Maestro Rich Acosta is the Chief Instructor of the Lightning Scientific Kali Federation. He has 30 years experience in the Martial Arts under the founder Grandmaster Rico Acosta. He has also received private training in the Philippines under the late Senior Grandmaster Vicente Sanchez, long time friend and student of Grandmaster Benjamin Luna Lema.
Maestro Rich Acosta has been teaching the Filipino Martial Arts in New York City since 1996. He was promoted to the rank of Master / Punong Guro in Lightning Scientific Arnis in 2004 by Senior Grandmaster Vicente Sanchez. In 2010 he was inducted into the UFOMA Hall of Fame, and appointed as the Director of New York for Sword Stick Society International ; a Filipino and Chinese martial arts association. He also serves as an official Advisor for the United Fellowship of Martial Artists (UFOMA) and Kapatiran Mandirigma; a brotherhood of Filipino and Indonesian martial artists.
Maestro Rich Acosta produced an instructional video on Lightning Scientific Arnis, and he is currently writing a book on the Filipino Martial Arts. He is also actively teaching group classes, Instructor training programs and seminars to help promote the Filipino Martial Arts Internationally.
Current rank in LSKF: Senior Master - 8th Degree Black Belt
• 10th Degree Black Belt / Grandmaster in Kali Arnis International Federation - under Senior Grandmaster Vicente Sanchez • 8th Degree Black Belt / Senior Master in Kuntaw Kali Kruzada - under Grandmaster Rico Acosta • 7th Degree Black Belt / Mantas Guro in Amara Arkanis Filipino Martial Arts Education - under Pantas Mataw Guro Lou Lledo • 4th Degree Black Belt / Yondan in Kenshinji Ryu Jujutsu- under Shihan Rico Acosta • 2nd Degree Black Belt / Guro in Modern Arnis - under Grandmaster Bambit Dulay • 2nd Degree Black Belt / Guro in Doblete Rapelon Arnis- under Grandmaster Jose G. Mena Current Affiliation (alphabetic order):
Amara Arkanis Systemang Praksiyon International Modern Arnis Federation Philippines (IMAFP) Kali Arnis International Federation Kapatiran Mandirigma Modern Arnis Tapi Tapi International Philippine Council of Kali Eskrima Arnis Masters Sword Stick Society International United Fellowship of Martial Artists WEDO Sports Combat Arnis