SGM Angel Cabales learned the rudimentary foundation of the Filipino art of escrima from his mentor, “Dequerdas” Sr. Grand Master Guru Felicisimo Dizon. Grandmaster D, began studying Cabales Serrada Escrima back in 1984 in Stockton, California. With several years of genuine combat experience already underneath his belt, GM D, knew instantly that after having witnessed SGM Angel Cabales in actual combat action, he was indeed a genuine weapons ‘Master’.
(l-r) Great Grandmaster Angel Cabales & GM Gura Graciela Casillas
"When a person is seriously engaged in close-quarter combat, there is no time for thinking, feeling, choosing or judging what is occurring from moment-to-moment.” Here's how SGM Guru Angel Cabales put it. On June 3, 1990, GM D traveled to SGM Angel Cabales' home in order to conduct a very special interview on him. Although GM *D* had spoken to SGM Cabales many times about his style of fighting, he was always reluctant to ask him about his death matches. SGM Angel Cabales told GM D, that escrima death matches were an integral part of the ancient warrior code & traditions of the Philippines. "To willfully test one's skills in an actual match to the death is the ultimate test of true fighting skill and indomitable courage".
SGM Angel Cabales taught GM *D* that obtaining high levels of rank or degrees should never be the primary focus of a martial arts aspirant. Instead, a practitioner should focus upon the fundamentals & upon the metaphysical ingredients that lie behind all external formulas for combat fighting.
According to SGM Angel Cabales, no level of rank could ever equate with the raw courage and skill that is latent within the hearts, bodies, and the minds of every human being. A real warrior works from a position of practicality, and begins the process of becoming a master craftsman by using whatever personality & circumstances he/she is in at the time. To SGM Angel Cabales, befriending and assisting a person with the elevation of their mind was his greatest and highest achievement award within his lifetime. The 'Cabales Serrada System of Escrima' was designed for thinkers, and for all those who are seeking a supreme martial arts type of lifestyle. The art of Serrada Escrima as developed by SGM Angel Cabales entails many aspects of the art of combat. "In order to make my art of Serrada Escrima serve the present time, we only have to assemble or reassemble my art into its fullest dimensions scientifically, and then my students have to bring to life my art of Serrada Escrima, and then make it their own." SGM Angel Cabales stated that his style of fighting could not fail him in any combative encounter. In SGM Angel Cabales' mind his art could never fail him because he always thought in a completely positivist way when it came to close-quarter-combat-fighting. SGM Angel Cabales was not afraid to engage in actual hand-to-hand or weapon-to-weapon encounters. The Serrada System of Escrima as taught by SGM Angel Cabales was very people oriented. SGM Cabales was not only the first escrimador master to open a commercial escrima academy in America, but also! like the legendary Bruce Lee; he was amongst one o the first Filipino masters to teach outside of his race. A good example of this are the top three African American master graduate students that Cabales personally taught escrima to; Professor Sultan Uddin, Master Jerry Preciado, and SR. Grandmaster D.
(l-to-r) GM Jim Mather, SGM Angel Cabales, Grand Master *D* & Professor *Sultan Uddin*
Finally, Angel Cabales believed in the eternal goodness of man. Even when the usurers were closing in on him, he still had faith in his 'Serrada System of Escrima'.. After several years of practicing, and promoting the “Cabales Serrada System of Escrima” worldwide; GM D still continues to discover hidden clues & further meaning that has unearthed some of the deepest secrets of the "Angel Cabales Serrada System of Self-Defense". It's these time energy-releasing secrets that continue to propel GM D upon an " Endless Journey " of self-discovery & further development within the area of close quarter combat. In a follow-up interview in early 1990, just prior to SGM Angel Cabales' death, GM D asked the 'Supreme Grand Master' who he felt his top Serrada Escrima student (s) were; In a proud voice he said; "All of my students are top notch students."