Expect the unexpected, that seems to be a fitting theme in my “to do list of individuals to find” that will shape the seeking of my path in my fma journey. I first met Nong Mawe thru an impulse of curiosity sometime June 7, 2005. The family that week traveled to the town of Badian specific in the mountains of Tigbao as we have a small family rest home. Since we were already in the southern side of Cebu, I decided to visit the town of Toledo in search of GM Mawe Caballero. I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my wife's cousin who knew the Sitio of Ibo, Toledo thru his older brother who once lived there many years ago.
Lucky enough it was not a long time to find what we were looking for. Nong Mawe happened to live close by the main road going to the back side or a shortcut to the other side of Cebu going by way to the mountains of Pinamungahan.
We met the unassuming GM sitting underneath the langka tree on a bamboo bench early afternoon maybe just after 12 o'clock. I was introduced thru my wife's cousin mentioning that I had traveled all the way from the United States. He asked exactly were, “I told him California” and that I spoke enough Tagalog to get by but not Cebuano. Although, I understood the Cebuano terms in Eskrima and its meaning seems to be the closest of me speaking Cebuano. We spoke of training that week, and that it was an honor to meet him and also to train his eskrima. From there the training of DeCampo 123 Orihinal Eskrima began that weekend. Till this day I still have my notes and the days and dates in the calendar that he was available for training where I came down from the city riding the bus or driving my sister in laws car to be there. Prior to arriving at their home, I would always stop by the market and purchase meat, forgot how many kilos I would buy, in the meat section of the Palengue in Toledo closed by the bus Terminal to give to him for the family. At the same time, after practice when going home he would give some langka, soursop (guyabano),coconut (buko) or other items local stuff for me to take home back to the city. This was the awakening that I never forget that the person was genuine in all aspects of his eskrima….as they say the rest is history. I honor his teachings thru my Eskrima Combatives FMA approach or SDI. I can say, I'm the only individual here in the United States that he gave permission by way of certification thru show of movement, its purpose or meaning coinciding to teach the lesson plan and beyond the curriculum outside Cebu. I have never exploited his eskrima that he taught me. Now I see on the internet that you can purchase the curriculum for five hundred dollars. In due time the lesson plan would also surface as taught to me by Nong Mawe. He had mentioned to me many times that the lesson plan is just a guide. It is about the meaning of DECAMPO 123 ORIHINAL that will awake the consciousness if you can interlink that with the written lesson plan. Other than that, it is merely following. Nong Mawe's time in this world was short, he was taken early in my opinion which makes me very sad when I think about it. But it was the will of life that took its fate. TBC...”MY FMA JOURNEY, SEEKING THE PAT
THE LESSON PLAN SIETE PARES 1 THRU 7 "NUMBERING SYSTEM"
1ST GROUP "ABESEDARIO"
2ND GROUP "DE ALFAVITO"
3RD GROUP "HORIZONTAL"
4TH GROUP "SERADA"
5TH GROUP "ABIERTA"
6TH GROUP " DE CAMPO 123 ORIHINAL"
7TH GROUP "REDONDO Y REDONDA"
II. MIXING THE ELEMENTARY
III. HIGH SCHOOL
8TH GROUP "DOS MANOS/DOS LARGOS"
9TH GROUP "DECADENA/DECUERDAS"
10TH GROUP "HAGAD-HUBAD"
IV. MIXING HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY
V. COLLEGE COURSE "SPECIALIZATION"
12 123 1234 12345 123456 1234567
23 234 2345 23456 234567
34 345 3456 34567
45 456 4567
DE CAMPO---TO COUNTER THE STRIKES OF THE OPPONENT
UNO-----TO FAKE OR FEINT
DOS-----TO COUNTER THE COUNTER STRIKES OF THE OPPONENT
TRES-----TO HIT THE OPPONENT
ORIHINAL------A REFERENCE TO THE TECHNIQUES AS HIS OWN ORIHINAL STYLE
TBC...........FOR THE ESSENCE