Posts Tagged ‘Filipino Martial Arts’


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:
FEBRUARY
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
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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.

APRIL
Yemi
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.

MAY
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.

JUNE
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.

JULY
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
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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.

SEPTEMBER

Visiting Training Group Leaders

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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?


OCTOBER

Lightning Scientific Arnis in the USA

Coppell ATA – Dallas

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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!


NOVEMBER

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!

DECEMBER
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!!!
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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!

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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
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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”

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

Happy Reading.

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FMA Informative is your foremost resource on what’s what and who’s who and what’s happening when, where and how in the Filipino Martial Arts world.  A great place to start your FMA journey, a place to reconnect with friends and your FMA family or simply to keep abreast of whats going on in the FMA community.

Here’s a good place to start! Click here!

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Informative Issue No #181
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:

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a week in arnis – choose your workout!

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