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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
They found a protégé in Meliton Geronimo, elder son of Cipriano Geronimo.
Even as a young boy, Meliton Geronimo
has displayed exceptional proficiency in SIKARAN
As a teenager, Meliton Geronimo
has shown unusual fortitude and courage by serving with distinction in the resistance movement with the Marking Guerillas during the Second World War.
Born on March 10, 1927, Meliton Geronimo is a man for all seasons.
is a master of SIKARAN, a military man, and a politician.
Even with his busy schedule, Geronimo finds time to be a movie actor.
In the early 1950's, Meliton Geronimo
, already a budding master of SIKARAN and a non-commissioned officer in the Philippine Air Force
was sent to Japan and the United States as part of the Reparations Treaty Contingent from the Philippine Air Force
Philippine Air Force Captain Domingo Polotan introduced Meliton Geronimo to Master Koichi Kondo of the All Japan Karate Federation.
The American soldiers who trained with him christened him Chief Geronimo, (the native American chieftain) as a sign of awe and respect of his physical prowess.
That was the first time that SIKARAN
was introduced in the United States.
Karate was gaining popularity in the whole world and in the Philippines as well.
In order for SIKARAN to gain international acceptance, Meliton Geronimo found it expedient to align the propagation of SIKARAN with Karate and use the subtitle Philippine Karate in reference to SIKARAN.
also realized that to gain recognition, it was essential to make adjustments and modernize his
approach to the practice of SIKARAN
, at the same time preserving the authenticity and identity of the art.
Understanding this need, Geronimo
adopted the required choreographed formal exercises from Japan and Korea for purposes of international competition.
However, to retain the distinctive origin of SIKARAN
also created and developed SIKARAN's own personalized formal exercises.
systematizing and organizing the techniques of SIKARAN
effectively elevated SIKARAN
from a "foot-fighting system" to the "fighting art of the Filipino farmer."
While a non-commissioned officer, in the Philippine Air Force
, Meliton Geronimo
started teaching military personnel and their dependents the Filipino fighting arts of SIKARAN and ARNIS DE MANO.
Upon learning of the existence of this club, several civilians sought instructions from Meliton Geronimo
Since most civilian members have no access to the military base, it was decided to rent a building outside the base to serve as headquarters and central gymnasium.
In 1958 the group was renamed the Karate (SIKARAN) Brotherhood of the Philippines.
In 1960, Geronimo
communicated with Master Koichi Kondo of the All Japan Karate Federation
in an effort to join and have the Asian Karate Association recognize SIKARAN
as a distinct empty-hand fighting art of Filipino origin.
On February 8, 1961, affixing his
seal on his
response, Master Koichi Kondo acknowledged Geronimo's letter.
Again, on May 5, 1961, Master Koichi Kondo sent a hand written response from Korea, to Meliton Geronimo
In 1962, Master Koichi Kondo, Chief Instructor of the All Japan Karate Federation, as a prelude for recognition of SIKARAN as a distinct Filipino empty-hand fighting art named Meliton Geronimo, now a captain in the Philippine Air Force, Japanese Karate Grades Commissioner for the Philippines.
In recognition of his skill, Meliton Geronimo was awarded the 5th Degree black belt by Kyojiro Furusawa, president of the All Japan Karate Federation.
It was at that time, the highest grade in Karate awarded to a non-Japanese.
The same reciprocal authority was accorded to Meliton Geronimo by Korean Tang Soo Doo Grandmasters Hwang Kee of the Moo Doo Kwan and Kwai Byung Yun of the Jee Doo Kwan.
Although it took a while, on March 6, 1963, Master Koichi Kondo confirmed his
support for Meliton Geronimo
and the KARATE (SIKARAN) BROTHERHOOD OF THE PHILIPPINES for membership in the Asian Karate Association
and extended an invitation for the Philippines to participate in the First Asian Karate Championship.
In an attempt to make it a regular part of the Asian Games, a uniform name for the sport was necessary.
All member countries agreed to use the collective name of Asian Karate Association
In 1964, Meliton Geronimo
led a team of SIKARAN players in the First Asian Karate Championships held in Japan.
It was the first time that Japanese Karate, Chinese Karate, Korean Tang Soo Doo, called Korean Karate and SIKARAN
, referred to as Philippine Karate, competed in an international tournament using a standard uniform rule of contest.
The rules were almost made-to-order for SIKARAN fighters.
They were the matira ang matibay (knock-out-survival-of-the-fittest) kind of rules, the forte of SIKARAN
Meliton Geronimo's skill in SIKARAN paid off when he was named Most Courageous Fighter.
It was his
first international competition and the first honor for the Philippines in the martial art field of empty-hand fighting.
It also proved the flexibility and ability of SIKARAN practitioners to adapt to different fight situations under a different set of rules of engagement.
In subsequent Asian Karate Championships, several other honors were won under the leadership of Meliton Geronimo
Jaime Geronimo, younger brother of Meliton Geronimo, won the "Most Courageous Fighter Award."
On March 14, 1964, however, when ...
On March 14, 1964, however, when Meliton C. Geronimo joined the First Asian Karate Championship in Tokyo, Japan, he introduced Sikaran to the Asian sports arena.
He was able to convince and amaze other Grandmasters of the different martial arts with the unique and distinct fighting style of Sikaran, especially its signature kick "Biakid.
Henceforth, Sikaran "awoke from its golden slumber."
The untiring efforts of Meliton paid off when on November 6, 1966, the Asian Karate Association recognized Sikaran as a Philippine fighting art of distinct origin, and conferred him the 10th Degree Red Belt as the Grandmaster of Sikaran.
and the Sikaran
Senior Instructors headed by his brother, Jaime, efficiently trained the elite military security men in defensive tactics with Sikaran as the base art.
retired from the military with flying colors for his
He eventually became the Mayor of Baras, Rizal, where he earned the moniker of "Mayor Latigo" due to his expertise in the use of, and habit of carrying, a whip (Latigo).
Because of his colorful career as a soldier, as a civil servant and as a Grandmaster in Sikaran, Octo Arts Productions produced a movie, "Mayor Latigo," based on his real-life story, with veteran actor Eddie Garcia portraying the role of Meliton.
It is distinct from other forms of martial arts as Taekwondo and Karate by incorporating Arnis in the predominantly foot-fighting technique which has been taught and has been propagated locally and internationally for the past forty-four years through the tutelage of Former Baras Mayor, Meliton Geronimo, 10th Degree Red Belt Grandmaster of Sikaran..."
Under the authority of Meliton
, Jaime is relentlessly pushing for the full implementation of Sikaran Ordinance of 2010, in coordination with the concerned Rizal government instrumentality, such as Rizal Youth and Sports Development Office, Sangguniang Kabataan Provincial Federation
, Department of Education Rizal and the Office of the Governor.
To: Meliton C. Geronimo and Jaime C. Geronimo for their priceless and immeasurable dedication in the propagation of Sikaran, and to Emmanuel DES Querubin for his invaluable contributions to Sikaran through his writings, cheers and kudos for their OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT!!! - esj 01/10/2012
Film Academy of the Philippines - Official Website
Meliton Geronimo, the rebellious mayor of Baras, Rizal, who whipped up his own version of People Power to foil the administration's decision to oust him from office.
Baras Rizal Online » Manlalaro ng sikaran umani ng parangal
Nais pa ni dating Mayor Meliton Geronimo, tagapagtatag ng WSABP, na isama ang laro sa Olympic Games.
Bukas din ang kanilang grupo sa mga nais matuto ng sikaran.
May pagsasanay sila tuwing alas-siyete ng gabi, Lunes, Miyerkules at Biyernes sa Baras Gymnasium.