GM Cañete
SGM Diony

SGM Dionisio 'Diony' Cañete

Chairman of the Doce Pares Council of Grand Masters and the highest authority on Doce Pares in the World.

12th Degree Black Belt
Doce Pares Original Multi-Style System

President: Doce Pares, Inc.
President: Academy of Eskrima, Inc.
Chairman Emeritus: World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF)

Dionisio belongs to the second generation of the famous Martial Art advocates, the Cañete brothers of Cebu City, Philippines. He is the youngest son of GM Eulogio "Ylong" Cañete, the principal organiser of Doce Pares, who headed the organisation since its founding in 1932 until his death in June 1988.

Dionisio began his lessons in the Filipino Art in 1946 at the age of seven from his father and brother Iluminado, the eldest of the five children (4 sons and a daughter) of Eulogio and Irenea Aventurado. He became a Blackbelt at the age of 16.

He studied under GM Felimon "Momoy" Cañete and later with GM Ciriaco "Cacoy" Cañete, both brother of his father. He also trained with GM Vicente Carin and Maximo Cañete.

In 1950, during the Golden age of Boxing in Cebu, he was attracted to the sport and for five years regularly sparred and trained with several good amateur and professional boxers at that time.

In 1957, together with his brothers, Diony was introduced to Kodokan Judo.

In 1960, immediately upon his election as one of the officers of Doce Pares, rules on the acceptance of students and membership were liberalised. They started to promote and develop Arnis to a wholesome spectator's sporting event

In 1969 at the age of 22, he passed the Bar Examinations and became a fully-fledged Lawyer.

Leadership and talent is not wanting in "Diony." He was a consistent scholar during his student days and was the topnotcher in his classes. He graduated valedictorian on the Bachelor of Arts (AB) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and at age 22, passed the Bar Examinations.

As a Lawyer, he was elected and served as President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu Chapter 1982 – 1985.

In 1972, he was elected member of the Board of Doce Pares and appointed as Dean of Instructional Staff of the world renowned organisation.