KNB is hosting a 2-week balisong seminar in Bohol and Batangas (Philippines) in Spring 2023. Join a group of FMA practitioners and balisong flippers on an adventure through the Philippines as we explore both the land and the Filipino balisong!
We will be training in the diverse natural settings of the Bohol islands and then making a pilgrimage to Batangas, the home of the balisong. We will be teaching balisong fundamentals, hand transitions, tricks, aerials, footwork, body mechanics, and flow. We will also be exploring the balisong and its intersection with meditation, therapy, dance/movement, self-defense, and Filipino Martial Arts.
The cost per person is $4k and it’s all-inclusive which includes the roundtrip flights (international from SF to Manila, and domestic from Manila to Bohol), lodging, transportation, cultural excursions, night outings, and food. 50% deposit is due by January 15th, 2023 and the rest of the funds will be due by February 15th, 2023.
Phase 1 / Application
Fill out the online application by December 31st, 2022
Phase 2 / Interview
Those who are selected to move onto Phase 2 will conduct a virtual interview (approximately 20-30min)
We will be teaching the fundamentals of balisong flipping including fundamentals, hand transitions, tricks, aerials, footwork, body mechanics, and flow. We will also be teaching the intersection of the balisong with mindfulness, therapy, meditation, dance, self-defense, and Filipino Martial Arts.
The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands and has an array of beautiful natural settings.
We will be training the balisong while exploring these various landscapes, so we’ll also be connecting to the ancestral land of FMA and the balisong.
Travel with other Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) practitioners and balisong flippers, learn from one another, and experience the journey together.
On our travels, we’ll be learning about the local culture, peoples, food, and history of the land. We’ll also be eating local native Filipino dishes.
Bohol has a beautifully diverse landscape with its white sand beaches, clear blue oceans, luscious forests, and its iconic wonder of the world - the Chocolate Hills. There is a special spirit to the people here and it's fueled by the vibrant arts and culture in Bohol. This Department of Tourism video not only features the beauty of Bohol but its other gems as well including the Loboc Children's Choir.
The town of Taal, Batangas, is the birthplace of the balisong, as well as the Barong Tagalog and Philippine flag. The town is rich with culture and history, and played a major role in the fight for independence against the Spanish. Batangueños are known to have a fighting spirit and the balisong is symbolic of the this strength and courage.