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Our Filipino martial arts training center is led by Guro Frank Zhong, under the Balintawak Cuentada system of Grandmaster Bobby Taboada.

Bobby Taboada

A Current Legend of Filipino Martial Arts

Welcome to the world of Filipino martial arts, where skill, discipline, and a deep understanding of combat converge. In this realm of warriors, one name stands out as a true living legend: Grandmaster Bobby Taboada. With an illustrious career spanning decades, GM Taboada has become a revered figure, renowned for his mastery of Balintawak Cuentada Arnis and his invaluable contributions to the martial arts community.

Born and raised in Cebu, Philippines, Bobby began his journey in the martial arts at a very young age. His passion and talent led him to train under the tutelage of the Grandmaster Teofilo Velez, who was one of the original members of the Balintawak Arnis Club. Under GM Velez's guidance, Taboada honed his skills, immersing himself in the intricacies of this dynamic and highly effective combat system.

After years of dedicated training and teaching, GM Taboada ventured beyond the shores of his homeland, sharing his expertise with eager students across the globe, starting in New Zealand, and then beyond. From the United States to Europe, Asia to Australia, his teachings have reached countless individuals hungry to learn the art of Balintawak.

Having now settled in the United States for over 30 years, GM Bobby continues to be a shining inspiration and example of martial arts and maintains a strong relationship with his students and instructors who represent him.  

Guro Frank Zhong

Founder of New Jersey Balintawak

New Jersey Balintawak was founded by FQI (Full Qualified Instructor) Frank Zhong. With over 20 years of martial arts experience and extensive training in the art of Balintawak Cuentada under Guro Jeff Soriano, and has been presented with his Instructor Certificate by GM Bobby Taboada. Guro Frank is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and passion with students of all levels. Here at New Jersey Balintawak, we offer a dynamic and supportive learning environment where students can develop their skills, improve their fitness, and learn practical self-defense movements. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced martial artist, we invite you to join our community and discover the power and excitement of Balintawak Arnis Cuentada.

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Contact Us



986 Amboy Avenue

Metuchen, NJ 08837

Opening Hours


10AM - 11 AM- Balintawak Beginner Class 

11 AM - 12 noon - Balintawak Levels 3 and Up

One-on-one training by appointment

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(732) 393-2073



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