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Informative Issue No #181
Teaching LSAI in Israel

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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.

WASHINGTON DC

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.

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DC LSA

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

HOUSTON, TEXAS

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!

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HOUSTON

DALLAS, TEXAS

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! 😛

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Dallas ATA

SEATTLE, WA

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.

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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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We can add YOUR school to next year’s tour! email at: jon.escudero@gmail.com

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2015 Ranking Cermonies

AUGUST 28,2015.  So, that time of year has come again. After our students completed their level testing last week, today they receive there Certificates of Rank for completing the requirements for their specific levels. I am proud to acknowledge the hard work our members put into their preparations for testing, as well as during the testing itself.  The pressure of performing under the watchful gaze of an audience while being graded by the instructor can be nerve-wracking.

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this year’s candiates

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showtime!!!

So I would like to congratulate this year’s batch and wish them good luck as they join those already there and encourage those whose turn is still to come.  We would like to also acknowledge the presence of the Philippine Ambassador to Israel, HE Ambassador Neal Imperial who gave a short message and award the certificates to this years batch and members of LSAIsrael.
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a little reward for the hard work

Thanks also go to the senior members and Apprentice Instructors for their assistance during the testing.  They boldly put their bodies in harm’s way to  facilitate a successful and safe testing. 😛
So to everyone, Tatlong Basbas on you!
Congratulations! Goodluck! Good Job!
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Batch 2015  
LEVEL 3
Dan Barmatz
Danielle Mimran
LEVEL 2
Itzik Halfon
Nimrod Avni
Nitay Huja
Sarah Aamidor
Alon Kfir
LEVEL 1
Shachar Lishchinski
Aviad Tal
Ronen Livni
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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

AWARD-IMOTY

 

It has been a while since I’ve been back to my roots.  So this 2015 I’m making a trip to the Philippines to touch base with Family, old friends, students and colleagues… and pick up an award along the way.  I’d like to thank the 3rd Philippine Martial Arts Hall of Fame for the recognition and the people who made this possible.  This award also goes to the people to whom my efforts are dedicated such as my Teacher and his Family, my Family, my Wife, my students and Lightning Scientific Arnis.   See you in the the Philippines!

SINGSEMINAR

JON ESCUDERO – LIGHTNING COMBATIVES

 

This year Kilat Senjata-Lightning Scientific Arnis Singapore will be hosting a JON ESCUDERO – LIGHTNING COMBATIVES Seminar this April.  Kilat Senjata was founded by Guro Vicente Reyes in support of the promotion and propagation of Filipino Martial Arts.  Thanks go to Mark Roche for sorting out all the details and hope to see some of you guys there!

Please contact the organizer for details.

 

movementIn Baston Serrada, movement is the key whether it is to the rear, sideways or forward. It is the key to making you elusive and mobile.

Footwork
The role of footwork is to support your goal. If it is to evade danger or dodge an attack or to engage a threat your feet are supposed to bring you to the best possible position to accomplish the task of hitting your opponent.

Kambio

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kambio (back foot moves first)

The kambio also know as “triangle” footwork changes your position by swinging your back foot forward to the other side of your opponent, and pulling your front foot behind you to support your balance and provide forward pressure. The kambio also provides forward pressure.  This is important because it discourages your opponent from charging forward.  This forward motion also brings you closer and around your opponents blindside.

Seguida

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seguida (push from back foot)

The seguida is a forward diagonal side-step which allows you to stay behind your opponent’s weapon. This side stepping maneuver allows you to maintain checking pressure on your opponent by pushing from your rear foot, like a basketball player trying to bypass his guard.

Retirada

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retirada (push back from front foot)

We call the retreating diagonal footwork a Retirada. Its simple a “backward” seguida or shuffle. Its footwork that allows you to keep your weapon in the same position while moving backwards.

Lutang

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lutang

The “lutang” or the floating step is a backwards stepping movement done by the lead leg sort of like in the “cha-cha”. The lead leg is brought backwards to hover behind the body to evade an attack to the lead leg. It then returns to its former position after.

Redirection
On point of contact with your opponent’s weapon you will have several options. If Baston Serrada is the one you chose, redirecting your opponents attack improves your chances of a successful execution of technique. We also redirect the attack for less obvious reasons such as absorbing the impact, improving our position, moving our weapon to a more advantageous angle, releasing pressure and getting out-of-the-way of your opponents other weapons.

Checking
The “checking” motion is an integral part of Baston Serrada, not just for the continuous pressure it provides and the continuous flow of information you get from contact with your opponent, but also for the potential it represents when you put a weapon in that hand. when converted into the “dagger-hand”, it develops cutting, slashing and stabbing attributes. This elevates your level of potential lethality.

*Scooping
This is an inward half-circle “cupping” motion, as if you are scooping water in the palm of your hand. This is a great follow-up after the espada y daga block. Used in conjunction with a kambio, it can get you outside the line of attack effectively and in the same motion, get you behind your opponents weapon-side shoulder and away from your opponents other weapons. From this position you gain a line of attack on the edge of your opponents peripheral vision on both the highline and lowline for either a banda y banda or a krus..

*Sweeping
This is an outward “brushing-away” motion. When used against a backhand strike it moves you into the centerline giving you access to the face, head, collarbones, chest, pretty much any part of the body in the center. The risk though is that when you are in the center, you are accessible to your opponents other weapons on the other side of his body.

*Shifting
It’s like a “joystick”. If you are able to catch your opponents stick with your hand when you block, it puts you in a “double-stick position. So now, with “your” newly acquired weapon you can fan it inwards or outwards, or lift it up or down depending on the goal you want to accomplish.

Movement is the first of our 3 Rules we follow as a basic guide to survival.  Quoting “Ender’s Game,” his mentor says, “there is no combat without movement.” For us it is never about fancy footwork but rather about increasing our chances of survival.

*these terms are my own and have been utilized for lack of an official terms for these movements