Master Rich Parsons teaches Modern Arnis and Balintawak at the Flint Club, Privates out of his Home and at various seminars around the country (* USA *) and in Ontario, Canada.
Rich began his official martial arts training in August of 1986. Before this time frame and during the early part of his training, he bounced and was involved in other altercations. One of his ideas for learning a martial arts was to learn how not to break/hurt his opponents. The disarms and weapons techniques combined with the judo and jujitsu like moves gave him options in dealing with people other than pure strength. He obtained his basic instructors certificate in July of 1987, and has been teaching Modern Arnis in some fashion since. Senior Master Power, (Jim), believes that one of the options, of learning, is to teach. Rich has done well in this environment. The Flint group did attend camps and seminars to see GM Remy Presas, and they also had private and semi-private seminars where GM Remy Presas would come in and teach them. This allowed for less students and more contact time with a slight increase to cost. The Flint group had the privilege to test in front of GM Remy Presas in their club. After the untimely death of GM Remy A. Presas, Jim continued to test (* with Senior Master Jeff Owens as well, now retired for health reasons *) those students associated with this club. Rich has taught at numerous events in Michigan as well as in Ontario Canada, Buffalo, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rich began his Balintawak training April of 1998. He trained with Manong Ted Buot of Southfield Michigan weekly and also with the other students of Balintawak int the Flint Club/Group. Rich began also working with others in Michigan, Buffalo, Philadelphia and anywhere else he could to better improve his understanding of this art. He would play with people of other systems to try to understand the differences between them and Balintawak as well as the Modern Arnis he already knew. Rich currently works out with the Flint Group in Balintawak and also teaches privates to a couple of Manong Ted’s students who are looking to continue their education in the system. Rich and other students of Manong Ted are working to preserve this art and system, now that Manong Ted is no longer able to teach due to a series of strokes that left his left side paralyzed.