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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.

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Ein riesen Verlust für die FMA,obwohl ich ihn nie kennengelernt habe,hatte ich und immer noch ein grossen Respekt für seine combativen Einstellung...lubos pusong pakikiramay sa pamilya Ricketts.
Very sad.We will always miss him.My condolences to his family and students.
Really this is a great loss in the martial arts field.

He will truly be missed.
On behalf of the Senkotiros International, we offer and extend our sympathy and condolences to the family, students and friends of Master Rickets. Rest In Peace, Master Topher.
My sincere condolences to the family, friends and acquaintances of Mr. Ricketts. A tremendous loss to the FMA community. May he rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.
On behalf of the Sirat as-sayf Family, we extend our condolences to his family and the Bakbakan family for their loss.
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.
Marc Lawrence
Punong Guro
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.

Maraming salamat po sa inyo Master Topher.

Rest in Peace
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.

Maraming salamat po sa inyo Grand Master Topher.
Our deepest condolences & heartfelt sympathy to the family & students of Manong Christopher Ricketts. May his spirit continue in the Bakbakan legacy. May God bless his family & students. Lino Espejo
Wow...Totally floored and stunned by this unfortunate news. Especially after the recent loss of Mr. Largusa..Our condolences to family, friends, students and those who knew him.


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