Today would've been Leo Giron's 103rd Birthday! Manong Dan Inosanto credits Leo Giron as one of his principal instructors in the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA)!
Posting an Interview of Grandmaster Emeritus Leo Giron conducted by Grandmaster Tony Somera. Sadly both FMA greats have left us too soon :(
Maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan GME Giron!
01 - Why did you start?
The beginnings of GME Giron's path through escrima.
02 - The first teacher: Benito
GME Giron talks about his first teacher in the art of Escrima, Benito Junio.
03 The second teacher
GME Giron speaks about his second escrima teacher, Pactocio Junio.
04 The third teacher and renowned hilot man
GME Giron talks about his third teacher, Julian Bondak. He also speaks about Manong Julian being a renowned hilot (healing) man.
05 The fourth teacher and close friend
GME Giron speaks about his fourth teacher and also close friend, Flabliano Vergara.
06 Teacher's teacher
Leo Giron speaks about his own teacher, Manong Vergara's teacher.
07 Close friend last memory
Leo Giron accounts his final meeting with escrima teacher and close friend, Manong Vergara.
08 Final teacher during WWII
GME Giron speaks about his final escrima teacher. A sergeant of the bolo unit while they were both in WWII named Benigno Ramos.
09 The teacher that couldn't be touched
Leo Giron speaks about his escrima teacher and fellow soldier Benigno Ramos whom he was never able to touch during their practice sessions.
Interview continues here:
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- IN MEMORY OF: Great Grandmaster Antonio E. Somera (1957 - Oct. 28, 20135:19AM)