Records dating back as
far as 200 B.C. and the Ming Dynasty tell of battles with
cane and knife swinging natives of the Philippine
Islands. The Europeans first came in contact with the
island people, in 1521, when Ferdinard Megellan was
fatally wounded in hand to hand battle with natives, who
had only bare hands, fire hardened sticks, and knives,
against the Spanish armor and Toledo steel.
Much of the history of the fighting arts has been
lost and long forgotten. What has survived has been
colored by local heroes and ethnic beliefs. The true origins
of these fighting arts may have been in the islands but
most certainly they have been influenced by sailors, and
explorers from Malaysia, Indonesia, and China.
When the Spaniards
eventually conquered the islands they forbid the practice
of all war arts. The
arts did not die out however for they survived in the
guise of dance, plays,
The true meaning of these mentioned activities was taught
behind closed doors and
deep in the mountains and jungles.
Sheldon Bedell practiced ,
learned, and taught the
Lagarejos System of Sikaran for over
40 combined years. He was
trained by Master George C. Chartier of Ashland N. H. and studied with
the late Grand Master Lagarejos. In 2004, he left the Lagarejos System and began teaching under the name
White Leopard Sikaran.
Bedell passed away on July 27, 2016.
Leopard Sikaran continues its commitment and dedication to
the Martial Arts under the direction of his son, Charley
Bedell. We continue to maintain the highest standards of
training, discipline, and integrity, while still
maintaining the traditions of the Filipino Martial Arts.
White Leopard Sikaran
classes are currently held at the Athol, MA Salvation Army
(107 Ridge Ave)
Children and Youth Classes: Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Adult and Advanced
Student Classes: Mondays at 5 pm
Private lessons by
appointment only (held at a separate location.)
Our main office is
180 Main Street,
Athol, Ma 01331