Posts Tagged ‘stick’

B0D89405-A040-4DF6-AABA-05BDC7C04F2AThere are no secrets to someone who has diligence, resourcefulness and persistence to uncover it. There’s too much talk about “secret” techniques and hidden knowledge. Too much hype about some “magic bullet” of a technique that defeats all. Or that a technique is so special that it is kept a secret.

Unless it’s magic or supernatural… it is not a secret.
Or maybe… its just being kept secret from you?

F7F21522-E4ED-40F4-9528-D64E5A0F2162Instead I would rather the focus be on a better understanding of the mechanics of the movements and the types of strategies it allows you to perform.

Complete mastery of a style or system, in my opinion, is a lifelong endeavor. We could only be so lucky to have a teacher or mentor who could guide us all the way along this journey. But life, being finite and all, we all will have to walk this road on our own eventually. So it is imperative that we have a solid understanding of the underlying mechanics, physics, contexts and concepts surrounding our techniques.

This is why I find it ridiculous when some people make grandiose claims of secret techniques and of secret interpretations of fighting moves. So here’s a toolkit to decode these mysteries.

1. Break it down into movements – there is no combat without movement. You need to move to get from point “a” to point “b”… so does an attack.
2. Define the Intent. Is it an “attack”, is it a “defense”. Is it a pro-active movement or a set up or a reaction?
3. Identify your goal. Fight? Flight? Or Freeze?
4. Add movement. Forward, Backward… sideways? Who moves first, who moves next? This way you know who is directing the action.
5. Substitute. Replace some movements. Instead of “attack”, block. Instead of “block”, attack. It gives you a different perspective of the movement at hand. Do you want to add a disarm, takedown, throw?

There’s no magic to this. Just hard study. Just doesn’t forget to test it first in class. Because the worst place to find out it doesn’t work is on the street.

Lightning Scientific Arnis Israel

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MARCH 3-5, 2016 – Here at LSAIsrael, we do our best to outdo ourselves with each next activity. This year we held our 2nd Winter Camp in Eilat in the south of Israel. Great sunny weather the whole weekend, we exceeded our planned 10 hours of training! In addition to our planned training hours we had a bonus session of some good old fashioned stick sparring and friend and guest instructor Brenton Welford gave us a taste of Kalis Ilustrismo.

Eilat is a great venue for these camps for its accessibility to all sorts of entertainment and other fun leisure activities indoor and outdoor. It also has night activities for those who need a little something to wrap up the day.

Seminar topics vary every year. This years focus was to beef up our core material. We have a very broad curriculum and these weekend seminar campsare great opportunities to cover the material with more depth. It is also a great time for people to make friendships and forge bonds. The camps are very much a family affair where members can bring along relatives and family.

Seminar Topics – LSAIsrael Winter Camp – Eilat 2016

Day 1
– Short Stick Pushing and Trapping
– Solo Baston serrada

Day 2
– Hand to Hand Combat
– Close Quarters Knife
– Empty Hand knife defense
– Doble Baston on the beach

Day 3
– Kalis Ilustrisimo workshop

Buffet meals, the only open indoor pool in winter, open bar on drinks, on-stage evening entertainment, various other outdoor activities. Maybe next seminar you should join us 😛

All-in-all it was a full and awesome weekend and we look forward to improving the experience each year.

Thanks go to Neta and Ofer for making the arrangements and making sure everything went awesome!


Photo Credits to Ariel Raskin, great photos man! – you can view the albums here:

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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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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!
Batch 2015  
Dan Barmatz
Danielle Mimran
Itzik Halfon
Nimrod Avni
Nitay Huja
Sarah Aamidor
Alon Kfir
Shachar Lishchinski
Aviad Tal
Ronen Livni

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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.

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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tough peeps

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 



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!




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.

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 (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 (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 (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.




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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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