CEBU City, Philippines – Eskrima Supreme Grand Master (SGM) Dionisio Cañete and his son Master Gerald Cañete are on a mission to solidify and strengthen the spread of the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) in Europe.
The father-and-son tandem traveled together for the first time to observe the 2019 European Championships in Romania, which serve as qualifying tournaments for the 2020 WEKAF World Championships which will be held in the Philippines.
The Cañetes are traveling on their capacity as ambassadors for Arnis/Eskrima, SGM Diony being the founder and chairman Emeritus of WEKAF, the International governing body of Arnis/Eskrima and the author of the Rule Book and Guidelines that formalized and professionalized Arnis as a sport, while the younger Cañete is his capacity as the Executive vice president of the Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (PEKAF), the second in command to Sen. Migs Zubiri who is the president of the Arnis NSA, and the person-in-charge for Arnis in the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Game in Pampanga.
Shortly after the European Championships, SGM Diony and Master Gerald Cañete will embark on a series of Doce Pares style seminars in Hungary, Romania, Germany, London, and Russia.
SGM Cañete tagged along with his son in this tour to acquaint the heir apparent to the rigors and responsibilities being the next in line of the Doce Pares hierarchy.
The European tour is also a step towards the promise of SGM Diony to PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez of attracting at least 100 countries to become members and affiliates of WEKAF, which he reiterated during the ASEAN Arnis Expo last week in Manila.
The Cañetes are accompanied by another accomplished personality of the sport, Master Ernesto Romo Jr.