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 and start training 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. Practice for at least 6 months and earn your way to a real blade. For training at home and home defense I have weapons made for combat, but for EDC (Everyday Carry) I have utility knives.
Which Karambit do I recommend?
Get a Karambit training knife first. Investing in a training knife is a wise decision.
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. More important is to avoid bad teachers and bad students, because you want to train in a good learning environment.
What style do you teach?
What I teach is a hybrid of martial art styles, but the main focus comes from Eskrima.
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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 making contact or strength training the stick should be 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 break stuff like the TV, ceiling fan, and window. PVC pipes can be bought for cheap at Home Depot or Lowe's.
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. My main knife is the LLC Knife from Arnis Professor Bram Frank.
Does my style work for real?
Any style or technique can work or fail. Just like a weapon, styles and techniques are just tools. All you can do is try to increase the percentage of success by doing your part, which is to train seriously and get better at using the tool!
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 other styles. After learning the material, I worked on crafting my skill, then I evolved the material, and then I tested it on the streets and my students to develop the knife program that I teach today.