|Date of Birth
|Ciriaco Cacoy Cañete
|08 Aug, 1919
|San Fernando, Cebu, Visayas, Philippines
Ciriaco Cacoy Cañete was a world-famous Filipino Martial Artist and the last of the great original teachers and developers of the unique Filipino martial arts “ESKRIMA”.
Cañete was the youngest among the twelve siblings. At the age of seven, his brother Filemon "Momoy" Cañete started training him with Eskrima Martial Art, a tradition in his family. His brother had learned all these skills from their father Gregorio and uncles Gavino, Pedro, and Juancho. In addition, Cañete was trained in other martial art forms like ju-jitsu, boxing, judo, freestyle wrestling, Shorin-ryu karate, and aikido.
Ciriaco Cacoy Cañete became famous for fighting over a hundred no-rules Eskrima matches that earned him respect with the title of Supreme Grandmaster and was popular in the martial arts community. Cañete developed his own system of Eskrima, which he named "Eskrido" in 1951. Eskrido combines Doce Pares, ju-jitsu and judo, which features standard Eskrima stick techniques mixed with ju-jitsu style locks and throws.
Ciriaco Cañete had also served the U.S Army Forces Far East ("USAFFE") during World War II and during the Japanese occupation; he served as 2nd Lieutenant Combat Intelligence Officer, Cebu area (guerilla forces).
In 1979, at the age of sixty, Cañete became the champion of the First Open Arnis Tournament in Cebu City, Philippines. He also stood first in the First National Invitational Arnis Tournament in Manila, Philippines. These tournaments were sponsored by the National Arnis Association of the Philippines ("NARAPHIL") and organized by Dionisio (Cañete's nephew and former student), who served as President of NARAPHIL and the World Eskrima-Kali Arnis Federation ("WEKAF"). The WEKAF is an organization that was founded in 1987. Other than Martial art Ciriaco Cañete also authored books such as Basic Doce Pares Eskrima in 1988, Pangamot (Bare- handed Defense System) in 2002, Eskrido (Eskrima, Jujitsu & Judo Integrated) in 2004, Eskrima-Arnis Techniques in 2009 and the latest Olisi-Baraw book in 2014.
Visayan martial arts practitioners had formed the Doce Pares Association in Cebu, the Philippines, with an increasing interest in Filipino martial arts. In the year 1939, Cañete's elder brother Eulogio "Yoling" Cañete became president of Doce Pares. Later in 1988, after the death of his elder brother Euloigio Cañete( the club's founder ), Ciriaco "Cacoy" Cañete was elected as the President of the Doce Pares Club, a position he continued to hold until his death due to prostate cancer.
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