Justin Chang (Graduate 2019)
I’m Justin Chang, I was born in Chicago, IL
and now live in Los Angeles, CA where I am pursuing a career as a Stuntman.
I discovered Balintawak by coming across a video on YouTube when I was living in Chicago, where soon after I visited Los Angeles and was introduced to the art by my fellow COA Armand Rabanal. Within that same year I began my training in October 2018 under FQI Bryan Sloyer. Finally experiencing Balintawak firsthand gave me a new and different perspective. It was unique by design and it caught my attention right away. Shortly after taking lessons, I fell in love with the art and knew I had to continue on this new journey.
In August of 2019, my primary instructor FQI Bryan Sloyer took me to test in Seattle, Washington. With the help/guidance of my instructor and fellow practitioners, I tested for my Level 6 under Grandmaster Bobby Taboada. I was super nervous for the test and being in front of Grandmaster Bobby Taboada was a bit intimidating. The test was an experience I will never forget. In addition to testing, the camp offered training seminars prior to testing day that prepared me for my exams. The feeling I had graduating my Completion of the Art is a memory that I won’t be able to replicate again. All the hard work finally paid off!
Continuing onward with my balintawak journey, I realized there never really is an end to the art. The art grows, it evolves, and I hope to be able to grow along side it.
Thank you to my FQI Bryan Sloyer for all his guidance and training! Without you, I never would have gotten to where I am now within the art and none of this would have been possible. Also, thank you to all my fellow test-mates; COA Andrew Franklin, COA Amy Sturdivant, Kosey Baskin and Caitlin Hutson for all your help with training throughout our preparation!
From my heart, we welcome you, and with respect,