Fighting Is Only The Beggining

Posted: January 27, 2017 in Ramblings

Fighting is only the Beginning

The Martial Arts, or the Art of Mars, the Roman God of War are collectively what we call sets of fighting techniques organized into a system or method regardless of race or culture that can be effectively passed on from person to person or to a group of individuals.

Ever since man has assigned value to something, anything be it food, shelter, mates or offspring man has had to fight to either protect it or take it. Through success and failure man has slowly compiled this knowledge into methods, techniques and system of effectively controlling, subduing and killing threats.

So Fighting is only the beggining.

Man’s growth in knowledge and evolution through trial and error predispose him to constantly try different methods to improve his craft and make efficient his goal hence the adoption of weapons as tools to improve efficiency and so ushering the birth of systems of individual and multiple combat.

So this is what we do as teachers regardless of creed, caste or religion. We pass on knowledge. We develop skill. We create opportunities for our students to develop and train their skills. We train people in the Arts of Mars, for whatever our purpose.

That brings me to this point. Why do we study it?

It is ridiculous and arrogant to think that the Martial Arts, one of man’s greatest developments is useful for only one thing, the destruction of fellow man. It’s a simplistic thought without factoring in the rest of human knowledge, experience, understanding and pschology.

Everyone has some reason from the practical, physical, academic, cultural, artistic or spiritual. We have found value in it that goes beyond killing. A value that goes beyond self defense or simply fighting. Every practitioner has his own reason.

So Fight on whatever your reason!

Teachers can only show you paths.

It’s up to you find yours and walk it.

It’s about skill, not gimmicks.

It is about the development of lasting skill. A transferable skill to different combinations of weapon sets. It is about connecting skills that work well together.  It is about skill that improves with age. It is about understanding things to its completeness. It is about total understanding and not flashy gimmicks or trendy fads or fancy uniforms and gear we see in movies. It is about the flexible understanding of principles. Not about memorized sets or cookie-cutter solutions.

It is about skill that gets better with experience. It is about understanding that deepens with testing yourself.

Unlock your inner potential.

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JUNE | 24| 2016

And so we are back again for the 2016 evaluation and Levels testing in LSAIsrael!  A great opportunity for growth and progress in our practice of Filipino Martial Arts.  Students prepared months in advance for this assessment and it is great to see them bring their hard work into fruition.  It was good to see new students attain their Levels as well as current members advance to higher levels of study.

LEVELS TESTING 2016

 

The whole TESTING album is here on Ariel’s FB Profile. (91 photos)

JULY | 06| 2016 
RANK AWARDING & RECOGNITION 2016

We’d like to thank the Philippine Embassy – Tel Aviv for your kind words and encouragement for our members and we look forward to more cooperation and projects together.

You can find the full album here on Ariel’s profile. (50 photos)

So here I go with the list of members at their new Levels:
LEVEL 1
Amos Blitz
Ariel Raskin
Idan Sassonker
Liron Druyan
Nadav Levy
Niv Markel
Omri Blan
Sabrina Shapiro
Yehonatan Cohen

LEVEL 2
Oded Aviyam
Shannon Akbulut
Or Blan
Tom Baron
Yanay Ezra
Guy Or
Eilon Yeshurun

LEVEL 3
Itzik Halfon
Nimrod Avni
Ofer Sassonker

Level 4
Neta Shermister-Escudero
Perry Stern

Congratulations all for their hard work and effort!

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EVENT: Go Greeced Lightning!

Posted: May 22, 2016 in Events

MAY 14 & 15 2016 –  This year I was invited by a new friend to be one of the instructors in his annual international Filipino martial arts seminar in Athens, Greece.  This trip got me particularly interested because who wouldn’t want to do a seminar in Greece, weren’t the Spartans Greek? This is the land of Zeus, Athena, Achilles… the land where the blueprint of some of the greatest heroes and warriors was drafted.

The seminar was a triple header with our Greek host Michael Kossivakis of FMA Greece, Johan Skalberg from Kali-Sikaran Sweden and myself from good old Philippines via Israel.  This event was spread out to two-days worth of training rotating around 3 instructors. A pretty good way to get a taste of everything.   There was a mix of material from classical stickwork, to tactical knifework and different combinations in between.  It was great to see disciplined and motivated practitioners training together from different backgrounds, arts and disciplines. It was also interesting to note that the event was participated in by individuals coming from other places abroad.
We had the locals, a Swede, a Bruneian from the UK, an Israeli of Indian parentage and a dash of Filipino. Almost like a Benetton advertisement.
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it is awesome to see the spread of fma on the global scale, much more to be a part of it.  it is inspiring to see fma as a common ground for different nationalities from all corners of the globe.  In the end, we make new friends and find new comrades.  What was once divisive now serves as a reason to unite and come together in harmony and cooperation.

More seminar photos in these albums:
2nd International FMA Seminar Greece – Michael Kossivakis FB
Greece FMA Seminar – Lightning Scientific Arnis Israel FB

MARCH 25, 2016 –  In a gymnasium in Tel-Aviv, band of brave individuals gathered to hone their skills.

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Force users of all ages showed up test themselves and against others.

We warped reality…

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voted the best costume for the day…

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and in the end…

girls just wanna have fun…

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See you next year!!!

See the FULL ALBUM HERE!
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MARCH 3-5, 2016 – Here at LSAIsrael, we do our best to outdo ourselves with each next activity. This year we held our 2nd Winter Camp in Eilat in the south of Israel. Great sunny weather the whole weekend, we exceeded our planned 10 hours of training! In addition to our planned training hours we had a bonus session of some good old fashioned stick sparring and friend and guest instructor Brenton Welford gave us a taste of Kalis Ilustrismo.

Eilat is a great venue for these camps for its accessibility to all sorts of entertainment and other fun leisure activities indoor and outdoor. It also has night activities for those who need a little something to wrap up the day.

Seminar topics vary every year. This years focus was to beef up our core material. We have a very broad curriculum and these weekend seminar campsare great opportunities to cover the material with more depth. It is also a great time for people to make friendships and forge bonds. The camps are very much a family affair where members can bring along relatives and family.

Seminar Topics – LSAIsrael Winter Camp – Eilat 2016

Day 1
– Short Stick Pushing and Trapping
– Solo Baston serrada

Day 2
– Hand to Hand Combat
– Close Quarters Knife
– Empty Hand knife defense
– Doble Baston on the beach

Day 3
– Kalis Ilustrisimo workshop

Buffet meals, the only open indoor pool in winter, open bar on drinks, on-stage evening entertainment, various other outdoor activities. Maybe next seminar you should join us 😛

All-in-all it was a full and awesome weekend and we look forward to improving the experience each year.

Thanks go to Neta and Ofer for making the arrangements and making sure everything went awesome!

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Photo Credits to Ariel Raskin, great photos man! – you can view the albums here:

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Here’s a late update following the the testing we did at the LIGHTNING KALI COMBATIVES club in STEVENAGE UK and ISRAEL these past couple of months.

Successfully completing testing under the JON ESCUDERO LIGHTING COMBATIVES – LIGHTNING SCIENTIFIC ARNIS association are the following:

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Lightning Kali Combatives – Stevenage UK

LEVEL 3:
Tom Pena

LEVEL 2:
Alex Tilly
Chris Tilley
John Pena

LEVEL 1:
Genesis Espanola
Raymund Fuentebella
Viorel Butucel
Vishal Kachiwala

also continuing training and grading in Israel:

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Tom’s grading with the assistance of Perry

LEVEL 3:
Tom Ybanez

Congratulations to the members and examinees, keep up the good work, train hard and see you again soon!