Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima
Our Logo, What does it mean?
The two horse heads represent the literal meaning of Derobio, “Rhythm of the Horse.”  They also symbolize the duality of a warrior: the Right Head - the aggressive nature of combat, to overcome your adversary at all costs to SURVIVE…Left Head – the compassion of ones heart to COUNTER ego or hatred, to not let them dictate the outcome of an encounter and lead one back to the virtues of the Eskrimador Creed. 

The two Sansibar blades, the very tools of combat used by the Pulahan Warriors of Leyte, guide the two horse heads to a balanced mindset of a true warrior.  The blades meet at the center in which anchors the triangles depicting the Philippine National Flag.

The flag is represented as 4 blended triangles that displays the basic foundation of the combative footwork of Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima: Footwork Diagram-

The flag also symbolizes the Siangco Collective:
The stars represent the Mentor, the Beacon and the Compass of the Siangco Collective.  
The sun represents the teachers, the mentors, and masters that influenced the Collective.  

The open "circle" outlined by our motto symbolizes the open mind and adaptive nature of the Siangco Collective and their belief to blend and adapt to all forms of combat through the guiding philosophy of Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima.
Our Motto: Never Submit - Always Adapt - Counter - Survive!

Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima

Eskrima Benefit Seminar and Spar-a-thon / GoFundMe Campaign for Cyrus Carr

by PDE-HQ on 10/23/17


Eskrima Benefit Seminar and Spar-A-Thon Event for Kids Only!!  November 11th, 9am to 1pm @ SPMAA in Chula Vista.  234 Third Ave.  Ages 3 - 12 of all experience levels are welcome to join the PDE Ohana for a fundamentals seminar and fun sparring rounds to end the day.  Sparring will be done with custom padded weapons and safety gear provided by BUNAL BRAND FMA Equipment.  Message Master Chaz Siangco for details

PDE 2017 Trailer

by PDE-HQ on 01/28/17

PDE Training Updates

by PDE-HQ on 07/29/13

PDE HQ Core Group Classes

Location: Crossfit Chula Vista (821 Kuhn Dr. Suite 106 CV, CA 91914)

Kids Class (Ages 3 to 11) THU 6:00pm to 6:45pm > SAT 10:00am to 10:45am 

Adults Class (Ages 12 and up) TUE 7:30pm to 8:30pm > THU 6:45pm to 8:00pm > SAT 10:45am - 12pm

PDE Temecula / Menifee w/ GM Chris Siangco

Location: Eagle Ridge (Church) Martial Arts Academy 25891 Holland Rd. Menifee, CA 92584  Phone: 951-679-3239

Kids Class (Ages 5 to 11) MON/WED 6:00pm to 6:45pm

Adults Class (Ages 12 and up) MON/WED 7:00pm to 8:00pm

PDE North County w/ Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu Ohana

Location: 1930 Watson Way Suite E Vista, CA 92081

Held on Saturdays TBA, next session AUG 17, 2013 9:00am to 2:00pm

Filipino Martial Arts Legacy Queen Mary Long Beach Seminars

Aug 10, 2013 Seminars begin at 8:30am

For information on training contact Master Chaz at info@pdeskrima.com or 619-885-1571

Master Chaz "Chief" Siangco on FMATalk Live

by PDE-HQ on 04/14/13

Streaming Audio Now Available on FMATalk Live.com with our special guest Master "Chief" Chaz Siangco Remember streaming may not be available for up to a week on our blog, whereas if you subscribe to us on iTunes you can get the latest shows with a day or two of recording.


Derobio Eskrimador Creed

by PDE-HQ on 03/24/13

Eskrimador Creed 
by Batikan Eduardo James Pedoy

“An Escrimador(a) must have the wisdom and discretion to know when to use his/her art.  When forced to use it, he/she must show humanity against aggressors who cannot defend against it and the humbleness not to boast about the power he/she holds.  In doing so, he/she will gain harmony both with his/her art and with his/her life.”

Wisdom: understanding of what is true, right, or lasting.

Humanity: humane quality, kindness, mercy.

Humbleness: deeply respectful.

Harmony: a pleasing combination of parts or elements.

Crossfit Chula Vista - New home for Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima

by PDE-HQ on 08/09/11

Classes have begun at Crossfit Chula Vista located at 821 Kuhn Drive, Suite 106 Chula Vista, CA 91914.  Join us every Monday and Wednesday nights from 630pm to 8pm.  Contact us at 619-885-1571 or email @ info@pdeskrima.com for more info.

Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima to be presented at TEAM QUEST MMA - Oceanside

by PDE-HQ on 07/07/10

Aloha All...Announcing that Tuhon Chaz Siangco will be presenting Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima at TEAM QUEST MMA in Oceanside, CA.  Exhibition class will be held at their new training facility at 318 Horne Street Oceanside, CA 92054 starting at 6:30PM this FRIDAY, July 9th.  All welcome to join in. 

Exhibition to cover the following:

-Basic Fundamentals of Pulahan-Derobio Eskrima

-A.C.E Intent Maneuvers (Advancement - Cover/Counter - Empowerment): Bridging through all ranges of weapons combat: Long/Medium/Close ranges.

-Stick-Grappling and Counter for Counter Principles

-Panantukan: Filipino Dirty Boxing

See you there! Mahalo.




Featured Instructor on FMA Pulse

by PDE-HQ on 04/01/10

My interview with the guys from FMA Pulse .  Mahalo Nui Loa for the opportunity to share my art and the history of my family.



The Pulahanes Movement - Katipunan Era > American Occupation

by PDE-HQ on 03/02/10

From http://www.watawat.net/the_pulahanes_movement.html




The Pulahanes (literally "those wearing red" ), also known as Dios-Dios, were the members of a religious revival of Philippine beliefs that developed in the Visayas prior to the Philippine Revolution. At its peak, it numbered around 10,000-15,000 adherents. The movement was severely crippled during the Philippine Revolution after the Philippine Constabulary took over patrols in Samar, when the U.S. military declared the island as "pacified".

Pulahanes practiced a syncretic religious revival centered mostly on Philippine mythology and Folk Catholicism. Individual beliefs include the use of anting-antings as well as the revival of the babaylan.( Indigenous fighting techniqiues such as eskrima were also utilized in the elite and ferocious combat style) They practised a form indigenous martial arts called Derobio Eskrima and they specialize using a heavy, crescent-shaped Bolo knife in their battles. Religious rituals using bottles of holy oil, prayer books such as the Bible, consecrated anting-antings, as blessings before battles.

Americans have described Pulahanes as notorious fighters and are experts in hand-to-hand combat. War cries were also common among their fighters. They have also been described as "lacking in strategy" due to their high casualty figures in battles such as Massacre at Dolores. They have been the subject of many laws passed during the early American colonial period and have often been accused of "banditry".

The Pulahans were more of a religious organization made up of Waray people. "Pula" in Waray means "red"...also in Tagalog. They wore red trousers also, but this organization went as far back as the early 1890s prior to the Philippine Revolution.They have no connection to Aguinaldos "Red Brigade" or Bonifacios Katipunan...the Pulahans were just crazed religious fanatic killers who wore red...not just in their trousers but other clothing as well. Although,we do believe many of them participated in the revolution and Gen Lukban recruited many of them in Samar...They were responsible for the plotting of the Balangiga Massacre. They believed more in their religious sect then anything else...they would go so far as killing women and children. Also, in one US officers report, they mentioned this group had no special tactic or strategic skill, they just exploded out in hordes of bolo rushes. To this day Waray people are considered ruthless fighters.

According to some officers report, these groups would wave a white flag in front of them during battle, "believing" it would shield them from American bullets. But when you really think about it, waving a white flag means you surrender and not to shoot...and when the Americans stopped firing they may have believed the waving of their white flag is working and warding off bullets. As ignorant as these cults were, they were a force to be reckoned with, and most people feared them.

Waving a white flag can mean surrender or a flag of truce to talk. It can be used by both sides. One to say surrender or the other that is surrendering.

But still, it would stop firing from the other side to see what the white flag is about.

This is what everyone knows is the general "rule" in war. Wave a white flag, truce or surrender. But these pulahanes, , did not know that. They were mostly made up of uneducated illiterate high landers who knew nothing of the rules of war. They honestly believed the white flag was there anting anting.

On their white flags there were some inscriptions (and maybe symbols) on it ; according to some other sources. the flags were all white with a red cross in the middle..


Derobio-ism #1 - as told by GGM Braulio Tomada Pedoy

by PDE-HQ on 03/02/10

"Never give the same movement twice in a row, or your opponent can easily disarm or counter you. If you take a strike on the inside take it on the outside next time. You must remain unpredictable and remember accuracy is better than speed" -GGM Pedoy

First Derobio Eskrima seminar in Northern California

by PDE-HQ on 03/01/10

Here is Grand Tuhon Chris Siangco and Tuhon Chaz Siangco presenting Derobio to students in Nor Cal.  This is during our time as head instructors of the San Diego Branch of the Pedoy's School of Escrima.

Western Boxing in Hawaii: The Bootleg Era 1893 - 1929

by PDE-HQ on 03/01/10

Article in which our great grandfather Elias "Battling Bolo" Cantere is mentioned...



Interview with GGM Braulio Pedoy

by PDE-HQ on 03/01/10

Our new found path...

by PDE-HQ on 03/01/10

To all friends and family,

As of Jan. 2009, the Siangco Instructors under the Pedoy's School of Escrima has parted ways with the PSE Organization. The San Diego Branch of PSE has closed and the Siangco family has reorganized under a new name and moniker: PULAHAN-DEROBIO ESKRIMA. The doors to our facility in San Diego will be closed as of March 2009 and we will hold selective private sessions only. We hope for much success and blessings for Grandmaster Tyrone Takahashi and his organization, as family will always be family. We hope the FMA community will embrace this change for us and that we find continued support from all of you.

Much Love and Aloha, Mahalo Nui Loa;

Chaz Siangco

6:00PM - 9:00PM