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Hello all!


I just found out that GM Bobby Taboada of World Balintawak Arnis Escrima,Charlotte, North Carolina has been hospitalized for over one month through Virgil Cavada.  Allegedly Dan Inosanto asked Virgil to check in to it and he is.  I have an email out to Virgil and if I find out any more I will let everyone know what happened.





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Comment by Black Swan Tactical on August 25, 2011 at 11:48pm

I used Google and called the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, (704) 304-5000.  Although the hospital would not confirm that GM Taboada was staying there because he is not listed under the name "Bobby,"he is apparently in the Main Facility.  Then I received word back from Master Virgil Cavada and he had the following to say regarding GM Bobby Taboada.


Hello Thomas !


Thank you for the inquiry ! GM Bobby has been in the ICU for over a month. It was supposedly only one week in the ICU for a tumor removal, but it turned out longer.  As of this week, he is now in a room they called, progressive room, out of ICU but still confined in the hospital at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Even if the insurance will pay for say 80%, can you imagine the cost of an ICU stay for one month..... That is why I am appealing to anyone within the martial arts community and Filipino Martial Arts community for any financial assistance. Some of my students are starting to contribute...

Please do your share in spreading the effort to help GM Bobby.  Thank you so very much and hope someday we can meet up, you already know my specialty!


Best regards to you and family.

Master Virgil Cavada

Comment by Black Swan Tactical on August 26, 2011 at 12:32am

For those calling the hospital or sending cards, GM Bobby Taboada's first name is Guillermo.


Additional Information:

  World Balintawak Arnis Escrima


  GM Taboada's Official Site for International Balintawak


  Donations are being accepted at:


Grandmaster Bobby Taboada was named "Man of the Year" for 2009 by the FMA Digest.



Thomas Ivers


Comment by Lew Cottell on August 26, 2011 at 11:19am
GM Taboada is one of the great ones....still remember the seminar i did with him....great man, great teacher, great escrimador.
Comment by Sonny Sison on August 26, 2011 at 8:11pm
For those in the LA Area, GM Nene Gaabucayan is also having a benefit seminar GM Bobby at the end of Sep/beginning of Oct.  He will update me when he confirms the date and I will re-post here.
Comment by Daniel Mendoza on August 27, 2011 at 4:17am
My prayers go out to GM Bobby Taboada and family,get well soon.
Comment by Black Swan Tactical on August 29, 2011 at 9:30pm

UPDATE: This evening I saw a photograph of GM Bobby Taboada sitting on the edge of a hospital bed giving the Escrima world the thumbs up, so I think he may be on the mend!  For those looking to follow his crisis directly from him, they may follow him on Facebook at:




Comment by Black Swan Tactical on August 29, 2011 at 9:34pm


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