Friday, December 28, 2012

My Karate

My Karate Experience

When I was in high school, I learned a Kata (a form which is a structured sequence of techniques) from a friend. He learned it from his Dad who had black belts in Ninjitsu, Shotokan Karate, and Aikido. Since then I have been training this Kata and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. I strongly believe in the saying, "A single Kata takes a lifetime to master". This simple 12 count Kata done in a horse stance, has evolved with me over the years. The Bunkai (breakdown and interpretation) has drastically changed numerous times and continues to do so. There is a constant dynamic between understanding and not understanding. Many people who quit Karate encounter something they don't understand and they judge it incorrectly and close themselves to it. When I don't understand something in Karate/martial arts, I give the benefit of the doubt that the people who invented and carried the style were high level experts that knew what they were doing. So during those times of confusion, I simply keep training and put in the reps until the answer presents itself. And the answer has always presented itself in due time. The answers themselves change overtime too.

The Karate style of breathing that I learned was very constricted and tense. I use this breathing for health and fitness because it strengthens your internal organs. In actual fighting application, this kind of breathing is also realistic because when your in the fight of your life, chances are your not going to be calm and collected, in such a stressful crisis situation, even breathing becomes difficult, so you need a forceful strong technique that fits the moment. Once you accept the crisis situation and are able to use such a breathing technique, then it is possible to control your breathing and become more efficient, which will take you towards the ideal state of being in the zone.

Yoga and Martial Arts

My Yoga experience

High school was extremely stressful for me. Thankfully I was able to experience Yoga and meditation during these dark times in my life that planted some good seeds in me. At the time it was easy for me to appreciate Yoga and meditation because I experienced the benefits first hand, during those classes I felt very relaxed and at peace. Even though I never pursued Yoga as a primary interest, I learned as much as I could whenever I encountered it. There is a single principal I follow for Yoga, "The mind affects the body and vice versa". I apply Yoga to martial arts so that I know my mental and physical condition at any given moment, knowing this helps grounding me in reality, and being more realistic can be a big advantage over my opponent. One I understand my state, then using the principal I control my mental or physical state to put me in a better position. Yoga has been fun and easy for me to relate to because it has many common grounds with martial arts, like stretching, stances/postures, breathing and meditating. Another reason why Yoga appeals to me is because of the age old saying, "The mind is the ultimate weapon", and through Yoga I am able to develop more control over the mind by learning the skill to link it with the body.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Combative Solo Training ebook review

Combative Solo Training by Jeff Liboiron
ebook review by Wmpyr

This is a 100 page ebook from fellow martial artist and Youtuber BeCombative. First of all I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this ebook. The intro starts off with a bang! After hearing an intense story like that, you just know the rest is going to be good. The author is a Senshido instructor, and to me this was a big interest because I have always enjoyed the works of world famous reality based martial arts instructor, Richard Dimitri founder of Senshido. In regards to realistic, tactical, and practical self-defense, CST does not disappoint! The writing is clear and simple, easy to follow photos, a nice intro to each segment that ends with many tips for you to do. The style presented in here is obviously focused on solo training, this is very easy for me to relate to, because that is my specialty as well. The core of CST in my opinion is good old straight forward Boxing, but with kicks, knees, elbows, headbutts, and other "dirty moves" for the street. There is also an emphasis on using the open hand in a variety of ways over the fists for many tactical reasons which he covers in great detail. He also goes over the clinch, grappling, and striking on the ground while keeping your eye open for multiple opponents, weapons, and hazardous environments. Proper mind set and solo training drills are covered too, in short, this is a complete system that guides you to become street ready.
My favorite part of the book was the drills section on Shadow Fighting designed for you to get started immediately and work towards your own program that suits you. Highly recommended!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Knives I recommend to you

On Youtube I get asked quite often, what knife do I recommend?

This is a very tricky question because, yes I am familiar with knives, yes I teach knife combat, but I don't know anything about you.

Generally speaking a medium to small sized utility folder is a good option for EDC/SD (Self-defense) when you include general legality.
One of the best knives that fits this criteria is the Spyderco Delica. There are more affordable knives that are similar such as the Schrade Team Primos knife that I got from Primalpunch. It had a $40 price tag but you can get it online for $20.

Another good starting knife in the $20 range is the Smith & Wesson Urban Camo Karambit if you are into martial arts.

Once you become more experienced and learn better knife care and knife combat skills, then I suggest you get better quality knives that will cost more. It's also good to have experiences with a variety of different types of knives so that you have a wide range of knowledge and experience. Fixed blades, neck knives, tactical knives, survival knives, hunting knives, diving knives, throwing knives, double edged knives, butterfly knives, slip joint folders, and even multi-tools.

I can tell you which knives that I like the most out of the ones that I own.

My top 4
SNAGette by Krudo Knives
SNAG live blade folder by Krudo Knives
BG911 by Knives STI
P001 Bodyguard by Knives STI

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Written Response to Sensei Rick from DTGTaihojutsu

No Technique is 100% Foolproof!

This is my written response to Sensei Rick's Youtube video, "No martial arts technique is 100 percent foolproof".

I completely agree that when a person begins to think that their technique is 100% foolproof, this is a recipe for a disaster. In fact I believe that it is a good thing to have the attitude that your technique has absolute no guarantee to work. Simply because this is reality and gives you the mindset to prepare for dire circumstances. After all you want to prepare against quality opponents, not weaker opponents.

Back when I was training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I had a nightmare that took my skills to the next level. In this nightmare, I was in a street fight with some guy, and ended up on the ground, I had him in an Americana Armlock. I cranked it all the way and he was not in any pain, the move appeared to not be working at all. I began to panic, I didn't know what to do, I started to worry that I was going to waste all my energy trying to finish him and get fatigued, I was worried that by not applying pain, I was giving him opportunities to reverse me and who knows how good his attacks are?! I was worried that his friends may come out of nowhere and start kicking me on the head. And then I woke up in a cold sweat, breathing hard. I hated the feeling I had, so I decided that from this point on I would never rely on one technique, I would transition to another technique. In grappling, the way we do combos are through transitions.

So in class I became obsessed with transitions. In sparring, I was always waiting for the resistance so that I could immediately switch to the next move, or next position. Whatever they did I made sure I had an answer. Before I knew it, I had an entire game plan mapped out based on the BJJ positions. In my opinion this is what separates a blue belt from a white belt. Not only does the blue belt know all the basic positions and techniques, they also have a general game plan, an answer to every common response in all the positions and techniques, this is why back then, there was a huge gap between a white belt and a blue belt.

When I was training at a different BJJ school, one day my instructor said to me: "why do you do transitions when it's better to not transition and just finish the guy right there?" This statement turned my world upside down! I was like what do you mean? I have to do transitions, they are stronger than me! Aren't transitions the way to go to develop higher skill in BJJ? Wait I don't need to do transitions? Transitions were everything to me. But he had a point. I began to realize that I had openings, and I was relying too much on transitions. Rickson Gracie said something along the lines that the idea of BJJ is to take your opponent to a worse and worse situation until you checkmate them and they give you the finish. Sure I was adapting to my opponent's response but that meant that I was always one step behind, because reaction comes after action, and I was not taking them to a worse and worse situation. I would sweep guys and get the side mount, from there I would transition to full mount, but there were guys who could bench press me off, so I would transition to knee on belly, and then go back to side mount, we would just exchange moves. So then I realized the most important concept in BJJ. To make things get worse and worse I needed to be Sticky like glue. So as I did the transitions on my opponent I would be sticky as possible, laying on them like a sack of potatoes and make them move me around, I slowly wore them out. To me this is the Helio Gracie style of BJJ, where a smaller weaker person would use technique and superior body mechanics to protect themselves against a larger more athletic opponent.

The reality of this beautiful strategy is that depending on how fit, how skilled the opponent is, it can take a long time. And you might say on the street, time is of the essence, so this is a bad plan. But the reality is against a true threat of quality, this is the most logical game plan. So if it takes time to take out one person, against multiple attackers you basically have no chance. The reality is that against multiple attackers, you can't be engaged with them, you have to run. I remember back when Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was exploding on to the scene, Rorion Gracie was asked, what about multiple attackers? And his response was, yes Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is limited against multiple attackers, but then again, show me a style that can handle that situation effectively. I have to agree, for a long time, Hollywood has brainwashed us into thinking that one person with higher quality can defeat many opponents of lower quality. And this is simply not true. One lion is not going to defeat a pack of wolves, it's the other way around.

Monday, November 19, 2012


KNIVES STI review page by Wmpyr

KRUDO KNIVES review page by Wmpyr

NUKO TOOLS review page by Wmpyr

I have had the honor of reviewing and training with the excellent products from these 3 companies. I have personally corresponded with the CEO/designer of each company and they have been stand up individuals showing me a ton of support in many different ways.

Because I have been able to interact with them so much, and spend a lot of time with their products, I can recommend them to you with confidence.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

OMFG Outlandish Mini Figure Guys October Toys

When I recently found out that October Toys made a batch called OMFG! (Outlandish Mini Figure Guys) based from the 80s toys such as M.U.S.C.L.E. and Monster In My Pocket, I had to get my hands on it. The package looks like a direct homage to the M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.
I got the series 1 glow-in-the-dark. I am looking forward to getting series 2 in the near future! I am definitely looking forward to collecting these!

Series 1 includes 5 figures that are non painted in one solid color, totally retro style, I am very happy about that, although they did offer some exclusive painted ones!
Let's take a closer look at each figure!

Crawdad Kid
Definitely looks like he could be a crew on The Flying Dutchman from Pirates of the Caribbean. He also makes me think that he is an intergalactic space felon, especially because those pincers look vicious, and that head piece makes him look like a desperado! If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be Greedo/Walrusman

King Castor
The big guy of the group, looks like something out of the film Labyrinth. M.U.S.C.L.E./Kinnikuman wise, he definitely fits right in as Sunshine/Parthenon/The Mountain type figure. I like the big upper body and tiny lower body contrast. If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be The Rancor

Easily my favorite of the group. He could be a super villain or super hero, because he is that cool. This figure really shows off a tremendous amount of tiny detail. If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be Darth Vader

Phantom Outhouse
All the reviews I've seen and read, this guy seems to be the most popular of the group. I guess people like the pun that he is a shit house, and his arms and legs are probably a mix of shit and piss. I sense lots of attitude here... vulgar attitude. But actually this is not far from the original M.U.S.C.L.E./Kinnikuman line because there was a figure back then named Benkiman who was a urinal-man with a turd on his head. If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be R2D2

Last but not least we get a furry beast who looks like he "strolls" around leaving foot prints for Big Foot hunters, yeah he seems like a prankster, you can just tell by his exposed butt cheeks. A cute Sesame Street version of the Ray Harryhausen cyclops from the film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. He would also be very fitting as a monster from Where The Wild Things Are. If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be Chewy

Let me say that all of these figures stand on a flat surface very well! The quality and details are amazing, the characters are creative and imaginative, and overall it stays true to the 80s toys it was based on, so my verdict is that the execution is very successful and they are a must have!

The 5 figures were designed and sculpted by various people from all over the world, from a contest they had where they selected the top 5 figures voted by the fans. This independent company October Toys does contest and take pre-order/donations in order to make this excellent line come to life. So please visit their website show support so we can see more awesome toys from them!

Monday, November 12, 2012

What is the best style?

What is the best style? What do you think is the most practical style? I get this kind of question a lot. I guess it's really no surprise. This question is a holy grail question. Meaning there is no answer other than the realization to a new way of thinking. The holy grail is basically an enlightenment. I can tell you the answers that there is no best style, everyone is different physically and mentally, the situations people have to overcome differ from person to person, and also everyone begins at different levels, different abilities, and different times in their lives. Style is the least important thing when training in martial arts. It's not a product you buy. Proper martial arts is a development of a better lifestyle. The best gift that martial arts can give you is to improve your personality. People often times do not understand how that is possible or even the greatness of that and do not appreciate such things. It leads to True happiness. If you think one style or technique is superior to another, you are discriminating against a style or technique, meaning you are being prejudice. Prejudice is a negative way of thinking and it is not the right path. Each style has it's place. Each style has plus and minus. Not every style can cover everything perfectly. A style that helps you master one element of combat will make you unbalanced. A style that helps you become well balanced means that you will become a Jack of all trades and a master of none, in other words, being diversified means that the quality of each area drops, your trading quantity for quality, which is not always a good thing. If you've been non athletic your whole life and go to a "gym" and to learn a combat sport like Judo, MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, this can be too much, and a great way to get injured. But instead you might want to take an approach of just starting out slow by swinging around a weapon and developing some coordination, and slowly adding more and more physical exercise, a style like Eskrima would be good. Miyamoto Musashi and Bruce Lee said it is important to train in multiple styles so that you know what the enemy is going to be doing. It is a huge advantage if you know the enemy's tactics but they do not know yours. Also if you can learn other styles you will add different approaches, different methods to your arsenal. The more methods you have to solve problems, the better you will become at solving all kinds of problems, however the downside is that too many methods can become confusing, so you need to prioritize your methods, such as this: Plan A (most comfortable), Plan B (secret weapon), Plan C (back up plan). Having multiple methods is important in combat because the ability to "adapt" is important in combat. Knowing when to use which method for a specific situation and then actually applying it, this is a higher skill and not so easy to do, most people under the rigors of combat are barely able to carry out any thoughts, for they are just running on instinct in turbo mode. Let's say your a very good Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighter, but you square off against a better BJJ guy than yourself and find yourself under the mount position being dominated, you know that whatever your thinking to escape/defend/counter, they having something for it, your thinking in BJJ vocabulary which is something they know better than you, if you have trained in other styles this maybe a good time to use it. For example in Catch Wrestling, it's not like BJJ where "position before submission" is vital, it is submission from anywhere, anytime, and break it. This kind of unorthodox method can lead to making space and giving you enough room to then go back to BJJ tactics and regain the half guard position. When I faced a superior BJJ practitioner, I used Russian martial arts concepts to give me an edge. I know they were viewing things through the "hierarchy of BJJ positions" so instead I looked at body structure, and attacked the skeletal alignments to create weakness in their positions.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

NUKO TOOLS Impact Ring Improvised Karambit Ring

NUKO TOOL Punch Ring Impact Tool
review by Wmpyr

Material: G10 fiber
Finger Hole: 25MM
Length: 2 3/4 inches

As expected the NUKO Tool Punch Ring is very compact and light weight. The finger hole has a generous size, it also has a small hole for your keyring so that you can conveniently always have it with you. The construction is simple and strong. I'd like to see one made of aluminum and various types of metal.

The main usage is simple yet effective, utilize the finger hole and it becomes a punch enhancer. Because it is arrow shaped and angled like a blade edge, the force per square inch is so high it can actually cut flesh. This means that you are not restricted to straight punch type movements but you can also slash, drill, nick, and scrape, while using many types of grips. The grip is comfy, and I can use it even while wearing heavy duty work gloves.

If all this wasn't enough, the NUKO Tool Punch Ring is also an improvised Karambit ring. It has the ability to make your favorite knife into an awesome improvised Karambit. Not only will you be able to flip your knife like a Karambit, you will also have the ability to strike most effectively with the pommel region as any good Karambit should.

The NUKO Tool Punch Ring is highly recommended for anyone serious about self-defense in the city. The light weight and compact size makes it one of the most desirable models in the market today. The stellar improvised Karambit capability makes it a must have and most innovative design for both knife nuts and martial artists.

Monday, October 22, 2012


(from left to right) Titanium NUKO HEAD, Carbide PUNCH RING, and G10 PUNCH RING

NUKO TOOLS, innovative tools made for self-defense. NUKO is pronounced "Knuckle". These tools are designed to be carried everyday on your keychain. NUKO TOOLS are compact and can be carried/stored with ease. I find them to be collectible, if you have more than 1 you can combine them to deliver more damage. They can also be used as an improvised Karambit ring!

ACDT review by Wmpyr
Self-defense keychain that is also a bottle cap opener, ACDT is the new successful addition to Nuko Tools!

Punch Ring by NUKO Tools
Self-defense Impact Ring
Carry it on your keychain!

According to Knifezilla
Price: $16.95
Strong light weight made of 40,000 PSI G10 fiber with an edge that can cut to the bone upon impact. 2.5AOL, 1/2 ounce, 25MM ID on knuckle hole.
Length: 2 3/4" (just under 3 inches)

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With the approval of NUKO TOOLS designer Norman Lee, Top Secret Project: DARK MAGICIAN was unleashed by Wmpyr. Exciting news revealed that the NUKO TOOLS Punch Ring is also a state of the art Improvised Karambit Ring!

Click here for NUKO TOOL Impact Ring Review by Wmpyr!

NUKO TOOLS Improvised Karambit Ring video by Wmpyr

NUKO TOOLS and Wmpyr Secret Project revealed! (video)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Unique Tactical Knives Article

California Cobra
Garrison Fighting Knife
Manticuda VFK
P001 Bodyguard Tactical Folder
SNAG Live Blade Folder

The list goes on and on, tactical knives with a unique look. Why do these knives look so different? Because the designers chose to think outside the box. To the untrained eye these knives may be confused as fantasy knives and simply dismissed as mall ninja. One could not be more incorrect. These knives are well thought out, practical-tactical knives from the minds of combat trained experts. If you are open minded enough to understand that there are many ways to climb the mountain to victory, then you can appreciate these unique knives attempting to give you that extra advantage by bringing something a little different to the table.

Often times however there are critics who strongly dismiss these knives, but the harder they try to put down these knives, the truth is exposed, they are scared. They are scared that if these knives deliver, then the comfortable world they live in will be turned upside down. After all it will take money and time for them to learn and experience these knives, sadly these people do not want to leave their comfort zone, they get angry when they hear about something new and exciting that they don't own. Because these knives can be drastically different from anything they own, it looks like a big risk, so they go with the majority. They just can't admit that these knives can be effective or that these knives are cool.

1) It looks stupid.
It's not stupid, they are based from combat methods, form fits function. Because you don't understand or never seen it before, doesn't make it invalid. There are many ways to victory.

2) It looks awkward, I don't like it.
A good fighter can use any tool effectively.

3) It's too expensive it's not worth it.
A custom knife is going to be expensive, and essentially that's what these knives are. These knives are designed to save lives, unless you don't value your life, these knives are worth it. Just because you can't afford it doesn't make it overpriced or worthless, it just means you can't afford it.

Last but not least, if you know their weapon and they don't know yours, that is an advantage.

This article may seem a bit harsh, but I'm really speaking against those people who are disrespectful, nay sayers that crush other people's hard work. Open your mind and be sincere, I think all these knives are cool and fascinating, I do not have all of them, nor do I plan to, my wallet definitely can't handle that, but even if it could, there is no desire for me to do such a thing. I enjoy reading about these knives and looking at pictures. I do have the honor to own a couple, and I greatly enjoy and appreciate what I have. Take care and don't let any opinionated bully sway your opinion, do the research and keep an open mind!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

SNAGette Fixed Blade by Krudo Knives

SNAGette Fixed Blade from Krudo Knives
review by Wmpyr

Length - 5 1/4"
Blade - 2"

The SNAGette is well thought out and unique because it incorporates the sheath as part of the self-defense package.

Four sheath tactics:
1. Attach keys to use as a self-defense flail.
2. Launch keys and sheath at attacker as a projectile.
3. Strike with bottom of sheath to deploy blade and get bonus cut.
4. Leave sheath on and use SNAGette as a controller

What is a controller?
A controller is a self-defense tool from Krudo Knives that uses pain to control your attacker. If you look at a self-defense palm stick like a Kubotan or a Yawara stick, they basically have two functions (not including the key flail). Concentrate force to a smaller impact area for striking and applying pressure. It only makes sense to save your hand from damage by using a tool that is harder than any part of your body. The second function is to create leverage and assist you in pain compliance techniques. Both SNAG and SNAGette controller do both of these fuctions better than the standard palm stick. The S-shap provides more leverage, and the different regions of the controller such as the point, blade area, pommel, finger holes, spine of the blade, can do something a little bit different from the next.

-The SNAGette can be gripped without using the finger holes.
-The SNAGette can be used to flip like a Karambit, and it flips well.
-The twin holes provide extra grip security.
-You can actually grab things while holding this knife.

1) As a keychain
2) Hip carry (use carabiner on belt)
3) Neck knife

SNAGette can be used as a modern urban self-defense tool. It can also be used as a back up weapon for military and security forces. Note that the SNAGette can be held while operating a firearm.

The SNAGette is a compact version of the SNAG knife. It still retains the unique S-shape design to increase leverage. With a small compact knife for self-defense, the danger IMO is hurting your hand when slashing. If you don't believe me, take out a small knife and then go find a tree with really rough barks on it. Slash at the tree with about 80% force and if you miss even a little there is a strong chance that you can scrape your knuckles against the bark. Like I mentioned before the SNAGette shares the SNAG shape so the belly of the blade edge sticks out further from your hand than a conventional straight blade design. The S-shape also retains solid striking capability, and the two finger holes offer some extra finger protection. But the SNAGette also has hooking capability which is much safer than slashing. The SNAGette is also excellent for concealment but also when your in a CQC (Close Quarters Combat) situation it is less of a threat to you because of the minimal blade size, just ask a Police Officer, how likely is an assailant liable to stab themselves with their own knife during an arrest.

I highly recommend the SNAGette Fixed Blade, also the SNAGette Controller to go with it. You can carry one and leave the other for a special location, or carry both for extra security. What I like is that you can actually have both of them simultaneously in one hand to compound the benefits as well.

At the end of the day, my conclusion is that it's super compact, light weight with a sleek profile, but still retains quality and strength, your never gonna see another "similar looking" knife have all these well thought out features, how could you not like this knife? Krudo Knives impressed the hell out of me yet again!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Enson Inoue vs Igor Vovchanchyn

Enson Inoue Vs Igor Vovchanchyn

Lessons from MMA

Right at the start surprisingly Enson brawls with Igor and survives. They end up in the ground which is Enson's strong suit. For the majority of the match they stay on the ground, Igor inside Enson's guard. Igor delivers a brutal pounding until the referee stops it. Igor is a physical monster, but Enson is no slouch either. Enson has a proven record that he can submit top athletes from the guard position. Despite these two points in this match Enson is unsuccessful at submitting Igor even though he tries repeatedly. Igor is successful in this match because he attacks at the right time and defends when he needs to. When Enson goes for a submission attack, Igor defends, he then takes advantage of the opening and attacks. When you attack you become vulnerable, this principal was effectively used against Enson in this match. When Igor attacks from within the guard, he makes sure not to over extend himself. Submissions require leverage using the entire body so this is difficult to execute safely, you have to commit and use your entire body. So it's like watching a boxer who uses only a jab versus a boxer who only uses a KO punch. Who has the advantage? The boxer who has the jab can wear down the other boxer. I think Enson could have played a very tight submission game and added some strikes to wear down Igor while still threatening him with submissions. There are two ways to do submissions. One is very dynamic the way Rickson Gracie does it, this requires excellent timing. The other way is to be very tight and methodical. This is a safer way to do submissions but the downside is that it telegraphs your intent and takes the fight towards a battle of attrition.
Ryushi Yanagisawa vs John Lober This is a Pancrase match so it's not full MMA. However there are still very good lessons to be learned here. Lober goes for the takedown immediately and is put inside the guard by Yanagisawa. From there Lober mixes up going for the leg with palm strikes to the head. Yanagisawa in a defensive position, blocks each type of attack. Lober then gets his foot lock countered with a footlock from Yanagisawa. At this point Lober delivers a strong palm strike, interesting enough, Yanagisawa had the sense to let go of the footlock and block the strike. After that, both men go for the footlock on each other. Lober has a hard time securing his because Yanagisawa straightens out his leg. Then Yanagisawa secures his anklelock solid breaking Lober's leg.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

NINJA DEATH 3 film review by Wmpyr

Ninja Death 3

I really tried to like this film but honestly it seems like a big mess, the problem may come from the fact that we have a Chinese kung fu production trying to make a ninja flick done in a kung fu style. In fact it really feels like a kung fu flick pretending to be a ninja flick.
Maybe it would make sense if I had seen the 1st and 2nd film, but something tells me yeah right, because it's such a mess I had a hard time understanding the plot but this is what I was able to figure out, I might be totally off, so please forgive me if I am.
Oh and real quick, this film has an intro that really doesn't make any sense but it's cool, the music rocks, it must be some kind of preview type thing, and it starts with some ninjas flipping, the main character oiled up flexing his muscles, and then basically it's just a bunch of fight scenes.
I think the story takes place in China, and the main character is a stud named Tiger. Tiger is half Japanese and half Chinese. The movie starts where he is told for the first time that his mom comes from a powerful family in Japan, and if he sees a masked ninja he must not fight him because it's his Dad. Let's think about that for a second, his Dad is a masked ninja, hmmm, I wonder how many ninjas are masked... how is he suppose to be able to tell which one is his dad?
Anyways for some reason the guy that tells him this dies, yeah he looks like he was hurt for some reason, and then he suddenly seems to commit suicide.
Next we have a topless masked ninja acting feral for some reason, he passes out from the sound of a flute which makes no sense, and he's captured by an old man in a gold ninja outfit who is called the Grand Master, he is the main villain of this film. His special weapons are two club maces that are pretty cool but it gets silly when he starts chain launching the explosive spiked ball which has the ability to return intact even though they explode, and of course the length of the chain is ridiculously long as well.
Tiger has a blind master teaching him martial arts, and he also has an attractive female friend named Sakura who is about his age, and also serves him. by this point you start to figure out that he is some kind of nobility.
Anyways his blind master, tests Tiger one day by attacking him with 3 other masters, one of them has a hump on his back that looks pretty comical, but the 4 of them jump Tiger and Tiger is able to hold his own. So I guess Tiger passed the test. So now he must fight a female ninja which is called a Kunoichi. The female ninja wipes the floor with Tiger.
Then all of a sudden, the blind master and everyone is making a huge deal how they absolutely failed because Tiger is no good. They solve this by giving Tiger a kung fu book. So now Tiger starts training on his own off of a book with really bad drawings. He finds out that the female ninja who beat him was his mom. And the blind master and Sakura who also happens to be a female ninja, were all working for the mom. Now there is huge drama because Tiger is upset that he grew up as an orphan. The mom says she was forced to abandon him, but they don't explain why.
Anyways he needs to become a good fighter so that he can defeat the evil Grand Master. Apparently after training from the book he is ready.
Why they want the Grand Master defeated is a mystery to me.
In the most bizarre scene Tiger's mom brings over Sakura and orders Tiger to sleep with Sakura the night before his big fight with the Grand Master, no kidding, she actually brings Sakura over to Tiger. And when Tiger is like, wtf? The mom gives some elaborate story about a Kung Fu legend that had sex the night before his fight won because he was able to relax of all things, and the opponent that didn't died, so of course Tiger who is probably a virgin sleeps with Sakura who is also probably a virgin, and as you can imagine now they are in love and their mind seems pretty distracted from the big fight.
Anyways by the end of the film, Tiger is fighting the Grand Master and not doing well, suddenly the masked ninja appears in a really cool outfit, and I gotta say the mask is real nice too. Anyways this is suppose to be Tiger's dad, I don't know why he acted like a wild beast at the beginning, but this time he fights like a Kung Fu ninja, father and son get to team up against the Grand Master. Sadly Tiger's dad dies but Tiger is able to defeat the Grand Master. The film pretty much ends here, definitely in the so bad it's good category of film, the memorable characters helps make this interesting, even though there are some huge plot holes.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

SHOWDOWN IN LITTLE TOKYO film review by Wmpyr

film review by Wmpyr

Let me start by saying there is a catchy theme song repeated throughout the film, which works because the music is good.
This film actually has some big names in it, Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Mr. Tagawa from Mortal Kombat (Shang Tsun) and Rising Sun, he does a good job as the Yakuza boss in this film and portrays a solid main villain, Tia Carrere, and Toshiro Obata from the Ninja Turtles movies. This film is basically about the Japanese Mafia, the Yakuza, and Obata does such a good job as the 2nd in command of the Yakuza boss, he really carries the film. Not to take anything away from Dolph and Brandon of course, because they are so charismatic. The film starts off with illegal gambling for underground fighting, and Dolph literally swings in like Tarzan, and takes out the two fighters in the ring by himself, what an entrance! This film has lots of fight scenes, you pretty much don't want to miss any of them because they are good, we have guns, knives, and various martial arts weapons, and just a whole ton of action at a pretty fast pace with crazy memorable scenes, so this film is a B-movie done right, even though its famous for some filming errors.
Out of Brandon Lee's films I'd have to say that The Crow is my favorite, Rapid Fire is a good one if you like martial arts action, and then this one is his 3rd best, meaning this is not a bad film at all if you like martial arts action flicks.
Scenes you don't want to miss:
Dolph jumps over a classic convertible heading right for him with a flying side kick, they used trick cinematography, and a launch pad but still it looks quite real and the idea is awesome it just puts a smile to my face. Another scene with Dolph when he takes out 5 guys without spilling a drop of tea in a zen like manner which goes with his character. We get to see some powerful looking karate moves from Dolph and one guy attacks him with a butterfly knife, in the same fight scene we are immediately introduced to Brandon Lee and have a very short dream match where Brandon fights Dolph. It's a very nice contrast to see the quick and agile fighting style of Brandon versus the big powerful style that Dolph brings.
Another memorable scene is when a Yakuza guy commits ritual suicide by snapping his own neck.
In a strange scene, the Yakuza leader, uses a Katana sword to decapitate a crack head while having sex with her in public. There is quite a bit of nudity in this film, topless girls sumo wrestling and eating sushi off of naked girls just to name a few. We also have a Yakuza finger removing scene done by none other than Simon Rhee from Best of the Best. The fight scene at the bath house is another show stealer, the main fight is with Dolph versus a Sumo Wrestler.
At about an hour into the film, Brandon has one of the most bizarre lines ever when he comments about the size of Dolph's junk.
There is a scene where Dolph and Brandon get tortured in a similar manner to the Lethal Weapon torture scene. Of course the heroes escape, and from there the heroes go into hiding and we get a small training scene with Dolph, and I'm glad they squeezed it in, because how could you not like training scenes in a martial arts flick. The Samurai outfit he wears is pretty silly but definitely something you don't see often! Fight scene between Brandon and Obata does not disappoint, to me it rivals the main fight in Rapid Fire. It's really no surprise considering the impressive martial arts background that Obata has. But then again there are many talented real martial artists in this film.
Last but not least the Japanese spoken by some of the people in this film was painful to listen to, I wish they didn't make those poor actors do that.
All in all I have to say that Showdown in Little Toyko is a successful execution!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Women's Self-defense notes

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Special Thanks to Sifu Silk, Sensei Rick, Sensei Joel, Sensei Gabe, Sensei Duane, Sensei Arata, Sensei Bob, and a SPECIAL section at the end by MrMonkeyell.
Each martial artist has trained in multiple styles, they draw from their experiences from styles such as:
Kung Fu, Street Boxing, Jujitsu, Wrestling, Taihojutsu, Karate, Military training, Ninjitsu, Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Silat, and Iaido.

1. Radar Principal
Keep awareness up and have the ability to avoid danger while looking unafraid.
Most people feel obligated to continue with their actions, or they are too afraid to change course, even though they know they are in a compromised position.

2. Open Fire
Flight or fight. Expect to hit 50 times not 3 times.
Your weapon should be where you can fast draw it anytime.
After you fight, run like hell and get out of there.

Learn a basic attack and then drill it.

Learn Kubotan, Palmstick, and other self-defense tools, they will build up mentality to use improvised weapons such as a screw driver, flashlight, portable shoe horn, and pen.
Learn how to fight on the ground.
Exercise with dumbbells to develop a strong grip to rip and pinch attacker's skin, nose, ear, chest muscles, and love handles.

Know the physical aspects but also the mental aspects, there is a predator and prey mindset, if someone looks scared they keep their heads down and criminals will consider them an easy target.

Learn the color code system and apply it to your daily life.
WHITE is oblivious to everything
YELLOW is not paranoid but cautious, observing their surroundings
ORANGE senses danger
RED is fight or flight

If you have to take a longer route, do it if it's more lit and safer. Travel with a friend instead of by yourself.
Call 911 and make sure to give the exact location, if the phone gets dropped, the operator can listen, but will already know where to send rescue.
If the criminals try to take you to a second location, usually you will get attacked more savagely so do not let them.
Look up CPTED crime prevention, environmental design can teach you about your homes, how to travel in lit areas, do not be around large bushes and alley ways where predators can lurk. Do not plant trees and bushes around the bedroom windows.
Supposedly more people respond to fire than help.

A person moves faster forwards than backwards so step into the attack or run fast.
Try your best to remember what the guy looked like so you can report to the authorities.
Press charges so you can prevent someone else from being attacked.

Get a bodyguard. Change place of work, or change city. People are more likely to help in a small town. Also go to a place where you can get a concealed handgun permit.
Be aware of surroundings, use a buddy system where you travel to and from work with a friend, or to your transport, don't look like a victim, wear the hair up if it's long, don't wear easily removable clothing, or clothing that can be cut off easily or used as a handle.
Carry an object that looks like a weapon to the attacker, umbrella, stick, pepper spray, etc.
Put a brick in the purse.
Fight back with everything you have because attackers today will kill you just as easily as if raping or robbing you. Never cooperate, never let anyone tie you up. If all they want is money, or possessions then that is a different story.
If your gonna die, might as well die fighting. Try to force the attacker to give up evidence for the police.
For the traumatized victim, take some form of counseling. Research the subject to increase awareness and educate yourself about risky behavior and to maybe even get a better handle on your fears.

Train in a study group and develop team spirit, know that your not alone out there.
Learn how to use the adrenaline rush, use large muscle movements and control it so you don't get an adrenaline overload and blackout.
Be prepared to kill. What are you willing to die for? What are you willing to kill for?
Practice deployment of weapons in one smooth action.
Overwhelm the attacker with weapons, give them a surprise attack, don't threaten, just do it and don't look back.
Realize that the cops are a reactionary force.
Practice frequently, rather than focusing on the length of practice.
Find the right martial arts style for yourself, then find your own style from there.

Discover that you have the ability to fight back, then practice unleashing the beast within by hitting a heavy bag or heavily padded sparring partner.
"Before you learn how to box, you must first learn how to fight."
Recommend Michael Janich's approach to use one gross motor skill, practice it and then apply it to different scenarios.
Learn to deal with increasing physical pressure, and then practice under psychological stress as well.

1. One gross motor skill
2. Self discovery that you can fight back
3. Find the will to fight back
4. Train under physical and mental pressure
5. Discover that their one skill can work against a variety of attacks

Fitness lifestyle and constant practice in a fun manner.
"Bouts are won in the gym"

Recommended Techniques
Cannot see + cannot breathe = cannot fight, so gouge the eyes, punch the throat, rip the groin, and tear off the boys.
Pull the guy's shirt over his head.
Take off high heel shoes and run barefoot if possible, use shoes as weapons, use the heel spike to stomp the instep of the foot or grab the shoe and hit the top of the hand when bear hugged.
When the attacker comes to kiss you, bite off their lips, a lady used this technique to survive an attack.
Attack the shin, knee, groin, and eyes, also solar plexus, Tiger or Eagle claw can be handy for a woman, pinch, twist, and rip the skin.

Recommended Styles
SPEAR System
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Recommended Training
Dumbbells for grip strength
Kettlebell training

Recommended Reading
The Gift of Fear
Meditations on Violence
Attack Proof

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Thoughts on Women's Self Defense by MrMonkeyell:


The following is not a substitute for martial arts/self defense training from recognized, accredited professionals and cannot be considered as such in any way, shape or form.. It only represents my personal thoughts on this topic. Anyone seeking to expand their understanding of this topic is advised to seek council from as many quality sources as possible, including (but not limited to) certified legal experts, all levels of government and any and all branches of law enforcement.


It is imperative that readers acknowledge that the following is not presented as authoritative or all-encompassing in any way, shape or form. This is an attempt to participate in an online discussion between martial artists on the topic of women's self defense. It is being posted as a contribution to the material this dialogue has already produced, which is posted on this website. This document must be considered alongside this text and is not meant to displace it in any way. I simply offer my analysis alongside that which has already been posted. I'm not saying my analysis is superior to what's already been posted or anything like that. I simply have some things that I would like to offer up on this important subject.


1)Attacker's evolution / fake-out

Something that most women's self defense teachers and programs fail to recognize is that the people who are attacking women are getting smarter. In fact, they're learning about women's self defense classes and therefore know how their victims understand a self defense scenario (ie: the girl's expectations) and what they are likely to do (ie: the girl's behaviors). Here's the thing, many self defense programs (at the very least) imply that a single strike is enough. Almost anywhere you go you see teachers modeling that you can make your escape after one groin shot. The problem is that some attackers have picked up on this and now after they get hit with a groin shot they pretend to be hurt, but, that's just a trick and as soon as the girl turns to get away they attack her now-exposed back. By the way, if someone is doing this fake-out it's likely that a weapon will come out after the girl thinks she's safe.

2)Expect to be hurt, even if you get away: This is related to #1. Most women's self defense classes are taught to be 'fun.' It's all fun and games and jokes and nobody takes it seriously. This, in my humble opinion, is setting women up for failure. I think it's important to communicate to women that, even if they drive their attacker off, they'll probably still be hurt. They'll be dirty, bleeding, scared, in shock and quite possibly have a broken bone. They've probably been molested and had their head smashed into the ground.

3)Relax: I think that communicating the reality of a self defense situation will help prevent women from being 100% overwhelmed by the psychology and emotion of the event since they will be training for it. Some people and self defense systems seem to rely on the 'super adrenalin rush' to blast away an attacker. The problem is that rape and that kind of assault against women only stop when the attacker is defeated or he's done with the girl. Therefore, in my humble opinion, I think that not getting the huge adrenalin rush that saps your endurance in 5 seconds is very important. Panic can leave you tired and get you killed and thus I would even go so far as to suggest doing 'worst case scenario training' to give the women a sense of what it's liked to be overwhelmed by several attacks.

4)On Screaming: If your being dragged into an alleyway or someplace 'private' like that, scream that out so that someone coming to help you knows where you're being moved to.

5)Rape Position: Seemingly everybody talks about eye attacks as something that happens when both people are standing up. However, someone who is being overwhelmed is likely to spend a lot of their time on their back with the attacker(s) on top of them. Even in the rap position attacks to the eyes using the hands, elbows, teeth or items (the arm piece on a pair of glasses works wonderfully for this, as does a pen or hair pin) are still very viable. Head butts, bites and mouth/ear tears can also still be done. I think that it is very important to stress techniques that do not require the use of the hands since attackers are likely to hold the victims arms down when in the rap position.

6)Dog: Walking with other people is a great idea and walking with someone who has a large dog is really smart as well. If you're worried for your safety, then getting a trained protection dog of your own might be a good idea. I can't remember where, but I remember reading that there are no recorded instances (at least in North America) of a female being mugged while running/walking with a German Sheppard.

7)Sand in your (especially jacket) pockets: It's not a 'weapon' so you'll never get in trouble for having it, but throwing it into the eyes of someone who's not expecting it can give you an opening for the 50 attack combo you've been training.

8)Dark Places: Peer into dark places if you have to walk by them. If you see that you're coming up to a dark alleyway, for example, keep an eye on it. As well, walking on the sidewalk as close to the road as possible can put some extra distance between you and someone who may be waiting to ambush you from behind a garbage dumpster or parking lot.

9)Parking lot: These are very dangerous places. They offer many places to hid, great cover for sneaking up on someone and the acoustic properties of a parking garage (especially if it's underground) can muffle your screams, make them sound like they are coming from somewhere else or keep them contained within the structure. When you're walking in a parking lot (regardless of whether you're parked there or not) it's a great idea to have keys ready in your dominant hand. Aside from keys as a defensive tool themselves (wmpyr has a great video about this on his youtube channel) many people keep their pepper spray or other defensive tool(s) on their key ring so you have a great excuse to literally have your tool of choice in your hand in this dangerous location.

It is also important to have your keys in your hand when you approach your vehicle (no matter where it's parked) or home. The time you take digging around for your keys while you're standing in front of the lock is a perfect time for you to be attacked. You're not paying attention to your surroundings and the attacker can push you into your car/home and use it as a more private place to assault you.

10)Hospital: Firstly, if you're sent to a hospital as a result of the injuries you sustained in an attack, make sure that the police and hospital send in other women to take care of you. For most women, having to deal with male cops/medical staff (people who have power over you) after being attacked by a man causes a lot of psychological trauma. Even waking up with a male nurse in your room can give you a heart attack.

Secondly, if your attacker sustained injuries it is possible that he is in the same hospital you are. If you have to be there overnight or for a few days make sure that someone is always with you, especially when you're sleeping. Depending on the hospital security that's 'around' or the medical staff that's 'around' is not acceptable, even if you're in the secure ward. 1) These types of security measures are designed to keep outsiders from getting in the hospital, your attacker might already be inside as a patient. 2)These people are 'around,' they're not specifically watching you. You're in the hospital, you're in a weekend state and might have broken bones. It is possible that you are under the influence of de-habilitating medication(s) that has made you physiologically unable to defend yourself or even scream (even if you are aware of what's happening). Add in the fact that you might be in a secluded room all by yourself and it's easy to see just how vulnerable someone is.

Since you're so vulnerable do not let the police out of your sight until you have someone looking after you. In my humble opinion, I would go so far as to say someone posted outside of your door. The hospital may protest or say you're overreacting but I think you're worth it. If you see your attacker immediately point him out, inform the hospital and make them call the police right away. Regardless of whether or not you think he's seen you, do not be alone. It's possible that you're the only evidence linking him to his crime and he knows that. He also knows that if he can get rid of you then he's probably going to get away with it. This stuff may seem crazy, but let's face it, he's already attacked you once.

11)Post Event: Always, always, call the cops, even if nothing physical happened. Tell them that you were threatened, felt scared for your life and that you're worried that this person(s) is going to attack the next women that comes by. A law enforcement officer once told me that many wanted thieves/muggers etc are caught each year b/c they gave someone a bad vibe who called the cops with a good description and location.

12)Tie Chi: For someone who is having a hard time with the idea of fighting, I think that this is a good martial art to take. It's 'nicer' than many others but is very effective.

13)Choosing a Martial arts school: Do your research. It's a sad fact that there are many, many fake martial arts 'experts' out there claiming that they have a black belt or know what they are doing. In fact, according to martial art historian Dave Coffman, almost every major city in the US has at least one fake self defense teacher. Before you take a class, ask for the instructor's credentials and then verify them yourself. If someone can't tell you their qualifications, then that's a problem. As well, you might join a school and it turns that it isn't working for you. If that happens it is ok to leave and try somewhere else.

14)Liver Shot: The value of a one punch knockout that isn't a head shot cannot be overstated.

15)Small joint manipulation: It doesn't require much power and it is difficult for someone to grab you if you've snapped a few fingers. They can also be employed in the rap position. If the guy is holding you down with one hand while going for your clothing with the other that means that you have an opening to start breaking fingers. This causes a lot of pain and it's hard for him to grab you with broken fingers.

16)Getting you into a vulnerable situation and/or isolated location: the following tactics rely on manipulating people's human decency and are used to get someone near/in a car or other ambush spot where they can be more easily surprised and assaulted. Although the examples below center around a male attacker, women can bait other women. Sometimes this is for men (or women) who are lying in wait.

16a)Bait: Attackers will lure women into a vulnerable situation/location by using some sort of bait, often something that appeals to their motherly instincts. Serial killer Ted Bundy used to do things like put his arm in a pretend sling and ask people to help him so he could get them over to his car and push them in it.

If someone is asking you for help and it involves going to their car or anywhere that's even a little bit less out in the open or private, it may be best to wait until you're not alone to help them. Never turn your back on them and maybe offer to call someone (preferably male and 'official') to help them. Be prepared that, if you offer to contact (as an example) mall security to help them with the box they're trying to get into their trunk, they might get upset and try to convince/guilt you that you're the 'only one' who can help them.

16b) Reward: In order to get you to help them an attacker may offer you a seemingly harmless reward (or force the reward upon you) that actually gives them power over you. For example, they may offer to carry your bags in return for helping them put on their watch (they lied and said that their fine motor skills aren't very good). If you say no then they may try to force their 'reward' on you by 'insisting' and telling you that they'll be 'insulted' if you say no. Allowing them to take your things gives them power b/c they can lead you to somewhere b/c they've got your stuff.

16c) Bring it to me!: They may ask you to hold onto something that belongs to them and then walk over to their car (or other ambush spot) and ask or demand that you to bring the thing back to them. If you don't comply they may try to use a crazy argument (like saying that if you don't they'll call the cops and say that you're stealing -- don't forget, they may have gotten your name when they introduced themselves) to get you to walk over to where they want you. They may also pretend to be in a panic b/c they don't have the thing or even cry a bit. Basically, they will manipulate you in very strange ways and do whatever they think will get you to comply.

It is likely that the item they give you will be something that someone could need right away, such as a pill bottle. An example, they're talking to you about something and suddenly say 'oh no! I just remembered something, hold this!' and thrust the bottle into your hands as they rush to their car, open it up and pretend to do something inside. Then, without moving, they tell you to bring their pills to them b/c it's an emergency and they need them right away.

17)Distraction: It is also possible that one attacker will talk to you to distract you while one or more of his buddies who were in hiding attack you from behind. If the distracter is 'good' it is likely he will try to focus your attention on something other than himself. This way he can reduce your situational awareness and keep your attention off of him so that you can't read his body language and get a 'gut feeling.' He might do this by saying something like 'do you know the time' or 'look down there, do you see that.'

18)Not washing up: After suffering a violent attack the 1st instinct many people have is to clean up. This impulse is not only a physical thing, it is also the product of a desire for mental, emotional and spiritual cleansing. However, this destroys potential evidence that could be used to identify and convict your assailant. This means that it is best to not shower, change your clothing, or even go to the washroom or brush your teeth until after law enforcement has taken all of the evidence they can from your person. This process is invasive, especially after something like a sexual assault, but this evidence can be vital. You may feel that you need to do something after you've called 911 and are waiting for responders to show up. Instead of trying to clean yourself maybe take out your camera phone and record every detail you can remember about your attacker. You'll remember more things afterwards but it can't hurt to record details like his eye and hair color at the time while you wait.

19)It may be a good idea to get the names and badge numbers of the officers who show up to help you. This might help you get a copy of the report of follow up on the investigation (which can't hurt).

20)Research: Many government bodies, social rights groups, national organizations and international bodies such as the World Health Organization, have published highly researched documents on the internet, including annual statistics. This material offers great insight into the nature of assaults against women and a solid starting point for future research.

21)Post-Event mental recovery: The importance of seeking out counseling and other professional help cannot be over stated. There is no shame in doing this and having the courage to confront your experience through therapy is a sign of strength. Join support groups to know that you are not alone and build a support network. No matter how the attacker(s) made you feel, it was not your fault. You didn't do anything wrong, you had something done to you. You are still a wonderful person and you still matter.

I really hope that this helps.

From: MrMonkeyell

Author's Notes:

I have martial arts training in several disciplines, have conducted extensive research on this subject and have applicable personal experience (direct and indirect). I don't want to offend anyone, but, the few times I've engaged in a martial arts discussion online in the past I almost always find that I'm being asked 1) to elaborate upon relevant personal experiences, 2) for details regarding my level of martial arts training, or 3) to post videos that demonstrate techniques. I'm not trying to be rude, but I don't respond to those types of emails.

Part of why I don't respond to them is that I am rather shy when I'm not speaking in front of a group of people (it's strange, I know) and I don't feel comfortable sharing any personal information online, even through private messages. This includes specifics regarding my martial training (even though it is reasonable to ask about) and I'd like people to judge what I say based on the content, not my ranking. I don't think there is a need for me to do instructional videos since I don't consider myself a master and there are many high quality ones already out there.

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Wmpyr's Thoughts on WSD (Women's Self-defense)

I think WSD is similar to military, in that the dilemma is short term training vs long term training. Long term training is the way to go but realistically we can't always do that, for example if you are a mother of two working two jobs to make ends meet. So please understand that long term training is ideal, and that long term training is different from short term training so don't let these different approaches confuse you. There are plenty of martial arts instructors that are confused about this and the easiest way to avoid such problems is to avoid an instructor that talks negatively about other styles or techniques. Every style and technique has a place. So if they say stuff like never punch, you'll break your hand, anyone that teaches punches for the street is an idiot, this kind of instructor may have some valid points but you should avoid because they are so negative. If it was long term training, you would develop your punch so that you don't break your hand and add one more effective weapon to your arsenal.

The closest thing I can give to you from my own experience is back when the first Ultimate Fighting Championships, the sport of cage fighting came out in the USA, I watched it got hooked with my highschool buddies and soon we were having backyard grappling matches. There was no striking but that doesn't mean this is not practical for real self-defense. If your held on the ground and a guy is beating on you with a wrench, that is a hard situation to get out of even if you have long term training. So I'm going to make things simple and recommend a grappling technique. Back to my grappling matches, I was 130 pounds my friends were over 200 pounds. I never lost, almost always got the submission finish and almost always within 3 minutes. It wasn't that I had more skill than my friends, because at the time I had about 3~4 techniques maximum for the ground. My friends all had martial arts backgrounds too. I was undefeated because of my mind. Mentally, I was extremely aggressive and willing to die. The adrenaline, the stress, the risk, being in a pinch, all these things only made me more alive. Incase your thinking these matches were not all that intense compared to a street fight, let me tell you of one occasion, we had the bright idea to grapple in the swimming pool, just ducking your head underwater is basically a choke, I knew the risks, and I was scared, especially since I had a bad experience one time, when a guy yanked me down in the deep end years ago and I almost drowned. I used that fear to make me fight harder. I was afraid to drown, so instead of keeping my head out of the water, I did the opposite, I dove under and grabbed the legs and took the back, climbed up even though he was taller and his massive back was slippery and I got the rear naked choke. He tapped but with all the splashing I didn't feel it, so out of desperation, he grabbed my crotch and squeezed as hard as he could, this only made me more mad and I squeezed the choke harder, then I heard a scream and he let go, so I let go, I'm sure he was able to scream because my technique was really poor, I didn't even know the difference between crushing the windpipe and a blood choke. I grappled my friends a lot, and after everyone of these matches I was sore for days. My body was weak, and the matches were intense.
So I recommend learning the RNC (Rear Naked Choke) learn how to do it properly. And then you got to drill it, practice it on your pillows around the house constantly. I imagine you've been raped and when the guy is getting up to get ready to drag you to a place where he can kill you, that is the time to take his back and choke him out. Become an anaconda, become the deity Naga, the snake goddess, make fists so your fingers don't get peeled, hide your eyes, and even if he takes out a knife and stabs you in the skull, keep choking, even after he passes out, and take him with you if you have to.

Another thing I recommend is basic Escrima stick fighting, so that when your thrown into the closet or in some dark cellar, and he comes down to do horrible things to you, you can grab something, anything and make it into a weapon, a lamp, a pen, a pipe, ambush him, and bash him on the head, the temple, behind the ear, back of the neck, back of the skull, hit him as hard as you can. You shut down the brain, the body shuts down, and then finish him off.

take care, be safe, become a warrior of peace


Saturday, July 28, 2012

スラッグ・ストリート・スクラッパーズ2:竜剣ライジング 映画レビュー



Friday, July 27, 2012


film review by Wmpyr

Get ready to be sucked into the world of SLUG STREET SCRAPPERS with this ambitious sequel that is bigger and badder than the first film.

The sequel successfully establishes a world where the Sluggers exist, constantly competing for higher and higher rankings.

Within this world there are wacky characters inspired no doubt from fighting games such as STREET FIGHTER, DEAD OR ALIVE, TEKKEN, MORTAL KOMBAT, DOUBLE DRAGON, and STREETS OF RAGE.

These wacky characters are played by highly talented actors that bring something to the table that will definitely catch your eye.
And this time we are treated with a much larger roster.
You want to watch the first film so that you get to see Punchy McBritches played by Jessie Graff who wows the audience with her martial gymnastics and muscular physique.

But in this film, there are just too many interesting characters that you don't want to miss! And like I said before EVERYONE brings something note worthy to the table. Whether it's believable crisp looking fighting skills, amazing acrobatic trick martial arts moves, highly skilled traditional martial arts moves, display of fitness and flexibility, solid acting, or model like looks.

With these video game characters come to life, we have a world that is clear and beautifully shot, editing is smooth, the beginning boasts the character roster in a music video format which works well to bring the excitement. The location for the fight scene between Broker and Knuckles in particular is very memorable.
The story reminds me of the popular anime Ranma 1/2, love comedy mixed with martial arts.

On a personal note I have to say that, having watched tons of martial arts action B-movies from the 90s, I really like it when the main character is a kickboxer like Don the Dragon Wilson and Olivier Gruner just to name the few. Micah Brock is a kickboxer who plays such a role.

This has got to be one of the best unique and independent films I've ever seen on Youtube.
A successful blend of high skill martial arts with action packed fights scenes with wacky comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

MYSTERY OF THE ANCIENTS gamebook review by Wmpyr

review by Wmpyr

This is a fascinating book one that has been very memorable over the years for me. At first I wasn't too impressed with it, because I kept wanting this to be a Conan type story. After all the main character on the cover looks like a barbarian, but instead of being a charismatic king of all warriors, he is more like a caring brother from a humble village that is clueless to the technologies of the ancient world. You encounter a Han Solo type character who has a robot sidekick, and they were pretty cool. It seems to me that this story was influenced by science fiction classics such as Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Most of these kinds of books can be a bit too kiddy but this one seemed written for the older teen. I remember in particular some swamp mutant monster that had a ton of humanoid arms on it, dragging my brother down into the murky swamp until it became quiet. This book feels more mature than Lights on Quests Mountain which is another one set in a similar type setting, except that one has a more fantasy type story. There were some frustrating deaths, and reading this as a kid I found it to be a bit difficult, and harder to progress than Return to Brookmere. I do like the Gamma World post apocalyptic future type setting. Some people are living in tribes trying to start over, while others scavenge through the ruins for lost technologies, and let's not forget the mutants from the radiation. I have to say all in all, this book left quite a memorable impression on me.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

WAR WITH THE EVIL POWER MASTER choose your own adventure game book

WAR WITH THE EVIL POWER MASTER Game Book review by Wmpyr

It seems like this book is not too popular, but I personally enjoyed it. First of all let me point out that the author is a former consultant of the Peace Corps in Washington DC and West Africa. To me this is very interesting because I like to imagine that some of his personal experiences had to affect some of the scenes depicted in this book. Also the incredible illustrations were done by an artist who has worked for Marvel Comics and Heavy Metal magazine. In this book you are a young but able commander of the Lacoonian System Rapid Force. Your going to be running around this science fiction setting attending important meetings, flying in space ships, and infiltrating the enemy base. Once the action starts things can move very fast because large significant actions can take place in a few sentences without much detail just informing you of what happened. This can make things feel a little detached for you, but at the same time, forces move in and take care of the job all thanks to the information that you were able to discover, in other words your still just a pawn of a large team, and it feels that way as it should. The Evil Power Master does have a generic name but he the character is quite interesting, he changes appearances into some very curious forms such as the three-headed person, small lobster thing, and old/young two-face, and there is also the question of perhaps he is not all that evil. I didn't know that this was a sequel to Prisoner of the Ant People, I haven't read that one and it doesn't seem to be a problem if you start off with this book. At least on the most part, decisions that you make seemed to be quite logical in my opinion, so many times in other game books I find myself shaking my head at the results of the choices. My final conclusion is that this is not bad at all but it does require multiple readings to enjoy it, for me it was one of those, it gets better as you reread it type of things.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

LIGHT ON QUESTS MOUNTAIN gamebook review by Wmpyr

LIGHT ON QUESTS MOUNTAIN gamebook review by Wmpyr

By TSR, Dungeons & Dragons, A Gamma World Adventure Book
An Endless Quest Book #12
by Mary L. Kirchoff and James M. Ward


As a kid I had #4 Return to Brookmere, and it was my favorite gamebook. So as an adult now, I was super excited to find this book from the same franchise. I picked it up without realizing that this was set in the Gamma World and not in the typical Dungeons & Dragons setting. This was a pleasant surprise to me because I do like the post apocalyptic future setting. The cover art is intriguing, we have a beast fighting against a green haired, blue skinned, two-headed, four-armed girl in a sword fight. The girl is really cool looking and reminds me of a Hindu deity. Unfortunately you are not her. She does appear in the novel. So do some very interesting characters such as a trickster rabbit, metal monster that looks like a large construction vehicle, and a half-man half-robot.
The story is basically about you a kid who is going on a rites of passage mission with two of your mutant friends, a monkey man and a lizard man. Because your going on a journey with these colorful characters it reminded me of Go West, which is the original story that the famous manga Dragon Ball was based off of. Your adventure also has a little bit of Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland feel to it. There is a really cool scene where it reminded me of the poppy seeds scene in Wizard of Oz but better in my opinion, when your character is told by the plants how civilization started over. Another really cool part is when your riding on a pineto, a moving plant organism that can be rode on like horses. I was also glad that they put segments with your missing brother. Overall I thought it was a pretty enjoyable experience, definitely a nice change of pace from the usual stuff.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

SUPREME CHAMPION (2010) mixed martial arts action film review by Wmpyr

As a kid I saw Kung Fu the TV show, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, and classic KF flicks as well as the Ninja stuff, but they were a bit before my time in a way since I was so young.
I grew up watching martial arts action flicks primarily from the early 90s. I'm talking JCVD, Steven Seagal, Don the Dragon, and Olivier Gruner.

So now I enter into the modern day era with this new breed of MA action hero with MMA stars doing B-movies.
So this one stars "American Psycho" UFC fame, Stephan Bonnar. I can't say that the women in this film are of my type so the eye candy did hardly anything for me, strip joints are not my scene.
But thankfully it wasn't so overwhelming that it didn't take away from the film, even though there is a lot of it.
I was very glad to see the guest appearances by MMA stars, Sokoudjou, and Gilbert Melendez. Oleg Taktarov also makes a brief cameo appearance, which was nice to see. Still though the other fighters whom I did not recognize, did a great job, and I found the fight scenes to be entertaining, well done, high/real skill, and unique. We definitely get MMA style action, flying knees, Muay Thai kicks, and grappling moves. I like this evolution, I am very impressed with the fight scenes, I'd almost say near perfect, really I cannot give it a high enough praise. One crazy scene was when Gilbert gets hit with a Dim Mak and then Stephan has to give him CPR. We see the Big Daddy Gary Goodridge crucifix-elbow finish from UFC 8.

Stephan does a great job with the fighting, as for his acting, I think his sense of humor shows and one time he really sounded like Arnold saying something along the lines of "come one let's go now!" Stephan really is big and almost like another Arnold, except he brings different tools to the table.

The main villain was played by Daniel Bernhardt from Blood Sport 2 and overall he does a good job. I wish in the end they gave him a special body suit something that Batman would wear, to make things a bit more fair.

Overall the story is good imo, I like how they added that Lucian was dying, it may not necessarily make sense at times, for example Stephan's character is a guy who won the congressional medal of honor, and his whole purpose was to recuse his ex, she runs away in the woods, and he abandons her, doesn't seem like something his character would do. The story started off a bit slow and I was not happy about that however, it impresses. I mean there has been dozens of MA action movies made and all the plots start to become similar, well this one starts off very predictable and then manages to reinvent itself. So the story at first I wasn't satisfied with, but now it's earned my respect. It starts off with a girl who is in distress, she's bad news and you figure he is gonna be running with her, while they send killers after her, ok, we've seen films like that, it can be alright, but no, they instantly get captured, and just like that it turns into a martial arts tournament film where the main character is forced to compete, just when you think that is going on, it then turns into the "Deadliest Game" story where the main characters are now hunted in the forest. So in a way it crosses genre just like the sport of MMA, Mixed Martial Arts, very appropriate to have a MMA star for the hero.
So to me this film is successful and I hope it becomes the blue print to more films like this.

My verdict is: Pleasantly surprised!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

THE FOOT FIST WAY martial arts comedy film review by Wmpyr

I found this film to be funny and enjoyable. 

I was worried that I was going to find it offensive/racist, because that can easily happen in comedy.
I'm really glad that it didn't occur.

To me the film is a success because it's well filmed. 

Danny McBride carries the show, he plays the role of the egotistical TKD instructor perfectly. 
I'm glad that the director Jody Hill put himself in the film because his character is hilarious.

I wish this was made into a TV show kind of like how Super Troopers started RENO 911.
Maybe they could have made the characters more likable in the film. 

I wanted to see a rival instructor across the street who wears a gi that is just loaded with patches.
It would have been nice to see a martial arts instructor like the one in Napoleon Dynamite challenge Danny's character. 
Also would have liked to see a Bruce Lee impersonator in the film.
Secret techniques, underground tournaments, internet warriors, training montage, so much potential here!

The film looks like everyone had a lot of fun during filming.
The film overall makes light hearted fun of these kinds of egotistical instructors and features martial arts action without being too hardcore.
I enjoyed it enough that I want to see more.

Monday, April 30, 2012

PRAY FOR DEATH (1985) martial arts action film review by Wmpyr

Starts off with Sho doing some sword work in the credits with 007 type music going on, immediately we see Sho in full ninja atire and he gets attacked by a group of grey ninjas, then he faces a ninja in a demon mask which is awesome, presumably the leader of the grey ninja and then you find out that this is just a tv show that the 2 boys were watching.
Then you see a karate class where one of the boys excel and they up one on their dad (Sho) after dinner just to show that Sho has his ninjitsu background hidden from his own kids.
Then we see Sho dressed in a Japanese monk outfit in a temple and a masked red ninja attacks him. It's a pretty cool fight and it is revealed that the red ninja is someone that Sho knew and was close to... then some weird old man with wild hair attacks Sho with a sword. Sho was apparently having a flash back as he was meditating in what appears to be the same temple where he killed the red ninja. We get to see another pretty cool fight scene, sword versus spear. old man is apparently Sho's dad and wants Sho to forget the past and not hold guilt. My guess is that he taught Sho and his brother ninjitsu. The old man beats Sho and it is revealed that the red ninja was Sho's brother.
So he gives Sho an ancient helmet and gives him his blessing for Sho and his family to move to America.
Less than 20 min into the film and there has been a lot of fight scenes already.
Sho and his family arrive to the USA, and move into a place owned by a nice old man but it turns out that these gangsters are stashing some jewels there unknown to the old man.
When the gangsters find out that someone has taken the jewels they suspect the old man and kills him.
For some reason also, it looks like Sho and his family moved into a pretty bad neighborhood, even the resident kids are bad, and try to take steal a bike from one of the boys, as he fights back, the gangsters appear and abduct one of the boys.
Sho goes to rescue his son and they hang him up and torture him in a very awesome scene where the gangster cuts him on the chest and he doesn't even flinch. He successfully saves his son, but his wife keeps telling him to go to the police. The mobsters decide that Sho knows too much and try to kill him.
Sho goes to the cops and basically here we learn that the crooked police were the ones that stole the jewlry from the mob.
Sho's wife and son get hit by a car and of course he goes after the guys that did it and it results in their deaths. The message is, loud and clear, do not go after a ninja's family.
So now we see Sho going to the ship harbor onto a large ship where the gangsters are having a party and he infiltrates, taking out numerous guards and then in a pretty cool scene, right in the middle of the party the lights go out and he threatens the leader right there, leave the Saito family or you will pray for death! Hence the title!
While they try to build up the bad guys in this movie, sadly, they are really just racist low lives, I'd prefer to see Sho facing opponents that are more worthy.
In the hospital the thug leader who looks like a bad guy Tommy Lee Jones kills Sho's wife and tries to kill his son.
In an homage to the old italian mobster films the Tommy Lee Jones look alike blows away the crooked cops with a machine gun and retrieves the jewels.
Sho begins his kuji kiri (finger weaving) with some beads wrapped around his hand. he forges a sword and the 80s music "Back to the Shadows" begins.
Sho sports the crazy ninja helmet that makes him look like Shredder from the Ninja Turtles, in fact Shredder was probably based off of this. The helmet has a ninja star right at the front almost like a nose guard. It looks pretty cheesy. We briefly see his sons take out some bad guys with their ninja bicycles which is pretty silly.
Sho infiltrates the head mobsters house and as you expect from a sho kosugi film, there are tons of cool rare and unique weapons you probably won't see in any other film.
The final fight is between Sho and the Tommy Lee Jones guy and the one thing I didn't like about it is when the katana gets broken. My other complaint is that Sho needed a worthy adversary, they tried to make this guy a good match but he totally wasn't. Some kind of back story was needed like this guy was ex special forces that became a cleaner for the mob or something like that.
Not the best Sho Kosugi flick but not the worst either.

STICKS OF DEATH (1986) film review

We have martial arts films that showcases a certain style. For instance we have, Above the Law with Steven Seagal doing Aikido, Only the Strong with Mark Dacascos doing Capoeira, The Perfect Weapon with Jeff Speakman doing Kenpo Karate, and of course Kickboxer with JCVD doing Muay Thai Kickboxing.
Well this 1984 film Sticks of Death shows the Filipino Martial Art of Arnis. The main character is played by a big muscular guy named Roland Dantes, I didn't know this when I saw this film, but after I made a video review, I got many comments about the actor, apparently he is some legendary actor over there in the Philippines. The impression I get is that he must be like a Fred Williamson.
The movie is outdated, the story is really not good, somehow the blending of trying to be an action flick, a biography, and a promotional item for the art of arnis does not work well here.
The good thing is that it seems to be shot on location in the philippines so you get to see how it was over there back in the day from poor and fancy areas to urban and beautiful country sides.
There is quite a bit of Arnis involved which is really the reason why I was watching this, so this was pretty cool.
From a low budget campy perspective we got some really cheezy fun here. The main character is a body builder with a killer mustache, suppose to be a drug dealer in the beginning of the film. In the city he gets jumped on the street and is shot, then he has a sort of rebirth in the countryside where he does some intensive one on one arnis training with his grandpa. This is the typical training scene you find in martial arts movies. Don't miss the weird chamber like contraption made of sticks.
After he completes the training, his grandpa hands him a special weapon that was suppose to be given to his deceased father. This is basically a spring activated steel collapsable baton with a small sai like guard on it. Very cool! This is like when Conan found the Atlantean sword, except the main character hardly uses it.
Then he joins the police and starts an arnis program where there is actually a segment that is nothing but demonstrations of the art by some random people. More promotions as he competes in an arnis tournament, warning the tournament segment is not filmed like your usual tournament in martial arts action flicks, this is more like a documentary from far away. Throughout the film we get to see single and double stick action, disarms, and of course the stick is treated as the most powerful weapon in the world in this film, it beats knives, guns, and even a car!!!
I can't say this film was good but it's a pretty unique B-movie because it focuses on arnis and because it is set in the Philippines.


Martial Arts action film reviews by Wmpyr

Anything and everything from the old classic Kung Fu films, to the low budget B-movies, to the big screen Hollywood, and of course international films.
Many more coming soon!











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The Demzly Show Wmpyr martial arts channel interview

The Demzly Show Youtube channel hosted by martial artist Duane who also interviews other Youtube martial artists.

Why the channel name?
Wmpyr is a hybrid between a vampire and a demon, basically the same idea as the western dragon, it symbolizes conquering your inner demons.

Website and designs
My website is
I've been trying to make my knife designs come to life, I've had to put a hold on my own knifemaking skills recently, but I will continue soon again and keep designing, keep making prototypes, it's a hobby and a dream, I'm not going to stop.

Why I use knives and what are the benefits?
I use knives because to me it is the sword of modern times. The benefits of the knife go beyond protection, because the knife is a useful tool.

How do I train to stay in shape?
My daily routine consists of sticks, shadowboxing, Kata, Russian health exercises, using dumbbells like kettlebells, stretching, breathing, and cardio.

Why I do escrima, what is it, and is it a good art?
Escrima is the art of stick fighting, famous for being from the Philippines, it is a heavily weapons based style that starts you off with double sticks right away.
FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) is very compatible to other styles, and teaches you the art of improvised weapons. I also like how the stick techniques offer a puzzle that I have to keep solving.

Inspirations and role models, what gets me up in the morning?
My 3 biggest role models have been, Dracula, Bruce Lee, and Kenshiro from the anime Fist of the Northstar. I just want to live a happy life, for that to happen, inner strength, safety and discipline to me is a must.

Have I ever had to use my skills in real life?
Yes but not in the way you might be thinking, all my street encounters have been about avoidance, escape, awareness, prevention, verbal diffusion, and outsmarting my possible assailants. I've had a gun pulled to my head twice that I'm aware of, and my life threatened numerous times. It all comes with the territory when I was working security and living in very bad neighborhoods.

Name 3 useful MA
I believe all MA can be useful. It's not what can this style give you? But what can you make of this style? Whatever you put in is whatever you get out.

What does MA mean to me as a person, how has it helped me as a person?
MA helps me walk the path of life, it has improved my personality.
It has given me a warrior code to follow, constantly helps me to have a clear mind. And to be strict to myself so I don't become self indulgent.

Would you like to be in films?
Yes I would like to be involved in the making of B-movie films because those are the ones I enjoy the most.

Any projects that I've created myself?
I've been writing, MA books, and game books. Most of this stuff can be found on my website:

Any books, magazines, or dvds to recommend?
The Book of Five Rings and The Art of War. As for BJJ, Mario Sperry's Vale Tudo DVDs 1-12 changed my game tremendously, later on Eddie Bravo's DVD The Smoking Machine/Twister, and his book Jiu-jitsu Unleashed had a huge impact on me.

What is your favorite film? Any MA films that I recommend?
I don't have a favorite film right now.
I recommend Way of the Dragon, The Karate Kid, Iron and Silk, A Grande Arte (Exposure), and the documentaries Choke and Rites of Passage.

Any quotes to share for us?
"You can only see the stars when it gets dark enough." -Anonymous
"The art of guerilla fighting is to make every disadvantage into your advantage, this is what indomitable spirit is all about." -Wmpyr

What is your teaching experience?
I owned and operated a school in san antonio and houston. But I've been teaching a long time now, even when I was training in MA, often times I was the assistant instructor.

Any advice for people starting off in the MA?
I hope you view it as a journey rather than a class. Be humble, patient, and diligent.
Don't become a blind follower or you can get brain washed, stay away from people who take advantage of those things. stay away from people that are negative and put down styles.

What is the purpose of my channel?
To provide interest in the martial arts, and hopefully help make the community a better place by encouraging the right things.

How has having a channel been beneficial to me?
I'm getting practice in making videos, work on public speaking, and gives me constant teaching practice.

Is it possible to learn from internet videos?
100% I say yes, where there is a will there is a way, but you also need to have experience training under an instructor in person.

What makes a good/bad instructor, good/bad student?
Good instructor is like Mr. Miyagi teaches you to be a better person. Bad instructor uses you and forces you to be not yourself. Good student trains for the right reasons, bad student trains for the wrong reasons.

What are the pros and cons of the internet?
How easy it is for a person to comment is a double edge sword. Nice to interact with my viewers, but there are some really rude people out there.

Do you do any body hardening exercises?
Knuckle pushups, shin hardening, and other stuff back in the day, not so much now.

Recommend just one exercise
The escrima sticks, you don't have to be in shape, and you can train alone.

Your philosophy on MA?
Way of the warrior is to become strong first, then nice, and to not become negative towards a style or technique, which means don't be negative towards other people's ways but instead open towards how you can make it be a positive thing.