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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.



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.



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

JULY | 06| 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:
Amos Blitz
Ariel Raskin
Idan Sassonker
Liron Druyan
Nadav Levy
Niv Markel
Omri Blan
Sabrina Shapiro
Yehonatan Cohen

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

Itzik Halfon
Nimrod Avni
Ofer Sassonker

Level 4
Neta Shermister-Escudero
Perry Stern

Congratulations all for their hard work and effort!



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.

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.


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.


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.


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
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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rishon 2

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.

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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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.

the blind men and the elephant

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.