Guro Mark Basel is a lifelong martial artist dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the traditional Filipino Martial Arts. As a child he was introduced to martial arts like many children starting in Tae Kwon Do. Later in life, shortly after college, he took up contracting work in the South Pacific where he first encountered a vibrant Filipino community and traditions. He soon became a member of the local Filipino Cultural club, promoting native dances and other traditions. Upon his return to Minnesota, he soon combined his two interests by pursuing the study of Filipino Martial Arts, and has since made many research trips to the Philippines to learn traditional Filipino Martial Arts culture and history directly from the masters. He is one of two Guros in MN authorized to teach the Filipino ancestral art of Bahad Zubu Eskrima.
Guro Federico Malibago was born and raised in Minnesota the son of Filipino immigrants. Growing up in the US, in a small but very tight knit Filipino community and family, he was raised to value and preserve traditional Filipino values and traditions. Amongst the men in his family and community, fighting skill and the practice of martial arts, were highly valued and encouraged. This early passion for the martial arts, as well as Filipino cultural traditions and history in general, has led him to conduct many research trips to the Philippines to learn traditional Filipino Martial Arts culture and history directly from the masters who keep the traditons alive. He is on of only two Guros in MN authorized to teach the Filipino Ancestral art of Bahad Zubu Eskrima.