Seasons Greetings, Eskrimador!

Seasons Greetings Eskrimador - Los Angeles Doce Pares

Seasons Greetings, Eskrimador!

As this month rolls into the holiday season and we begin another year of “Multi-Style” System of Eskrima training, I would like to convey my most sincere gratitude to all who have supported Los Angeles Doce Pares for 2014.

It has been a good year for us owing much to the dedication of Senior instructors Guro Gary Gabisan, Guro Timothy Piering, Guro Andy Leeka and our newly promoted 1st degree Black Belt students as they have surpassed the rigorous testing of the World Headquarters in Cebu City, Philippines in order to be dully certified and recognized for their proficiency of Doce Pares “Multi-Style System” of Eskrima training curriculum.

Daghang Salamat

And on behalf of our Los Angeles Doce Pares senior instructors and newly promoted Black Belt students, we thank:

  • Grandmaster Arnulfo “Dong” Cuesta and Grandmaster Steve Wolk of Philippine Integrated Martial Arts (PIMA) for their continuing support and recognition.
  • Master Nilo Baron and senior instructors of Filipino Martial Arts Academy (FMAA) for another successful “River City Rumble” tournament; in which Team LADP garnered the 3rd overall champion award.
  • Master Mike McKenzie and senior instructors of “Sacramento Yaw-Yan Ardigma/Doce Pares” for inviting us to witness their grand opening day.
  • Sharon and Philip Oshiro, Celina Duffy, David Polcyn, Ben Aranda of The Rotary Club of Historic Filipino Town and the rest of the organizers of “A Fighting Chance” charity seminar allowing us to showcase our Filipino martial arts offering in Southern California for the benefit of those affected by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
  • The San Carlos City Association of Los Angeles headed by Mr. Daniel Salvador for inviting us to perform a Filipino martial arts demonstration during their 22nd Anniversary Fiesta.
  • Guro Anthony and wife Jane Castro for always being our most gracious hosts in our events. Ephrem Martinez and Ruth Arcilla for always making sure our events are prepared as planned.
  • Mel “the Marksman” Dimacali for the diligent coordination and scheduling of LADP events and activities.

LADP Tenth Year Anniversary

2014 also marks our tenth year anniversary; we could not have achieved this milestone without the wisdom and guidance of Supreme Grandmaster Dionisio “Diony” Canete, ODL (Order of Datu Lapu-Lapu) and the support of the world headquarters officers headed by Masters Percival Pableo and Gerald Canete.

Here’s to more years of propagating the learning and preservation of authentic traditional Filipino martial arts in Los Angeles!


Master Erwin Mosqueda
Founder, Chief Instructor

Exclusive GM Val Eskrima Seminar & LADP 10th Year Anniversary Celebration

Eskrimador, we have come a long way!

October 25 marks our 10th year anniversary. You guys know what that means, right?

It’s time for karaoke!

Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, October 25 as we have these two events pegged in:


GrandMaster Val Pableo Eskrima Seminar

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Grandmaster Percival “GM Val” Pableo of the Doce Pares Multi-Style System of Eskrima World Headquarters will be coming over States side from the Philippines to conduct Eskrima seminars throughout cities in the West Coast.

Master Erwin has invited GM Val to conduct an advanced techniques seminar the morning of October 25 at our Griffith Park training area

  • – 3224 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles CA 90027.

This event will be exclusive to Los Angeles Doce Pares members, open to all levels.

LA Doce Pares 10th Anniversary


Our 10th anniversary party will be held at the Castro residence on the same day, starts 6 pm onwards

  • – 2633 East Harrison Street, Long Beach CA 90810.

Bring a big appetite and your singing A game. You can also dance but just not like when no one’s watching.

Master Erwin requests the attendance of all active and inactive members.

LADP Black Belt Tour 2014: Congratulations Eskrimadors!

LADP Black Belt Tour 2014: Congratulations Eskrimadors!

LADP Black Belt Tour 2014 was a success!

Master Erwin Mosqueda, LADP Senior Instructor Guro Gary Gabisan and all Eskrimadors who attended the 2014 Los Angeles Doce Pares Black Belt Tour would like to convey their gratitude to Supreme Grandmaster Dionisio “Diony” Cañete, ODL (Order of Datu Lapu-Lapu) for gracing us with his presence, guiding the Grandmasters and Masters heading our training and seeing through all the aspects of the LADP Black Belt Tour from beginning to end with wisdomful guidance.

We also thank Grandmaster Percival “GM Val” Pableo, Master Gerald Cañete and Master Gerardo Rusiana for their brotherly hospitality, overseeing the pre-test training, testing and awarding ceremonies.

And a shout out to Ms. Mariz Avila and “driver Mike” for making sure all LADP accommodation, nourishment and training equipment needs were attended to.

Daghang salamat, see you all at the next Los Angeles Doce Pares Black Belt Tour and Mabuhay!

Take a look at photos from the Black Belt Tour

Video: 8/03 LA Doce Pares Eskrima Demonstration in La Cresenta

Last Sunday 8/3, Los Angeles Doce Pares was invited to demonstrate the Doce Pares Multi-Style System at an event in La Cresenta.

The demo included technique displays of Disarming, Espada y Daga (Stick and Dagger), Baraw (Knife), and Sayaw (Forms).

Enjoy this highlight reel on the demo.

FMAA’s 8th River City Rumble Tournament Aug 30th (8/30)


Eskrimador, the “Rumble” is upon us!

The Filipino Martial Arts Academy (FMAA), the Doce Pares Multi-Style System West Coast headquarters will be hosting their “8th River City Rumble” tournament this coming August 30th (Saturday) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sacramento.

The River City Rumble is one of the most fun and family oriented tournaments this side of the West Coast!

The events available to compete in will be traditional and modern forms competition, stick and single-stick/double-stick continuous sparring and knife/stick point-system sparring.

It’s a good opportunity to test out skills you’ve learned so far, know what works and what doesn’t, all within a contained friendly atmosphere. You’ll also get to meet other Eskrima enthusiasts and represent Los Angeles Doce Pares!

Cost wise, the first event you’ll join will be $45 and it will be $15 for each additional event thereafter. You can also join in on the bill split we’ll be organizing for the lodging, vehicle rental and gas expenses. On average, you’d spend just about $200* for one event with hotel, rental and gas all in!


*- calculation based on 5 members sharing $125.50 per night for 2 nights on booking rooms, renting a 5-seater sedan at the current rate of $112.00 for 3 days and gas prices at $4.98 per gallon traveling 788 miles both ways.


First Collection (3/27) for LA Doce Pares / Forex Clothing & Toy Drive

Los Angeles Doce Pares / Forex Clothing and Toy Drive

First Collection for Clothing & Toy Drive

Greetings, Eskrimador!
Tomorrow (03/27) will be the first collection of our CLOTHING & TOY DRIVE for the Month of March at:

All donations will be gathered up and boxed together by end of the training session.

Packing and Shipping

Packing and shipping for collected donations will be handled by Forex Cargo of Long Beach through Guro Toy (Epifanio Fernandez) and what’s left of the reduced freight bill has been secured by Master Erwin Mosqueda and volunteer senior ranking members.

Money Donations

Money donations do generate the greatest humanitarian effect; you may forward your money donations through your favorite charities or go here:

Though our clothing and toy drive is still a great opportunity to help out the survivors of typhoon Haiyan currently undergoing an unimaginably difficult situation, this will assist them within their phase of social rehabilitation.

Local distribution will be handled by Forex Philippines and Doce Pares world headquarters volunteers.

Toys and clothing can be in used or unused condition; although we do require that they be free of stains, rips, previous owner modification and have all working parts in order.

You may also coordinate with:

  • Guro Toy at or

Thanks for giving this a read!


LA Doce Pares Eskrima / Forex Cargo Clothing & Toy Drive

Clothing & Toy Drive for Haiyan Survivors (Deadline June 15th)

Los Angeles Doce Pares Eskrima - Forex Cargo

From today until June 15: LADP / Forex Cargo clothing and toy drive for the social rehabilitation of Haiyan Survivors

Of the almost 85000 Visayan island residents of the Philippines displaced by typhoon Haiyan, most have had only the clothes they had on as they hurriedly left their homes in panicked search of safer grounds. Families are now living in temporary housing shelters provided by the Philippine government, subsidized in part by international charity organizations.

Master Erwin Mosqueda in cooperation with Forex Cargo ( of Long Beach thru Mr. Epifanio Fernandez (Guro Toy) will be running a used/unused clothing and toy drive from today until June 15.

Now’s a good time to check the attic or basement for “that shirt you haven’t worn since forever” and child-safe toys you’ve outgrown.

Toys and clothing can be in used or unused condition; although we do require that they be free of stains, rips, previous owner modification and have all working parts in order.

Places and times you may drop off items for donation will either be directly to Forex Cargo of Long Beach (320 W. Willow St. Long Beach CA 90806) on regular business hours or dropped off during class at any of your designated training locations.

You may coordinate with Guro Toy directly:


A Fighting Chance: Filipino Martial Arts Seminar

Master Erwin at “A Fighting Chance – Filipino Martial Arts Charity Seminar”

Los Angeles Doce Pares’ very own Master Erwin Mosqueda will be participating in “A Fighting Chance – Filipino Martial Arts Charity Seminar” on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

LADP's Master Erwin at A Fighting Chance: Filipino Martial Arts Seminar


Typhoon Haiyan
From November 2nd to 11th, 2014, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippine Islands affecting the lives of nearly 11 million who lost their homes and communities due to the devastation. Today there is still much work to be done to rebuild villages and restore basic needs: clean water, food, clothing, and shelter.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 8am-5pm
On Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 8am-5pm The Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown, The Kombat Kali Klub, martial artists Celina Taganas-Duffy and Gigie Alunday Baker have joined together to present “A Fighting Chance”, a Filipino martial arts and cultural charity event to raise funds and awareness for the victims of the disaster.

All Day Event
“A Fighting Chance” will be an all-day event at Incarnation Community Center Gym, 214 W. Fairview Avenue in Glendale, California featuring Filipino dance, food, martial arts workshops and demos by Grand Masters, Masters and Gurus of various styles.

Participating Masters and Grandmasters include

  • Grandmaster Ramon Rubia, (San Miguel Doce Pares),
  • Master Felix Valencia (Valencia Lameco),
  • Master Joe Tan (Tapado Arnis),
  • Master Erwin Mosqueda (Doce Pares Multi-Style System),
  • Grandmaster Nonato “Nene” Gaabucayan (Balintawak),
  • Grandmaster Felix Roiles (Pakamut),
  • Guro Victor Gendrano Jr. (Filipino Martial Heritage & Inosanto Academy),
  • Master Rino Balinado (Balintawak Eskrima),
  • Master Nick Papadakis (Pekiti Tirsia Kali & Dog Brothers Martial Arts) and
  • Manong Faustino Caigoy (Jack Santos Method).

Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown
The Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown is in partnership with The Rotary Club, Cebu to distribute much needed necessities to the less supported victims of Typhoon Haiyan primarily in the Northern Cebu area.

To see work that the Rotary Club has provided, please visit

Tickets are

  • $50 per person to join up to 4 workshops of their choice.
  • $80 to join any workshops during the course of the day.

For spectators the price is

  • $15 all day.

Due to limited space, RSVPs are manadatory for this event.


email with “A Fighting Chance” in the subject line and include all attendees full names in the email message.

Tickets will be cash at the door or if you’d like to pre-register or simply make a donation, write a check payable to “RC Historic Filipinotown” and mail it to: RC Historic Filipinotown, c/o Ben Aranda, 1644 Royal Blvd., Glendale, CA 91207.

For more information, please contact the Kombat Kali Klub at

or call:

Philip Oshiro, Kombat Kali Klub (310) 383-7844

Testing at Doce Pares World Headquarters

January LADP News


Members who have declared their intent to come with for September’s belt grade promotion testing to be held at the World Headquarters in Cebu City, Philippines, will receive a separate & dedicated email that aims to initiate a correspondence thread in preparation for the event.

A definite date of August 28 has been set for departure to the Philippines and a tentative date of September 14 for arrival States side.

We will also take advantage of the opportunity to train in different Eskrima styles and meet up with other Eskrima Masters.