Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Frequently Asked Questions:
What video do I start from?
You can start with just about any video, most of my videos are beginner friendly. Try to find stuff that clicks for you, start working from there.
Do you have a playlist?
Yes I do. Please click here for the playlist which has a bunch of basic videos for the beginner.
Which knife is legal for me?
Depends on your local laws. Talk to Police and lawyers to help you understand more. Also, being professional and polite goes a long way.
What is my street cred?
I tested myself working security and doing a citizen's patrol in bad neighborhoods for some years. In college I had around 10 challenge matches. Post college I was in a BJJ and MMA competition team, and I competed very briefly in BJJ.
Which knives do I recommend?
Get a training knife first. To actually carry, legal knives. I carry a utility knife. For training at home and home defense I have combat knives and other weapons.
Which Karambit do I recommend?
Get a Karambit training knife. Investing in a training knife is a wise decision. I would check eBay.
What is your martial arts background?
20+ years in the martial arts. Karate, Arnis, Muay Thai, Aikido, BJJ, etc.
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What is the best martial arts style?
There is no best style. Most important is to avoid a bad teacher who is arrogant, abusive, lies, and steals. A bad teacher doesn't provide a good learning environment.
What style do you teach?
What I teach is a hybrid of martial art styles, the focus is on the Filipino martial arts.
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How long should the sticks be?
General length is 28 inches. Made from Rattan. I suggest getting them from eBay.
When making your own, armpit to your finger tips is a good length.
Thickness is between the size of a penny and a Quarter.
For combat and strength training the stick is harder, heavier and longer.
For skill training the stick is on the lighter side.
For indoor training the stick is shorter and lighter so that you don't bang stuff too much (TV, ceiling fan, window, etc.).
What self-defense products do I recommend?
There are many great products I enjoy, just check my Youtube videos, but I want to encourage training rather than buying. Sticks and training knives can be found on eBay.
Does my style work for real?
Any style or technique can work or fail. All you can do is try to increase the percentage of success by doing your part, which is to train, train, train!
Is it possible to teach myself?
Yes you can learn from books, videos, and the internet, but don't let that be the end.
When is a good age to start?
It's never too early and it's never too late. I began in junior high school, which worked out for me.
Where did you learn Knife Combat?
My knife method is a progression of my Filipino martial arts skills combined with Aikido, Russian martial arts, Ninjutsu, and others. After learning the basics, I worked on skill, evolved it, then I tested it on the streets and my students to develop the knife program that I teach today.