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Alex France promotion
By timagua - 07-16-2009 01:41 AM
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[FONT=&quot]By order of GGM Ernesto A. Presas, Sr. at International Philippine Martial Arts Federation Headquarters in Manila, the Philippines, Alexander Bautista Bayot France has been promoted to Lakan Siyam effective June 5, 2009. Alex France, as he is known to most, has served in the capacity of IPMAF Secretary General for many years. He is a primary advocate for GGM Presas art and effectively keeps the federations worldwide membership linked and informed of current goings-on. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]France[/FONT][FONT=&quot] was originally a Wado-ryu karate practitioner under Sensei Hidy Hiraoka when he first saw the Filipino martial arts in action. Curiously, this was not in his native Philippines but in a stickfighting tournament in Californias Bay Area. He subsequently met Great Grandmaster Ernesto A. Presas Sr. and then went directly under his martial guidance.[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]GGM Presas became his mentor, instilling in him a solid foundation in the art of Kombatan. France also sought knowledge in the FMA under Grandmaster Jon Bais and Balintawak Grandmaster Ver Villasin. He acknowledges all of his teachers and carries on their skills through his own school. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]France[/FONT][FONT=&quot]s Philippine Martial Arts Academy, the PMAA, was established in 1995. It was first located in Vallejo, California, then moved to Pleasanton, where he ran his "Pamana ng Mandirigma" program. He now teaches in Hayward, where PMAA is the FMA division of Hayward Martial Arts. An able statesman and martial expert, France self-admittedly lives by his motto: By the pen or by the sword, it shall be done.
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