Mon Kiathson was born in Davao City,
Philippines. His training in martial arts started at an early age.
At 10 years old, he was already aboxing enthusiast learning its
basic movements. At 12, he became a student of Arnis Doce Pares
Filipino Martial Arts under Grandmaster Rizal Disucatan. His
burning desire to be one of the best arnis practioner drove him
to aim for excellence in his movements and application in every
Even though GM Mon Kiathson was a dedicated
student of arnis, he was at the same time, training in boxing under
trainer Biling Pangantihon. In highschool, he was a 5-time Gold
Medalist of the National Amateur Boxing Federation. Eventually he
turned professional, winning a match via a 3rd round technical knockout
against Jun Apable, who was then the number 1 contender RP - 108
pounds Mini Flyweight Division, in Almendras Gym, Davao City.
Despite his hectic boxing schedules, GM Mon
Kiathson was able to continue training in arnis under Grandmaster
Disucatan of Arnis Doce Pares Filipino Martial Arts Fighting where
he earned a 9th Degree Black Belt. It was under the tutelage of
GM Disucatan that GM Mon Kiathson also learned Karate, Kickboxing,
Judo, nunchaku (chaku) and knife fighting. His knowledge in arnis
was further enhanced with training in Modern Arnis under Master
Hessie Montialegre. GM Mon Kiathson's passion for arnis was so great
that he temporarily forego practice of other martial arts. He concentrated
his training in arnis, with the aim of developing his own style
Finally in 1994, he established Arnis Combat
Kiathson System Philippines, Kiathson Martial Arts Academy Philippines.
Arnis Combat Kiathson System focus solely in the art of Arnis Fighting
while Kiathson Martial Arts Academy is the consolidation of different
forms of martial arts.
In 1995, GM Mon Kiathson studied under Senior
Master Rodillo Dagooc who was then the International Chief Instructor
of Arnis Association International Inc. and GM-Founder Jeremias
V. Dela Cruz of Arnis Cruzada Philippines, learning their styles
and techniques and earning a 4th Degree Black Belt at AAII and 9th
Degree Black Belt at Arnis Cruzada Philippines.
At present Grandmaster Mon Kiathson teaches
Arnis in different schools, security agencies, YWCA Malate, Philippine
National Police - Western Police District and the Presidential Security
Group in Manila.