Archive for March, 2015



It has been a while since I’ve been back to my roots.  So this 2015 I’m making a trip to the Philippines to touch base with Family, old friends, students and colleagues… and pick up an award along the way.  I’d like to thank the 3rd Philippine Martial Arts Hall of Fame for the recognition and the people who made this possible.  This award also goes to the people to whom my efforts are dedicated such as my Teacher and his Family, my Family, my Wife, my students and Lightning Scientific Arnis.   See you in the the Philippines!




This year Kilat Senjata-Lightning Scientific Arnis Singapore will be hosting a JON ESCUDERO – LIGHTNING COMBATIVES Seminar this April.  Kilat Senjata was founded by Guro Vicente Reyes in support of the promotion and propagation of Filipino Martial Arts.  Thanks go to Mark Roche for sorting out all the details and hope to see some of you guys there!

Please contact the organizer for details.


FMA Council April

FMA Dialogue participants at the Philippine Embassy

MARCH|22|2015: Another interesting day in Filipino Martial Arts in Israel. Masters and Instructors of Filipino Martial Arts in Israel meet with Philippine Ambassador to Israel, Neal Imperial for a dialogue about the state of Filipino Martial Arts in Israel. Present were GM Guy Rafaeli of Arnis Israel, Sifu Abi Moria of Essence of Change, Eran Fuchs of Tabimina Balintawak, Manong Yaron Brill of FCS Kali and Master Jon Escudero and Neta Shermister of Lightning Scientific Arnis Israel representing some of the styles in the country. Joining the Embassy side of the dialogoue were Consul Pamela Bailon and Cultural Attache Tess Reyes.

The Philippine Ambassador expressed his intention and interest to promote the Filipino Culture through cooperative efforts among these clubs. Most of the present Instructors have already collaborated in past efforts to promote FMA through seminars and such and are looking forward to other ways and projects to increase the awareness in the country.

This sparks the beginning of a continuing dialogue to bring more concrete plans and cooperation in the near future.

movementIn Baston Serrada, movement is the key whether it is to the rear, sideways or forward. It is the key to making you elusive and mobile.

The role of footwork is to support your goal. If it is to evade danger or dodge an attack or to engage a threat your feet are supposed to bring you to the best possible position to accomplish the task of hitting your opponent.



kambio (back foot moves first)

The kambio also know as “triangle” footwork changes your position by swinging your back foot forward to the other side of your opponent, and pulling your front foot behind you to support your balance and provide forward pressure. The kambio also provides forward pressure.  This is important because it discourages your opponent from charging forward.  This forward motion also brings you closer and around your opponents blindside.



seguida (push from back foot)

The seguida is a forward diagonal side-step which allows you to stay behind your opponent’s weapon. This side stepping maneuver allows you to maintain checking pressure on your opponent by pushing from your rear foot, like a basketball player trying to bypass his guard.



retirada (push back from front foot)

We call the retreating diagonal footwork a Retirada. Its simple a “backward” seguida or shuffle. Its footwork that allows you to keep your weapon in the same position while moving backwards.




The “lutang” or the floating step is a backwards stepping movement done by the lead leg sort of like in the “cha-cha”. The lead leg is brought backwards to hover behind the body to evade an attack to the lead leg. It then returns to its former position after.

On point of contact with your opponent’s weapon you will have several options. If Baston Serrada is the one you chose, redirecting your opponents attack improves your chances of a successful execution of technique. We also redirect the attack for less obvious reasons such as absorbing the impact, improving our position, moving our weapon to a more advantageous angle, releasing pressure and getting out-of-the-way of your opponents other weapons.

The “checking” motion is an integral part of Baston Serrada, not just for the continuous pressure it provides and the continuous flow of information you get from contact with your opponent, but also for the potential it represents when you put a weapon in that hand. when converted into the “dagger-hand”, it develops cutting, slashing and stabbing attributes. This elevates your level of potential lethality.

This is an inward half-circle “cupping” motion, as if you are scooping water in the palm of your hand. This is a great follow-up after the espada y daga block. Used in conjunction with a kambio, it can get you outside the line of attack effectively and in the same motion, get you behind your opponents weapon-side shoulder and away from your opponents other weapons. From this position you gain a line of attack on the edge of your opponents peripheral vision on both the highline and lowline for either a banda y banda or a krus..

This is an outward “brushing-away” motion. When used against a backhand strike it moves you into the centerline giving you access to the face, head, collarbones, chest, pretty much any part of the body in the center. The risk though is that when you are in the center, you are accessible to your opponents other weapons on the other side of his body.

It’s like a “joystick”. If you are able to catch your opponents stick with your hand when you block, it puts you in a “double-stick position. So now, with “your” newly acquired weapon you can fan it inwards or outwards, or lift it up or down depending on the goal you want to accomplish.

Movement is the first of our 3 Rules we follow as a basic guide to survival.  Quoting “Ender’s Game,” his mentor says, “there is no combat without movement.” For us it is never about fancy footwork but rather about increasing our chances of survival.

*these terms are my own and have been utilized for lack of an official terms for these movements