Kultura Ng Balisong aims to preserve the art and culture of the Filipino hand-made balisong.
Kultura Ng Balisong (KNB) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is based in both Oakland, California and Taal, Batangas. For the past 30 years, founder Ron Cariño has been developing his balisong style and in the past 15 years, his focus has deepened and his style and technique have since evolved. With his extensive non-profit experience, Ron developed the KNB organization with the aim of preserving the culture and art of the Filipino hand-made balisong. KNB is the first balisong system and non-profit in the world. With his vast experience with and understanding of the balisong, Ron is also developing other modalities including balisong as a form of therapy and meditation, balisong as a mindfulness and mental health tool, tactical balisong, and the balisong “sayaw” or dance.
We are developing a new balisong way of moving which is rooted in the Filipino Martial Arts while exploring new ways of balisong manipulation and movement.
We support the master balisong makers and pandays (bladesmiths) in Taal, Batangas - the origin of the balisong - in their mission to preserve this artform. These manongs (male elders) come from a lineage of makers and they are continuing the work that has been handed down through the generations.
We are exploring and developing other modalities of the balisong including tactical, mindfulness, therapeutic, performative, and flow.