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Grandmaster Michael Giron

About Grandmaster Michael Giron

Grandmaster Michael Giron, (Founder) of the Original Giron Escrima Federation was born the 2nd of 4 children on December 31, 1949 to the legendary Grandmaster Emeritus Leovigildo Miguel Giron and Soledad Mapa. Although, deeply rooted in Stockton, California he presently lives, with his wife, Athena (Tina) in Vallejo, California. Grandmaster Giron also has a daughter, Jamyka Giron and Annita Emerson who reside in the Bay Area.

After graduating Edison Senior High School, Grandmaster Giron continued his education at San Joaquin Delta College, (SJDC)  majoring in electronics. Master Giron was losing interest fast in college and wanted to do something else, so he enlisted in the United States Air Force in November of 1969as a Ground Radio repair technician. After his three and a half years of duty, he returned home.

Being the son of a Grandmaster you would think that his Filipino martial art training would have started at an early age. In this case it was not so. Many of the men after WWII (first generation Filipinos) wanted to forget the memories of war and just wanted to start a new life for themselves and their families. It was probably good thinking for that time but, it caused a a lot Escrimadors to go underground, to never be known and to never share their fighting skills. Grandmaster Giron did not know that his father was one of those bladed warriors until he was 19 years old in 1968.

He was never pushed into learning the art by his father but, others questioned why he never wanted to learn. Grandmaster Giron's answer was "I wasn't ready yet," because he knew he would have to fully commit to learning this art and he did not want to be a disappointment to his father.

Finally, his training started in 1975. It was not easy training under a Grandmaster who is also your father. Perfection was the only option. Grandmaster Giron attended the normal class downstairs and more often than that he did private training upstairs. A unique part of his training was that he saw history being made, as he witnessed the first Filipino Martial Art Academy in Stockton, CA. Some of the first students were greats like Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo, Ted LucayLucay, Dentoy Revillar, Rene Latosa and many more.

The Instructors at the first Filipino Martial Art Academy in Stockton, Ca were Angel Cabales, Gilbert Tenio, Max Sarmiento, John Eliab and Leo Giron. After learning the 20 styles within the Giron System and the private extensive training Grandmaster Giron passed all the testing and earned the right to be a Certified Graduate of Bahala Na Giron Arnis Escrima in 1980. A year and a half later he received his Instructor's Certificate. Grandmaster Giron was proud to participate in the first full contact Escrima tournament on the west coast and possibly the USA. This tournament took place in San Jose, CA in 1982, and was sponsored by the organization called the West Coast Eskrima Society which united several Filipino Masters. The Masters were Mike Inay, Jimmy Tascoa, Max Sarmiento, Gilbert Tenio, Narrie Babao, Dan Inosanto, Richard Bustillo and Leo Giron.

Grandmaster Giron discontinued his training to pursued a career as a professional musician. After that was over he was back again training. Then, his father passed on May 21st, 2002. What was different was now the fighting system as he had learned in the 80's had slowly evolved into what is called a modified version. He did not see the reason for changes as the fighting system that he learned from his father in the early years stood alone and was battleground proven. In his eyes it was causing more harm than good to the students and the organization that his father had created, so he did one of the hardest things in his life. He resigned from the Bahala Na Martial Art Association, relinquished his title as Grand Advisor and his lifetime membership to the organization.

He then, created the  Original Giron Escrima Federation in 2007.
By creating  The Original Giron Escrima Federation allows Grandmaster Michael Giron to maintain the purity of the art that he learned, and to continue the legacy of his father and this great gift that was given him. By doing this Grandmaster Michael Giron will have fulfilled his personal mission as the son of a legend and in doing this it allows him to do his small part in promoting the Filipino Martial Art.