Lightning Scientific Kali Federation teaches the practical armed methods of self-defense that the legendary Grandmaster Benjamin Luna Lema used in World War II and challenge matches in the Philippines. Our system of Kali Arnis is derived from the classical styles of Tersia, Serrada, Cadenilla, and Espada y Daga. Grandmaster Benjamin Luna Lema’s method of fighting is to intercept and redirect incoming strikes and blind-side the attacker by moving to the outside of the strike and overwhelming the attacker with a barrage of continuous strikes while the checking hand aggressively pushes, traps and controls the attacker to prevent any possibility of counter. In advanced practice the checking hand can be armed with a dagger.
After his untimely passing, Maestro Rico Acosta, founder of Kuntaw Kali Kruzada and direct student of GM Benjamin Luna Lema, founded the Lightning Scientific Kali Federation in NYC to help preserve and promote Grandmaster Lema’s system, with the approval and support of GM Vicente Sanchez who is the oldest living student of GM Benjamin Luna Lema.
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. Lightning Scientific Kali has a wide repertoire of techniques ranging from Solo Baston, Doble Baston, Baston y Daga, Espada Y Daga, and also empty hand self defense from the Combat Judo GM Lema learned when he was at the Kodokan. 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. It is 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.
Lightning Scientific Kali Federation is one of the organizations our system is affiliated with and that I am an instructor for, certified by Senior Master Rich Acosta, chief instructor of Kuntaw Kali Kruzada. If you live in NYC and are interested in learning Filipino Martial Arts – kali, arnis, eskrima, then check out our Filipino Martial Arts curriculum here.