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Binaston Sa Capiztahan 2015

Binaston Sa Capiztahan 2015

We’ve been back to the Philippines for almost a week now.  After a rush meet r and greet with family and friends we are off to Roxas City to visit the Capiztahan Festival where Lightning Scientific Arnis Roxas City is hosting it’s annual Binaston sa Capiztahan tournament. Competitors from many groups in the region participated in the Forms and Full-contact events.

Participants, Players, Organizers, Guests

Participants, Players, Organizers, Guests

The forms competition participants showed amazing skill and competence.  Forms isn’t usually my favorite event but these players caught my attention.  They showed intent and power in their movements  as well as strength and grace.
Roxas City LSAI HQ

Roxas City LSAI HQ

Visiting the old school HQ under the stands at Villareal Stadium was a walk through history.  Old certificates, faded photographs, old charts and diagrams. A lot of history, this being one of the first LSAI clubs.  I also heard of some damage from the storm called “Yolanda” damaging part of the gym, photos and equipment. But through it all they still stay strong.  From what I heard, LSAI seems to be everywhere here all the way up to the governors house.

It was just a quick visit as other obligations pull us away.  It was fun meeting the older generation of gentlemen who strive to preserve the same legacy I am a part of.  It was also great to see this legacy growing in the hearts and hands of the younger generation. I ride away with a better appreciation of the path I choose to walk.
JON ESCUDERO - LIGHTNING COMBATIVES with KILAT SENJATA Members and Instructors

JON ESCUDERO – LIGHTNING COMBATIVES with KILAT SENJATA Members and Instructors

For a small place there is so much to see, do, eat in Singapore!
JON ESCUDERO – Lightning Combatives visits Kilat Senjata – Lightning Arnis Singapore.
For three intensive days (April 3-5, 2015) Kilat Senjata was working the stick and the knife in  the Classical Material of Lightning Scientific Arnis  as well as the Tactical Combat material we practice in Israel.
The KS members are a hard working, well disciplined bunch who don’t balk at the heat and sweat indoors or outdoors.  KS was founded by Guro Vicente Reyes to teach, propagate and promote LSA and Filipino Martial Arts.  Now in Australia, his vision is faithfully continued by his senior instructors.
Our thanks go to Mark and his family, Matthew and the Kilat Senjata Members who made our stay very welcome and enjoyable. And best wishes go to old friends like Ron and Marcus  whose friendship is a treasure.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Singapore again soon!
photos courtesy of Polo Teo