2019 Camp Instructors
GM "Datu Tim" Hartman
Datu Hartman started his formal martial training in Modern Arnis. After his first year of training, Hartman became a direct student of the late Grand Master Remy A. Presas (The Prof). Before GM Presas passed, he promoted Hartman to “Datu” and the highest active ranked American.
In 1998 Hartman started training Kombatan under the Prof’s younger brother, Ernesto Presas. In 2007, while Hartman was in the Philippines, GM Ernesto promoted Hartman to a 9th degree black belt and Grand Master of the family system.
Hartman continues his education. He is trained and certified in: Modern Arnis, Kombatan, Balintawak Eskrima and Bando. Recently the Datu tested and received black belts in both Kuntaw and Sikaran.
He has taught throughout the US, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, England, Puerto Rico, Poland, Barbados, Venezuela, Chile, Italy, Iceland, Portugal, Finland and in Arnis’ birth place, the Philippines. Though his dedication to the arts, Hartman has become one of the world’s leading instructors of Filipino Martial Arts.
Through the martial arts, Datu has changed his life in the most amazing ways and wants to share his transformation with others so they can experience the same positive benefits that he has gained. Datu Tim has accomplished much in his Martial Arts career. Here is a partial list of his achievements:
GM Bobby Taboada
Today, bestowed with several distinguished awards and international recognition, the culmination of his saga was when he was inducted into the International Hall of fame of the prestigious worldwide Martial Arts Grandmasters Council, the World Head of Family Sokeship Council, for his numerous outstanding accomplishments in the art. Aside from the many schools based on his system established by his students worldwide, as further proof of his mastery and success, eleven of his students were also given awards in different categories by the distinguished world body, in the same ceremony on August 31, 2002 in Orlando, Florida.
Acclaimed in matches with the best martial arts masters of the world, receiving their highest praise for his excellent mastery of his art, Bobby, soft spoken and ever modest, gives this piece of advice to would-be masters: dedicated training and constant workouts to give you fast reflexes, perfect coordination and top agility. And that is the practical essence of the Balintawak Arnis Cuentada system epitomized by Bobby Taboada: “the tactical awareness, continuous anticipation and selective follow-through with a conscientious and unfolding tactical mind”.
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GM Rick Lazo
Master Rick Lazo was born on May 24, 1980 in Tampa, Florida, the only son of Grandmaster Federico Lazo. Before Rick was even born; his father had dreamed that someday he would have a son to pass his treasured personal martial art on to.
Ricky’s official training began at the age of ten although his actual exposure began in the very beginning of his life. It was impressed upon young Ricky at an early age that he would be responsible for receiving his family’s legacy and that much dedication and sacrifice would be required to pave the way for that to happen. The training was unusually rigorous for a child, according to Grandmaster Lazo.
For an individual to have this type of responsibility thrust upon then at such an early age sometimes creates a sense of burden. Master Ricky says that this was never the case in his family. “He taught me to love it and I always will”, says Master Ricky of his treasured martial inheritance. “And it really helped me to appreciate the culture of our homeland and of our ancestors. I am really grateful for that.”
The purity of information and the integrity of training are almost never better than in the case of father to son training, especially when the father is a bona fide Grandmaster. Because the Lazo’s family’s original intention was strictly to practice their martial arts privately, it was especially important to insure that Rick’s training was complete, otherwise the art would fade away.
Since the decision was made to share the family art, both Ricky and his father have completely pooled their resources and focused their efforts together on the L.A.K.B. mission of completely transmitting these arts intact to the new generation of instructors. Master Ricky is instrumental in this process. He remains humble about his own abilities and acknowledges that he will train for the rest of his life, always probing deeper into the endless potential of these arts while seeking greater insight and abilities.