Traditional VS Tactical

Posted: January 21, 2019 in Ramblings, Reads


The trouble I see here is the “VS” part.  Firstly, there is no point in “versus”. Second, its much ado about nothing. Most I see is a divisive effort at marketing by disparaging one or the other in favor of their strengths. Nothing really wrong with that. But coupled with “bandwagonism” fueled by charismatic personalities it only serves to pit one against the other in a competition where there shouldn’t be any.  But then again in a world where capitalism/commercialism (read: getting students in the door) gets on the mat with teaching fighting arts for whatever reason, this is when the issues, agendas and advocacies bubble to the surface.

Expandables VS Expendables… spelling matters

Both sides in general seem to want to do good.  Funny thing is when each view the other side, they only see the bad or damage each side is doing. For sure there are nutjobs out there on both sides, in my opinion, these are the idiots both sides should go after.

The way I look at it is that it’s all different parts of the life cycle of the same martial animal. There’s a time for play, there’s a time to train, there’s a time for struggle, a time to evolve and a time to pass it on. By no means is this linear or in any particular order, and no particular set duration or timetable. Pretty much people circling the same elephant but seeing different things.  

We all have different goals at different stages in life as well as different priorities and these things are going to affect your choices and decision making about what your focus should be in training.  If what you need or what you have resources for is short/quick/crash course in defensive violence go for it! Just vet your source before you join. Or if you’re looking for a more long term lifestyle approach, just be sure you’re not joining a cult ;p Unless it’s a good cult.

Make peace with it.  It’s opposite sides of the same coin. Shit stirrers are the only ones making a buck over the division. 

In the end it’s your choice… traditional pajama party or tactical LARPer.

Do what resonates with you.

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2019 – Keeping Things Rolling…

Posted: January 19, 2019 in Ramblings, Reads

Sustainability.  That’s pretty much my buzzword these days.  It’s pointless to make acquaintances, partners or friends if you cant make good on your promises.  That means basically grinding.  That pretty much means support programs, trading videos, tips, articles… all self-inflicted.  I take the job of being LSA Tech Support very seriously so if you guys have any inquiries, comments, suggestions or even just curious about Lightning Scientific Arnis, let me know. Drop me a line in the comments or email me.

Clickety-clack goes the keypad…

Starting the year right is always tricky for me.  I like planning and sorting and setting things up fo the year.  Like setting up dominoes, starting the year right. Naturally, not everything goes as planned throughout the year, but its a great way to see if things are going as directed and to see where new opportunities arise and where dead ends need trimming.  

Do I think LSA is the best? Of course I do, in my totally biased opinion. Find out what resonates with you, what is best for your attributes, mindset and attitude!

So if you’ve also chosen Lightning, lets see that you get the most out of it together! 

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Backed Up And Backlogged

Posted: December 6, 2018 in Ramblings

Apparently I’m REALLY BAD at blogging… the blog has turned into a yearly report of sorts, recapping, reporting or simply just making a list of who, what, when and where what’s been done. Also I hear Blogging is old and passé… lets hear it for Old School!

So here’s what’s gonna happen…

1. movement/technique vids
2. vocabulary
3. more timely updates (hopefully)
4. lets start with that before I can promise anything more


…but first I guess I have to finish this years reports 😛

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So a couple of weeks ago a local channel thought us interesting enough to feature on their channel.  They thought my wife and I were a unique and interesting combination.  Neta, with her love of LARP and costumes, and me, running a Filipino Martial Arts School in Israel.

They followed us around for a couple of days to get a glimpse of our lives and in general had a pretty good conversation with them.

So without further ado here’s a link to the clip of the show from Channel 1, sorry but no English translations available.

Here’s the link:

Warrior Family

Lightning Scientific Arnis Israel

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Doing something you love doing makes things feel less like work.  You know it’s work and that you have to sometimes treat it like work, but at the end of the day you know it is more than than that. Some will say it’s their passion, their advocacy, their mission.  To me it’s a way of life.  I guess you could say I’ve got escrima, kali, arnis on my mind.

Life is mercurial, many things change…but not this. This has been one of the constants in my life and has become part of my identity.  It may seem to be simplistic to define myself as such but I’m a pretty simple man.

Though I teach, I can never stop being a student.  You learn something new every day. Maybe not always a groundbreaking revelation, mostly it’s the little things, a little tweak here, an micro-adjustment there.  Sometimes we are just growing old… but at least still growing.  

So there you go! I talk a lot in the videos so good luck. 

Hope it’s helpful.

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Part 1 – Getting Started and a little Personal (8m 13s)

Part 2 – Mang Ben – Who it all came From  (14m 57s)

Part 3 – Moving to Israel (14m 49s)

Part 4 – To Infinity (14m 54s)

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B0D89405-A040-4DF6-AABA-05BDC7C04F2AThere are no secrets to someone who has diligence, resourcefulness and persistence to uncover it. There’s too much talk about “secret” techniques and hidden knowledge. Too much hype about some “magic bullet” of a technique that defeats all. Or that a technique is so special that it is kept a secret.

Unless it’s magic or supernatural… it is not a secret.
Or maybe… its just being kept secret from you?

F7F21522-E4ED-40F4-9528-D64E5A0F2162Instead I would rather the focus be on a better understanding of the mechanics of the movements and the types of strategies it allows you to perform.

Complete mastery of a style or system, in my opinion, is a lifelong endeavor. We could only be so lucky to have a teacher or mentor who could guide us all the way along this journey. But life, being finite and all, we all will have to walk this road on our own eventually. So it is imperative that we have a solid understanding of the underlying mechanics, physics, contexts and concepts surrounding our techniques.

This is why I find it ridiculous when some people make grandiose claims of secret techniques and of secret interpretations of fighting moves. So here’s a toolkit to decode these mysteries.

1. Break it down into movements – there is no combat without movement. You need to move to get from point “a” to point “b”… so does an attack.
2. Define the Intent. Is it an “attack”, is it a “defense”. Is it a pro-active movement or a set up or a reaction?
3. Identify your goal. Fight? Flight? Or Freeze?
4. Add movement. Forward, Backward… sideways? Who moves first, who moves next? This way you know who is directing the action.
5. Substitute. Replace some movements. Instead of “attack”, block. Instead of “block”, attack. It gives you a different perspective of the movement at hand. Do you want to add a disarm, takedown, throw?

There’s no magic to this. Just hard study. Just doesn’t forget to test it first in class. Because the worst place to find out it doesn’t work is on the street.

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Ten Years and Counting!

Posted: March 24, 2018 in Events, History, Training

10 years! Let’s get started!

to infinity and beyond!

This party has been rolling for 10 years! Happy 10th Anniversary LSAIsrael!

So first things first none of this would be possible without the support of my wife, Neta Shermister, who has been with me through all the challenges of promoting Filipino Martial Arts outside the Philippines as well as the day to day tasks of running a club here in LSAIsrael HQ.

Also to the students members of our organization. Some of you have been with me since the beginning. For that I am honored. WE have put down roots here and you are part of it. Root and Branch, that’s what you are, leaf, flower fruit, all part of the same organism.

Our school has been through many changes since we started out in the park in 2008. For sure, as many things are usually in Israel, there will always be changes, hopefully good changes and growth. To the new peeps, welcome. You are standing at the start of a new beginning, a new decade. So here’s to looking ahead and lets see where the next ten years gets us!!!

This year we celebrated by going out of town to Eilat for a weekend seminar with students and friends from abroad. Sun, Sand and Stickfighting!!!

evening blade work session

Special thanks go to Tom Peña, head of Lightning Kali Combatives, our representative in Stevenage, UK, his student Viorel and Petra who all especially came to join us that weekend! Filipino Martial Arts is alive and well in Israel!

So deal with it! You are stuck with me, hehehe.

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