GGM Carlito with IKF President Cyrus
IKF President Grandmaster Cyrus Lagumen Sr.
Grandmaster Cyrus Lagumen Sr. was born in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He is the eldest child of Samuel Lagumen and Francisca Ranay. His father started to teach him karate when he was around eight years old. In 1988, Kyud Cyrus and his family migrated to Norfolk, VA. He was very interested in studying Martial Arts since his childhood. He went out looking for the best Martial Arts School, but he couldn’t find one. Shortly after Kyud Cyrus met the GGM Carlito A. Lanada, Sr. in the 1990’s and this is when he enrolled in the International Kuntaw Federation. He came to deeply understand the Kuntaw Martial Arts forms. Kuntaw is an Ancient Art of Native Filipino Hand and Foot fighting using both hard and soft techniques. It is one of the oldest self-defense art systems of unarmed (kuntawan) and armed (kali) fighting devised by Filipino Muslim royalty prior to the Spanish regime. He preferred the way of Kuntaw Martial Arts over other forms of martial arts. From this point forward he was encouraged and inspired by his mentors (GGM Lito Lanada) to teach Kuntaw. The Kuntaw Virginia Chapter was established and founded on 1990 by GGM Carlito A. Lanada.
Grandmaster Cyrus Lagumen was a Deputy Sheriff serving in Norfolk, VA from 2000-2004. He then moved on to become an Officer of the Federal Law Enforcement from 2004, which is a position that he currently serves in. It was during this time, under the tutelage of Great Grand Master Lito Lanada, that he went on to earn his black belt
The following is a timeline of events and how Kyud Cyrus progressed through the ranks in the International Kuntaw Federation:
Grandmaster Cyrus R. Lagumen Sr
- 1993– He received his Instructor Permit and Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt under by GGM Carlito Lanada, Sr.
- 1995– GGM Lito transfer his dojo to Kyud CY when he moved to live with his daughter in San Diego, CA, USA.
- September 1997– During the 37th Anniversary/Seminar of IKF held in Wilson, North Carolina USA, GGM Lanada promoted Kyud Cy to 2nd Degree Black Belt.
- 1998– Started teaching Kuntaw at the Kempsville Recreation Center in Virginia Beach, VA, USA.
- December 2003– Kyud Cy attended the 43rd Anniversary of IKF/KNP held in Kuntaw Temple in Olongapo City, Philippine.
- April 2005– During the Kuntaw 45th Anniversary of IKF/KNP held in Wilson, North Carolina, USA. GGM Lanada promoted Kyud Cy to 3rd Degree Black Belt.
- December 2005– Kyud Cy attended the Seminar and Gala Night held in Wilson, North Carolina, USA.
- September 2007– GGM Lanada promoted Kyud Cy to 4th Degree Black Belt.
- 2009– GGM Lanada promoted Kyud Cy to 5th Degree Black Belt.
- September 2011– Kyud Cy attended the 51st IKF Anniversary and Gala Night held in Wilson, North Carolina, USA.
- October 2011– GGM Lanada appointed Kyud Cy to State Commissioner of Virginia. Its main objective is to govern, control, and regulate Kuntaw, a style that is under lineage of GGM Lanada.
- January 2012– GGM Lanada appointed Kyud Cy to IKF USA Director. Its main objective is to govern, control, and regulate Kuntaw, a style that is under the lineage of GGM Lanada.
- March 2012– Kyud Cy conducted seminar with GGM Lanada at the Hyatt Hotel in Chesapeake, VA, USA, GGM Lanada promoted Kyud Cy to a Lakan-Guro/Master Rank 6th Degree Red-White-Blue Belt at the Gala Night held in Hyatt Hotel in Chesapeake, VA, USA.
- June 2012– During the Battle of the 7 Cities Martial Arts Championship, Kyud Cy was presented an Award of Appreciation with deep gratitude for his Outstanding help, Dedication, and Support of the 9th Annual Battle of the 7 Cities Martial Arts Championship.
- December 2012– During the 52th IKF Anniversary held in Trece Marteriz City, Cavite, Philippine, GGM Lanada officially announced the appointing of Master Kyud Cy to IKF President in 2013 with the power and absolute authority to propagate, govern, control and regulate Kuntaw Martial Arts throughout Kuntaw World. Lakan-Guro Kyud Cy was awarded Kuntaw Chapter of the Year (Virginia Chapter), Kuntaw School of the Year (Virginia Chapter), and Most Improve Kuntaw Chapter (Abroad 2012).
- January 2013– Kyud Cy was awarded the Letter of Appreciation from Mayor Sessoms of Virginia Beach for Volunteering the Community to teach Kuntaw.
- September 2013– Attended and Conducted 53rd Kuntaw/IKF Philippines National Seminar and Gala Night in Trece Martirez City, Cavite, Philippine. Lakan-Guro Kyud Cy was awarded of Certificate of Recognition to acknowledge his efforts made toward the Kuntaw seminar and workshop and his invaluable assistance and continued support in the propagation of the Kuntaw Martial Arts.
- October 2013– GGM Lanada officially promoted Kyud Cy to Laka-Datu 7th Degree Red-White-Red Belt.
- March 2014– Master Cy conducted Kuntaw Lima-Lima Seminar and Workshop at Virginia Wesleyan University.
- January 2015- Kyud CY moved his gym (dojo) to Princess Anne Recreation Center in Virginia Beach, VA, USA.
- April 2015– Master Cy attended Kuntaw Canada seminar held in Toronto, Canada.
- May 2015– GGM promoted Kyud Cy to Grandmaster 9th Degree Red Belt.
- July 16, 2015– Kyud CY was featured in Virginia Pilot Newspaper.
- July 26, 2015– GGM Lanada, GM De Leon, and GM Cy conducted Kuntaw seminar and workshop at Virginia Wesleyan University. Kyud Cy was inducted to the International Kuntaw Federation Hall of Fame by GGM Lanada and Kyud Cy was featured in Virginia Pilot Newspaper again.
- July 2016– Kyud Cy attended and Conducted IKF CAN-AM Seminar held in Kuntaw New York, Buffalo,NY USA.
- January 2017– Kyud Cy was awarded Letter of Appreciation from Mayor Sessoms of Virginia Beach for Volunteering the community to teach Kuntaw.
- June 2017– Kyud Cy opening his 2nd school Ancient Filipino Martial Arts (Kuntaw) at Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia and Grand Opening was held in PCC on July 2017.
- July 2017– Kyud Cy and his student was invited to do a demo for Fil-Am
Friendship Day held in Redwing Park in Virginia Beach, VA.
- July 25, 2017– Kyud was featured in Virginia Pilot Newspaper for Grand Opening of Kuntaw at the PCC.
- October 2017-Kyud Cy and his students was invited to do a demo for Fil-Fest USA at Norfolk, VA.
- November 2017– Kyud Cy was featured in Manila Mail Newspaper a fortnightly Filipino Newspaper in Washington D.C. for his participation in Fil-Fest USA was held in Waterside District of Norfolk, VA.
All membership, recognition, and promotion of ranks shall be through GGM. All Kuntaw ranks shall be confirmed and supported by an IKF/KNP certificate signed by the grandmaster, which bears a promotion number issued and controlled by GGM Carlito Lanada. Kuntaw instructors shall possess valid Instructor’s Certificate issued and signed by GGM Lanada.