Lameco Eskrima is the dynamic fighting at of the late Edgar Sulite. Punong guro Sulite was well-respected in the Philippines, where he dedicated his life to learning and mastering the art of Eskrima. He put his reputation on the line, taking challenges for money and honor. He earned the confidence of a collection of legendary masters of the day, including Jose Caballero, Leo Gaje, Jesus Abella, Pablicito Cabahug, Ireneo Olavides, and Antonio Ilustrisimo, among others. He earned the trust and mutual respect of his era’s newest masters, including Roland Dantes, Yuli Romo, Tony Diego, Christopher Ricketts and Alex Co.
When Sulite came to the United States he took the country—and then the world—by storm. He was featured on the cover of countless magazines, starred in numerous instructional videos and had a large seminar following. In short, the poor kid from Tacloban City matured into an international phenomenon, bringing the Filipino arts and his friends up along with him. Among his top disciples in the United State is David E. Gould, author of the book Lameco Eskrima: The Legacy of Edgar Sulite.
David E. Gould began his training in Shotokan Karate in 1977, receiving his black belt in 1982. Since 1983, he has trained in numerous Filipino, Indonesian, and Thai warrior arts in the United States and in their respective countries of origin, but he is best known for his association with the Lameco Eskrima system and its founder, Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite.
David E. Gould initially joined the Lameco Eskrima International Association on October 20, 1992 in Los Angeles, California and officially began his training as a private student under the direct tutelage of Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite at the founder’s Los Angeles home. Months later, he was invited by Punong Guro Sulite to join his personal and private, invitation-only “backyard” Lameco Eskrima group, which later became known as the “Sulite Orehenal Group.” On July 28, 1996, David E. Gould became the last instructor certified by Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite in Lameco Eskrima. He is recognized by all as one of the standard bearers of the system, appointed directly to that position by Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite, also in 1996.
From 1992, Gould trained under Punong Guro Sulite several times a week as a private student and as part of the “Sulite Orehenal Group,” until Punong Guro was felled by a stroke while training in the Philippines in 1997. Since then, Gould has taught hundreds of Lameco Eskrima seminars, workshops, and training camps in numerous countries around the world. In addition to teaching the Lameco Eskrima system to representatives and students whom he has positioned around the world, he also trains elite military and law enforcement personnel in many countries.
Guro Gould recently joined the hosts of FMA Talk Live for an hour-long interview, wherein he discussed his background, what it was like training with the late and legendary Edgar Sulite, and his boo, Lameco Eskrima. Click the box to listen to this fascinating interview!
David E. Gould is the featured instructor in six professional training DVDs produced by Budo International in Madrid, Spain, teaching various aspects of Lameco Eskrima. He is also author of the Spanish-language book Lameco Eskrima: La búsqueda del combate real. Gould is one of the featured instructors in the 2005 Arjee Enterprises book Masters of the Blade, which was written by renowned author Master Reynaldo S. Galang. Gould has also been featured in several martial arts magazines published in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Since 1992, he has dedicated himself solely to the task of propagating Lameco Eskrima and perpetuating the legacy of Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite. In fact, to this day, it is what he has dedicated himself to, in an effort to keep the Lameco Eskrima system well-preserved in its original configuration, exactly as Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite left it when he passed away o April 10, 1997.
David Gould’s book, Lameco Eskrima: The Legacy of Edgar Sulite, is based on detailed information and stories told to the author first-hand by Punong Guro Sulite. These were shared during numerous Lameco Eskrima private training sessions in Los Angeles (1992-1995) and Palmdale, California (1996-1997). These details and stories were written down and included in the author’s training notes on a daily basis for the entire time of his training under the late Punong Guro. This book is a reflection of that time, a look into the private life and arduous training of Edgar Sulite, and a presentation of Sulite’s own hand-picked students demonstrating techniques of his deadly art.