1. What is Lightning Strike Combat about?
Lightning Strike Combat is martial arts club where people train together and motivate each other. Our practice is rooted in the Filipino Martial Art of Lightning Scientific Arnis, and we are brought together by the tradition of collective training.
2. Do I have to be in shape to join?
It helps if you are already in shape, but you can jump in and work at your own pace. Every art and sport is different, so fitness in one may not immediately translate to fitness in another. Over time, you will grow and get in better shape.
3. Can I join if I have no experience?
Absolutely! Where you start on the journey doesn’t matter – we train together and motivate each other to grow. All you need is a positive attitude and willingness to learn and participate in class.
4. Am I too old to join?
It’s never too late to learn something new. As long as we are committed to improving ourselves and each other, we are always able to learn and grow.
5. What should I bring to class?
Each class is different—check equipment requirements outlined in the class descriptions. In general, you should come to train dressed in club gear and bring a bottle of water.
6. How much is tuition?
The first trial class is free! If you enjoy the trial, you can sign up for a no-obligation 30-day membership for $69.00. After the 30 days, if you wish to continue, monthly membership begins in the low $100s.
7. Do you offer private lessons?
Yes, we offer private lessons for those people who want to improve their skills faster with more tailored training. Specifics can be found on the Personal Training page.
8. Is there a lot of physical contact?
That depends on the class. For the weapons classes, most of the contact is weapon-to-weapon. During certain classes, sparring, or hand-to-hand training, there is contact to the body. However, the level of contact is controlled and managed by the coaches.
9. Do we spar?
We believe that sparring is an integral part of training. But the level of sparring, and when you spar, depends on our confidence that you understand the fundamentals. Additionally, you can choose not to spar.
10. Do you offer discounts to active Military, Law Enforcement, and First Responders?
Yes! As a thank you for your service, we offer a 15% discount on the first two month’s tuition.
11. I am interested in the program. Can I watch a class?
If you’re interested in the program, we encourage you to take advantage of the free trial. That allows us to assess your needs one-on-one, while giving you the opportunity to experience training first hand.
Abaniko - “a handheld fan” in Tagalog. The motion is an inward overhead “fanning” strike that can be used as a surprise attack to the eyes or temple, or as an overhead block against a vertical strike. Can also be used as a distraction tactic while changing positions.
Abot-Likod - means “to reach the back” in Tagalog. Refers to shoulder locks and takedowns involving the arm reaching towards the back above the shoulder.
Agaw-Baston - from “agaw” (to snatch) and “baston” (stick) in Tagalog. Refers to disarming techniques of taking away the opponent’s stick.
Akbay-Salakay - conjunction of “akbay” (to put an arm around) and “salakay” (to attack) in Tagalog. An “attacking embrace” involving an arm-lock performed on the wrist, shoulder or elbow.
Bagsak - also “fall” in Tagalog. A backhand diagonal “dropping” strike all the way to the ground.
Basbas - “blessing” in Tagalog. Three chopping strikes to the head, the way a priest blesses a crowd with holy water.
Bayo - bashing a body part, usually face or head, in Tagalog. Comes from the motion of pounding rice to release grain from the husk.
Dulo - “end” or “tip” in Tagalog. Like Punyo, but referring to either end of the stick or weapon.
Dulo-Dulo - “tip-tip” in Tagalog. This means to hit with either end, or a short palm-held weapon used as a force magnifier.
Fondo - from “fondear” (anchor) in Spanish. A set of techniques that help you defend yourself while holding your ground.
Higad - “caterpillar” in Tagalog. Similar to Payong, but arm returns to the centerline in front of the face to protect the head. Named due to the undulating movement of the arm when returning to point of origin.
Kambio - Filipino version of “cambio” (change) in Spanish. One of the triangle footwork patterns where you move the back foot to the forward end and the forward foot to the back end.
Kayas - “to scrape” in Tagalog. A slashing movement that can be used as a block or attack, involving running your weapon along the length of the opponent’s weapon.
Krus - low, snapping, pendulum-like backhand strike, usually to the groin.
Liyabe - Filipino version of “llave” (a wrench) in Spanish. One of the stick vs stick disarms done by encircling and rotating the arm in the opposite direction of the grip using the crook of the elbow or forearm.
Manubela - Filipino version of “manivela” (steering lever or crank) in Spanish. One of the stick vs stick disarms done by rotating the stick out of the opponent’s hand.
Oido - short for “tocar de oido” (to play by ear) in Spanish. Implies movement in a random fashion or in any order.
Palo - “stick” in Spanish. The act of hitting with the stick.
Patag-Bisig - from the Filipino words “patag” (flat) and “bisig” (limb). Refers to a form of armbar or any technique that straightens the elbow joint.
Payong - “umbrella” in Tagalog. An overhead block used to protect yourself from a “rain” of overhead strikes.
Pison - “a roller” in Tagalog. Refers to using the stick in front with hands on both ends, like a roller to push the threat away and create space.
Punyo - the extended or protruding part of the stick below your grip, or the type of grip exhibiting the protruding extension in Tagalog.
Retirada - “withdrawal” in Spanish. Part of the triangle footwork patterns. A diagonal, backward movement along one side of the triangle. Also refers to a class of rearward movements used to evade an attack.
Rompida - past tense of “romper” (to break) in Spanish. A rebounding vertical ground strike on the center line from serrada.
Saksak - “stab” in Tagalog.
Sipa - “kick” in Tagalog.
Sumbrada - from “sombra” (shadow) in Spanish. A close-range strike and defense drill where you hide yourself in the shadow if your stick.
Suntok - “punch” in Tagalog.
Trankada - from “tranca” (braid or bar) in Spanish. A joint lock.
Tumba - “to fall” in Tagalog. A backhand fanning strike usually used to deflect a knife thrust coming from your right side.
Witik - “flip” in Cebuano. This is an outward “flicking” strike to the eyes, temple or face. Effective as a surprise, distraction or delaying tactic.
We build skill through hard work, embracing the sweat and pressure for the sake of personal growth.