Meliton Geronimo, 10th Degree Redbelt, Grandmaster of Sikaran
In recognition of this achievement, the Philippine Sportswriters Association
vested on Meliton Geronimo
the Sportsman of the Year Award.
, who codified, organized and elevated SIKARAN
from an ancient system to a modern fighting art was awarded the title of Grandmaster of SIKARAN with the rank of 10th Degree Red Belt.
was vested the Order of the Eagle (Agila), the highest award in the Asian Karate Association
Some people were insistent on calling the art Philippine Karate professing that it has been influenced too much by Karate.
Some contend that it should be called Modern SIKARAN
to differentiate it with the SIKARAN of old, because foreign but similar fighting arts have debauched its distinctive style.
, maintaining that this is neither a new nor a different art, but a natural evolutionary progression of the centuries-old art of SIKARAN, resisted to use a qualifier and retained the name of the art the way it has always been since the 1800's.
It may have seemed an insignificant matter to some, but to Meliton Geronimo
, it looms large on the horizon of the future of SIKARAN
strongly declared that the art of SIKARAN that he
is propagating is the same art his
grandfather propagated in the 1800's.
emphatically stressed that nobody can improve on perfection of the centuries-old art of SIKARAN.
emphasized that what he
improved on is the "packaging" and "presentation" of SIKARAN
Working together, Meliton Geronimo
, his younger brother Jaime Geronimo and Emmanuel del Espiritu Santo Querubin, with the encouragement and wisdom of SIKARAN
Haris Cipriano Geronimo, Melencio Bigasin and Manuel Ocampo and Arnis de Mano Grandmaster Daniel Rendal, formalized the syllabus of the techniques and curriculum of SIKARAN.
In 1969, Meliton Geronimo
and Emmanuel del Espiritu Santo Querubin's Terminologies of the Filipino Fighting Arts received the approval of the Institute of National Language
and the Department of Education, bolstering the identity of SIKARAN
as an indigenous empty-hand fighting art of the Philippines.
In the same year, Meliton Geronimo
and Emmanuel Querubin published two SIKARAN Instructional Manuals.
From 1969 to 1972, Meliton Geronimo and his senior instructors, Jaime Geronimo, Emmanuel del Espiritu Santo Querubin, Angeles Sanchez, Rodrigo Espiritu, Ramon Valdenor and Serafin Pangilinan, were assigned to train Republic of the Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and the Presidential Security Command in SIKARAN.
The Karate Brotherhood of the Philippines became an original signatory member while Meliton Geronimo and Emmanuel del Espiritu Santo Querubin were designated lifetime founding signers of the WUKO charter.
, has gained worldwide recognition as a martial arts leader and the Philippines, through the Karate (SIKARAN) Brotherhood of the Philippines, has emerged as a powerhouse in the international Karate scene.
This personal glory was bothersome for Meliton Geronimo
With the formation of WUKO
was being identified too much as Karate instead of the distinct Filipino Fighting Art that it is.
Apprehensive that SIKARAN
may lose its identity over the international acceptance of Philippine Karate, Meliton Geronimo
, shortly thereafter relinquished his
position in the World Union of Karate-do Organizations
Energized by the enthusiasm of the SIKARAN
elders, Meliton Geronimo
devoted all his
time and energy in the propagation of SIKARAN.
personal stature as a pacesetter in the Karate world, he
dropped all reference to SIKARAN
as Philippine Karate and propelled the Filipino Fighting Art to its rightful place in the international martial arts scene.
Adopting the ancient rules of SIKARAN competition, Meliton Geronimo set tournament protocol making SIKARAN a modern and exciting competitive sport.
is now practiced in several countries in at least four continents and is universally recognized as the Filipino Fighting art that it is.
After retiring from the Philippine Air Force, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Meliton Geronimo was elected Mayor of the town of Baras in the province of Rizal.
first official action as Mayor was to acknowledge Baras as the birthplace of SIKARAN
A similar resolution was also passed by the provincial government of the province of Rizal
also erected a monument of two SIKARAN
fighters in a biyakid position, adjacent to the multi-purpose gymnasium that he
also constructed to be home of SIKARAN.
and Meliton Geronimo
are synonymous and nobody can rightfully claim to have learned the art unless they learned it from Meliton Geronimo
Unfortunately, unsuspecting people are being bilked by self-proclaimed "masters" and even "grandmasters," who after hearing about SIKARAN
, cleverly put together some hand and foot techniques and call their art SIKARAN.
, still actively oversees the affairs of the KAPATIRANG SIKARAN NG PILIPINAS
(ruling body of SIKARAN) and the KAPATIRANG PANDAIGDIG NG SIKARAN (WORLD BROTHERHOOD OF SIKARAN), comprised of several affiliates from all over the world.
With Meliton Geronimo
at the head, his
two most senior and ardent followers stand by his
There is only one Grandmaster of SIKARAN
accepted by the SIKARAN elders and that is Meliton Geronimo
There is only one Filipino Grandmaster sanctioned and recognized by the Asian Karate Association
to hold the rank of 10th Degree Red Belt in SIKARAN and that is Meliton Geronimo