Is it not true that every Balintawak group claims that GM Bacon is the founder of Balintawak and that only GM Atillo does not recognize that?
I mean every Balintawak practitioner that I have worked with adheres to this. Doing a quick google they all reference back to GM Bacon as being the founder of Balintawak. It seems like you are trying to help in the rewrite of history here Jerome.
Brian, Do not try putting words in my mouth. I have never heard GM Atillo disavow GM Bacon in any way other than to say, he (Bacon) was not my teacher.
That is a far cry from say that GM Bacon was not the founder of Balintawak. And what is Balintawak Eskrima? A new name for the Saavedra Eskrima art that
GM Bacon, Vincente Atillo, Delfin Lopez and Timoteo Maranga learned under the guidance of Lorenzo and Doring Saavdra. The club took its name from the street on which it was located, but the art came from what they all had learned from the Saavedras. I don't need to re-write history to tell the truth about the origins of Balintawak, nor do I have to try to tear down anyone associated with the art at any time in the past or present. I see Balintawak as a whole system with 5 parts.
Seven of my associates have taken to and utilized different aspects of three (3) of the five (5) parts, Taboada, Bacon-Buot and Atillo. I (we) see these parts as fitting our personal needs and agilities therefore we tend to be open to the entire spectrum of Balintawak.
Do some research.
Jerome Barber, Ed. D.