About Us


KARANGALAN – Honor Untarnished, For your Country & Self
KATAPATAN – Trust and Loyalty among Friends
KAGITINGAN – Valor, to die for one’s beliefs and ideals
KATAPANGAN – Courage, never to retreat in the face of adversity
HUSTISYA – Justice, to treat all equally and never take a life without just cause
It is said that the greatness of a people is judged by the cultural heritage of its society. It is from this cultural heritage that national identity and love for country arises. Pride for one’s race comes from the Martial history of its people, the legendary exploits of its heroes and the glory of its past…from its Warrior Ethic.
Every society has its own version of the warrior ethic. Japan has its Samurai warriors, Korea has the Hwarang, India revels in the glory of its Kalaripayyat warriors. To the Filipino, this is represented by the Mandirigma (Warrior Class) of pre-hispanic and colonial Philippines. Philippine history tells us of the exploits of these fearless fighters. Skilled in the use of various weaponry and unarmed combat, these warriors were feared not only for their skill, but also for their courage and ferocity as well.

Unknown to many, the Filipino Mandirigma contributed greatly in the formation of this country’s destiny. It was a Mandirigma which killed Magellan that fateful day on the shores of Mactan.   The Mandirigma, using the native art of Eskrima-Arnis helped the early Katipuneros in their struggle to rid themselves of the Spanish yoke. Japanese soldiers found their match during World War II, in our Guerilla fighters. It is the story behind the formation of the first all-filipino infantry division, the First Infantry Tabak Division during the American Commonwealth, and the legendary Guerilla unit of World War II, the Bolo Battalion. These Warriors are the unsung heroes of our past, men who were willing to give their lives for their country and people.

Indeed, the Filipino art of Kali-Eskrima-Arnis is a tribute to the ingenuity, and bravery of our forefathers. It reminds us of how our forefathers defended our beloved land in the past, of their bravery and selfless sacrifice.  From this the Filipino can draw strength, pride  and inspiration from.

We, the members of Mandirigmang Kaliradman believe in this past. We believe in the capability of the Filipino warrior, and it is our aim to revive this ethic, the Filipino Warrior Ethic.
– Manolo del Rosario

KALI-ESKRIMA-ARNIS is an indigenous Filipino martial art which is primarily weapons based. The term KALI itself is said to stem from the word Kalis which basically means bladed weapon.  However, Kali-Eskrima-Arnis utilizes all forms of weaponry both Bladed and Blunt, Long and Short.  Despite the fact that the art is primarily based on the use of various weaponry, empty hand techniques are also taught using the same principles and training methodology used for weaponry.

This aspect of Kali-Eskrima-Arnis makes it unique in the martial arts world.
Lightning Scientific Arnis International – Lema Scientific Kali Arnis System (LSAI – LESKAS) is a Kali-Eskrima-Arnis style which originated on the island of Panay. It is a system which stresses both SPEED and POWER in the execution of various techniques encompassing solo baston/espada, double baston, espada y daga, knife techniques, along with hand and foot techniques, locks and grappling, the primary objective being the closing off or blanketing of the opponents impending strike through either a simultaneous strike and block, strong use of the alive hand or various combinations of disarms.
Weaponry of various lengths are used ranging from 4 inches to 5 feet.


is the Davao City based branch of LSAI/LESKAS. It was established on 1998, founded by Guro Manolo del Rosario. Its primary objective is the preservation and propagation of the Filipino Martial Arts as a means for instilling National Pride and Cultural Identity among its members.








Grandmaster Benjamin Luna Lema or more fondly called as Mang Ben was born on 1919 in the town of Mambusao, Capiz, Grandmaster Lema established LSAI in 1937. He learned the art the traditional way, first from his father and uncles, and eventually from various Maestros living in the region. He was one of the pillars of the National Arnis Association of the Philippines and is among the Philippines’ revered Grandmasters. Mang Ben passed away on January 5, 2003.


Master Ybanez was Grandmaster Lema’s personal student. He is one of the few individuals granted the Masters rank by Mang Ben in the LSAI/LESKAS style of Arnis-Escrima-Kali. He relocated to the United States and promoted the art there. Master Elmer Ybanez passed away on March 31, 2004.



Traditionally, due to the potentially lethal nature of the art, only people who are referred by currently active members are allowed. Even so, these individuals undergo a screening process. Walk-ins are also accepted, although they must go through a probationary period for observation and assessment. Or you may email us at mk_leskas@yahoo.com if you do not have referrals so an arrangement can be made.


Check out the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the Filipino Martial Arts page for a more in-depth explanation on the Filipino Martial Arts.


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