Recently--in Stockton, California, on June 30, 2014, the 'World Serrada Escrima Federation' awarded by way of WSEF Honorary Grand Master Guru Ron Saturno, a "WSEF Honorary Grand Master's Award" to the eldest son of the legendary Great Grand Master Angel O. Cabales, Vincent Cabales Sr.
Great Grand Master Guru Angel O. Cabales is officially considered to be the "Father of Escrima in America". Additionally, GGM Angel O. Cabales is the founder of the close-quarter stick/knife empty hand combat system, known worldwide as the "Cabales Serrada System of Escrima". Many of GGM Angel Cabales' graduate students went on to become legendary martial artist's within their own rights, such as, Kung Fu action film star Grand Professor Leo T. Fong, Guro Dan Inosanto, Grandmaster Richard S. Bustillo, Grandmaster Ted Lucaylucay, Grandmaster Rene Latosa, Grandmaster Mike Inay, GM Dentoy Revillar, GM Vincent Cabales Sr., GM John Cabales, GM Jimmy Tacosa, Master J.C. Cabiero, GM Art Miraflor.
Some of the last generation of Cabales Serrada Escrima graduate instructor's include: Master Guru Tony Texiera, Professor Sultan Uddin, Master Gabe Asuncion, GM Jerry Preciado, GM Darren Tibon, GM/Professor Wade Williams, GM Carlito Bonjoc, Master Guru David Mau, GM Ron Saturno, SGM Guru Anthony Davis, Master Guru Jeff 'Stickman' Finder, Guru Mark Saben, GM Mark V. Wiley,GM Mike Davis, GM Charles (Chuck) Cadell III, Master Guru Lee Foster, GM Graciela Casillas, and GM Cliff Stewart.
The list also includes numerous of other famous Professor's, Master's, and students, such as, Great Grand Professor Gilbert Tenio, and his Chief Assistant Instructor, Grand Professor John Eliab, who initially studied the art of 'Cabales Serrada Escrima' directly under GGM Angel Cabales. These two great martial artist's went on to establish their own unique versions of the illustrious modern day art form of self-defense known today as "Dequerdas".
"Dequerdas" is the name of the mother art form of what later became known as the 'Cabales Serrada System of Escrima' in which GGM Angel O. Cabales had learned directly from his Escrima teacher, the legendary Felicisimo Dizon back in the Philippine Islands.
Following in his father's footsteps, Vincent Cabales Sr., accepted the 'WSEF Honorary Grand Master's Award' with great pride, honor, and with great reverence; just as his father did well over (28) years ago, by way of the co-founder of the 'World Serrada Escrima Federation', SGM Guru Anthony Davis.
Under different names, and labels, the 'WSEF's evolutionary roots, and processes of growth extends as far back as 1980.
In 1986, SGMD, awarded at that time, 'Master' Angel Cabales, to the elevated status of "Grand Mastership" by way of his San Francisco, California, based FMA organization known then as, the "Northern California Kali/Escrima Association".
Stated SGMD, "As the co-founder of the 'WSEF' along with Grand Professor Leo T. Fong, it gives me great pride, and great pleasure to be able to extend out a handshake of peace, and friendship toward all of those who in one way or another have kept GGM Angel Cabales' beloved art form alive, and sticking".
SGMD further states, "It is now very apparent, and now very verifiable, that the primary nucleus responsible for the emergence of Filipino martial arts in America, is traced back to Great Grand Master Guru Angel O. Cabales, the man who established the very first Filipino martial arts academy in Stockton, California, back in 1966".
As SGMD was personally groomed, and certified by GGM Guru Angel Cabales, over a seven year time period, dating as far back as 1984, his personal promise, commitment, and sacred commission on behalf of his mentor has now come around full circle.
The "Cabales Serrada System of Escrima" has now been introduced into well over (72) countries all around the world just by way of the 'WSEF' alone.
This means that collectively as a whole, that if all of the Serrada Escrima brother's, and sister's will one, and all unite together in unison as one collective fist, under the banner of true brotherhood, and sisterhood, then the Legacy of GGM Angel O. Cabales, and the system of combat that he created known as "Cabales Serrada Escrima" will serve as a prime example of supreme harmonic excellence in action, and we, as a collective society will demonstrate to the world the pristine spirit of what GGM Angel O. Cabales shared with each, and every one of us, and also, with all other's around the world.
In conclusion, SGMD humbly, and respectfully extends his grand appreciation, and thanks out to WSEF Honorary Grand Master Guru Ron Saturno, for often it is the most difficult task to create harmony out of chaos, and under extreme circumstances,
WSEF GM Ron Saturno was able to complete a most difficult task on behalf of the WSEF. Also, a very special thanks, and salute goes out to Grandmaster Guru
Art Gonzales, for all of his mutual support, unbiased efforts, and extreme goodwill on behalf of the World Serrada Escrma Federation.
Let us never again allow any kind of a barrier, obstacles, or long term grievances, ever again stand in the way, or divide the Serrada Escrima Brotherhood, and Sisterhood within the sacred art of the 'Cabales Serrada System of Escrima".
Mabuhay ng Escrima, and long live the Legacy of Great Grand Master Guru;
Angel O. Cabales
SGM Guru Anthony Davis/Co-Founder
WORLD SERRADA ESCRIMA FEDERATION