Master Christopher "Topher" Ricketts of Bakbakan International passed away this morning after a battle with cancer. He was only 55 years of age. He was one of the founders of Bakbakan, and also one of Tatang Illustrisimo's students, having studied under him along with Tony Diego, Yuli Romo and Edgar Sulite.
He is one of many FMA pioneers that will forever be remembered and missed. Our condolences to his family, friends, and students around the world.
I was sorry to hear about Master Ricketts passing away, my son and his son were friends. I will miss him at the FPAC as he and his bgroup was always supporting it. I know that this is a big loss to his family. My family, our Club and myself offer our condolences to his family and friends.
South Bay Filipino Martial Arts Club
The passing of Master Topher is a very sad loss to the FMA world and especially to the Bakbakan International and Kali Ilustrisimo brotherhoods. I shall be forever grateful to Master Topher for his support and encouragement in my efforts to promote the FMA and Bakbakan International in the UK.
On be half of the Worldwide Family of Modern Arnis we extend our condolences to his family, the Kalis Ilustrisimo and the Bakbakan family for the loss of another great warrior.
The passing of Master Topher is a very sad loss to the FMA world. As one of the respective instructor on the FMA World Festival, we shall be forever grateful for his unselfish effort to share his impressive skills in the 3rd FMA World Festival 2006 in Tagaytay City, Philippines.