Supreme Grandmaster Cacoy Cañete
August 8th, 1919 – February 5th, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Supreme Grandmaster Cacoy Canete at the age of 96.
SGM Canete was the last surviving member of the Doce Pares Eskrima club originally founded in 1932.
His personal system of the Doces Pares Eskrima was known as Cacoy Doce Pares.
Although we have never had the opportunity to train with SGM Cacoy directly. I do recall seeing some video clips of him teaching in the Philippines from the early 90’s. The skills he demonstrated at the time was something that stuck with me throughout the years. Then again of of SGM Cacoy working with higher level instructors of his system. Even though at the time SGM Cacoy was in his late 80’s his speed with the stick was still amazing. Laughing as he bypassed the defense of his student, stopping his stick only inches away from them. One could easily see his love for the Filipino Martial Arts.
The FMA community has lost another of it’s legendary warrior masters who helped influence and spread the Filipino Martial Arts around the world.
Our condolences to his family, students, and associations.
With our deepest respect.
~ FMA Academy