Leo M. Giron was a World War II veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star medal amongst many other citations. As the head advisor and also the founder of Bahala Na Martial Arts Association, he was world renowned as the Father of Larga Mano in America. Until the last day of his life, Grandmaster Giron was active and teaching at his home base school in Stockton, California. His knowledge of jungle warfare was an invaluable asset to those who trained with him. His appearance was that of a humble man with the character of a distinguish college professor. Grandmaster Giron talked, looked, and carried himself with an uncommon class and style.