TRACMA Day: One Heart, One Goal, One Family
As soon as the gray SUV entered the gated compound at the Bonifacio Global City that is adorned with a watch tower bearing the Trovador Ramos Asian Consolidated Martial Arts (TRACMA) seal, there was silence. It was a muted reverence to the only Filipino who fought the world’s martial arts icon Bruce Lee: the founder of TRACMA, Trovador R. Ramos Sr., 14th Degree Red Belt Master (RBM).
TRACMA officers, instructors and members, some coming all the way from Pangasinan and Dumaguete, all bowed to the man who deserves the respect and adoration of establishing a truly creative Filipino brand of martial arts.
TRACMA Day 2018, which happened last April 8, 2018, was a significant milestone in the history of TRACMA. It showcased the following memorable activities:
- Affirmation of the Oath of Allegiance to TRACMA and Red Belt Master Trovador Ramos, Sr and the declaration of Trovador ‘James’ Ramos, Jr. as second-in-command. In the TRACMA organization, no one is to be called Master other than Red Belt Master Trovador Ramos, Sr.
- Promotion of TRACMA members to their new belts. April 8, 2018 was the only day in the history of TRACMA that a number of officers and members were officially and jointly promoted in a single ceremony.
Awarded with certificates with their new ranks were:
- Ana Mae Amaro
- Angel Cylo
- Carl Angelo Ramos Vallejos
- Carlo Ramos-Lim
- Diosdado Gregorio
- Emily Ancheta
- Irvin Silverio
- Ramon Capiz, Jr.
- Jetson Balacano
- Jonad Arandia
- Lorenzo Gio
- Mark Joseph Della
- Noel Sidlacan
- Paul Richard Cortez
- Rodrigo dela Cruz
- Roel Guevarra
- Rae Shan Perez
- Sherwin Clavio
- Trovie Lim
- Trovador Ramos-Vallejos
- Paul Zander Gregorio, Jr. (youngest awardee, 7 years old)
- Special promotion rites for TRACMA members. In a display of humility and achievement, TRACMA officers led a solemn ceremony for the newly promoted members, emphasizing that having a belt is not a privilege but a responsibility.
- Performances of selected martial arts forms originally conceptualized and developed by Red Belt Master Trovador Ramos, Sr. There were a number of forms exhibited by selected TRACMA officers and members of the organization including a fighting exhibition performed by Ricky and Jetson Balacano. Other special performances were also demonstrated by officers and members from various chapters.
- Recognition of the special accomplishments of TRACMA officers and members of the organization that includes those who represented TRACMA in the MMA competition. They were:
- Ramon Capiz, Jr.
- Rodrigo dela Cruz
- Paul Cortez
‘Best of the Best’
The most highly anticipated competition showcases the TRACMA movements that swayed with the rhythm from the mind of the Master.
One of TRACMA’s unique technique is that its defensive strikes, punches and kicks can be used as an offensive ploy to beat the opponent. These were demonstrated by some performers during their exhibitions and by fighters during their game to win the most coveted title as the ‘Best of the Best’.
Before the fighting at the arena began, Master Trovador reminded, “ang TRACMA ay tinatawag na invisible weapon. Sa isang galaw mo, isang tirada mo, kapag tinira mo ang isang kalaban, maaari itong ikamatay, kaya iwasan natin yan. Kailangan natin ng control, sapat na na maipakita natin ang mga techniques at systems ng TRACMA.”
[TRACMA is an invisible weapon. In one move, in one strike, when you strike the opponent, it can cause death, so we should avoid that. It is enough to show the TRACMA’s techniques and systems.]
It was followed by the demonstration of fighting techniques and styles by Trovador Ramos, Jr., Amor Guiang and Dhadie Rondina.
All TRACMA instructors and judges constantly reminded fighters of the rules of the game specially how to “protect” their opponents by ensuring the safety of each other during the game. As Rondina said, “ito ay laban na may pagmamahal.”
Lyra Ramos-Vallejos, the youngest daughter of Master Trovador, said, “in this competition, we should see the unique style of TRACMA, you must demonstrate the essence of sportsmanship, and fight with your heart, bonded by the spirit of brotherhood.”
And the Match-Up winners are:
- Irvin Ramos/MJ Della
- Elmerito Penetrado
- Winner – Jetson Balacano
- 1st Runner up – Aurelio Imbat
- 2nd Runner up – Cristobal Imbat
- Champion – Paul Raymond Cortez
- 1st Runner up – Erwin Torilla
- 2nd Runner up – Reynaldo Gregorio
Patronize the Filipino brand of martial arts
While he is now based in Hong Kong, Master Trovador is a genuinely nationalistic martial arts leader. In his opening speech, he said, “ako ay nananalig na kung maipagtagumpay natin ang dapat gawin, walang makakapigil na tayo ay makakapagwagayway ng bandila ng Pilipinas sa buong mundo.” [I fervently believe that if we succeed in what we ought to do, nothing can hinder from unfurling the flag of the Philippines to the world.]
“Bilang mga Pilipino, ito ay dapat na tangkilikin, ipagmalasakit, ipaglaban at hawakang mabuti dahil makakatulong ito sa gobyerno, para sa kapayapaan at makatulong din sa Pamamahala. Ang ating kaalamang taglay ay dapat magbigay karangalan sa ating bansa at sa higit sa lahat ay sa ating Panginoong Diyos,” Master Trovador said. [As Filipinos, this must be patronized, nurtured, fought for and be kept because it can help the government, for peace and help the Church Administration as well. The knowledge that we have must give glory to our nation but most of all to our Almighty God.]
While he respects the other types of martial arts developed by other countries, Master Trovador thinks that it also our right to patronize our own Filipino brand. “Mahal natin sila ngunit ipaubaya naman nila sa atin ang ating kalayaan upang ipaglaban at iwagayway ang ating pagka-Pilipino,” he said. [We love them but they must also give us our freedom to fight and promote our Filipino pride.]
“At inaasahan ko na magagawa natin ito kung sa pamamagitan ng pagbubuklod-bukod ng ating mga damdamin, isang pagmamahal, isang mabuting layunin lalong lalo na sa pagsunod sa kalooban ng ating Panginoong Diyos,” he said. [I am hope that we can achieve this by uniting our feelings with one love and one goal especially in fulfilling God’s will.]
10th Degree Red Belter Amor Guiang said, “ang extraordinary achievement ng TRACMA Day ay ang unification at camaraderie mula sa pinuno hanggang sa mga subordinates. Kaya’t hinihikayat ko na ito ay lalo nating mahalin at tangkilin.” [The extraordinary achievement of the TRACMA Day is the unification and camaraderie from the leader to the subordinates. That is why I am encouraging members to continue loving and patronizing TRACMA.]
For his closing speech, Master Trovador said, “nagkasakitan man kayo sa pisikal na katawan, tumibay naman ang pagmamahalan ng inyong mga puso at damdamin pagkatapos ng labanang eto. Ito ay dahil isang pamilya tayo: pamilya ng TRACMA.” [You may have hurt each other physically but your love for each other was strengthened after the fight. This is because we are family: the family of TRACMA.]
Constantly following the orders of his father, Trovador ‘James’ Ramos, Jr. has successfully orchestrated one of the most memorable homecoming visits of Hong-Kong based Master Trovador. With James’ unique charm, compassion and heart of a true warrior that he inherited from the blood of the Master, TRACMA Day has indeed been a fight of brothers, by brothers, for brothers.
Special thanks to Lyra Ramos-Vallejos, Brenda Ramos, Dhadie Rondina, Elvin Elum, Atty. Ana Mae, Ricky and Dhang Balacano, Zander, Paul, Roel, Edwin Velasco, Amor Guiang, Jonathan Aragones (Dumaguete Chapter) and the presence of Narciso Arias and Roel Pedralvez (Pangasinan).