Sikaran Entry on Wikipedia.

Discussion in 'Sikaran' started by arnisador, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    Both kicks shown are wheel kicks in most systems. I had learned this variation of the kick but am more familar with it being a spining hook kick.
    There is also a version of the kick without the spining backward movement done as a side kick that misses it's target then hooks back ( not to be confusd with the pure hool lick).
    to answere Arnisador yes this kick is in our system But as a wheel kick
  2. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    If someone had told me it was Tae Kwon Do, I would have believed it!
  3. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    What is taught in the islands looks alot like TKD. I have trained with some of the students that came from there and thought that was what they were doing. SIkaran people do well in TKD tournaments when allow to participate because the kicks are much the same
    Not what you saw Grimfang do I'm sure or the way he discribed what I do
    I admit to useing much more than kicks
  4. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    He placed more emphasis on the use of the legs to off-balance, for example. I had thought of Sikaran as a 'kicking' art and he got me thinking of it more as a 'leg' art (not his words). It was very interesting, actually, how he used his legs to control his opponent.

    But now I'm back to thinking of it as a kicking art!
  5. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    Guess it could be viewed as either
  6. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Do you do much of the get-in-close-and-control, or mostly the stay-out-far-and strike? The demo. makes it look like a long-range art like TKD, yet I know that sipa, for example, is close-in despite being a kicking-oriented art.
  7. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    Personaly I like it very close and I love useing locks. arm bars, chokes, elbows, throws, etc.
    I'll admit to useing my hands as much as my feet
  8. AbanicO

    AbanicO New Member

    What is SIKARAN?

    SIKARAN is a form of Philippine Martial Arts whose history dates back to the early 1500's before the Spaniards came, It is the art of foot-fighting where the farmers use their strong legs to drive the partners outside the designated line (pitak). Rice fields about 25 sq. ft.

    Sikaran is just a pastime of the Baras Rizal farmers who gathered during the festival after a good harvest season. Doing it constantly made them develop skills that would eventually be marked by effectiveness such that other martial arts could hardly compare, or so claims its most ardent exponent. Of the practitioners, some went on to discover certain skills in combat that made them deserve the honor of being called "Hari"(champion). These are no longer around. As most of them have succumbed, their secrets interred with their remains and never imparted, having chosen to keep it to themselves and not to teach it to anyone else. Indeed, secrecy is essence of martial arts and this is true in any system.

    The early Sikaranista (farmers) session commences with the drawing of a circle on the ground. The acknowledged talent of the lot, by reason of his superior skill is often obliged to concede a handicap, thus he positions himself inside the circle and trade kicking talents with one who stays at the circle's rim. The objective is for the combatant outside to dislodge the contestant within. The rules are really that simple. In the case of vein, he would agree to a number of opponents who form a circle. Should the man within be driven out of the circle, it signifies defeat and, correspondingly, humiliation. If the game's continuation be opted, another pretender takes the place of the dislodge practitioner and the same procedure is repeated.

    Once in a while, and this seems unavoidable, a session witness a mischief-prone contestant who makes it a point to step on a carabao waste (buffalo) dung prior to a competition, if only to dirty and to defeat the opponent.

    The Baras-originated method of foot-fighting in its original form No time limit is observed. Combatants call for time out if they became so exhausted as to be unable to go on some more or when troubled enough. No discrimination regarding sex. Both male and female may indulge in it, should they so wish.

    They have a vernacular name for a Hari. He was awarded Ias Agila (for his impressive agility), acknowledged as the foremost padamba (jumping front kick) exponent. That he could leap as high as six feet is definitely a testimony to an awesome power.

    So also was awarded classified as Hari, a fellow reputed to crack husked coconuts with his steel-like shins. On the other hand a Hari also boasts of the singular reputation of knocking out (T.K.O) a carabao with a single hammer biakid.

    SIKARAN and Sipa are both Tagalog terms for "kick" but with a notable difference: the former is a noun, while the latter is a verb. Deriving from sikad, Sikaran like the biakid, pilatik and damba. And came to be known as an indigenous martial sport in the tradition of arnis, kali, dicho, buno etc.

    Sikaran utilizes only the feet as a rule for sport and for combat, self-defense and this is what makes it distinct, the hands are never availed of in the sikaran. If they utilized at all, it's only for defense, the player uses his legs 90% of the time and his hands 10% only for blocking or parrying blows. Violation of this injunction, especially in tournaments, is ground for disqualification.

    The rationale behind this has something to do with the role of the feet whose significance has yet to be fully appreciated. It is the largest part of the body, aside from the fact that it nurtures the largest bone as well as the most massive muscle.

    Sikaran have its own share of kicking styles. The "Biakid" the classic kick is executed by pivoting to the back in a full or complete turn about manner. The degree of effectiveness subscribes to two classifications: "panghilo" (paralyzing blow) and "pamatay" or lethal kick. Obviously the first aimed at less vital parts of the physique, while the target of the second includes the heart, neck, head, groin, and spine, all highly vulnerable parts.

    The entry of Sikaran in tournaments, particularly those of international caliber, presaged certain modifications, if innovations, of its original rules. Like the setting of a time limit, widening of the fighting area into twice the size required of the original arena.

    Sikaran finds a no more vigorous exponent than the last descendant Col. Meliton C. Geronimo (ret. PAF) and ex-mayor of Baras Rizal. Who conducted a research and perfected on the art and to the extent of organizing clubs for the purpose of teaching the art to anybody, who would care to learn it, as well as to spread its popularity. His attachment to sikaran is understandable and was awarded as Martial arts masters' pioneer and legend hall of fame. Baras is the venue of his childhood and Cipriano Geronimo. Geronimo's father, past 100 years old and known as the "LAST KING or HARI of the past century", handed down the game to Meliton, To ensure that Sikaran would not fade into oblivion. The younger Geronimo founded the Kapatiran Sikaran Ng Pilipinas in 1958 now named as WORLD SIKARAN BROTHERHOOD OF THE PHILIPPINES.

    In Korea, Master Hwong Kee of Muduckwan, Master Doctor KaiByeong Yun, Master Koichi Kondo of Japan Karate Association, Kung-fu Chinese Group and Master Meliton C. Geronimo, organized the Asian Karate Association in year 1961. Sikaran made an international debut and it was made possible when the organization committed to its promotion and propagation, Kapatiran Sikaran, got affiliated with the aforementioned Asian Karate Association, under the banner of Karate Brotherhood of the Philippines.
    SIKARAN has been "Battled-Tested" in the most Asian Tournaments. Meliton C. Geronimo won as individual champion in 1964 Utsunimiya Tochegeken, Japan and also awarded by the Eagle award during the first Asian Tournament. Thereafter he headed, coached and became the Chief Instructor and the head of the Philippine Teams that participated in the succeeding Asian Karate Tilts. Among the champions who used the Sikaran Style were the late Bernard Belleza, 1965, Emelio Galiciano 1965, Ariston Bautista 1968, Amado Diaz 1967, Jaime Geronimo 1965, Antonio Ganiela 1968, and Herminia Agapito was the lone female participant in the First World Karate Tournament in 1970 in Tokyo, Japan. In 1972 Paris, France participated by Marlyn Compuesto and Militon C. Geronimo.

    Under Geronimo's Tutelage, the RP Team introduced the Sikaran Style in the Six Asian Karate Tournaments. The Philippine contingents to these tilts received awards for being "BEST FIGHTING TEAM" for this feat. Geronimo was awarded the REDBELT 10th Degree by the Asian Karate Association in 1966. The award was for Developing a "DISTINCT STYLE OF ORIGIN." he was further cited for introducing into the world a new style of an ancient Art in the light of the modern sport of Sikaran and proves its effectiveness as a fighting method.

    The REDBELT signifies that he was the originator and Master of distinct Style of Martial Art and there can never be another Redbelt holder in the same school.

    Master Geronimo explained that he used the word Karate (KARATE BROTHERHOOD OF THE PHILIPPINES) to indicate his school/Style (Sikaran) and to affiliate with the Asian Karate Association and the World Union Karatedo Organization. Which were the first and the only affiliated martial arts school in the WUKO. "But I was inactive in Karate because Sikaran is really a different form of Pilipino Martial Art" Says Master Geronimo. Sikaran uses the feet in offense and Defense. The hands are used only for parrying and balancing.

    Today, Forty two years after the WORLD SIKARAN ARNIS BROTHERHOOD OF THE PHILIPPINES was founded, SIKARAN had already taken roots in Canada, United States, England, Australia, Saudi Arabia, West Germany, Qatar, Palestine and New Zealand. Program reports are sent by WSABP instructors, from those countries to Manila Headquarters.
  9. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    If anyone updates the Wikipedia entry, don't forget about the new MartialTalk martial arts Wiki: Sikaran.
  10. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    Happy one of GM Geronimo's people have finaly posted something about him.
    I may not agree with all that was said but the man did promote Sikaran around the world and he may be the most known of the Sikaran GM's out there.
    Did you know that GM geronimo and GM lagarejos met a few times to discuss Sikaran and the way it was taught
  11. Far Walkers Moon

    Far Walkers Moon New Member

    Nice post by Abanico but I have a few questions.
    On the April 1966 edition of Black Belt magizine in the article by Emanuel Querubin, Capt. Geronimo is wearing what looks like a Issinru (sp) patch on his uniform but I have never head any of his students give any indication of him being in that system or who gave him the rank in tha system.
    Also the article fails to mention him haveing founded Kapatiran Sikaran Ng Pilipinas in 1958 now named as WORLD SIKARAN BROTHERHOOD OF THE PHILIPPINES. yet the article is about Sikaran and how it was a dying art ( seems to me the article would have mentioned the organisation rather than say he was head of (founder) Karate Brotherhood of the Philippines.
    A quote from the articl says "Geronimo, who is an officer in the Philippines Air Force, is spearheading a nationwide movement to preserve the best of the country's varied fighting arts and incoroporate theem into a truely Philippine style of Karate"
    If the post by Abanico is in the wikipedia as a whole I would leave in every thing above the following nd make the following a subtopic

    Also the post mentions the last kong of Hair and I blive we have a poster on the forum that claims that title today I wish he would post his views on the subject
  12. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Interestingly, a Google search for "Sikaran" turns up both Wikipedia and this site on the first page! Mr. Bedell's site is also there. We need more Sikaran info. out there.
  13. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    being about as computer dumb as anyone can be I stay away from wikipedia as a whole .
    I also wish there was more on Sikaran on the internet.
    I know that even when GM Lagarejos was alive there was much he did not tell to the majority of his students about his studies of the art for reasons he often just called non of the business of the other systems and if I tell all to all my students then it will be repeated as someone elses history before long. In other words even 30 years ago there seemed to be bad Public relations between the different Sikaran groups.
    I had hoped that this forum and that of Martialtalk might open new avenues of communication between the various groups and help stop some of the foolishness of " mine is better than yours" or "if you don't sstudy here you don't know squat", etc.
  14. wsabp

    wsabp New Member

    I have made a correction on the website for the World Sikaran Brotherhood of the Philippines. This is the official name of the Kapatirang Sikaran ng Pilipinas. It is the website made for the brotherhood with information about the organization's history and the Grandmaster. You want to know about the truth about Sikaran's history? This is where you should look. It is not true that Sikaran is no longer alive in the Philippines. In fact it is very much alive not only in the province of Baras, Rizal, but also all over the Philippines. The website is still under construction and I am still trying to get more information from the Main Headquarters. Master Emmanuel Querubin who is also a practitioner of the art of Sikaran had emailed me and gave me more information and his April 1966 article for the Black Belt Magazine. I have provide the link to download the article on the website. I also updated the website removing the arnis that I first included on the name of the organization which I got from the Sikaran Arnis Jui-jitsu Association of Canada. If you read the history of other Sikaran organizations claiming to be owned by a Grandmaster of Sikaran, they say Sikaran is already dead in the Philippines. My province is Pililla, Rizal which is just 2 towns away from Baras, Rizal and I have seen Sikarn tournaments in Baras every year since I was a child. Master Meliton Geronimo has been recognized by MARTIAL ARTS MASTERS, PIONEERS & LEGENDS HALL OF FAME COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL

    So if you want to know the new address of the HQ, here it is.
    General Headquarters:
    39 2nd St.Cavaliers Village,
    Sumulong Hway,
    Antipolo City

    You want to see a video of a biakid?
    Try this one:

  15. wsabp

    wsabp New Member

  16. wsabp

    wsabp New Member

    In his April 1966 edition of the Black Belt magazine, if you read the article carefully, you'll see that it was the year when GM Meliton Geronimo along with his friends and including Master Emmy Querubin himself helped in making the World Sikaran Brotherhood of the Philippines to promote and preserve the "dying art" that time. So years from then the World Sikaran Brotherhood have emerged and have been promoted all over the world by his students. Here's Master Emmy's email to me for the corrections he asked me to do for the website. I will also include his email address and his actual message so you can ask him himself about his article and the truth about the World Sikaran Brotherhood of the Philippines (Kapatiran ng Sikaran ng Pilipinas) and it's history.

    Corrections to the websiteā€¸

    From: emmy querubin (
    Sent: October 25, 2007 11:03:05 PM

    .ExternalClass .EC_hmmessage P{padding:0px;}.ExternalClass EC_body.hmmessage{font-size:10pt;font-family:Tahoma;}We do not know each other so let me introduce myself. I introduced SIKARAN to the international world of martial arts thru an article I wrote for Black Belt Magazine in april 1966 (you may not have even been born yet). This article became the focal point for a worldwide dissemination of SIKARAN. I do not know if this is good or bad because I have seen a lot of people claiming to be a grandmaster of SIKARAN. in the early stages of SIKARAN (as it is known and played today) the 3 people most responsible in the propagation was of course Grandmaster Meliton Geronimo, Master Jimmy Geronimo and yours truly. In fact the 3 of us published the first 2 Instructor's Manual of SIKARAN. The old black and white pictures you used in your SIKARAN history are all mine (I mean I took them as part of my article in 1966). In one of the pictures (I think the second) where Meliton Geronimo was blocking a kick by one of the Hari's (I don't think it was Cipriano Geronimo, if I am not mistaken that is Melencio Bigasin) I am standing on the extreme left (with crew cut hair). The uniform (white with black thread stripes) worn by Captain Geronimo was given to me which I later awarded to my student Vic Laxamana when he bcame a black belt. Anyway now that I have said all these, I need to ask you to make some corrections in your website for the good of SIKARAN. You need to remove the term ARNIS in the name of the association. There is ARNIS PHILIPPINES which is the officially government sanctioned Arnis association. We are trying to get the KAPATIRANG SIKARAN NG PILIPINAS to be the officially recognized SIKARAN body in the Philippines and the whole world. I talked to Jimmy Geronimo about this early this year and he said it will be corrected. Of course you should check with both Grandmaster Meliton Geronimo (do you know he does not want to be called grandmaster - just master) and Jimmy Geronimo. Incidentally the email address I am using was the same of my club when I affiliated with the KAPATIRANG SIKARAN NG PILIPINAS. As soon as my book is published I will send you a copy so you will know the complete history of SIKARAN and the Grandmaster........more power to you.....mabuhay ka......emmy
  17. Sheldon Bedell

    Sheldon Bedell New Member

    Thanks for the update on what is happening in the Philippines and with the
    World Sikaran Brotherhood of the Philippines. It is good to hear that a once dyeiny art has been revived and is flurishing once again in its native land.

    I am glad that the article from 1966 is or may soon be available for all to read and see. I have charished my copy of the article for years.

    All that aside and not trying to start a war of words the fact that remains that the Lagarejos system of sikaran had been being taught in the USA durring the 1950's and still exsists today.

    I do wish that both sides of the "who taught what and when " would go away and that all of those teaching Sikaran could get past the politics and just agree to promote the art

    againe thank you for those update and please keep us informed as to any new developments and let us know if and when that book is published

  18. mjgeronimoIII

    mjgeronimoIII New Member

    I heard that Lagarejos and Geronimo were communicating and Lagarejos was considering uniting with Geronimo. Unfortunately, Lagarejos passed before it could come to fruition.

    I agree that we should all promote the art and respect each other.
  19. AmaraWarrior

    AmaraWarrior New Member

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    LegendLoLo New Member


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