2017 has been a busy year, busy enough that I’ve let slip work on this blog so i’m sorry its been silent for a while. So where to begin?

Lets start with:
FEBRUARY
Wallace Collection
Did some decompressing in London.  Took a walk around and found myself at the Wallace Collection.  An excellent mix of china, jewelry, arms and armour.  in general a great way to get into the spirit of things.

Lightning Kali Combatives Seminar – Stevenage
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This was the first trip for the year.  Checking up on the Lightning Kali Combatives group headed by Tom Pena.  This year I’m accompanied by Ofer, one of the Instructors in training from the Israel HQ.  The seminar saw some new blood as we refined core principles in Bigay Tama, Agaw Baston and some Stick Takedowns and light groundwork.  The core group also did an in-house review session to bolster the two-man drills and emphasize attribute development.

Royal Armoury – Leeds

Naturally at some point we took a break and finally got to set aside time to visit the Royal Armoury in Leeds.  This is a HUGE collection of arms and armour.  Too much to take in  all in one day… probably need to do it again.

Tel Aviv Seminar –  Lanseta Serrada

Back home and refreshed after the UK trip, ready to inflict some education we do a seminar on the principles behind Lanseta Serrada or filipino knifework using the principles of tersiya serada kadenilya y espada y daga.


Misgav Seminar – Haru Dojo
LSAIsrael gets invited to introduce and present Filipino Martial Arts at the Haru Dojo north of Tel Aviv.  2 hours to get there but well worth it.  It  is always a great experience to present Filipino Martial Arts to potential practitioners.

APRIL
Yemi
There’s nothing like getting some training in while on vacation. At least that was what was on Yemi’s mind.  Member of the DC club under Angelo Garcia, he came over to get some training time a halfstrike has t the HQ participating almost daily in classes and private training.  Of course downtime is awesome since the beach is so close and the food always good.  And yes… some training did happen.

MAY
Knife Show
We get invited pretty often to the local Knife expos here and get some time for demonstrations and such.  Always a good thing as we get to highlight and showcase  different aspects of a broad system.  This one was out of town at Emeq Hefer, Kibbutz north of Tel Aviv. So its always a good thing to have a new audience to present to since as much as FMA is now getting popular, it is still not as mainstream as we think.

JUNE
Dojo Festival – Sachne
Every year we take the club out roughing it… ok semi-roughing it. Dojo Festival is an annual festival where many groups of martial artists come together as a little weekend community sharing in several martial arts related activities.  There’s a lot of fun had for everyone.

JULY
I took a little vacation trip this year and decided to hang out with my buddy Tom.  Funny thing how things work out as David Bardos, half of the dynamic duo, of our Australia group was also there. Wish your were there too Irvin de Castro.  It’s also a funny thing what we consider vacation.
Swung by the British Museum

As well as had the opportunity to meet up with an old friend, not the old guy. Always good to meet up Shaun!IMG_3438


Tel Avi – dulo-dulo seminar
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And im back in Tel-aviv.  In this seminar we introduce a little known  self defense multip[lier called the dulo dulo, a little piece of wood just a little longer than the palm.  I think we handled this one pretty well.

SEPTEMBER

Visiting Training Group Leaders

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As the BER months come around so do some old students.  Angelo Garcia, DC Training Group Leader and Eldad Jaeger of our Hongkong Group were in town to get training upgrades… sabich.  Time flies when your having fun and we do get a lot of that as we spent nearly every day of almost as month just smacking each other around.  I think these 2 just fell in love. Can anyone say Whirlwind Bromance?


OCTOBER

Lightning Scientific Arnis in the USA

Coppell ATA – Dallas

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Katy – Houston

MKG Seattle

So I’m Stateside in October checking up on how we Lightning is doing in Houston, Dallas and Seattle and the looking is good.  That sounded weird. Seeing lots of growth in skill and understanding and that LSAI is developoing firm roots in these communities.  Thanks go to the efforts of Robert Montifar in Texas for rounding them up  whipping them into shape.  Same goes to the MKG Seattle peeps and the hard work of Bryce Tillet and Vince Beltran through the gudance and mentoring of Guro Andy Wilson, MKG Seattle Head Honcho and Owner.  Special thanks goes to Czar who keeps me well fed and comfy!


NOVEMBER

Visiting Guests and Friends

I can’t be abroad all the time so its always great when people come over.  We had a visit from the guys from the BKMO – British Krav Maga Organization. Looking to working together more with Wayne Edwards and company again!

DECEMBER
My gratitude goes to everyone who make these activities  and trips a joy and and experience.  True the year isn’t over yet but it’s good to get a perspective of how the year has been.  Its been good so I cant wait for the next!  Things are still in the works so stay in touch for the update on our Annual HannuChristmas Party!!!
I never really tire of these things so keep me busy!!!
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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)

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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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