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Benjamin Winn

Level 7 - fqi
Fully qualified instructor

Senior Instructor - Richmond, Va

Ben is the first member of Richmond Balintawak to attain Level 7 Fully Qualified Instructor status, which was personally awarded to him by Grand Master Taboada in November 2015. Ben moves between the big picture and the details, tying them together to bring a holistic approach to his training and teaching. Ben has trained in a wide variety of arts, such as American & Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Jeet Kun Do and works to seamlessly incorporate the relevant aspects of each art into his instruction. This approach provides Ben's Richmond students with the ability to recognize a wide variety of threats and counter them effectively, both with and without a stick.


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Aris Taloma

Level 7 - fqi
Fully qualified instructor

Senior Instructor - Richmond, Va

Coming to the martial arts later in life, Aris is one of the original members of Richmond Balintawak, joining in 2007. He received his Level 7 Fully Qualified Instructor from Grandmaster Taboada in 2018. What Aris lacks in youth he makes up for with knowledge and misdirection. He is an inspiration to us all.  


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Nebrido Nocon

Level 6 - COA
Completion of the Art

Senior Instructor - Richmond, Va

One of the original members of Richmond Balintawak, Nebrido has and continues to be a guiding force of Richmond Balintawak. Having extensively trained in various Filipino and other martial art styles (such as the secretive Indonesian art of Kun Tao which he studied under the tutelage of Master Ron Kosakowski in Waterboro Connecticut), Nebrido is known for his rare combination of power, explosiveness, speed, and control during stick play.


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Terence Chu

Level 6 - COA
Completion of the Art

School Manager and Assistant Instructor - Richmond, Va

Terry is the structure of Richmond Balintawak, helping to keep us organized and focused as the school's manager. He brings his attention to detail to both his training and teaching. Terry received his Level 6 Completion of the Art from Grand Master Taboada in 2013.


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Nathan Wender

Level 6 - COA
Completion of the Art

Assistant Instructor - Richmond, Va

Nathan is a veteran with an extensive background in Karate and a knack for integrating traditional arts to create something fresh but respectful of their constituant parts. He is a natural teacher, able to guide his students through the details and the overarching concepts. Nathan obtained his Level 6 ranking at the 2017 World Camp from Grand Master Taboada.


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Pat Dabney

Level 6 - COA
Completion of the Art

Assistant Instructor - Atlanta, GA

A long time member of the Richmond VA school, Pat has reunited with Jemar in Atlanta and is again helping spread the art of Balintawak. Pat obtained his Level 6 ranking at the 2014 World Camp from GM Taboada.