In Lightning Scientific Arnis the Baston (stick) is king. Many FMA systems would consider themselves to be blade styles that use yantok (rattan) sticks as training tools and edged weapons as their choice for real combat. This is not the case for many L.S.A.I. practitionrs - Lightning Grandmaster Benjamin Luna Lema often favored a tapered Bahi (hardwood) fighting stick. These sticks are taperd for balance and speed which makes them far easier to handle than an unbalanced/untapered hardwood stick. There is a very,very strong emphasis on body mechanics and footwork, which makes Lightning a natural stick system. Whist Lightning does share similarities with many FMA systems,the whole ethos is that of a true stick art.