He died on January 5th, In advanced practice the empty had will be replace by a dagger to escalate the technology eventually as the practitioner progresses through the discipline. It covers a wide range of skills for all fighting distances. All-in-all, it is a complete fighting system.

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All of the combative techniques in the system have a dual offensive and defensive application, which is meant to be delivered with speed and power, generated by coordinating the movement of the entire body with every strike. The curriculum that is taught in the Lightning Scientific Kali Federation has been designed to provide beginners and advanced practitioners alike with a complete set of self-defense skills.

It covers a wide range of skills and techniques which can be utilized in all of the combative ranges. Aside from its focus on effective combat techniques and principles, Lightning Scientific Kali is also a traditional system of Filipino martial arts that places great importance on moral and ethical development, with equal emphasis on imparting knowledge of Philippine culture and traditions.

We are a system that prides itself in our connection to the Philippines, staying true to our cultural roots by propagating the FMA as they are taught in the Philippines. Training with doble baston is necessary for moving to the next phase of training.

Because of its complexity, many years must be spent studying doble baston in order to become proficient in its combative use. The student will learn the basic forms methods for Espada y Daga, and move towards pre-arranged flow drills Espada y Daga Serrada. Our students get to experience various scenarios where they face off with multiple armed attackers utilizing whatever they have on hand to defend themselves. This phase of training is essential to FMA students of all levels who are interested in realistic self-defense.


Lightning Scientific Arnis

This range of variance can be attributed to the conditions present during the development of each system such as the geography, the tools available, the culture in that particular region, and the predispositions and preferences of their founder. In this article, I will be discussing the characteristics of Lightning Scientific Arnis as a system. In order to do this, it is necessary to speak briefly about the founder — the late Grand Master Benjamin Luna Lema. I have never had the privilege of meeting him in person but from images, videos and different stories, he was a tall man with phenomenal martial arts and athletic skills. Lightning Scientific Arnis is a power and impact oriented system and the training methodology reflects this. A heavy emphasis is placed upon the physical fitness and athleticism of the practitioner since the mindset predisposes the fighter to aggressively charge in and overwhelm the opponent. In addition, there is a clear delineation between blade movements and stick movements when training.


Lightning Scientific Kali Federation

Grandmaster Labaniego, fondly called Mang Bert. Photo credit: Arnis Pasindo I remember seeing a slight, quiet man with a ready smile, working hard as one of the officials in an Arnis tournament last year. Oh my, I regret that I walked by without giving due courtesy. Grandmaster Labaniego: highly skilled, generous, incredibly humble.

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