This post contains information that I found on Eskrima Digest, a great resource for discussing the Filipino Martial Arts. A link to the Eskrima Digest site located on the right hand side column underneath the category FMA Resources.


Derobio Escrima
Braulio Tomada Pedoy (1900 – 1993)

Derobio is based on passing, either with the stick or hand, as opposed to directly blocking the attack, once passed the emphasis is on controlling with either locks and/or disarming. 12 locks are taught for each pass on the 12 angles of attack and up to 12 counters for each lock and/or disarm. Each pass is also taught with what is called the “Basic 3” which is 3 strikes always done across the body high, low, middle. The style is close range and is good for “self defense” against a skilled or unskilled opponent. The style has a lot to offer against a heavy weapon that might possibly not be stopped with a direct block. Brauilo Pedoy opened his first Escrima school in 1961 in Hawaii.

major players : Eduardo Pedoy, Christopher P. Siangco, Tyrone Takahashi, Michele Navares,
Carlton Kramer, K. Peacock, P. Schmall, Ron England, L. Castillo, Chaz Paul Siangco


From: “al sardinas” <>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 10:43:58 -0400
Subject: eskrima: Can We have More On Derobio Escrima

Ray, that was a great interview with Derobio’s GM Braulio Pedoy. I did a search and note that his system is mentioned on the FMA FAQ (thanks for updating it!) and Arlan “Salty Dog” Sanford was a student of and last person to be promoted by GM Pedoy. Can anyone out there provide more information on the Derobio system?

Al Sardinas
Student of Garimot System of Arnis

“First, however, my Master told me to study about the ocean, and of the philosophy of the sea. If you were to climb to the top of a tree and look into the ocean, you would see different shades of blue. The darker the blue, the deeper the water. In the lighter areas it is shallow, rough, and noisy. Many are at this level, close-minded people with conflicting goals in life who tend to use their mouths loosely. We must look towards the deeper water where it is calm and peaceful, where your morals run deep and only pure thoughts come out of your mouth. Thus, you can observe for yourself what is shallow and what is deep. In every one of us the Lord provided seven gateways for us to observe the environment. Each of us has two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, and a mouth. Only the mouth can get us into serious trouble with our fellow man — thus, one should be very careful in what one says. Give good advice, don’t lie, and never gossip, for it might not be true. Then you can get your humbleness from that.” – GM Braulio Pedoy


From: Ray Terry <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 10:00:52 PDT
Subject: eskrima: Pedoy Escrima – Derobio

Sorry, I misspoke about the RHC Chris Siangco being the grandson of GGM Pedoy. He is the grandson-in-law.

Ray Terry

Born and raised in Hawaii, Chris Siangco’s martial art influences came from the ones he loved most. As a child, he trained in the art of Filipino boxing under his Grandfather Elias Cantere, who was Hawaii’s welter weight champ in the 30’s. Growing up he also trained under his brother in the art of Cha. 3 Hawaiian Kenpo. He later began training under Great Grandmaster Braulio Tomada Pedoy, who is the grandfather of his loving wife Gail, since 1972. Under the tutlelage of the great grandmaster and Grandmaster Eduardo Pedoy, Chief Chris has become one of only three Regional High Chiefs in Derobio Escrima. In 1991, Chief Chris brought his family out of the islands and to the mainland to spread the gift of Derobio Escrima with the help of his sons. The true lineage of Derobio Escrima lies with their uncle, Grandmaster Eduardo Pedoy and the Siangco Ohana in San Diego. Their united goal is to keep the memory of their father and grandfather alive.


The birth of the San Diego Branch of Pedoy’s School of Escrima began when the Siangco Ohana moved out of the Valley Isle of Maui to the mainland in the early 90’s with hopes of a new beginning. In 1993, their grandfather, Great Grandmaster Braulio Tomada Pedoy passed away. This was the catalyst that urged my father, Regional High Chief Chris Siangco, and my family to fulfill the great grandmaster’s dream of spreading his art of Derobio Escrima. With the blessing of our uncle, Grandmaster Eduardo Pedoy, the dream took form.

In any endeavor that one heads into, you must take time in finding the right path you want to venture on. Regional High Chief Chris decided to step off in the old school direction, teaching small private classes out of our home. He wanted to build a strong unit of head students and instructors before heading into the commercial market. For several years we taught in this manner, like the days when my father trained in the bannana patch and when our grandfather used to train us as children behind their home. We were brought up training in this private manner. As the years went on, we’ve seen enthusiasts come and go; nevertheless, we’ve groomed dedicated Derobio Escrimadors which we now call family. In 1996, we ventured in the commercial market basing a storefront school in Chula Vista, CA. For several months we kept this venue open; however, due to setbacks we were forced to close. A little disappointed, we still persevered and taught out of our home. The millenium arrived and a rebirth of the Pedoy’s School of Escrima had found a new home with a fellow Hawaiian bred martial art. Sifu Pete Salas and his Chinese Kenpo Federation has open their doors allowing my family to teach our art of Derobio Escrima. Renowned as one of the nations top ranked tournament competitors, Sifu Pete and his CKF family have been a strong martial art influence in the Chula Vista community. As our arts have blended, so have our relationship with Sifu Pete. Our Ohana now calls Pete family and brother. We send out our love and aloha to this great man of God and martial artist. Mahalo Pete.

We would also like to send out our gratitude and aloha to Head Instructor Cody Springsguth of the Just for Kicks Tae Kwon Do studio. As he ventures on with a new vision of his school, he has brought the Pedoy School of Escrima to take part in his vision. In this new millenium, the Pedoy’s School of Escrima has found another home and family in which both our arts can grow together.

Mahalo Cody.

The Siangco Ohana and the gift of Derobio Escrima their great grandfather, the late Great Grandmaster Braulio Pedoy, has given them have traveled a long path. Along the way, we have met many great and loving indivduals who have opened their hearts to our ohana and our art. We would like to say much love and aloha to all of you.



Message: 3
From: Ray Terry <>
To: (Eskrima)
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 11:15:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Eskrima] Derobio Escrima: A Quick Look

A good article. But 6th Degree Black Belt in only 7 years???

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Derobio Escrima: A Quick Look

A brief introduction to the Filipino martial art of Derobio Escrima. The Filipino art of Derobio Escrima was introduced to the public by the late Grandmaster Braulio Tomada Pedoy. Grandmaster Pedoy was born in Ormac, Leyte, Philippines on October 16, 1898. Pedoy ran away from home at the age of six after receiving beatings from his father. He traveled through a dangerous forest for four days until meeting General Faustino Ablinwho became his teacher. The General was a hermit hiding in the forest with a reward on his head for his efforts in the war against the Spanish and later the Americans. Grandmaster Pedoy studied Hilot (massage) and Escrima (stick fighting) untill the age of 17. After 11 years of study, his final test to become a master of the art was to fight in actual combat with his teacher, each armed with two bolo knives. The match lasted three hours. When it ended Braulio Pedoy had sustained cuts to his face and hands, but only the tips had cut him, not enough to show a lapse in his defense. The General was unharmed. Grandmaster Pedoy spent the next three years traveling to other islands to learn different methods of Escrima. In 1924 he settled in Hawaii and lived there for the remainder of his life.

Derobios New Mexico, USA Regional Chief

The Derobio Escrima practiced in New Mexico comes through US Chief Maestro Daniel Medinas lineage. Chief Medina began his study of the martial arts in the mid-70s while in the Navy. There he studied many different disciplines and earned many black belt rankings. In 1985 he met and became a disciple of Grandmaster Pedoy and in 1987 was promoted to Maestro by him, later in 1991 he was promoted to Chief Maestro. In 1990 Chief Medina was relocated to New Mexico by the Navy and has been teaching his methods of Derobio, including its subsystems of arnis kuntao, black masters sphinx karate, sikaran and others.

Fighting Methods
Derobio Escrima uses 12 angles of attack and defense to familiarize students with principles of motion, rather than static technique. Derobio is quite different, in that all defenses are done by passing the strikes to their zero point of power rather than the more common method of a la contra or against the force. This is taught from the beginning. Once strikes are passed through, the Derobio practitioner is able to close the gap on the opponent using any number of weapon or empty-hand strikes, using basic to advanced patterns, disarming, joint locking, limb destructions, takedowns and more. This may take place with minimized danger to the practitioner.

What makes Derobio truly unique is its sophisticated use of counter locks, of which there are 144 in total. These counter locks begin where there appears to be no counter to an opponents lock and subsequent counter strike. Typically, these locks are done with the weapon though some may be done empty handed. When the weapon is used, locks are applied to joints, bone, muscles, tendons, nerve branches as well as pressure points. These locks can have the effect of causing temporary to permanent paralysis, bone breaks, muscle tears, and so on. Due to the inherent amount of damage of these locks, this knowledge is typically reserved for advanced practitioners of this style.

The art of Derobio Escrima is yet another testament to the genius and inventiveness of the Filipino people, as well as their will to overcome all odds. It is our hope that in sharing this rarely seen and beautiful system with others, that this art will contribute to the ever-growing body of knowledge the Filipino martial arts has to give.

About the Author
Brandon Jordan is the protege of Chief Maestro Dan Medina having studied with him continuously for 7 years. On December 13, 2001 he was promoted to full-instructor status and holds the rank of first level Red shirt (6th degree Black Belt equivalent).

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