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Guro David Dizon


In Memory of a Fallen Warrior


Bahala Na® brothers and sisters~

On behalf of Guro David's students, I just wanted to let you all know of the tremendous tribute paid to Guro David during his services over the last two days.  I know I speak for all of Guro David's pupils when I say a very grateful, "THANK YOU," to Grandmaster Tony, Master Kirk, and Master Joel for allowing us the honor to take part in the Bahala Na® funeral rites.

Bahala Na® Martial Arts turned out by the dozens.  Past and present members, including our Arizona affiliates, attended the services for Guro David.  At the viewing, we provided an honor guard for Guro David.  With our swords at parade rest or at shoulder arms, we stood guard in the chapel and over his casket, and escorted selected visitors for viewing.  The Bahala Na® banner proudly stood at the side of the chapel, near the casket.

For only the 2nd time in the almost 40 year history of Bahala Na®, we performed 3 separate funeral rites, that are unique to our organization.  The first ceremony had Bahala Na® members approach Guro David's casket, bow, and then proceed, two by two, to do a 20 second carenza (solo practice/shadow sparring).  We then did a candle lighting ceremony where everyone in the chapel lit a candle in Guro David's memory.  Lastly, the crowning ceremony of the evening included Guro David's 4 students:  senior student, Tim Morgan, myself, Anthony Hardwick, and Jose Giron (no relation to GME).  We approached the casket in a diamond formation:  Master Joel at the lead, Tim and I at the sides, Anthony at the lower tip of the diamond, followed by Jose.  GM Tony stood at the center of the diamond.  When we reached the casket, we each bowed and then formed a single file line in front of the casket, and watched as GM Tony paced back and forth in front of the casket 3 times, inspecting it.  GM Tony then proclaimed 3 times, "GOD BLESS GURO DAVID!"  We all drew our swords in unison and joined them at their points as a final salute to Guro David.  It was a very fulfilling and memorable experience.

The following day, about 200 people attended the church services for Guro David--a testament to how his presence affected people's lives.  We escorted Guro David to his final resting place at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in the City of Orange.  It was a beautiful, sunny day with a cool breeze.  GM Tony, Master Kirk, and Master Joel led Guro David and his family in a short procession to the gravesite.  Bahala Na™ members lined both sides of their path to the gravesite forming an aisle for them to pass.  All of us had our swords drawn, pointed towards the heavens, as the procession slowly passed beneath our raised weapons.  What a fitting tribute for Guro David.

Guro David was a very private man.  He kept the different aspects of his life separate from one another.  At both the viewing and at the funeral I overheard people state that they had no idea that he was even into the martial arts.  Grandmaster Tony had told us that people should know what an important person he was to Bahala Na®--I believe our tributes to Guro David showed that, and so much more, to everyone.

I will miss my teacher very, very much.  He was my friend, confidant, and big brother, and his passing has affected me greatly.  I count myself fortunate to have served as a City of L.A. employee under his supervision, to have had him as a close friend, and most importantly to have had him as a teacher in the martial arts.  He will forever be credited as the man who introduced me to the Filipino martial arts.  I know that he will live on through me, as well as my classmates, as well as everyone else whose lives he touched.  His influence in me is felt as I teach my own students, and I will do my best to continue the great legacy he has left behind.

I'll see you later bro---have fun playing Larga Mano with GME Giron and the angels Smile

Peace to all~

Gerry Valido

O.C. Underground Bahala Na®

 

~In Memory of a Fallen Warrior~

GURO DAVID DIZON ~ Rest In Peace (Oct.24,1954-July 30,2006)

"Thank you for being my big brother, close friend, and teacher--I love you and will miss you.  May the angels welcome you to heaven....Bahala Na!!!"

                                   

 


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