“Sikaran” is a school of Philippine martial arts whose history datews back to the early 1500’s before the Spaniards came. It is the art of foot fighting where farmers use their strong legs to drive the partners outside the designated line like a rice field.
Sikaran came from the words “tadyak,” “biakid,” “pilatik” and “damba.” The player uses his legs 90% of the time and his hands 10% only for blocking. Sikaran uses the feet in offense and defense. Tha hands are used only for farrying and balancing for defense.
Baras is the cradle in which sikaran was born and reared up. The young Meliton Geronimo who hailed from his place had acquired martial arts and techniques from his father Cipriano Geronimo. Cipriano was known to have descended from the ranks of “hari” of old, a term for accomplished sikaran master.