Jendo

Jendo is a Filipino martial art that utilizes empty hand, sticks and bladed weapons as a means of self-defense. Jendo originated in Mandaluyong, a small city located in the central part of Luzon Island of the Philippines. It was founded by Jonathan Makiling.

In 1996, Jendo was one of the very few martial arts able to pass the screening and requirements of the Philippine Sports Commission as an original Filipino Arts. Although the art passed and registered in 1996, it has existed since 1973. It was based on Jonathan’s original concept of Tri-Force or the Tres-Energias (Tatlong-Lakas).

With the advent of the modern era, capped by the emergence of the computer age, it is but a necessity for the human body to be spiritually, mentally and physically fit and alert all times.

Hence, the knowledge of martial arts is significantly relevant to the human being in his daily activities not as a means of toppling the other fellow but to be a best of everybody.

The knowledge of martial arts equips the individual with all the ingredients of guiding and protecting his friends and other people. However, such knowledge is not just to be taken as a weapon of winning a battle but earning and enjoying peace.

Learning martial arts like Jendo is timely and worthwhile as it is a golden treasure during this period of modern living.

Jendo is a fast-rising Filipino non-classical style of self-defense originated in Mandaluyong City, that has been existing in the Philippines for more than three decades. It is a modern day Filipino martial art partly based on the ancient oriental system of discipline, founded in 1973 by a Filipino named grandmaster Jonathan Makiling, who among his friends, followers and collegques in martial arts known as Jonathan Abaya or June Abaya.

Jendo is one of the very few authentic Filipino martial arts, able to pass the screening of the Philippine Sports Commission and of the different major national organizations of martial arts from various Filipino and foreign styles protected by the laws Philippine Government, recognized and approved under Securities and Exchange Commision Regulation No. ANO96-00588

Jendo specializes in the use of both the empty hands and the Filipino Traditional Weaponries such as stick, itak, knife (Punyal/daga) and Bangkaw as a means of self-defense and Sports.

Jendo means “The Economical New Fist Way”. The word Jendo actually is an acronym. The first letter of the word “Jendo”, J – was derived from the originator’s first name – Jonathan or June; E – stands for the word economical or economically; N – stands for the word Non-classical or Non-conventional; the fourth letter, D – stands for the word defense and the last, the letter O – stands for the word order, which means, the method, the system or the way it is arranged. The first generation student of Grandmaster Abaya define the last syllable of Jendo, the Do as one word meaning way (Japanese Translation). In Grandmaster Abaya’s Weapon’s Fighting System, he defines Jendo as June Abaya’s Espada y Navaja Depenssa Orihinal or simply – June Abaya’s Original Stick and Knife Fighting System. The word espada, refers to the word stick, sword or escrima and the word navaja refers to the word daga, punyal or knife.

According to his teachings, Jendo was founded on a systematic principles of body movements that developes its practitioners into a healthy, alert and mentally well coordinated person. It is a complete art and a science dealing not just with the study of self-defense but with the study of all existence (see Tres-energias), man his behavior and relationship with all the things that surrounds him. Jendo is not just an expression of martial arts defense and counter-attack, it is an expression of one’s inner self; a means of attaining life’s true meaning. It is the path in which something is and should be acchieved.

Jendo is an art of acquiring both physical and spirtual freedom; it is direct and natural. It is not fixed, it is alive, ever changing and always searching for new ways; it has room for improvements just like the world or the universe we are living in, never constant, ever vibrant.

Tres-Energias (Tri-Force): Althoug parly based on the oriental system of discipline, Jendo has its own philosophies and principles for its creation and one of these is the principles of “Tres-energias” ( The Three Energies or “Ang Tatlong Lakas” ) or the “Tri-Fore”. Tres-Energias symbolizes reality; it is the fundamental law of actuality. It teaches an individual to focus on the real situation of life. An individual who has deep understanding of these force enable him to accept life, things and happenings as they occur. These forces, namely the normal, the unexpected and the exceptional are three complimentary and interdependent forces that evolve continuously in the universe.

Traditions identify Tres-Energias as two forces instead of three. Writings from practitioners of various styles of martial arts and religious sects as well , explain, that these forces are two unstoppable interplay of movements, the positive and the negative force or the hard and the soft force. In Jendo’s concept of Tres-Energias, we do not view things like sound and echo or light and shadow alone. Viewing them like this won’t achieve ultimate reality.

In Tri-force or the Tres-energias, we see things or happenings around as a result of a cetain process. Knowledge that will develop in the future is the result of the knowledge gathered from the past and of the present. Alight focues on a certain surface cannot produce shadow alone. There should be somenthing in between to produce a shadow. In the art of self-defense, an effective technique is a product that develops in the mind of an individual observing two persons sparring, fighting, exchanging kicks, punches and or techniques.

The normal force can represent normal or standard pattern of existence of things, life, occurences, such as positiveness, negativeness, femaleness, gentleness, day, night, etc… The unexpected force can represent sudden changes on the outcome of a normal process or the standard pattern of life, things, feelings and or occurence like positiveness into negativeness, rainy to sunny, male feelings to female feelings or female to male, etc.. Last is the exceptional force. It can represent unusual, extraordinary or supernatural happenings, existence of things, feelings, etc., like that of the simultaneous existence of positive force and negative force on one entity. One good example is the presence of a male and or female feelings within the male or the famale body.

The Founder and Originator of Jendo: Grandmaster Jonathan Makiling known to his friends, students and collegues in martial arts as Grandmaster Jonathan “June” Makiling Abaya is the founder and originator of Jendo, an original Filipino fighting art that utilizes empty hands, stick and bladed weapons as a means of self-defense.

He was born on November 16th of 1957 at the North General Hospital in Manila. The second eldest of the six children of Maria Adoraida Makiling Vda. de Abaya y Martinez of Umingan Pangasinan. He was not fortunate to see his father; his mother was seperated from his father when he was still a child. He grew up with his late stepfather Victorio P. Abaya of Candon Ilocos Sur.

Grandmaster Abaya grew up in a crowded neighborhood in Mandaluyong, full of gangs, troublemakers and ex-convicts. Mandaluyong then, now a city, way back in the 60’s up to the 80’s was still a municipality with a very low income and poor police services. Living in Mandaluyong, those days was a very risky, three months for a kid like Abaya then, was the longest number of days not to caught up with troubles in the street. There are many drunkards hanging around. Abaya’s stepfather who was a former amateur boxer kept on telling him to always stay home and not to mess around with trouble making kids who might one day get him caught up in the middle of big trouble and end up either in the hospital or inside the jail. When Abaya was a kid, he is very obedient. He always stayed at home after school. But this did not keep him from being caught up with troubles his father stepfather warned him about. Often times, young Abaya came home from school with black eyes and swollen nose and mouth. Abaya, inthose days suffered many abuses from his fellow shoolmates. He experienced being punched and bullied constantly. These bad experience made young Abaya decide to take up self defense lessons.

His first martial arts lessons was under Master Angellano os San Jose, Mandaluyong through the introduction of his 2nd grade elementary school teacher who was aware of all the abuses he suffered from his fellow schoolmates. He studied non-lassical soft-style of self-defense, possibly kung fu or modified kung fu under Angellano from 1968 up to the middle of 1973. In July of that same year Grandmaster Abaya’s family transferred residence from Coronado Hulo to F. Blumentritt. Although not too far from his former residence, this seperated him from his martial arts teacher, Master Angellano.

After several months of separation from his martialteacher, young Abaya met many street challenges. The place where his family transferred has no difference from their former residence. The place has many drunkards hanging around, almost 60 percent of kids have their own street gangs and fraternities. This made young abaya to wonder on whether he or his martial arts lessons could make him survive any etreet encounters. At the Jose Rizal College, now Jose Rizal University where his mother enrolled him as a highschool student, through the invitation of a schoolmate named Albert Jimenez, he joined the Tau Omega Mu Fraternity to feel secure inside the campus. But outside the school, without his friends in the fraternity, Abaya feels unsecured.

Without his friends, beside, where nobody can help you in times of trouble, where the only thing you can lean on is your knowledge in self-defense? A question rose in to his mind. Can my martial arts defend me in any street encounter? He then started to doubt his previous training and found himself suddenly formulating additional movements on his arsenal of martial arts techniques, which eventually became his own arts system now known as the JENDO Filipino Martial Arts.

In October of 1973, Grandmaster Abaya started to introduce his own system of martial arts. among his firsth students were his classmates at Jose Rizal College in Mandaluyong, were Jameson Bautista and Albert Jimenez and his stepbrother Victorio and stepsister Maria Theresa who is now residing at Tokyo, Japan.

Later that year, a college student also from the Jose Rizal College named Macky Pastidio join the training. In December that same year, Grandmaster Abaya joined the Dragon Judo – Karate Club to study a Japanese form of martial arts under the late Police major – Master Johnny Morris Arsol, a Judo and Karate instructor who later on shifted to Tae Kwon Do and the became the Founding Chairman and President of the Philippine International Korean Tae Kwon Do Federation – Jido Kwan Association. His training from Arsol lasted up to 1976. After 16 years of separation, making a name in his own system, He and his teacher, Johnny Arsol met again in 1992 at his Tae Kwon Do Gym in Mandaluyong thru the arrangement of Abaya’s student Jonathan Dada. With him is his student Ariel Jonas F. Gabriel who served as a cameraman to preserve the meeting with his Master in pictures. Before he left, abaya received from Master Arsol his final blessing as founder of his style of martial arts (Jendo).

Grandmaster Abaya’s introduction to arnis was in 1979, under a retired Military Major named Celedonio Del Castillo. He studied under Major Castillo, the “Catillo Baton System” and the CDC (Civil Disturbance Control), an Anti0Riot Military Training Course. His second Arnis training was Arnis Kali Escrima Grandmaster Jose “Joe” Mena, the founder and originator of the Arnis Doblete Rapelon. He studied under Grandmaster Mena together with Engr. Jose Dion D. Diaz who is at present the Deputy General Manager for Infrastructure of the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) and President of the Philippine Indigenous Games and Sports Savers Association Inc. (PIGSSAI) the Doblete Rapelon style of arnis .