-2000) | Inayan Eskrima
Grandmaster
Remy Amador Presas
(1936-2001) | Modern Arnis
Grandmaster
Roland Dantes
(1945-2009) | Modern Arnis
Ama Maestro
Saturnino Quinto Fabia
(1915-2005) | Estrella Sinkatan Arnis
Maestro
Sonny Umpad
(1948 - 2006) | Visayan Style Corto Kadena Larga Mano Eskrima
Grandmaster
Teofilo "Pilo" Velez
| Balintawak
Guro
Theodore 'Ted' Lucaylucay
(1946 - 1996) | Temujin Lucaylucay Kali/JKD
Grandmaster
Timoteo Maranga, Sr.
(? - 1998 | Combat Eskrima Maranga
Grandmaster
Venancio "Anciong" Bacon
(1912 - 1991) | Balintawak Escrima
Grandmaster
Vicente Carin
(1921 – 2003) | Doce Pares