Karate group offers free self-defense training to journalists

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — A karate group here has offered a three-month free martial arts training for “legitimate members of the media” to help them defend themselves against assailants.

The Davao City-based based Philippine Shotokan Karatedo Association International (PSKAI) headed by President and Headmaster Ricardo Mendoza Tacay, 8th Dan Red & White belt, said the self-defense training which will have an orientation and demonstration on June 30 at the PSKAI General Headquarters along CM Recto St., “may serve as deterrent against perceived
murderers of helpless mediamen” and also “to honor our outgoing Mayor Rody R. Duterte who has very excellently supported karatedo and other sports in Davao City towards greater heights, and also made the City of Davao a peaceful and wonderful place to live in,” a press release from the PSKAI said.

The training will be held every Wednesday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“The basic comprehensive methods of self-defense to be imparted to the media are karate-jutsu or unarmed combat aiming the eyes, throat, groin, spine and other vital points of the body (jintai Kyushu) with the use of sword and spear hands, elbow or knee kicks (heza geri); Japanese Jujitsu (throwing, locking, choking and dismembering of joints); handgun and knife disarming; umbrella and knife fighting; falling or rolling and other evasive actions,” it said.

A screening committee that has been tasked to make the official list of the media, is composed of Rev. Pastor Tony Vergara and Kiking Quimpan of UMBN Radyo Ukay, Nelson Canete of GMA Super Radyo, Jun Digamon of GMA Kapuso, Joel Ramirez of ABS-CBN Davao, Jon Develos of Mindanao Times and Lito delos Reyes of Mindanao Daily Mirror.

“Assisting the 60 year-old blinding grandmaster Tacay are his sons ex-Philippine Air Force training instructor and two-time PKF national karatedo champion Sgt. Bern Rexander Tacay Shihan (6th Dan) and 2008 POF National Karatedo champion Sensei Rexor R. Tacay (3rd Dan) and also his wife Renshi Mila Romaquin Tacay, 5th dan black belt,” the press statement added.

Tacay is also a certified 7th dan red & white belt master of Arnis and Jujitsu of Balintawak Self-defense Club of Cebu City. He is a be-medaled policeman in Tagum City for heroism in 1977
by the PROD XI and Civil Service Commission-XI for busting a gun-running syndicate. Tacay also served in the Central Bank of the Philippines as a security officer until his early retirement in 1992.

“During the height of the NPA’s Sparrow Unit atrocities in Davao City in 1984, he was requested by his former police chief Col. Teodorico C. Seno to teach defense tactics to police officers, who were training at the NAPOLCOM Training Center until 1986, while Seno was the Regional Commandant. Master Tacay did not take his two-year honoraria as a donation to the training center,” the press release said. (MindaNews)