Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Honorary Grandmaster Award within the WSEF by GM Ron Saturno

GM Vincent Cabales with WSEF Honoary Award presented by Master Ron Saturno

On June 30, 2014, the President of the World Serrada Escrima Federation, Guro Michael Schwarz bestowed GM Vincent Cabales with the recognition of being the Grandmaster of Cabales Serrada. Master Ron Saturno presented the certificate to GM Vincent Cabales. I, GM Arthur Gonzalez of Tenio's Decuerdas Escrima was invited to witness this event.

Master Ron Saturno, GM Vincent Cabales & GM Arthur Gonzalez

GM Vincent Cabales was born April 30, 1954. He started training with his father, world renowned Grand Master Angel Cabales, at the age of 8 years old.  GM Vincent Cabales started doing demonstrations with his father when he was 14 years old and began teaching when he was 16 years of age.  Grandmaster Vincent Cabales remained an instructor under the supervision of his father until 1990 when he officially took over the art of Cabales Serrada Escrima from his father and obtained the title of Grandmaster with the blessings of his father Grandmaster Angel Cabales before his death a year later.  His school is located at 136 Harding Way, Stockton, Ca. 95204.

Cabales Serrada Escrima Academy Sign

Historical Gong's Restaurant where it all began 

This was a special occasion for the FMA family of Cabales Serrada Escrima and all Serrada System of Escrima instructors, students and fans.  The WSEF as an independent organization is very pleased to be able to award the hard work of GM Vincent Cabales for all that he has done to contnue the propegation of the Cabales Serrada Escrima System and to keep his father's life's work thriving.  

Too often in martial arts as a whole, we seldom have the opportunity or foresight to be able to give recognition to those with in the martial arts that make a difference. This is particularly true of "family" systems and arts. This can be even more true with in the Filipino Martial Arts as a whole. It is a great pleasure to have personally met GM Vincent Cabales several years ago at a WSEF Commemoration for his father GM Angel O. Cablaes, then to be able to interview him and now to honor him with the well deserved Honorary Grandmaster Award within the WSEF for the great efforts he's made for the CSE System as a whole. 

The WSEF remains as an independent organization. With primary focus on the System of Serrada Escrima, we also recognize the significant contributions of all Filipino Martial Arts, Systems, their instructors and organizations as well. It is with this in the fore front that the WSEF recognize all equally who strive to promote the very best with their individual expertise and experiences. The continued rich expression through sharing, good will, mutual recognition and respect which will only continue to enrich the Filipino Martial Arts experience as a whole. 

President of the WSEF
 Michael Schwarz