I assume you are talking about the Estalilla Kabaroan system. To be honest, I've never studied it, but I have been doing a lot of research into the system and I must admit that I would like to study it someday.
When Manong Ramiro first introduced his Kabaroan in Fresno in the mid 1970's the system was very much in it's purer "combative form". He certified five students in this original format, than changed it as mentioned in the above the post. However the combative element in todays method must still have merit as you will note in Marc Denny's websight at DogBrothers.Com
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it is good worth investing $ and time on...it is an "old-style" the name Kabaroan maybe confusing, which means..."new style". Kadaanan is "old-style". i hope this helps.
"Kabaroan" in the context of Manong Ramiro's system, "is attributed to and so named after, the nobility (Lord Barons) who practiced the art in days past."
In Ilokano, Kabaroan, from the root word "baro" meaning recent, or modern. In essence kabaroan translates to the actual action or "ka", and "baro" as in the modern, and "oan" as in the way of.
I had the opportunity about ten years ago to do many seminars and training sessions with one of MR Estalilla's students in the Fresno area. I was training with a lot of Richard Planas's students in Kenpo Karate, when he introduced us to his brother Ed. I hold on to the lessons that he taught me, and incorporate them heavily in all of the teaching that I do.
The greatest characteristics that I draw from Kabaroan, as Ed taught it, are the use of greater range advantages (imperative in live blade situations), the .