Monday, July 19, 2010

Doce Pares

Doce Pares was founded on January 11, 1932 by a small group of Eskrima Masters spearheaded by Eulogio Canete, Lorenzo Saavedra and Teodoro Saavedra. The name Doce Pares was adopted in reference to the famous twelve bodyguards of Emperor Charlemagne of France (AD 768-814).

These twelve people all top swordsmen were known to have fought and killed hundreds of enemies in battles. Doce Pares which means "Twelve pairs" in spanish, was meant also to honor the twelve people who originally planned to form the organization, and when the membership rose to twenty four at the time of the inauguration, it indeed became more significantly fitting

Eulogio Canete held on the presidency of Doce Pares until his death in June, 1988.

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