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JUNE | 24| 2016

And so we are back again for the 2016 evaluation and Levels testing in LSAIsrael!  A great opportunity for growth and progress in our practice of Filipino Martial Arts.  Students prepared months in advance for this assessment and it is great to see them bring their hard work into fruition.  It was good to see new students attain their Levels as well as current members advance to higher levels of study.

LEVELS TESTING 2016

 

The whole TESTING album is here on Ariel’s FB Profile. (91 photos)

JULY | 06| 2016 
RANK AWARDING & RECOGNITION 2016

We’d like to thank the Philippine Embassy – Tel Aviv for your kind words and encouragement for our members and we look forward to more cooperation and projects together.

You can find the full album here on Ariel’s profile. (50 photos)

So here I go with the list of members at their new Levels:
LEVEL 1
Amos Blitz
Ariel Raskin
Idan Sassonker
Liron Druyan
Nadav Levy
Niv Markel
Omri Blan
Sabrina Shapiro
Yehonatan Cohen

LEVEL 2
Oded Aviyam
Shannon Akbulut
Or Blan
Tom Baron
Yanay Ezra
Guy Or
Eilon Yeshurun

LEVEL 3
Itzik Halfon
Nimrod Avni
Ofer Sassonker

Level 4
Neta Shermister-Escudero
Perry Stern

Congratulations all for their hard work and effort!

and affiliate schools in: THE PHILIPPINES | ISRAEL WASHINGTON DC SEATTLE HOUSTON TXCANADA STEVENAGE UK | AUSTRALIA | SINGAPORE
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EVENT: Go Greeced Lightning!

Posted: May 22, 2016 in Events

MAY 14 & 15 2016 –  This year I was invited by a new friend to be one of the instructors in his annual international Filipino martial arts seminar in Athens, Greece.  This trip got me particularly interested because who wouldn’t want to do a seminar in Greece, weren’t the Spartans Greek? This is the land of Zeus, Athena, Achilles… the land where the blueprint of some of the greatest heroes and warriors was drafted.

The seminar was a triple header with our Greek host Michael Kossivakis of FMA Greece, Johan Skalberg from Kali-Sikaran Sweden and myself from good old Philippines via Israel.  This event was spread out to two-days worth of training rotating around 3 instructors. A pretty good way to get a taste of everything.   There was a mix of material from classical stickwork, to tactical knifework and different combinations in between.  It was great to see disciplined and motivated practitioners training together from different backgrounds, arts and disciplines. It was also interesting to note that the event was participated in by individuals coming from other places abroad.
We had the locals, a Swede, a Bruneian from the UK, an Israeli of Indian parentage and a dash of Filipino. Almost like a Benetton advertisement.
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it is awesome to see the spread of fma on the global scale, much more to be a part of it.  it is inspiring to see fma as a common ground for different nationalities from all corners of the globe.  In the end, we make new friends and find new comrades.  What was once divisive now serves as a reason to unite and come together in harmony and cooperation.

More seminar photos in these albums:
2nd International FMA Seminar Greece – Michael Kossivakis FB
Greece FMA Seminar – Lightning Scientific Arnis Israel FB

MARCH 25, 2016 –  In a gymnasium in Tel-Aviv, band of brave individuals gathered to hone their skills.

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Force users of all ages showed up test themselves and against others.

We warped reality…

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voted the best costume for the day…

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and in the end…

girls just wanna have fun…

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See you next year!!!

See the FULL ALBUM HERE!
and affiliate schools in: THE PHILIPPINES | ISRAEL WASHINGTON DC SEATTLE HOUSTON TXCANADA STEVENAGE UK | AUSTRALIA | SINGAPORE

 

MARCH 3-5, 2016 – Here at LSAIsrael, we do our best to outdo ourselves with each next activity. This year we held our 2nd Winter Camp in Eilat in the south of Israel. Great sunny weather the whole weekend, we exceeded our planned 10 hours of training! In addition to our planned training hours we had a bonus session of some good old fashioned stick sparring and friend and guest instructor Brenton Welford gave us a taste of Kalis Ilustrismo.

Eilat is a great venue for these camps for its accessibility to all sorts of entertainment and other fun leisure activities indoor and outdoor. It also has night activities for those who need a little something to wrap up the day.

Seminar topics vary every year. This years focus was to beef up our core material. We have a very broad curriculum and these weekend seminar campsare great opportunities to cover the material with more depth. It is also a great time for people to make friendships and forge bonds. The camps are very much a family affair where members can bring along relatives and family.

Seminar Topics – LSAIsrael Winter Camp – Eilat 2016

Day 1
– Short Stick Pushing and Trapping
– Solo Baston serrada

Day 2
– Hand to Hand Combat
– Close Quarters Knife
– Empty Hand knife defense
– Doble Baston on the beach

Day 3
– Kalis Ilustrisimo workshop

Buffet meals, the only open indoor pool in winter, open bar on drinks, on-stage evening entertainment, various other outdoor activities. Maybe next seminar you should join us 😛

All-in-all it was a full and awesome weekend and we look forward to improving the experience each year.

Thanks go to Neta and Ofer for making the arrangements and making sure everything went awesome!

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Photo Credits to Ariel Raskin, great photos man! – you can view the albums here:

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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
JANUARY 22, 2016LSAIsrael starts its year off with a seminar at it Rishon LeZion branch!  In its commitment to promote the Filipino Martial Arts we are doing more seminars in the country.
The day’s topic was on stick trapping in close range as an option to immobilize and isolate the opponent’s weapon and create an opportunity to counterattack.  There’s a balance between knowing by instinct and knowing by experience. We train so that instinct and experience together can help up us in making life changing decisions.
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learning to stick with it

The second topic was on releasing a trapped or captured weapon hand and creating the opportunity to counter-attack. When your weapon hand is trapped or compromised you have less than a second to react to the situation.  Creating the proper foundation for your reaction is important, otherwise you will just be setting yourself up for your opponent’s advantage or failure.
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what goes around…

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Rishon Seminar 2016

We would also like to thank Sensei Sahar Talmor of Shidokan Dojo in Rishon LeZion where we hold our classes.  For more inquiries contact us via email or website, keep in touch and check this blog regularly for our local and international seminars.  Have a Happy 2016!

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