GGM Carlito with IKF President Cyrus
Cyrus--Carlito.jpg   photo.JPG

IKF President Lakan-Datu 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:

  • 1993 – 1st place in kumite and kata in Oxon Hill, MD. Tournament

  • 1994- 1st place in kumite and kata in Hampton, VA. Denis Montes Fall Classic Tournament

             -1st place in kumite East Coast Martial Arts Tidewater Challenge.

             -1st place in kumite. 3rd Annual USA Open Karate Tournament

  • 1995, He received his Instructor Permit in Kuntaw under by GGM Carlito Lanada and

    Kyud Cyrus was promoted to 1st Degree Black belt. 1st place in kumite in Hampton, Va. Denis Montes Fall Classic Tournament

  •  1996, 1st place in kumite,  East Coast Martial Arts Tidewater Challenge

  • September 1997, during the 37th Anniversary/Seminar of IKF held in Wilson, North Carolina, USA, GGM Lanada promoted Kyud Cyrus to 2nd Degree Black Belt. 1st place in kumite, 7th Annual USA Open Karate Tournament.

  • December 2003, Kyud Cyrus attended the 43rd Anniversary of IKF/KNP held in Kuntaw Temple in Olongapo City, Philippines.

  • April 2005, during the Kuntaw 45th Anniversary of IKF/KNP held in Wilson, North Carolina, USA, GGM Lanada promoted Kyud Cyrus to 3th Degree Black Belt.

  • December 2005, Kyud Cyrus attended the Seminar/Gala Night held in Wilson, North Carolina, USA

  • September 2007, GGM Lanada promoted Kyud Cyrus to 4th Degree Black Belt.

  • 2009, GGM Lanada promoted Kyud CY to 5th Degree Black Belt.

  • September 2011, Kyud Cyrus attended 51st IKF Anniversary and Gala Night held in Wilson, North Carolina, USA

  • October 2011 GGM Carlito Lanada appointed Kyud Cyrus to State Commissioner of Virginia. Its main objective is to govern, control, and regulate Kuntaw, a style that is under the lineage of GGM Lanada.

  • January 2012 GGM Carlito Lanada appointed Kyud Cyrus 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, during the Kuntaw Seminar and Gala Night held in Hyatt Hotel in Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, GGM Lanada promoted Kyud Cyrus to a Lakan-Guro/Master Rank- a 6th Degree, Red-White-Blue Belt.

  • June 2012, During the Battle of the 7 Cities Martial Arts Championship, Kyud Cyrus 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, Philippines, GGM Lanada officially announced the appointing of Master Kyud Cyrus 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 Cyrus 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 Cyrus was awarded Letter of Appreciation from Mayor Sessoms of Virginia Beach for Volunteering the Community to teach Kuntaw.

  • June 2013, during the Battle of the 7 Cities Martial Arts Championship Kyud Cyrus was presented an award of Appreciation with his Deep Gratitude for his outstanding help, dedication and support of the 10th Annual Battle of the 7 Cities Martial Arts Championship.

  • September 2013, Attended 53rd Kuntaw/IKF Philippines National Seminar and Gala Night in Trece Martirez City, Cavite, Philippines. Lakan-Guro Kyud Cyrus was awarded of Certificate of Recognition to acknowledge his efforts made towards 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 Cyrus to Lakan-Datu- a 7th Degree, Red-White-Red Belt.

  • March 2014, Conducted Kuntaw Lima-Lima Seminar and Workshop at Virginia Wesleyan College.

  • April 2015, Attended Seminar at Kuntaw Canada.
  • July 2015, Conducted Seminar at Virginia Wesleyan College.
  • May 2016, GGM promoted Kyud Cyrus to Grandmaster 9th Degree Red Belt and inducted to the International Kuntaw Federation hall of fame. 
  • 2017, Kyud Cyrus was awarded Letter of Appreciation from Mayor Sessoms of Virginia Beach for Volunteering the community to teach kuntaw.

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.