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    Rest In Peace, Maestro Sonny Umpad
    Maestro Sonny Umpad, a true Visayan Eskrima Maestro, passed away at his home in Alameda, CA on Thursday, August 24, 2006.
    Sonny, like many eskrimadors before him, was a living legend in Eskrima.
    Sonny's fighting art was sound, beautiful and complete. He mirrored his art with his character as a human being.
    For years, he taught underground, carefully choosing his students. To be accepted as one of Sonny's students was an honor. He held his lessons in the living room of his tiny Alameda apartment. Students were always in awe of the collection of weapons that lined every wall in his home.
    Sonny had mastered them all with deadly proficiency.
    Sonny's Visayan and Moro Moro techniques were stunningly quick, graceful and powerful.
    His love for his native family martial art was so great, that to his very last days, he continued to teach from a hospital bed set up in his living room.
    Sonny died as he lived: with his love for his Filipino Martial Arts beating well beyond the sound of his Visayan heart.
    We will miss you Sonny. You were a true Eskrimador, Maestro and friend. Rest in Peace, Maestro.

  • #2
    Please accept my condolences from myself and my students. It's always sad to hear of one of our FMA brothers passing on. I am sure that his flame will live on in each and every one of his students.



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          respects given.... r.i.p.


          • #6
            My condolences, Rest In Peace.