Posts Tagged ‘combat’

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!!!

It’s about skill, not gimmicks.

It is about the development of lasting skill. A transferable skill to different combinations of weapon sets. It is about connecting skills that work well together.  It is about skill that improves with age. It is about understanding things to its completeness. It is about total understanding and not flashy gimmicks or trendy fads or fancy uniforms and gear we see in movies. It is about the flexible understanding of principles. Not about memorized sets or cookie-cutter solutions.

It is about skill that gets better with experience. It is about understanding that deepens with testing yourself.

Unlock your inner potential.

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

A friend of mine published an article about us on his Blog TALKING THE EDGE on September 11, 2012.  Its been years since then so sometimes I wonder if I made any sense at all saying all those things.  Its like a time capsule showing me a memory or a glimpse of what was on my mind and going on in my life at that time and if I was making any sense at all.

So without further ado here’s the link to his article,

“FMA for 21st Century – Interview with Jon Escudero”


Be sure to read the rest of his blog as the topics are quite interesting.

Happy Reading.


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Teaching LSAI in Israel

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With the Holidays over here coming to a close, its time to think about training.

Here are a few options to sort out your week:


a week in arnis – choose your workout!

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SEPTEMBER 2015 – And so we are back in the USA again to support the growth and progress of LIGHTNING SCIENTIFIC ARNIS – LIGHTNING COMBATIVES.  We accomplish this through a series of seminars and workshops on selected topics from the vast curriculum.


We kick things off with DC Lightning Scientific Arnis headed by Angelo Garcia where we did a 2-day seminar on the use of the Knife with the principles of Lanseta Serrada. We bring this forward into control positions for misdirection, trapping and sectoring to hunt for better opportunities. Day 2 we work on the “short stick” in Serrada and taking it to an  aggressive methodology of “triggered” striking, we also escalate to working on attack substitutions in close-range.  Its great to see you guys pick up the material so well and I’m looking forward to throwing more stuff at you guys in the future.



We also conducted rank testing to round off the weekend and promoted several individuals to their next levels:

Level 2
Stephen Aquila
Randall Padgett
Yemi Omotola (took his test in Israel)

Level 1
Jeffery Taylor


Organized by Excell Martial Arts Center in Houston, Texas under Robert Montifar we do a 1-day seminar on the Sport aspects of stickfighting to support the growing circuit in tournament stickfighting followed by working on the classical roots of LSA in the second half of the seminar organized by Robert Montifar. Thanks to Pastor Wong for the use of your facilities! My deepest gratitude go to the Montifar Family for their hospitality and keeping me fed!




We were also invited to give this same seminar to Dallas by Christy Jackson to give them an edge in their  Stickcombat Championships under their ATA banner schools. Good luck at your tournaments, kick ass and take names! 😛


Dallas ATA


In MKG (Minesota Kali Group) Seattle under Andy Wilson, we work on the development of the Double Stick form of Bigay-Tama.  Double-stick control drills and walking drills comprise the first part of Day-1 with the second half on working on the drill proper putting more detail into the roles of Feeder and Receiver as well as the various techniques available in both roles.  On Day-2 we put emphasis on the close quarter aspects of stickfighting focusing on the principle of “Sagasa”, and working centerline pressure.  This lesson covered entry, point of contact, power striking on the centerline and disengaging.  The lesson also covered logical attack substitutions depending on range and opportunity.


MKG Seattle

Andy is a great guy with lot of Martial Arts experience and i enjoy picking his brains about different teaching methods and training styles.  Conversations with him are very interesting and eye-opening regarding training methods, training philosophies, and the teaching experience in general.  Thumbs-up to Bryce and Vince who worked on bringing the new guys up to speed on their testing material.  A bellyful of thanks go to Czar for his hospitality and all the others who make my trip there a blast! More “gastro-tourism” yeah!

Rank testing was also conducted in Seattle, with the following individuals passing their testing requirements.

Level 2
Vincent Beltran – MKG Seattle
Bryce Tillet – MKG Seattle
James Bryndza – Abbotsford FMA, Canada

Level 1
Mandy Wong – MKG Seattle
Czar Peralta  – MKG Seattle
Victor Young – MKG Seattle
Edmund Ng – MKG Seattle
Jose Ramos – MKG Seattle
Julie Rea – MKG Seattle

Also in attendance was Brando Marasigan who made the long drive down from Canada, Chief Instructor of Abbotsford FMA in Canada which is also affiliated with our LIGHTNING COMBATIVES organization.  It’s always a pleasure to have you join just down here where its a little warmer.

All-in-all it was a very busy trip, a lot was accomplished, a lot of material covered.  But best of all is the continuing friendship through our love of the Filipino Martial Arts.  See you next year!


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