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.


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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A Bright Idea

Posted: January 24, 2018 in Events, Training

A few weekends ago we had the opportunity to work with our friends at TACTICOOL to shed some light on the Olight M1X Striker EDC Defensive Light, a Tactical Flashlight at 1000 Lumens – its features, advantages and the opportunities it can create.

Specs sheet:

So how is it like to work a Tactical Flashlight?

In general, it is almost identical to work with as the classical Filipino weapon called the Dulo-Dulo or Palmstick except for some key differences where it has an distinct advantage.

Flashing the light at someone’s eyes at the speed of… well, “light”, has the effect of being punched in the eyeballs which results in confusion, momentary paralysis and pain which the defender can utilize to either escape or escalate the situation. We used this phenomena on each other during the sessions to experience the physiological and psychological response to a “light-punch” to the face.


We also made use of the “tactical” crown which with enough force is enough to cut skin and damage tendons as well as rigid enough fo applying pain-compliance techniques. Made from aircraft aluminum it has a has a very good feel in the hand and grips well. It’s most dazzling feature for me was the sturdy pocket clip which made it very accessible and easy to find and deploy at a moments notice.


Combining these features with some knowledge in FMA make it a very effective defensive tool. So for me in the end I find it an excellent escalation from a regular pen or palm stick.


Over all, a brilliant collaboration with our friends at TACTICOOL, and from us here at Lightning Scientific Arnis Israel, we’ll be back a few more bright ideas.

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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:
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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.


Visiting Training Group Leaders


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?


Lightning Scientific Arnis in the USA

Coppell ATA – Dallas


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!


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!

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!!!

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.