Archive for February, 2016

Here’s a late update following the the testing we did at the LIGHTNING KALI COMBATIVES club in STEVENAGE UK and ISRAEL these past couple of months.

Successfully completing testing under the JON ESCUDERO LIGHTING COMBATIVES – LIGHTNING SCIENTIFIC ARNIS association are the following:

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Lightning Kali Combatives – Stevenage UK

LEVEL 3:
Tom Pena

LEVEL 2:
Alex Tilly
Chris Tilley
John Pena

LEVEL 1:
Genesis Espanola
Raymund Fuentebella
Viorel Butucel
Vishal Kachiwala

also continuing training and grading in Israel:

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Tom’s grading with the assistance of Perry

LEVEL 3:
Tom Ybanez

Congratulations to the members and examinees, keep up the good work, train hard and see you again soon!

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JANUARY 30-31, 2016 Good morning United Kindom!  This trip marks the first in this years International seminar series as part of our committmment to support our Lightning Scientific Arnis practitioners globally. I’m visiting Sensei Tom Pena in Stevenage.  My connection with Tom goes way back to 1992 when I was still starting out in college days.  I knew him as an instructor and lecturer at the College of Human Kinetics (CHK) at the University of the Philippines.  I also knew him as the Aikido Sensei of the Ki Aikido Society at the university.  It’s funny how common interests can bring together standing friendships, especially that we are both now living outside the Philippines and still find ourselves following our passion for the martial arts.

SEMINAR DAY 1
Working on in combat sport technology. The group went through sport drills that are intended to expand their skill sets in stick sparring.

The afternoon session was dedicated to the finer points of the Agaw Baston or disarming techniques. Focusing on securing potential weaknesses and identifying opportunities and avenues of attack.

These opportunities were connected to the Baston Serrada finishing techniques  with the intent to OVERWHELM AND OVERCOME the opposition.

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SEMINAR DAY 2
On the second day we recapped the combat sport material and escalated it working on some new variations in the setups and counterattacks with the goal of being flexible with your options from point of contact.

The afternoon session began with SUMBRADA.  This is an interesting drill to learn as it helps a student become aware of the various lines of attack and their vulnerabilities in close range.

This was later connected to the disarming techniques that were learned the previous day.

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TESTING DAY
The members of the STEVENAGE club underwent their first grading in JON ESCUDERO LIGHTNING COMBATIVES – LIGHTNING  SCIENTIFIC ARNIS as a requirement and important step in their learning progression. In a relatively painless process most member completed their grading and are awaiting their final marks! But all-in-all it was a good grading.

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Homeward bound.
And so the trip is coming to its close and I shall be heading home soon. Thanks go to Tom Peña who heads the STEVENAGE GROUP and his family who have graciously hosted me the past week and the all the members of the club for committing to the training and testing.

Here’s a link to the FB album.

Jon Escudero

Chief Instructor
Lightning Combatives – Lightning Scientific Arnis
and affiliate schools in: THE PHILIPPINES | ISRAEL WASHINGTON DC SEATTLE HOUSTON TXCANADA STEVENAGE UK | AUSTRALIA | SINGAPORE