Guro Bonjoc was born in the Philippines where he began his martial arts studies at an early age. Under the tutorage of his father Grandmaster Carlito Bonjoc Sr., young Carlito was taugt his first Filipino martial arts system.This was his family’s system known as the Cadiz-Lapu Lapu Escrima system.
This system originated in the central Philippines and is based on the double stick movements. Cadiz-Lapu Lapu is very combat effective with or without the use of weapons. As the 4th generation master in the Bonjoc family line, Carlito Jr. teaches the Cadiz system with major emphasis on the Panatokan (Filipino- kickboxing) and Dumog (Filipino-grappling) portions of the system.
Carlito Sr. taught his son to always be open minded towards other systems. Due to this ideology, Carlito Jr. was introduced to other Filipino masters by his father. One of these masters was Roy Ornor. Master Onor taught Carlito the Talawan Largo Mano system. This system is a long-range blade art that focuses on fighting multiple attackers.
In 1979 Carlito Jr. was introduced to the distinguished Grandmaster Angel Cabales. With his father’s approval, Carlito learned the Cabales Serrada system. In June of 1983 Carlito Jr.obtained an advanced degree in the Cabales Serrada system. After this achievement, Grandmaster Cabales continued to instruct Carlito privately in the finer points of the Serrada system. Due to this training, Carlito became a knowledgeable and respected Guro in the Angel Cabales Academy.
Today Master Bonjoc continues to teach the Filipino martial arts as he was taught by his masters. Through videos, group instruction, seminars and private lessons, Carlito hopes to share this aspect of Filipino culture with all who wish to learn.