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GM Chris working and sharing his stick play
SGM Cacoy and Guro Sherril in Mexico City
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Cacoy's Doce Pares Eskrima, Eskrido, Pangamot
and Kali, Silat
Supreme Grandmaster Ciriaco ”Cacoy” Cañete
The legendary”Cacoy Cañete of Cebu Philippines is a prominent, internationally known martial artist who travels the globe to share, teach and demonstrate his martial art skills to others. Currently the Grandmaster promotes his art for self-defense, sport and personal well-being. “Cacoy” Canete is the last surviving member and the only 12th degree black belt and the highest ranking member of the fame Doce Pares Eskrima Club.
Born in San Fernando, Cebu, in the Visayas region of the Philippines, Cacoy was the youngest of twelve children. The martial art Eskrima was a tradition in his family, and he began training at age seven under his brother Filemon “Momoy” Cañete. Filemon had learned it from his father, Gregorio, and uncles Gavino, Pedro, and Juancho. Ciriaco Cañete was also trained in other martial arts, including jujutsu, boxing, judo, free style wrestling, Shorin-ryu karate, and aikido. Ciriaco “Cacoy” Canete is famous for fighting over 100 no-rules eskrima matches. He was the preeminent Doces Pares warrior.
Amid high interest in Filipino martial arts, Visayan martial arts practitioners formed the Doce Pares association in Cebu. In 1939, Cañete’s elder brother Eulogio “Yoling” Cañete became president of Doce Pares. The organization became the longest-lasting martial arts organization in the Philippines, and was instrumental in popularizing the Filipino martial arts. Eulogio Cañete was president of Doce Pares until his death in 1988. Ciriaco Cañete served with the U.S. Army Forces Far East (USAFFE) during World War II; during the Japanese occupation, Ciriaco Cañete served as 2nd Lieutenant Combat Intelligence Officer, Cebu area (guerilla forces). In 1945, he was transferred to the 38th Military Police Company, where he served as Chief Instructor in Defense Tactics and trained the 38th & 39th MP companies stationed in Dumanjug, Cebu; after training was completed, Ciriaco Cañete was Military Police Detachment Commander and was stationed in Balamban and Tuburan, Cebu until his discharge in 1947. He studied at the University of Southern Philippines and taught martial arts in various Cebu schools.
In 1947 the Doce Pares club reorganized. Ciriaco “Cacoy” Cañete was senior single Olisi (stick) instructor, at the Doce Pares club. He also taught pangamot (empty hand versus weapons). The single stick is a training weapon used to represent a short sword, machete (bolo, pinute) or knife. During this time Cacoy Cañete revolutionized the use of the stick, incorporating traditional linear strikes (corto orihinal) with hooking strikes, butts, thrusts and developing a system of curving and circular strikes (corto curbada); the strikes were used in conjunction with traps, locks, throws and disarms. Cañete began incorporating concepts of pangamot, ju jitsu and judo into his system as early as 1948; later incorporating aikido into his combat system. “Eskrido” or ‘way of eskrima” was the name Cacoy Cañete gave to this revolutionary system of single stick combat.
By 1952, Cacoy Cañete was the chief instructor in single olisi, pangamut (empty hand techniques) and eskrido; his brother Filemon remained the senior instructor in espada y daga or olisi y daga.
Cacoy Cañete was instrumental in popularizing eskrima in the Philippines. During the 1970s, he is one of the Eskrima Masters who spearheaded the movement to create a unified regional and national tournaments with sport rules, to popularize art of Eskrima.
Since then, he has been active in organizing tournaments, exhibitions and training programs in Eskrima-Arnis in the Philippines and in the foreign countries.
Cacoy's Doce Pares Northwest
Grand Master Christopher Petrilli
has been called “one of the best kept secrets of American martial arts”. A quiet, unassuming man, Petrilli has spent years refining his skills in Filipino martial arts with some of the best instructors in the world, around the world – from Guro Dan Inosanto in Los Angeles to Grandmaster Cacoy Cañete in the Philippines. He has also delved into Silat and traditional Japanese Aikido, which have complemented his training in Eskrima.
A former U.S. Army Ranger, Petrilli is no stranger to hard, devoted training. Upon hearing the recommendations of several Filipino martial arts authorities, he packed his bags and moved to the Philippines to live and train directly with Doce Pares Eskrima Grandmaster Cacoy Cañete in Cebu. Petrilli is now one of the highest ranked students of Cañete’s, holding the esteemed rank of 8th degree black belt master in Doce Pares.
Master Petrilli was a regular fixture at the annual Wind and Rock Training Camp hosted by Sifu Joseph Simonet and Addy Hernandez in Lake Chelan, Washington. He also travels regularly to teach seminars. It is his goal to preserve and pass on the arts of Eskrima, Eskrido, Pangamot, and Silat to those who are willing to learn with a true heart.
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