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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.

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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!

Or here to read the issue on LSA and LSAIsrael.

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Informative Issue No #181
Teaching LSAI in Israel

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I am a bit of a traditionalist, but being a Filipino living a broad, my perspective has somehow shifted a bit. To me, the practice of FMA now goes beyond teaching techniques, it is now equally about passing on part of the culture in which it was developed along with part of the languange and cultural nuances that go with it. In this day and age, people can pick up techniques anywhere, the internet is wide and vast and Youtube is a click away. But I find this stale in comparison to training in the spirit the technique was intended.  Strong roots to me are important.  It provides a strong backbone on which to anchor your progress.  It is the foundation of your understanding.

Filipino martial arts can be learned by anyone. It follows no specific creed or ideology. Except perhaps the purpose of survival. FMA systems are the products of the experience, bias, traditions, synthesis, favor and idiosyncrasies of its founders. If anything, it is a continuously evolving beast growing from the experiences of its practitioners. Some old traditions die, some get preserved, some mutate or evolve to address some new threat or danger, or adapt to some new weapon system or technology.

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the blind men and the elephant

FMA is the freest, most liberating martial art I’ve seen. It is not easy to see the big picture though. It is like blind men describing an elephant. They can only describe what is within their grasp. “Eskrima, Kali, Arnis” – these are the names they now commonly go under. These names bring flavor and context to the style or methodology espoused, but are potentially divisive so I prefer to call it FMA.

Different names, different styles, different contexts and methodologies.  Which is better? In the end it becomes nitpicking and hair-splitting. We would be further serviced by these discussions and comparisons when they are framed in discussions of principles and contexts instead of Issues and intrigue like “which is better, stick, bolo or knife?” or ” is it Kali, Eskrima or Arnis?” or “is it traditional, classical, military or self defense?”

There are many paths in FMA. Some of those who have had the fortune to have been instructed traditionally by the “old names” sometimes feel the need to preserve their teachers legacy, tradition and culture. Others find a new path to take their tradition. Some would find its applications in Military, Security, civilian Self Defense. Some would be able to integrate it into the repertoire of already formidable fighting systems. Some find satisfaction in the realm of Sport and find enjoyment in the practice of friendly competition. In the end it’s about finding something that resonates with you, your mindset, your philosophy.

And it is up to us instructors of these new generations to carry the torch for those who were ahead of us. We have a two-fold mission, to preserve the roots of our traditions if not the traditions themselves, to remember this to the next generation,  and to keep things relevant in our generation and the future and that it is not just about memorizing the techniques of styles or systems.  It is about “doing right” by the legacies we become a part of and looking at what kind of instructors we have become as well as the future instructors we are creating.  It is no longer just about passing on techniques but is about the planting the seeds, and stoking the passion for this aspect of our culture, fighting art and legacy.

So FMA is like this “elephant”.  Its much more than “ears, trunk, legs, tusks”, etc.  The sum of its parts make it a formidable, dangerous, fearsome and beautiful creature.

Heads up everyone! LIGHTNIG COMBATIVES is headed your way again USA.

Contact the area representatives for more local info.

For future seminars in your area contact me  at jon.escudero@gmail.com

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find us at www.lsai.co.il

visit our schools in : TEL AVIV | | PETACH TIKVAH | RISHON

and affiliate schools in: THE PHILIPPINES | ISRAEL | WASHINGTON DC | SEATTLE | HOUSTON TXS | CANADA | STEVENAGE UK | AUSTRALIA | SINGAPORE

Another HOT Day in Tel Aviv!!!

24|07|15 – Park HaYarkon, Tel-Aviv – A collaboration of the top representatives of Filipino Martial Arts in Israel.  This was the second in a series of these collaborations to present, promote and propagate FMA in the country.
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ICS, Cabales Serrada Escrima, LSAIsrael, FCS Kali

Four sessions, 2 demonstrations:

We begin with Abi Moriya representing the close-range stickwork of Caballes Serrada Escrima followed by Jon Escudero of Lightning Scientific Arnis Israel demonstrating follow-up attack options after a successful block. Guy Rafaeli of Israeli Combat Systems presents close range knife work and the context in which is is devastating.  Yaron Brill of FCS Kali works our participants on some of the softer skill in FMA that translate from stick to knife-work and hand to hand.
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Kalis Illustrisimo

We introduce Brenton Welford who just moved to Israel, representing the Classical blade work of  Kalis Illustrisimo.  Brenton trained under Master Arnold Narzo under the supervision of the late GM Tony Diego in the Philippines.
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Tabimina Balintawak System

We also introduce Eran Fuchs of the Tabimina Balintawak System demonstrating the close range aggressive methodology.  Eran trains directly under GM Bobby Tabimina in the Philippines.  They also conduct seminars when GM Bobby is in the country.
We thank all instructors for their expertise and generosity for sharing their knowledge in their sessions and demonstrations.  Our appreciation also goes to all out participants, regular and first time participants who braved the heat and humidity of “pre-summer” Israel.
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goodies by Tomer TACTICOOL

Our appreciation also goes to Tomer of TACTICOOL and their amazing array of “tools of the trade”, also for fun and recreation 😛  My wife, Neta Sermister deserves all my gratitude and appreciation for all her support in all these activities as well as her patience with me for all these things that keep me busy 😛

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beating the HEAT and slashing the HUMIDITY at Park Ha Yarkon!!!

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So I hope to see you all again at the future collaborations of FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS SEMINARS – ISRAEL, where we bring you only the best in Filipino Martial Arts in Israel.

photo credits go to Ariel Ra, you can see the full album on his page on Facebook 

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