Happy Birthday Punong Guro Edgar Sulite!
Today would've been the 59th Birthday of PG Edgar Sulite & the 35th Anniversary of the founding of Lameco Eskrima!! I am reposting something Guro Dave Gould wrote to the Lameco Orenhal Facebook Group.
Several of his Masters had expected him to carry on their specific systems, but he felt that if he chose any one system over the others, he would not be able to fairly represent just the one system without disrespecting the others, since he would also be teaching by drawing from the lessons of all of his Masters but doing so in the name of the one system which he would claim to represent.
Instead of disrespecting the Masters from whom he received his knowledge, he decided to form his own system, inclusive of all the Masters’ collective knowledge, and give them each credit for their knowledge and, thus, for the founding of the system.
He came up with an acronym, “LA-ME-CO,” which represented all three major ranges in fighting, by combining the first two letters of the long range (largo), the medium range (mediyo), and the close range (corto). “Lameco Eskrima” seemed to be the perfect compromise as he would be representing all of his Masters knowledge equally and be able to give them all credit with-out disrespecting any one of them or their respective Systems.
Below is a list of the Five Major Influences, Six Minor Influences, and two of the un-credited Influences which were responsible for the creation of the Lameco Eskrima System. The Major Influences represent Masters and Systems which Edgar G. Sulite formally trained under extensively for years and was certified to teach. The Minor Systems represent Masters with whom Edgar G. Sulite trained to some degree and with whom he collaborated but never received ranking in their respective Systems.
1. De Campo 1-2-3 Orehenal (GM Jose D. Caballero)
2. Kali Ilustrisimo (GM Antonio “Tatang” Ilustrisimo)
3. Pekiti-Tirsia Kali (Tuhon Leo Tortal Gaje Jr.)
4. Modernos Largos (GM Jesus Abella & GM Pablicito “Pabling” Cabahug)
5. Sulite-Rapelon (GM Helacrio L. Sulite Sr.)
1. Doce Pares (GM Diony Cañete)
2. Balintawak (GM Johnny Chiuten)
3. Lapunti Arnis de Abanico (GM Felimon E. Caburnay)
4. Siete Teros Serado - Serado no Puwede Entrar (GM Marcelino Ancheta Sr.)
5. Abanico de Sungkiti (GM Billy Baaclo)
6. Tres Personas Eskrima de Combate (GM Maj. Timoteo E. Maranga)
1. Moro-Moro System (Master Alejandro Abrian)
2. Simaron Style (GM Abdul Hai Qahar Madueño)
Other PG Edgar Sulite-related posts, please check out:
- Punong Guro Edgar Sulite Remembered
- Focus on training: Edgar G. Sulite (1993)
- Lameco Eskrima Goals: Edgar G. Sulite (1995)
- Ron Balicki - The Loss of a Warrior (Edgar Sulite)
- Legacy of Steel by Steve Tarani
- What Makes A Grandmaster? by Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite
- Giving the Right Credits by PG Edgar Sulite
- IN MEMORY OF: Edgar Sulite (September 25, 1957 - April 10, 1997)
- Manong Dan Inosanto Interview on PG Edgar Sulite (Free Voice/Spring 1997)
For more information, please check out:
- Lameco Eskrima Official Site
- Lameco Eskrima Orehenal Facebook Group
- "Lameco Eskrima: The Legacy of Edgar Sulite" by Guro David Gould
- Wiki - Lameco Eskrima
- Tambuli Media