Thursday, July 28, 2011


Documenting Amanda's HEELYS experience.
Amanda has never had any HEELYS before, and she has never been a big skater of any kind. This is her story of what it's like to journey into the world of HEELYS!

Amanda was surprised at how quickly they came! She was excited but scared. She really thought the shoes were quite stylish, and nothing gave them away as HEELYS except for the logo and wheels in the box. She was happy that most of the shoe was black so that they would still look nice even after some wear down. She hurried to lace them up give it a test run in the kitchen, using the counter top as rails. She didn't want to mess up her pretty pink wheels, she really liked those things. Over all she felt that the skating practice was difficult, challenging but fun!

Amanda was disappointed in herself at first because it had been a few days since Day 1, and she pretty much felt like she needed to restart from scratch. One of the main issues was she couldn't decide on which leg to have in the front so she kept switching. I suggested to stay with one leg for now and then later learn to be ambidextrous if that is what she wants to do. That helped make things easier and then for the last 20 min. we were there, it felt like a miracle had occurred. She just started skating on her own! Up until this time, I was pulling her around as she hung on to my arm and just focused on keeping herself balanced on the wheels. This was a huge progress she made. She was very happy!

Half the time we skated on the basketball court. Amanda was able to pick up from where she left off last time with no problem at all. This time she discovered that when she kept her arms in, it actually helped her skate straighter. So she began to diligently work on keeping her arms close to herself. Then I took her to the parking lot and she had her first street skating experience! She enjoyed how much faster and longer she could skate thanks to the inclines. She did have her first fall, but thankfully nothing serious. And she went right back to skating, what a trooper!

Amanda has now learned how to skate HEELYS. Like riding a bike, it is now ingrained in her muscle memory. She is still a bit hesitant to go down some steeper inclines, but that is because she Skates smart and skates safe. When she gets more comfortable we will take the HEELYS out to TARGET and other locations. We need to get so much practice in that it becomes second nature!

Some more HEELYS at the usual basketball court and on the street. We took videos! Next time we do HEELYS most likely will be at some store! Amanda definitely enjoys skating on the street, she likes how the inclines can really speed her up and let her zoom for a longer distance than just starting herself off by herself. However she is still scared of bigger slopes. Today she actually worked on making turns! She successfully went between two side by side speed bumps!

Today we went to Target and did some grocery shopping while wearing HEELYS! It was actually easier to skate while pushing the cart. It was nice and smooth but the lack of inclines made it not as easy to zoom fast. Walking around there while wearing HEELYS was not as awkward as we thought it was going to be. Totally doable. We will be wearing HEELYS to do our everyday errands more and more now!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Zombie Outlaw Comic Book review

Click here for review of issue number 2!!!

Zombies are extremely popular right now, anything zombie is hot property. But the competition is also fierce. At such a time, Brian Apodaca brings something new to the table without deviating too much from the formula. Currently only issue number one is out so not much is revealed but much can be anticipated.
As opposed to graphic novels, I like comic books because you can put them up on your wall as decoration, so the cover art is important to me. In fact, that's one of my hobbies to go to Half Price Books and get a bunch of crazy comics that I know nothing about, purchased strictly based on how cool the cover looks. As far as covers go, Zombie Outlaw doesn't disappoint, a straight to the point old school style comic book cover featuring the main characters with easy to understand captions. On the side of it is a giant cool looking zombie face which makes you wish it was in Glow-in-the-dark. The zombie face would also make for a nice t-shirt print as well.
I'm not going in too deep into the story, because I've already done a video review, which you can view right here! But the main idea is, we have college kids- a must for any slasher horror film. We also have a legend revolving the background of the monster which is unusual for a Zombie story. Further more the legend comes from the Wild West days making this partially a western, even though set in a modern college campus. On top of that the main zombie seems like is going to be either a super hero like the Incredible Hulk or a super villain. Now we can speculate all day long, but the truth is who knows until you read more issues! The bottom line is that the main ingredients to this story is interesting and ultimately presents something unique which is not easy to do. It seems like Hollywood has tried just about everything when it comes to zombies, but hopefully in the near future we will get to see Zombie Outlaw as a feature film, especially since there have been so many comic books making it to the big screen lately!

Zombie Outlaw Fan Art by Wmpyr

Zombie Outlaw Promotional Video

Trailer for Zombie Outlaw at ComiKaze Expo in Los Angeles!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gil Hibben Rambo III Knife

Gil Hibben is known for his fantasy knives and throwing knives.
What you may not know is that he is a 3rd degree black belt in Ed Parker's Kenpo Karate.
He's also famous for some of the Rambo knives. The knife used in the film "First Blood" was a very memorable survival combat knife. The knife in "Rambo II" was very similar to the one used in "First Blood". The first two knives were designed by Jimmy Lile. The knife Rambo uses in "Rambo III" took a whole new different look. And up until recently I wasn't a big fan of it.
But once you understand the reasonings, you may change your mind just as I did.
Since the 1960s Gil Hibben has been designing knives for Kenpo Karate, the basic design is also called the Parker Knife.
The "Rambo III" knife is in a way a spectacular hybrid, combining the Rambo knife with the Kenpo knife. The Rambo knives in the first two films were survival/combat knives. They had handy features to aid in survival. The blade itself was a no nonsense large Bowie knife that would do significant damage. The Rambo III knife seems to be designed purely for combat. The original prototype featured a battle axe looking blade that fit in the slot of the knife, like wings. This idea definitely showcases the other side of Gil Hibben, he is also known for his fantasy knives. The actual knife itself is pretty much a Bowie knife with all the details of the Kenpo Knife.
1. Slanted hand guard for thumb rest, called the "Chinese Fist", also comfortable for reverse grip.
2. Hand guard also designed for striking.
3. Bottom guard for grip security and for hooking techniques.

Only two models were ever made that featured the Rambo III knife with the spring attached secondary blade. Gil Hibben has one, and Sylvester Stallone has the other in his knife collection, amongst other Gil Hibben knives.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

STI KNIVES Review by Wmpyr

Not too long ago, I was surfing the net, looking for any interesting tactical knives that I haven't seen before. And then I saw the P001. I was blown away, because this is the type of knife I've been trying to design, fascinated and hooked, I had to know more about it. I found their official website,, and I contacted Jeff Thenier, CEO of STI Knives, Professional Body Guard Instructor, Firearms and Martial Arts expert, and designer of these wonderful knives! Jeff trusted in me and my skills and sent me a package.
X-mas came early for me this year!

BODYGUARD P001 Knife Review

BODYGUARD P001 tactical knife has been the flagship product of the STI Knives company. It sets the standard, it is truly an amazing knife. This knife links the handgun and knife combat skills together. This knife was designed so that a professional armed with a pistol would have no problem adapting to a bladed weapon when a firearm is not available/legal. The P001 is a highly versatile knife that can be used as many different types of weapons. It addresses lethal and non lethal, emergency rescue and of course CQC.

When you first take it out of the box, you realize just how heavy and solid this knife is. In the closed position, it is a monster impact weapon. Just to show how sturdy this knife is, there is a video of designer Jeff Thenier taking it out to the shooting range and shooting it to bits. Ever hear of a soldier surviving a shot because his iPod acted as a shield? Let me tell you, I'd prefer this knife any day! Even in the closed position, there are so many effective ways to hold this knife because there are many areas to strike with. There is another video of Jeff Thenier using the P001 in the closed position to crack open a coconut. I like how he wasn't wearing a glove, and didn't need to swing down on it like a madman, like an experienced carpenter wielding a hammer he just let the P001 do the work.

Let me move on to the locking mechanism. It is surprisingly simple. There is a small ambidextrous lever button that you pull back to release the blade. In the closed position, the blade is actually locked in. So if your doing heavy duty physical activities, you don't have to worry about the blade popping open.

Once you pull back the lock, the next locking position is when the blade opens into a pistol shaped knife. There are many benefits to this. Since there is less distance for the blade to travel, this can mean a faster deployment. Many gun experts know that the pistol shape grip is anatomically suited for receiving and delivering force. Think of it this way, if you had two P001 knives, it is possible for you to do a pushup, but you wouldn't be able to with a normal knife. The pistol shape knife also provides many unique techniques and grips for a rarely seen devastating knife combat style. What makes this pistol shape work so well is the generously large finger choil, which provides safety from the blade. Also notice the trigger guard is absent, this is a smart move because there are gun disarm techniques that uses the trigger guard against you for brutal finger locks.

The final locking position is when the blade deploys like a standard folding knife. By having this option, essentially you are getting two knives for one. Even in this standard knife position, the P001 is still highly unique because of the finger hole region. This massive region can be used to protect your finger like a guard on a european sword, or it can be used for simultaneous striking as you stab. I can also see it as an area for blade catching.

The P001 is simply the best tactical knife I've ever seen. I believe it is way ahead of it's time. I really don't know why KA-BAR or some other company hasn't teamed up with STI Knives and started making these. I feel so fortunate to have found and collaborated with this fantastic company. I've used many tactical knives, and most of the time, I feel limited, most knives can't keep up with me, because the P001 has so many various grips, capabilities, weapons it can mimic, I find it engaging and challenging. If you want a knife that has characteristics of many weapons such as, Brass Knuckles, Club, Karambit, Pistol Bayonet, Straight Razor, Tonfa, Boomerang, Tomahawk, Yawara Stick, all rolled into one, then this knife is for you!

***** 5/5 Stars

BG911 Knife Review

The BG911 is a compact version of the P001. Making it more suitable for women and civilians. I find the BG911 to be an elegant version of the P001. The P001 to me is like a warrior weapon, where as to the BG911 is like a James Bond gadget.

Let me tell you straight up, the BG911 can do everything that the P001 can do, however, do to it's smaller size, some grips are going to feel much more comfortable than others. This is a reasonable compromise. Also remember that in the closed position the BG911 can be used as a Yawara Stick. Most medium sized or larger folding knives can serve as a make shift palm stick, however, it is rare to find a small folding knife that can make an effective self-defense palm stick, the BG911 is one of the few that can do this well. If your looking for a light, discrete knife with good concealment, then the BG911 is for you.

The BG911 is not just a smaller version of the P001, they really tried to make this thing special by adding small modifications here and there. For example this knife is a spring assisted opener. There is a glass breaker tip mounted on the top fin. The blade now has ambidextrous thumb studs, and the second hole on the handle scale is larger.

If you have to choose between the P001 and the BG911, since they are nearly identical, the only major factors come down to size and price. So I would let those two factors determine which one you prefer. The bottom line is that both of these are really excellent knives and I would get either one of these knives before considering any other knife in the market today. When I look at other knives, I can't help but say, can your knife do this? How about this? What about this then?

***** 5/5 Stars

TDZ7 Impact Tool Review

The TDZ7 is an expansion to the BODYGUARD series of knives by STI KNIVES. It is modeled after the P001, so the skills you develop with the P001 will transfer to the TDZ7 and the skills you develop with the TDZ7 will transfer to the P001.

The P001, BG911, and the TDZ7 are all shaped like a pistol because the professional who uses a hand gun as their primary weapon will have an easier time learning and adapting to these tools. The idea is to be as similar as possible to the primary weapon for comfort under combat stress.

When you cannot use a firearm or knife, the TDZ7 becomes your number one choice. The TDZ7 is not discrete, it is basically a monster Yawara Stick! During a crisis situation, you will definitely be glad that you have this large beast of a tool with you. I've seen many different types of self-defense palm sticks, most of them are very small, and they fall into the better than nothing category, the TDZ7 is in the I'm so glad I have this category. There are other large extreme palm stick weapons out there, but remember the TDZ7 also serves to unite all 3 skills of your primary weapon (hand gun), your secondary weapon (P001 tactical knife), and your tertiary weapon (TDZ7 impact tool) all together.

Everyone that has seen this asked me if this was a training knife for the P001. It can definitely be a training knife because it is less dangerous than the P001 knife.
But make no mistake this is a self-defense weapon.
It is pointy, will stabs card board boxes no problem and makes a good letter opener. In a real life situation, the TDZ7 would cut your attacker open into a bloody mess.
The other points can also cause extreme pain because of the hard plastic material. I also like that it's made of plastic because it can go through metal detectors.

Very noticeable are the many large holes in the handle that make the TDZ7 even lighter. The holes can be used for key rings for easy clip on carry. But probably the most predominant reason for the holes are for providing gripping variations.

There is no extra large Yawara Stick in the market today that not only has many versatile techniques but concepts that go with a knife as an expansion tool, increasing your skills in both Impact Tool and knife combat weapons training. Just like each product from STI KNIVES has slightly unique properties of it's own, the TDZ7 also has some features that the P001 and the BG911 doesn't have. This product definitely stands on it's own.

***** 5/5 Stars

BASIC KNIFE COMBAT 101 短剣戦闘術の基本技

K4S Method by Wmpyr
K4S流 ワンパイヤー作

K4S Basic Knife Combat
by Wmpyr
Copyright 2011

There are many types of knives in the market today. Box cutters, diving knives, survival knives, utility knives, hunting knives, cooking knives, and the list goes on and on. For our specific quest, it is important for us to study tactical and combat knives.

TDI LE Knife by KA-BAR
Fixed Blade for Law Enforcement
For knife combat, most people prefer a fixed blade because it's simple, strong, and fast deploying.

LLC and Drone (Training Knife) by Cherusker Messer
Knife designed by Martial Arts Expert
Many tactical knives have a training knife version. A training knife is a safe and smart investment if your looking to really improve your knife skills.
Cherusker Messer LLCナイフとドローン(トレーニングナイフ)

SUBCOM Folder by Boker Magnum
Small Tactical Folding Knife
Some people have small tactical knives because they are easy to conceal and carry.

Urban Camo ExtremeOps Karambit by S&W
Karambit style Folding Knife
The Karambit is generally a smaller knife with a curved blade and a finger ring at the butt of the handle. The Karambit has been very popular in recent times and practiced in many martial arts styles including Kali, Silat, American Kenpo Karate.
S&W ExtremeOps Karambit
カランビットとは一般的にハンドルに小さい指輪と湾曲した刃のあるナイフです。カランビット は、最近非常に人気があり、アメリカン拳法空手、シラット、カリを含む多くの武道のスタイルで実践している。

There are many many different types of grips, but for now, these four basic grips provide a good place to start.

Standard Grip using the CRKT M16-13SFG
The most natural grip.
CRKT M16-13SFGを使用して、標準のグリップ

Reverse Grip
Also called the Ice Pick Grip. The second most common grip.

Ripper Grip
Good for tearing stuff open.

Mantis Grip
Good for a strong downward pulling motion.

Our stance comes from Knifeboxing which is a mixture between Knife Combat and Kickboxing. Your basic stance is similar to a Boxing/Kickboxing stance. One side of your body should be to the front and the other is to the back.
Remember to always keep the point of the knife and the blade edge facing away from yourself.
私たちのスタンスは、ナイフ戦闘術とキックボクシングの混合物でありナイフボクシングから来ている。基本的なスタンスは、ボクシング /キックボクシング のスタンスと似ています。あなたの体の片側が前面にでなければならず、常にナイフの刃と刃先の位置を維持してください。

Holding the knife in the Reverse Grip

Holding the knife in the Standard Grip

The following two forms come from the FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) such as Arnis, Eskrima, and Kali. The key is to do them continuously and to flow from one move to the next. Both forms can be done with either fluid speed or brutal power.

Form Number One

1. Come down with a powerful slash.

2. Come down from the other side with a powerful slash.

3. Slash them horizontally

4. Slash them again horizontally but from the other side.

5. Finish with a stab to the center.

Form Number 2
Dan Inosanto taught this set for his Kali class, it originally had 6 moves, number 6 was a move where you stab and flick out the eye.

1. Slash down diagonally.

2. Slash back up the way you came.

3. Slash up from the other side.

4. Slash back down the way you came.

5. Finish with a stab to the center.

Defang the Snake is a famous defensive concept in FMA. The idea is to attack the attack so that they lose their weapon.

To defend against the knife, use an Eskrima stick or tactical baton. Use the same techniques from the two forms we showed you previously for the knife. You want to strike at the attacker's hand so that they will drop the knife.
If you do not have a stick, you can try to cut their hand with your knife, but this is much harder to do.

Cutting the air is not the same as cutting something for real, so it's important to get some experience using real blades on various targets.

Cutting water bottles
Treat the water inside the bottle like blood, and try your best to avoid getting splashed on when cutting.

Getting ready the STI KNIVES BODYGUARD P001
Slashing and stabbing against a wooden board is also excellent practice.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

STI KNIVES & Wmpyr Team Up!

STI Knives The P001 Knife Grips in English translated by Wmpyr

KNIVESTI.COM The Official Website of STI Knives The Official Youtube Channel for STI Knives

Wmpyr is proud to be working with STI Knives. STI Knives is the most unique and innovative tactical knives Wmpyr has seen in a long time. Wmpyr will be revealing the STI Knife Combat method, to the Youtube community in English and Japanese!

Click here for Wmpyr's review on STI KNIVES, BODYGUARD P001, BG911, TDZ7