Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Frequently Asked Questions:
What video do I start from? 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?
There is no easy answer for this, it requires study, talk to Police and lawyers to help you understand. Also being professional and polite goes a long way.
What are my favorite knives?
I tend to like knives designed by martial artists.
I no longer have a favorite knife or a favorite knife company. I'm focusing more on knife using skills rather than knife buying skills.
Have I ever been in a street fight?
During my college years I was in unsanctioned challenge matches to test my skills, unofficially I am undefeated in about 10 matches. Post college I was on the BJJ and MMA competition team, I competed in BJJ. I worked a dangerous security job and lived in really bad neighborhoods, I was in many altercations but I was always able to prevent or avoid any street fights.
Which knives do I recommend?
I like to be flexible and use whatever that is in my hand. Check out CRKT and Spyderco, both can be a little pricey but the quality is usually well above average. I try to get a $100 or more knife for $30 or less.
Which Karambit do I recommend?
I strongly suggest that you get a training knife, whether it's for a Karambit, Balisong, or regular type knife, investing in a training knife is a wise decision. As far as a real blade Karambit, I do not have a favorite model or brand.
What is your martial arts background?
20+ years in the martial arts. Kuk Sool Won, Arnis, Muay Thai, Aikido, BJJ, etc.
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Which of your Youtube videos should I start with?
Many of my Youtube videos are organized here:
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Since I make so many videos I do fall behind on organizing them, so your best bet is to subscribe to me on Youtube by creating a free account, so you will be notified of my latest videos.
I recommend that you learn stick fighting first before knife combat, even if your primary interest is knife combat. The way I teach, sticks, knives, and empty hand is all integrated, so training in one will help the other. Start with the sticks, work your way to learning the Heaven 6 technique. Find a video where you feel like you understand the material and you feel like you can do it. Start with videos like that and just practice. As you put in the time and dedication, you will naturally seek to learn more and progress. Keep in mind that in regards to training, everybody learns different, everyone comes from different backgrounds and abilities. Absolutely nobody starts good. Things that are truly valuable come from hard work, so put in the reps there are no short cuts.
What is the best martial arts style?
To me all styles have their place. For example, if your athletic a combat sport would be good for you, but if your not then that could be too much starting off. My Dad said to me, if you have the desire to learn, you can learn from anyone, even someone who is not good, you can learn how not to do things from them. More important than style or facility, is the people involved, the teacher and students. And I don't mean accomplishments or credentials. True martial arts needs to be humbling, respectful, and make you a better person. These things are required in a good learning environment. If not you will end up with a close mind, even if you develop skill, a close mind will cut short your true potential. Look for a respectful teacher that is nurturing, not a tyrant that throws their weight around. Those that are too critical of others have a negative attitude, stay away from these insecure people. Often times those that want to be worshiped will come praise you so be careful of these deceitful people.
What style do you teach?
I am the founder of my own style called K4S, KNIFE FOR STREET, it is a hybrid of many styles, because I like every style that I've previously trained in.
I modeled K4S to be a military combatives type system for the street.
Since I have extensive training in FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) people often mistake me for a pure Kali/Eskrima teacher, but my Stick Fighting comes from many sources. My grappling background is also a mixture from various styles, although I have extensive training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
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How long should the sticks be?
Length is generally about 2 feet and 3 inches. If you train indoors, long sticks tend to hit and break things. For combat you want a heavy stick, but for training, you don't want it to be too heavy or it will be too distracting for skill development. If you want to develop strength and conditioning then a heavier stick is good.
Thickness is generally between the size of a penny and a Quarter.
I recommend burnt rattan sticks. Normally the sticks are made from Rattan, because Rattan shreds rather than chips, making it good for training because it is durable and safer. Burnt rattan is also more durable.
I believe that it is important for the student to handle a variety of stick sizes, and sticks made from various materials. The stick represents an improvised weapon, so the more different sticks you handle the more it will prepare you for improvised weapons usage.
What brand stick and training knife do I recommend?
I've used a large variety of sticks, and right now I am looking for a company that would like for me to test their sticks, training knives, and other training equipment so that I can give my honest review and recommendations.
What sword do I recommend?
All I have to say is, I recommend Cold Steel.
How do I get knives?
You got to always keep researching and expand your knowledge. I believe that a beginner should not start with an expensive knife. You need to practice carrying, test cutting, sharpening it, and throwing it. All of which you will not do well immediately starting. When you slowly upgrade to more quality and expensive knives you will also appreciate it more because you really know what the cheap ones are like. Also the cheap ones are more common, and it's good to know how to use them in case you encounter them in real life, and to know their limitations.
Eventually though you want to upgrade to a decent quality knife.
Watch knife review videos on Youtube and it should help you learn a lot. You have to do the research and know what's out in the market.
Do I need a training knife?
Training knives are an excellent investment. People who work with training knives will be more likely to become more skilled.
There are many types: Metal, wood/PVC, hard rubber, foam
Each one is good for a specific type of training.
The general idea is that the longer your training knife, the more similar it is to the stick, making the transition from stick to knife easier.
The better you get, the smaller your blade becomes, because it takes a ton of skill to make a small knife effective in combat.
I use various models of the Cold Steel training knives. They are especially good for in home training because they are likely not to damage things.
What style should I train in?
All martial art styles are good. It's really the people involved that make it good or bad. Instead of looking for a good style, you should look for a good teacher, good students, and learn how to be a good student yourself. If you can manage that, then you are going to benefit from any style. A bad student has a closed mind.
Does my style work for real?
I believe that any style or technique can work on the street, but at the same time, there is never a guarantee. It all depends on the individual's capabilities and how much training and experience they have and also the circumstance.
Is it possible to teach myself?
In this day in age, there are books, videos, and the internet, so I believe firmly that one can learn without stepping foot into a class. After all no matter what the subject, learning is about learning how to learn. If your goal is to become a lethal weapon so that you can successfully defend yourself in a fight, then the instructional videos that I offer is not enough.
When is a good age to start?
If your a kid, you can definitely learn the techniques and become mega skilled. I've seen it, not as rare as you may think. But a kid with skills is still a kid with skills. In my eyes it's impossible for a kid to get a black belt. No matter how good he/she is, they are a junior black belt.
I began seriously training at junior high. Seemed like a good age. Before that is more like prep.
And I believe it is never too late to start. I had a workout buddy who began Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in his 50s, joined the most prestigious competition school in his area and earned his blue belt back when a blue belt was equivalent to a black belt in most other styles. For the record let me just say that before he suddenly picked up Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Boxing and Wrestling, the only sport he did was surfing many many years ago, and no he was just a lean guy average height, not physically exceptional. He was a smoker and a computer guy for crying out loud! If he can do it, so can you!
Where did you learn Knife Combat?
My Knife Combat comes from a direct progression from my FMA skills as well as Aikido, Russian Martial Arts, Ninjutsu, and of course the other stuff too. Over the course of several years I then formulated and tested out my knife skills out in the streets, security job, and my students to develop the knife program that I teach today. I cannot say that I've been in 20 real knife fights. In fact I have been in zero knife fights. Then how can I teach knife combat? This is because what I am teaching is really about developing superior body mechanics.