Eskabo Daan connects Bay Area children to Filipino roots, language, and traditional martial arts

DALY CITY, CA — For master Joseph Bautista, Filipino martial arts was his path to forming his identity as a Filipino-American.

Like many Fil-Ams born and raised in the states, the quest to link themselves to their roots can come in many forms — and Bautista hopes it can happen here at the Eskabo Daan Martial Arts School in Daly City.

“This program is basically designed to teach Fil-Ams, or any Filipino or any non-Filipino that want to learn more about the culture about basic Tagalog, basic babayin, basic history of Filipino, Filipino-American experience, on top of the self-defense. I believe having a sense of identity growing up is key to having a healthy, happy life and to have confidence.”

Founded by grandmaster Robert Castro, Eskabo Daan is a weapons-based martial arts system that pulls from modern and traditional Filipino self-defense. Eskabo Daan offers classes three days a week for not just children, but also their parents.

Bautista hopes the new location and facilities make Esakbo Daan more accessible for kids.

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