Thursday, July 4, 2013

Do you prioritize or limit yourself?

Do you prioritize or limit yourself?

In the mid to late 90s I was training in Aikido, and that is a difficult art to learn because so many people do not understand it. Let me clarify what I mean by that. I am not here to pass judgement and say, your understanding of Aikido is more correct or incorrect, I simply mean that there are many people who look at Aikido and do not understand how to make it work for them, so they pass judgement on it and say things like it is a dance, or it is bullshit. I'm saying those people do not understand Aikido, and there seems to be a lot of them. If someone like Steven Seagal wants to do Aikido in a more combative way, I am not against that even though I may not do that, because this is martial ART, that is his expression of it, and who am I to say his expression is wrong or right.

Anyways because Aikido has so much to offer, for example, exercises, health, fitness, agility, techniques, philosophy, weapons, etc, I felt overwhelmed and I couldn't spend all my time studying everything it has to offer, especially since I wanted to study other styles too. so I prioritized and said to myself, let me just do the stuff that is practical and effective. 

In other words if I didn't understand how to make it practical and effective I left it alone, now this is different from someone who says, that is practical and that is not practical and they are judging. Because what I'm saying is, I believe this is good stuff, just not for me right now. Or at my level I don't get it.

So I studied and trained in various martial arts and did what I wanted, making my own style like Frankenstein's monster, piecing together things that I thought were practical and effective at the time. 

One time I was talking to a fellow martial artist and buddy who was taking some Tai Chi. I basically completely disagreed with him and killed all of his opinions in the name of truth and practical and effective. at this point I realized I was a dick. I thought I was a top level fighter, but I was not, I was just a top level asshole. 

So then I realized that my prioritizing has turned into limiting myself, and closing my mind, so now I need to open my mind, and prove it. 

So against my instincts I went to a Capoeira school, and focused not on "practical and effective", but on having a good time. It took a while for me to chill out and the funny thing is once I did that, my combat skills went up.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Invisible Predator Eskrima Sticks

Octagon Eskrima Sticks
"Invisible Predator Eskrima Sticks"
  • Octagon shaped!!!
  • 2 feet long
  • Extra thick
  • Highest quality extra strong Acrylic
$75 a pair plus shipping and handling

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These ice crystal acrylic Eskrima sticks look absolutely gorgeous, but they are made very strong and quite heavy, excellent for strength training. The compact size is great for indoor solo training, and solid construction for partner drills. But it can also be used for self-defense, virtually invisible and the extra sharp octagon edges will tear up your opponent. The grip is comfortable but also solid in the hand. Wmpyr tested the grip, swinging these sticks with wet hands and had no problems.

The Octagonal shape provides a better grip and makes your strikes harder.

"Swing these around and watch them disappear!" - Wmpyr

Enjoy the octagon! Have these sticks sit and wait for you, or roll them to a partner, crush fingers and smash against bone to cause tremendous pain using the ridges, or place two side by side and use them deceptively as a single sword.

"You will not find octagonal Eskrima sticks much less Acrylic Eskrima sticks! This is extremely rare, cutting edge, hi-tech stuff!" -Wmpyr

For $75 a pair plus shipping and handling, custom hand crafted to perfection, this is the coolest Eskrima sticks on the market today. Unique, high quality sticks that your not going to find anywhere else.

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Space Pirate MTK (Monster Training Knife)

Eskrima MTK (Monster Training Knife)

  • Highest Quality Acrylic!!!
  • Self-defense Impact Tool
  • From the Invisible Predator line
  • Training knife specifically for Eskrima
$25 plus shipping and handling
$45 to upgrade with beautiful wooden handle scales plus shipping and handling

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The MTK was designed by Eskrima instructor Wmpyr for two purposes. A deluxe training knife for Filipino Martial Artists, that can also be used as an effective and formidable self-defense impact tool. The Space Pirate is a successful rendition of the MTK but it does more!

It cuts through the air incredibly smooth, and the ice crystal acrylic makes it invisible. Invisible speed is one of the scariest things to go up against.

"I have never marveled at a training knife before, but I find myself repeatedly just gazing at the beauty of the Space Pirate, admiring the design and craftsmanship. This is a complete success in making training knives cool and exciting!" - Wmpyr

The Space Pirate was designed by RW who did his own research and added his own flavor to the original design. The curved cutlass style blade makes fluid slashes that roll off your wrist, but still keeps the stabbing capability, but also adds the ability to stab from around like a hook. There is a skull crushing region on the pommel, and a nice blade catcher with scalloped ridges.

The main purpose of the MTK is to transfer the skills that you have developed with your Eskrima stick to your EDC knife. Normally your EDC knife is going to be a utility knife on the smaller side. To go from Eskrima stick to a small knife is a big jump, the MTK is designed to bridge that gap, and act as a link to go from stick to MTK, and then from MTK to EDC knife. When you can transfer your stick fighting skills to your knife, your knife combat skills will drastically improve!

"RW completely understands the concepts behind the MTK and his interpretation the Space Pirate does everything that the MTK was intended to do plus more." -Wmpyr

For $25 plus shipping and handling you are getting a monster sized, latest, state of the art training equipment that doubles as a self-defense impact tool. Also makes a wonderful display like any other of RW's high quality custom hand made products.

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The Spade Invisible Predator Hand Blade Acrylic Push Dagger

The Spade
"Invisible Predator Push Dagger"
  • Highest Quality Acrylic
  • Super Strong
  • Non metal
  • Light weight
$20 plus shipping and handling

Upgrade to "The Grave Digger" with gorgeous wooden handle scales.
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This futuristic weapon is light weight and compact, virtually invisible, undetectable, and make no mistake, The Spade is capable of delivering lethal force.

Another absolutely gorgeous creation from RW that is a work of art rather than a self-defense tool.

"Reminds me of the Night Shade series from Cold Steel except that they don't have a push dagger, and those are in plain black, this is ice crystal acrylic, strikingly beautiful to look at." - Wmpyr

This weapon is RW not holding back, despite it's compact size, this is a lean mean killing machine. It's absolutely stealthy in so many ways, and the amount of horrific brutality it can deliver is absolutely contrary to how beautiful it is to look at, it's like jewelry. This is beautiful death.

"It punctured and tore through cardboard like nothing, it has tendency to want to twist and extract." -Wmpyr

For $20 a pair plus shipping and handling, this is your chance to own one of RW's custom weapons. Remember these are unique, high quality, and hand made by a master craftsman that your not going to find anywhere else.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Welcome to the Mountain Storm Online Catalog!

Unique, handmade custom weapons by RW. Self-defense tools for the modern age.

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"Enter the Octagon" Eskrima Sticks!!!
Wood Octagon Eskrima Sticks!

$25 for one stick, plus shipping and handling
$45 a pair, plus shipping and handling

Hand sewn Eskrima Stick pouches
$15 plus shipping and handling

"Invisible Predator" Eskrima Sticks!!!

Acrylic Octagon Eskrima Sticks!
$75 per stick, plus shipping and handling

"Space Pirate" MTK (Monster Training Knife)

Eskrima Training Knife and Self-defense Impact Tool
$25 plain, plus shipping and handling
$45 with wooden handle scales, plus shipping and handling

Invisible Predator Hand Blade!!!

"The Spade"
Acrylic Push Dagger
$20 plain, plus shipping and handling
For $45 upgrade to "The Grave Digger" with wooden handle scales, plus shipping and handling

RW Custom Handmade Octagon Eskrima Sticks

Octagon Eskrima Sticks
  • Octagon shaped!!!
  • 2 feet, 2.5 inches long
  • 3/4 inch diameter
  • Made of strong but light Canary Wood
$45 a pair plus shipping and handling

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Identical dimensions as Wmpyr's personal favorite Eskrima sticks (from the late Arnis Grand Master, Prof. Remy Presas). The compact size is great for indoor solo training, and solid construction for partner drills.

Octagons are commonly used on the Nunchaku, for an Eskrima stick this is extremely rare, vanguard stuff!
The Octagonal shape provides a better grip and makes your strikes harder.

"I have never seen octagonal Eskrima sticks before! I think it's brilliant, tactically it makes sense." - Wmpyr

Some tactical flash lights are octagonal, if you want it to sit still it will, but you can also roll it if you need to.

There are some techniques in Eskrima that involve using your stick to crush fingers or press against bone, it is more painful with octagonal sticks.

Wing Chun Kung Fu stylists train with Butterfly swords, and they can place two of them in a single hand, dubiously looking like a single sword. In the same light as the butterfly swords, the octagonal Eskrima sticks can be held together in one hand for deceptive single weapon practice as well.

"The best pair of Eskrima sticks I have ever trained with." -Wmpyr

For $45 a pair plus shipping and handling, this is a steal deal to own one of RW's custom hand made products. Remember these are unique, quality sticks that your not going to find anywhere else.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Double Sinawali

The Double Sinawali is the skill where you learn how to wield two weapons simultaneously without getting your arms tangled up. This skill can also be applied to single weapon and empty hand as well.

Recently it seems to me that deceptive hand skills has been very popular to learn in knife combat, like a new fad. In these styles there are techniques taught that are specifically designed to be deceptive. What many people may not realize is that when you learn various forms of Double Sinawali and put them together so that you can free flow, your arm movements naturally become deceptive. Since your free flowing you are unpredictable and smooth which gives you speed. The reason I never emphasized that Double Sinawali will make you deceptive, is because it is not the main purpose, that is just a by product.

The main purpose of the Double Sinawali is two fold. In Training it is a generator that allows you to include various techniques and put everything together in one smooth concoction. In combat it is used for multi-purpose, much like a Swiss Army Knife it is handy and can do many things. Defensively it is a parry on steroids. Right now criminal knife styles seem very popular today in the martial arts community. These styles are very aggressive and all about assaulting someone. The Double Sinawali techniques can be executed very aggressively too, it's just that it is not taught this way because I think most martial arts focus on self-defense or knife fighting. Knife fighting often times has been ridiculed. But I think it is underrated. I believe that a true martial arts warrior is someone who expects to face someone who is better than themselves. In other words a trained and worthy opponent. If not, your basically a bully and far from a warrior. So when facing a worthy adversary you cannot be so aggressive, you have to time that and be much more careful and strategic.

Criminal knife styles I believe do not want to give their target this much respect, so they will not give the target even a chance to fight back. If there is a potential, they will probably choose another time to attack, because they do not want to fight, they want to assault and victimize.

So in my opinion learning how to trick and destroy a weak person is much easier than learning how to defeat a worthy adversary head on. By learning the Double Sinawali you can use it for both purposes.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Chi Ki Energy Martial Arts

My concept of Ki. When you move your body in such a way that it is so subtle, that it can't be seen, yet the action/result is still there. Let's say I want to throw someone with a Judo throw, my brain tells my body what to do, and then you can see my body take the necessary steps to make it happen. But let's say I become so efficient that you don't see me move much and I can still throw my opponent, then this is what you call excellent technique, all leverage, all skill. Let's go one step further, either I barely move and get the throw or my opponent gets thrown with a much larger force than what my motion seemed like. Then we can say I am using Ki. So according to my definition, it is efficiency of technique to a very high level. To the point it looks like it is done only by intent and not by physical means.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Knife Fighting Good Guys VS Bad Guys

In the knife combat community it has become popular to study the knife "fighting" methods of the bad guy. It makes sense to me that you should know the tactics of your possible opponent. The famous legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi wrote in his book that you should know the tactics of your opponent, and I totally agree.

Like many modern combat styles, this kind of no-nonsense combat styles are very popular. People feel that these kinds of styles are superior to what is traditionally taught. When they say no-nonsense, let's examine what they mean.

Usually they are referring to exercises and drills. If it doesn't work in real life, then your wasting your time. Many traditional martial arts are meant for long term training, and they have many developmental exercises. These exercises are parts to a whole, and when examined individual they may have no combat application, but when combined with the other parts they become practical and effective. So if you remove such exercises from your training, then you become very limited in how much you can grow.

If you ignore all the other things found in traditional martial arts and focus only on no-nonsense combat, then your not getting the whole picture. There are some people who can function well without the whole picture, however they can only go so far with limited knowledge. Also if they encounter problems they may not have the tools to figure it out.

Bad guy fighting techniques are designed to bully and cheap shot their prey. It is designed to assault a person weaker than themselves. Compare that to traditional knife fighting. Traditional knife fighting is designed for you to face another trained knife fighter. The self-defense techniques are generally designed to defend against a knife while you are empty handed, which is a tremendously disadvantageous position for you. To me martial arts has always been about being able to defend against someone that is superior to me, if not I am a bully, and I do not think that bullies are good fighters or worthy warriors. Can a bully still be effective? Without a doubt, and that is what makes the world a dangerous place, a noble warrior can lose to a bully. There is no guarantee who will win.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

エスクリマ 格闘技

エスクリマは、フィリピンの格闘技で、ほかにも、アーニス、や、 カリ もあります。米国では、三つとも基本的には同じとされていて、FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) とまとめて呼ぶ人もいます。エスクリマの特徴は、エスクリマ棒を使用する事でしょう。エスクリマ棒とは日本武術で使用される半棒と似ています。エスクリマでは、初心者でも、すぐに、エスクリマ棒から始めます。一本そして同時に二本扱うのは、基本中の基本です。このエスクリマ棒を使用しながら出来上がる体術は、素手、ナイフ、マチェット、剣、やほかにも様々な武器、または、日常にある物(ペン、ベルト、靴、串、懐中電灯、傘、など)を武器として使う時に便利です。ほかのエスクリマの特徴は、ナイフや刃物を得意としています。ムエタイが立ち技最強ならば、エスクリマは、ナイフ最強と米国で言われています。

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Man of Principals

My Dad is someone who has a strong opinion and he has his own set of principals he has developed throughout his life. I learned from him that a man should have a set of principals they follow. A code of honor, to be able to make decisions and figure out what is just and unjust. I have been a life long martial artist and definitely the code of the warrior that comes with martial arts study has been very helpful for me.

If you are a person who has and follows a code of honor, then for certain in your lifetime you will encounter those who will disagree and challenge your stance. When this happens, my Dad believes it is time to go to war. Having been in the martial arts world for so long, I have learned that war is something to avoid, that it is tragic and should be last resort only. If I shove my code of honor down another person's throat, I am essentially being a bully. When you go to war, sacrifices are made. It is truly difficult to justify such sacrifices unless you are being damaged worse and you have no choice but to, in other words it is self-defense.

So the next time you decide to yell at someone, and go to war, verbally or physically, ask yourself, how bad am I being violated here? Is this truly a self-defense situation, or did my ego get rubbed the wrong way? If an operator on the phone is being rude, then just hang up, call again, chances are you will have someone else, if the bank is being unreasonable go to another location. And if you have to, just tell the person calmly that you do not agree with their behavior, and walk away, do not continue to fight unless they corner you and force you. Of course I want to make clear that there are some truly malicious people out there and their intent is just to be evil, you must be able to distinguish a scenario like that from this one, because the solutions are different. In a normal clash of ideals, you want to remain professional, use minimal and appropriate force, and basically just get away, there is no need to make someone understand your point, because they may never will if you go in that direction, you may need to earn their respect, and that can be done differently not by shoving your opinion down their throat. Against an evil individual, you must not give them any advantage and take them out ASAP.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Custom Karambit Tomahawk hybrid by Wmpyr

Karambit Tomahawk

Fully functional as a Karambit and a Tomahawk. In addition I wanted this to be comfortable in various grips whether as a Karambit or Tomahawk.

The pommel butt end has a glass breaker surrounding the Karambit finger hole(largest hole). The 3 smaller holes are for handle scales, paracord handle, Tomahawk screw holes, and last but not least, if you have more than one of these you can attach them together to form a custom blade shape(mini battle axe, halberd, twin claws, etc.). The second largest hole is by the blade edge, it is a partial finger hole for finer cutting tasks and blade weight reduction. The blade edge is on the front and the tip is on the side where as to most knives have the reverse(edge on side and tip on front), this is results in safer handling and good ergonomics when slashing and stabbing. Blade edge is a chisel grind so that you can sharpen it out in the field. The non edge region of the blade has aggressive jimping and a carved out area for hooking techniques.
The kydex sheath not pictured will be a combat sheath. With the combat sheath on, you can use the blade as a non lethal impact tool. It will feature a quick release, thumb ramp, pressure point tip, scraping area, and water vent.
I plan to have multiple versions available: FIXED BLADE - Titanium, H1, AUS8 TRAINER/IMPACT TOOL - Aluminum, Polymer FOLDER - Titanium/FRN, H1, AUS8

The trainer will be able to take razor blades.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

P001 Body Guard Knife from Knives STI revisited review by Wmpyr

The P001 Body Guard Tactical Knife is a unique tactical folding knife from Knives STI and it is their flagship product. It was designed by international security expert and martial arts expert Jeff Thenier.
In the closed position, this knife is a robust and powerful impact tool that has two main areas for striking. When the blade is locked in the pistol grip position, the ergonomics of this knife is highly unique and it makes a natural transition for those people who are use to the hand gun. This knife can also be locked in a standard knife position.
What makes this knife so amazing is that it encompasses so many different knife combat styles. This single knife contains characteristics from many weapons such as the Sai, Knuckle duster, club, Karambit, Tonfa, pistol bayonet, and straight razor.

SNAG Live Blade Folder revisited review by Wmpyr

The SNAG Live Blade Folder is a unique tactical knife designed specifically for self-defense and combat by martial arts expert Louis Krudo from Krudo Knives. They have many well thought out original knives and products, but the SNAG is their flagship knife. The SNAG has a Karambit body with an extreme upswept Persian style blade. In the closed position, the SNAG Folder can be used as a non lethal impact Karambit tool designed for pain compliance. Thanks to the straight razor style blade lever, there are many ways to deploy the blade (off of your opponent, your pocket seam, thumb, etc). The curved blade of the SNAG simply means that this knife is basically all belly, which gives you a deep cut when slashing. The curved blade also encourages deep penetration when stabbing. The overall S shape gives you tremendous leverage, and it is further accented with a thumb support to give you even more. If you like unique knives, tactical knives designed by martial arts experts, then this knife is a must have!

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Grappling Mission 90% of my grappling back ground comes from BJJ(Brazilian Jiu-jitsu), but I have also studied Judo, Freestyle Wrestling, Sambo, Catch Wrestling, and Sumo. What many people don't realize is that I trained in grappling specifically for the street. I believe that there is a big chance that I can end up on the ground in a street fight even though I don't want to be there, and if I ever do end up on the ground on the street, believe me it's a forced position. It means that I had to go there because they took me down, we fell down, or I had to take them down because they were going to do too much damage to me standing up. The Training Kimono Learn the lapel chokes, sleeve chokes, and the defenses to them, and also how to fight for a good grip on the Kimono. However these techniques are not the main priority, when sparring, limited yourself to only grabbing their pants, because in a real fight even if they are top less or wearing a flimsy shirt, chances are they will be wearing pants/shorts. Know Your Partners One of the great things about BJJ is the amount of sparring that you do. You train with many different people so you need to know not who is cool, but who is a cool training partner, and more importantly who is not. I knew guys that were the nicest of people outside the gym, but inside they were an animal, they had that bipolar killer switch. You can't train the same way with everyone. With one person you can go soft and technical, with another you can work on lots of exciting fast movement, with another it's slow and tight, lots of weight pressure, and with another you can be creative and playful mimicking strikes and illegal moves, and with another person you have to protect yourself because they are all about the winning even if it injures people, and even if they don't mean it. Good Partners When you go one hundred percent all out on someone that is a test. Your are testing yourself more than wanting to learn. You can go fifty percent, but for one not all people have an accurate control switch where they can tone things down and then keep it there. Good training partners have at least a slow, medium, and fast, and they have the discipline to keep it there, but more importantly they are constantly watching you so they can make sure that your okay. One way to gain good partners is for you yourself to become a good partner and naturally like minded people will attract one another. With a good partner you can tap late or not even tap, you can both decide to work on last second submission escapes, with a bad partner you need to tap early, way early, even if it's not a proper submission, if they are just grinding on your sternum or face, just tap, no need to go home with a red streak on your face. Sparring Methods Soft work is when you spar with someone with out the use of speed, strength, explosiveness and weight. It allows you to develop mobility, sensitivity, and overall skill. Hard work is when you spar close to or at one hundred percent. Soft work with weight is also important. This means your doing soft work with the addition of weight, which really kills the mobility, but it now enables you to use your own body weight and your partners body weight in a skillful manner. You can administer control on your opponent by slowing them down, using your own weight rather than muscle. You can use momentum of weight change to move rather than be explosive and rely on your own speed to conserve energy and to adapt to your opponent better. If you just use brute speed you maybe fast but you can disengage from your opponent and create openings or crash into them which is too wild. You can train soft work all day and become super skilled, but if you don't practice hard work, you won't be able to pull off your skills in a real life altercation. It's two different things, development of skill versus actual fighting is not the same thing. If you all do is spar hard all the time, then your skill level will not be as high as those who practice soft work. Practice both, but you should spend more time doing soft work because your body can handle that more. And you should also modify and become creative with soft work and hard work. For example doing very limited goal oriented sparring which are like drills. The Kite On a rare occasion, when I had a terrible sparring partner who would go too rough and liable to hurt me, I would grab his sleeves, put my feet on his hips and stretch him out and stall in order to protect myself, I call this technique "The Kite". The principal here is that your main priority is to survive. All I do is just hang on and neutralize my opponent and wait for time to end because this guy is not a suitable training partner. With other better training partners I can still practice neutralizing them in other ways, and if you can't completely shut down their attacks whether your in a defensive or offensive position, then you can learn to just be sticky like glue and slow them down and tire them out while you conserve your energy. Escaping positions, Preventing attacks and preventing them to get to a better position, getting good positions, transitioning to a better position, setting them up for submissions, these things are all luxury. The most basic fundamental is to survive, and see how long you can survive. When your able to do this well, then you can seek out the other goals. Of course the ultimate desirable goal is to finish the fight with a submission or KO, but goals need to be reached for step by step. If you try to jump at your ultimate goal without taking the smaller steps then you are rolling the dice, good luck to you. Imagine Striking Also when sparring, whenever I ever noticed that my opponent could hit me, I would tie them up, cover up, or abandon position. I would also imagine striking at them if I had the opportunity. This made things extra hard but when we put on the gloves and did MMA training, I was very comfortable unlike my teammates. Also if they have the opportunity to slam you, even if your sparring partner is cool and won't, you should still do everything you can not to get slammed. Imagine that your opponent is ruthless and strong as hell. You should never allow yourself to be vulnerable to a slam. I use to be very good at getting the upside down armbar from the guard. A few strong guys thought they could lift me up and slam me before I could get the armbar and luckily I was always faster. One day I realized how I was risking my neck while they were risking only their arm, this was not a fair game, and that playing the speed game like this was not skill. So I abandoned this technique, and began to go for timing rather than explosive speed. Timing The definition of timing can be applied to all martial art styles but I learned it in BJJ. Timing means the ideal time/conditions to execute the technique. So if my opponent is hunched over in a Boxing type stance with his weight on his toes ready to spring forwards with a punch or flying knee, this is the wrong timing to go for a double leg take down. If my opponent is tumbling back with his weight off his feet because they lost their balance this is the right timing for a double leg take down. If my opponent is inside my guard and they are in a solid base with good posture this is the wrong time to go for an armbar, even if I'm quick and get the armbar "position" they can get up and slam me. But if they are recovering their base from my sweep attempt, this is the right timing for me to go for an armbar. Develop Your Defense You have to understand that in a real life altercation, a scary adversary will put you in a bad position, they will put you in a defensive position. If you focus on getting good positions on your sparring partners and working on attacking, then this is not really for self-defense, your training more for sport. While it takes a lot of skill to keep attacking you need to first and foremost know how to defend. Even when your training with people you know that you could beat, you should let them attack you so that they get practice attacking and you get practice defending. Don't always be so perfect in practice, mess up on purpose and give openings so that you have to learn how to recover from bad places. Also if you do get a submission don't crank it, just hold it, imagine that it's not working, and then learn how to deal with that situation. Someone people have high pain resistance, abnormally flexible joints, or just abnormal physiology where you can't tap them out, in the street there is no such thing as a tap out so learn how to keep going. Fresh Meat Many BJJ schools I went to, the new guy was considered fresh meat. The slightly more experienced guys would now finally get a chance to practice their moves on someone. This is bad because they are practicing on someone that is not as good as they are. So they are learning how to beat someone who is weaker/less skilled than you. I call that bully martial arts. In my style I take care of the beginners not use them as punching bags, and my challenge is to learn how to beat someone at my level or better than me. This is discouraging because you will not have as many wins in the class, but you will develop true confidence rather than the number of wins. The Four Steps To A Finish 1. Hyper-function Getting into the right position, making everything set to execute the move. 2. Immobilization Securing the move. 3. Submission Application of pain. 4. Dysfunction Breaking the joint. When people don't understand these four steps, they think they got the arm and I see them cranking back as hard as they can as if they are going to snap the arm even though the opponent is defending by holding on to both of their arms. What they need to do is stop expending all that energy and first think Hyper-Function, make the opponent release their arm so that you can isolate the arm. In practice you should then just straighten the arm but without applying any pain and just hold the position so that your body knows how to have stability here. So even against a wild non trained guy in a street fight you will have a higher chance to execute the joint lock. In practice you should slowly apply the subission with control until they tap or until you think it's enough, you don't want to hurt your partner and then say, it's your fault you didn't tap. Notice also to release the submission slowly because if you suddenly let go, it can snap back like a rubber band causing damage. Then finally in technique practice and not in sparring you should learn the difference between causing pain and how to break the joint. There is a difference. I've developed some joint locks that I call snap-missions that instantly try to break the joints, they are not as secure as your conventional joint locks but even attempting a snap-mission can cause some damage, which can add up like a jab. STREET STRATEGY I never cared for points, so I didn't work too much on my top game once I got relatively comfortable with it, I was more interested in the bottom game, because I felt that a truly tough opponent would never give me the chance to get on top. I realized that there were lots of good practitioners out there that wouldn't even let me get the guard position. So I decided to work on the half guard. The half guard is easier to get than the full guard, and it is good for the street because if done correctly you are laying on your side, balled up, his groin is right there for you to attack. I also use the opposite legging of the 10th Planet Jiu-jitsu Lockdown technique, so I can kick up at their foot to make my opponent lose their base like the Upa technique to make it difficult for them to strike down at me. From this position I also constantly threaten to take their back, so even if my opponent is not a seasoned grappler, it's still a good idea for me to use the half guard just so I can work towards taking their back. From my experience I discovered that brown belts and black belts will get out of my half guard and we end up in the quarter guard position. So I began to develop my quarter guard, I have a few brutal submissions from that position. CROSS TRAINING In BJJ, the saying is position before submission. When I face someone better than me in BJJ, I know they will be using this concept and if I use the same concept to face them, I am at a disadvantage because they are better than I am at doing this. This is why I cross trained in other grappling styles. The concepts are totally different and I get to use something against them that they may not understand. In BJJ the submissions are based on leverage, but in Catch Wrestling some of the techniques are not based on leverage but on a very kinetic two way action that does not give the opponent time to tap. In Russian martial arts I learned that it is more desirable to attack more than one joint at a time to compound the pain.

Demonstration vs Fighting

Often times I see many skilled martial arts instructors mistake their knowledge and ability for real life combat ability. Being skilled simply means that your skilled, and it doesn't mean that you are going to be able to defend yourself on the street. When you watch these instructors demonstrating techniques it's very easy to confuse demonstration show moves with real life application. In fact most people including the instructors themselves do not know the difference. The main difference is how much fighting goes on. In a demonstration, the instructor may demonstrate a ton of techniques within that one circumstance. They may chain moves, a block, a counter, joint lock, take down, and finish. The difference is that in real life you have to fight for each one of those techniques to happen. Watch the early UFC, a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighter had to fight to get the clinch, and then fight to get the take down, and then fight to get position, fight to keep position, and fight to make their opponent make a mistake, and fight for the finish. I believe that just about any technique can work, it just depends on how well you can fight for it. So the next time you see a martial arts demonstration, and you see the student throw a punch and freeze afterwards so that the instructor can do multiple moves, just understand that this is a demonstration, for clarity, and it's not the way it is in real combat.

Best Martial Arts Style

Martial arts is not about trying to figure out which style works and which one doesn't. It's about developing yourself so that you have a better chance of successfully executing the style that your learning. I've been training in the martial arts for over 2 decades now, I've studied and seen countless styles and I have yet to encounter a single style that I could not benefit from in someway shape or form. The great thing about all this is that most of the time, whether you can benefit from a style or not has to do with your attitude rather than your abilities. My dad said to me once, you can even learn from an idiot, just learn how not to do things. Tell me about the worst style you've ever seen, and I bet you I could make it work for me. I would attend the class, absorb like a sponge and observe. When I get home I will do my homework, and put in tons of repetitions, and as I do that, I will slowly but surely try to figure out ways to adapt it to my needs, my goals, and my ideas. And if I keep doing that, it will amount to something of quality. Learning the style is one thing, but learn how to be a good student and your understanding will be much better.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

response to BayaniWarrior "Why Kali Flow Drills Don't Work"

Why Kali Flow Drills Don't Work (And How to Make Sure They Do)

I think Guro Mike brings up some excellent points, in fact I remember teaching my students something similar. Don't pull your punches, control them. Know your targets. Do not freeze after you launch your technique, because we want natural movement. And last but not least we want to break away from the pattern and eventually go into free form. For me I got these pointers after studying Bruce Lee's books.

While I do think these pointers are highly valuable, and also the ones made by Guro Mike (which are similar) I've also added another view point. Talking to my Youtube friend BlacksilkBlacksilk about martial arts and reality. Many a times we have talked about how there are exercises and drills found in martial arts that do not look like they are for fighting but they actually develop attributes that can greatly benefit a fighter. For example Boxers skip rope, they go running, they do crunches. There are plenty of people in the world that do this kind of thing but can't fight, but Boxers add this to their training and they spend an awful amount of time doing such things. So I believe it is important to understand that exercises for combat that do not look like it do exist and that they are valid.

It hit me big when I saw Floyd Mayweather training focus mitts and he was just tapping, those punches looked like he was playing patty cake, no target in mind, no power, but it was smooth and he flowed. It reminded me of Hubud and Chi Sao.

Another big help for me was when I was training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. One day I began to listen to my opponent's body. I guess this naturally occurred after I was comfortable with all the major positions, escapes, techniques including submissions, counters, defenses, that I was able to focus more on the "game" and as I listened I was able to transition from one technique to the next. I remember my instructor pointed it out to the class and said what made me dangerous is that I had sensitivity skills. I wondered where did I get such skills? Then I realized, my training in Chi Sao and Aikido. I was applying my Wing Chun and Aikido background to my BJJ.

So my point is, I think making your drills and exercises more realistic is a good thing, especially if you gradually do so, I see so many reality based martial arts instructors in the name of being realistic and practical, just put on padding and go hard on each other without enough skill development. But also don't be scared that your making bad habits by practicing exercises that do not look combative, know that these exercises when combined together with other material become combat practical, but until then they are just incomplete pieces to a whole. Some exercises are just meant to be practiced without any literal or direct practical combat application, these exercises work on developing superior body mechanics that will aid you when the time comes.

Saturday, April 6, 2013


~Discussing Serrations~
In this section I will briefly discuss serrations to help you choose a knife that is to your preference.

Some of the knives in the market today give you the option of purchasing it in plain edge (no serrations), fully serrated, and a combo edge (plain edge with some serrations). Serrations have little teeth that are there to help your knife edge get a better grip on the target. I've heard one woman say that her self-defense instructor told her not to get a serrated knife because it can get your knife caught in the bad guy's clothing and make you lose the knife. While I do think this is possible, I also think that is low percentage. For self-defense I personally think serrated knives are the way to go, they can cut more types of material easier than a plain edge, and they stay sharper longer. Generally speaking a combo edge is maximized for multi-task work, such as wilderness survival or general utility. The only reason why I would choose a plain edge over serrations is when I plan to take care of the blade edge on a regular basis for long term maintenance. Please keep in mind that serrations are harder to sharpen than a plain edge.

~Discussing Blade Shapes~
Now let me go over some very basic blade shapes. Let me begin with the Tanto. The Tanto has a very strong tip that can stab through some tough material. It is not a smooth stabber, but you don't have to worry about the tip breaking off compared to other blade shapes. The straight edge is also easy to handle, and makes straight clean cuts. A dagger is double edged, often times illegal, and very good for stabbing, but the double edge makes it more dangerous for anyone around it, including the user. Any type of blade where the spine is angled down is either called a drop point or a clip point. These blades make stabbing easier than a Tanto but the tip becomes weaker. These blades also feature a curved edge with some belly, making them versatile knives, a prime example would be something like a Bowie knife that is used for wilderness survival and combat. A Wharncliffe blade has a straight edge but the spine curves all the way down to the edge, just think of an exacto knife but the edge is on the other side. This kind of design blends the tip with the edge which can be good for precision cutting and changing angles. The Hawk's Bill Blade is a curved blade that makes the tip easier to catch on a target, the curved blade also allows you to maximize edge to surface area on a target so you can tear that area out. Persian blades are upswept curved blades that have a big belly. A belly allows for a deeper cut and the curved blade allows for a deeper hooking-in stab.

My opinion is that one isn't better than the other, it's really a matter of preference and what your intending to do. For example if you think in a real life situation that your just going to go berserk and stab a person as hard as you can anywhere regardless of what they are wearing then a Tanto is probably your best bet and it makes no sense to carry a curved blade.

Friday, April 5, 2013


~Chapter on FAST DRAW~
I'm going to describe an overly simplified self-defense scenario. There is an attacker 10 feet away from you, he has made it clear that he is going to murder you. You realize that you cannot runaway and that you have to use deadly force to protect yourself. Luckily, you have a weapon on you. The madman starts charging at you. At this point, it seems like everyone thinks that this is a fast draw situation.
So there are many folding knives today that cater to this thought. We have out the front automatic knives, switch blades, gravity knives, assisted openers, and manual knives with the wave feature. Fixed blades are generally thought to be fast in deployment already, but some knives are even faster now with the modern invention of kydex sheaths.

If you play the game of speed, you have to understand that there are 3 outcomes just like any other game you play, win, lose, and draw. And that can happen on any given day, because it's really like a dice roll. I'm not a gambling man, so my method is not about speed. From Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, I learned that in a street fight one of the most important things is distance management. In the early UFC, BJJ dominated, not because their practitioners trained harder than others, but because they understood distance management more than anyone else at the time.

So this is my method based on BJJ. If you have enough distance, then you will be able to safely draw your weapon. If you don't, then you need to make more distance so that you can. If you are in a situation where you cannot create more distance, then you need to control/neutralize your attacker before using your weapon, that is based off of a saying in BJJ, "position over submission".

The methodology can be broken down into steps.
1) Defend the immediate threat (example. they are striking at you, charging, or choking you)
2) Neutralize their attacks, (example. tie them up, pin them against a wall, get far away from them)
3) Escape to a better position (example. get in your car, go to a crowded area, go up a hill)

And just for curiosity sakes, here are the remaining steps
4) Wear them down
5) Be active to force them to make a mistake
6) Capitalize on their mistakes

Personally my favorite type of folding knives are the ones where I can use in the closed position as an impact tool. I can use this to help me seize and control my attacker, and if things worsen, the knife is already in my hand ready for the blade to be deployed. Also, if I had miscalculated the severity of the situation, I won't accidentally go lethal, because even though the knife is drawn, the blade is not. For a fixed blade my thought patterns are similar, and I like the knives that will allow me to use the knife as an impact tool when the sheath is still on.

In my opinion, people who rely on the knife have to deploy their knife ASAP in order to defend themselves. But people who understand that the knife is just another tool, already begin their self-defense well before the knife is drawn. This is one of the reasons why I believe that if your serious about self-defense, it is important to train in martial arts even if it is an empty handed system.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

ACDT Nuko Tools review by Wmpyr

Atomic Cranial Divot Tool
Nuko Tools does it again, this time with the ACDT.

The ACDT has been well received on my review videos, people really dig how this tool looks like it's made for utility rather than self-defense.

In fact the ACDT is a working bottle cap opener.

Because it is also a keychain, you are likely to have the ACDT on you when you need it most. When you attach your keys on to the ACDT, you can utilize the ACDT like a flail/karambit stinging your attacker with some keys to the face.

The ACDT can also be carried conveniently in multiple ways thanks to it's question mark shape that can hook on like a micro coat hanger.

If all this wasn't enough, the ACDT makes for a very effective punch ring. Compact, easy to carry, easy to conceal, it has a legitimate utility purpose, effective and destructive, what is there not to like? Highly recommended! Get one for yourself and loved ones at:

Click here to see me demonstrate opening a bottle cap with the ACDT.

striking demo with the ACDT

Self-defense techniques with the ACDT

How to carry your ACDT

My ACDT video review

Monday, April 1, 2013

Zombie Outlaw issue 2 review by Wmpyr

Zombie Outlaw fan art by me
Hello this is Wmpyr, and this is my review of Zombie Outlaw #2, Oh Yeah! Once again let me start with the cover art, because I personally like that sort of thing since I like to hang up comic books as wall deco. Issue #1 had a vintage comic book style cover that worked for me. Issue #2 goes in a completely new direction, looking very modern and action packed, I like all the detail here. The comic book itself has very nice quality pages, to me that is very impressive. Reunion comics is an independent comic book company that sets the bar very high imo. This issue starts off generously with a recap of what happened last issue, then goes into a little bit more history on the Zombie Outlaw legend which is a 2 page read done in a story book fashion. The basic idea is that we have the story take place on campus with some interesting college kid characters running around. I personally like David AKA Scooter, a crazy dude that comes alive in a crisis situation. And we get a little bit of character development from this Scooter who says he's traveled from campus to campus fighting all kinds of monsters, like vampires, aliens and biker chicks!? In the meantime Tad who is a muscle head jerk is now in the hospital and slowly begins to turn into a zombie while Matt the hopeless romantic gets into a brutal fist fight with his buddy Scooter. Everyone in the dorm gathers around to watch this epic fight, which kind of reminds me of the infamous fight scene in the film, "They Live" starring Rowdy Roddy Piper. By now Tad fully transforms into a zombie and let me tell you, he doesn't look like a normal zombie, he is massive, looks like he would give The Incredible Hulk a good brawl. We have another zombie spring up, and slowly but surely as you would expect from any zombie story, the epidemic begins. So issue number 2 doesn't disappoint it's action packed, but let's think about where this is going, we know that campus is filled with college kids so there's going to be a ton of zombies, on the other hand let's not forget the zombie outlaw and the cursed cowboy hat that will get you possessed. For the story we have a winning formula here, Matt has to somehow control the powerful zombie outlaw and solve the curse, survive the zombies, fight uber zombie Tad, and do all of that while impressing the girl of his dreams! Highly recommend Zombie Outlaw, it just keeps getting better and better!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

you fight how you train

This is a common quote you will hear in the martial arts. I feel this quote is often times abused and totally misunderstood. You fight how you train therefore you should train hard and give it your best. I feel this is the true quote, although it can still be misinterpreted. By training hard I do not mean hard contact. The bottom line is that martial arts is a simulation of combat. Even though martial means war, what we do is not actual war. It is preparing for combat, but it is never the real thing. I think most people totally misunderstand this quote when they take it literally. If you take it literally then it suggests that training needs to equal fighting. Which would be the stupidest way to prepare for a fight simply because the stakes are too high. Only a reckless person who doesn't value their well being would train by fighting. As rough as boxing is, it's still a sport, and boxers who understand the value of fighting experience, still try to make sure that they work their careers by fighting the right opponents at the right times. I train with many weapons, many of which I will never walk around the city with. Training with these for home only weapons has really helped my fighting skills. This is because I understand how to apply one set of knowledge to another set of tools. This is the spirit of improvised weapons training. Martial arts in itself is about applying what you learn in training to your actual life. So being able to apply a skill from one discipline to a totally different area in your life is true martial arts, and true practicality. A beginner will not be able to do this, so if a beginner wants to be practical they need to be very literal which is highly limiting, but that makes sense because a beginner is limited in their abilities.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Realistic Perspective on Trapping Techniques

I teach FMA (Filipino Martial Arts). In FMA we have something called Hubud, which is very similar to sensitivity drills taught in JKD which is Bruce Lee's system that was highly influenced by Wing Chun Kung Fu. Wing Chun Kung Fu is known for their trapping techniques. Many people have argued against trapping techniques saying that they are not realistic. I think one of the main problems here is that people look at these trapping techniques and expect to see a knockout. I do feel that it is possible to knock someone out with these techniques, but I also do feel that it is very difficult for two reasons. The first reason is because knockouts are hard to come by period. You can watch a boxer fight 12 rounds and it may go the decision with no KO finish at all. That doesn't mean that boxing techniques do not work. The second reason is due to the fact that there are not many if any people at all that are trying trapping techniques in MMA. For example we know that it is possible to KO someone with a spin kick. There are a few fights that you can see where people have been able to. But the sheer number of people trying stuff like this is low, so we don't see it often. The other main problem is that people are only thinking of seeing 100% success of the technique in order to consider that it works. If I'm a BJJ fighter, and I get struck repeatedly standing up, so then I go to the clinch, and there I get kneed, so I try to take them down, but they reverse my takedown with a counter throw and end up on top of me, from there I try to submit them from the guard but they repeatedly land blows using the ground and pound method. I lose a complete unanimous decision holding my bloody nose and swelled shut eye. Does this mean that BJJ doesn't work? From another perspective I can say that while my opponent successfully struck me, I was able to prevent them from knocking me out, I successfully got the clinch even though I was kneed, and then even though I got taken down, I was able to drag them with me and take the fight where I wanted. And from there I was able to prevent them from knocking me out by using the guard position. So a series of failures is still actually a success of certain portions of the strategy. Because if not, I would have gotten beaten a lot worse. We need to view trapping techniques the same way. It's not just about successfully tying up their arms and landing shots that lead to a KO. There is a whole series of "failures" that can still elude to the success of trapping style techniques. If I can protect my centerline and prevent from getting majorly hurt this is a good thing even if I'm taking shots. If I can stay at an angle relative to their body position to limit the amount of attacks they can do, this is another success of trapping principals even if I am only able to decrease their attacks, and if I can simply block some of their shots by using my arms as a barricade even though I'm getting repeatedly shin kicked in the thigh, this is better than getting KOed.

Monday, March 18, 2013

DTGTaihojutsu Rant video response

Sensei Rick from DTG Taihojutsu made an excellent video discussing many of the problems found today in the online martial arts community especially on Youtube. So here are my 2 cents on a topic I feel is important. Some of the stuff he talked about was politics on martial arts rank. My philosophy on politics is that, sometimes politics is necessary to accomplish good things, but if it's not required, I tend to stay far away from it as possible. First of all I want to make clear of myself on a few things. Many of you know me as the guy who teaches FMA on Youtube. I learned other styles but FMA has been the most convenient style for me to teach online. I learned Arnis from my Kuk Sool Won instructor, who learned it from Prof. Remy Presas. I have no rank or certification, but that is my lineage. It sounds cool, but so does this, I am Japanese, I am a Samurai descendant. That is also my lineage, but I do not put heavy importance to such things because, it can make one arrogant, pride can become a sin. And the truth is, there is nothing special about it, every culture historically has had awesome warriors, whether your from Mexico, Canada, or Ireland. The best credentials I can present to a person is not my lineage or some certification, it is the dedication and time I've put in. I learned Arnis in the early 90s and I've been training in the FMA ever since. That is my best credential because I know the amount of work I've put in, and nobody can take away that from me. Now it wasn't just all me, I had trained with some very talented FMA people along the way who definitely added to my experience. I also have to say that even though I started training in the early 90s, there were many times where I focused on other styles such as Karate, BJJ, Aikido, MT, and JKD. The good thing was that I continued to train in FMA and kept it alive in my training even if I was spending most of my time in other styles. Also because I have no rank in FMA, I never claimed to teach pure FMA. This is my own interpretation of FMA. This is my own style. I've been attacked many times about terminology and I have to say whatever terminology I'm using comes from the people I've trained with, if they learned it wrong or I misheard them then that is that. There are people who train in styles for the specific purpose of maintaining all the info on that style for the next generation. These people are strict traditionalists and preserve the style, I have nothing against people like that, I think it is important, and I understand that I am not one of these people. Sadly because people like this have tremendous knowledge, skill, and lineage, people tend to think they can fight. I'm here to say that fighting is totally different. Being knowledgeable and able to demonstrate a technique perfectly is different from fighting. So please do not mistake the two. Until you see them fight many times you have no idea. The next thing I want to talk about is my purpose, my goal on Youtube is to present solo training material so that students can develop good body mechanics. I am not making any claims that a student will be able to fight well, or survive a street altercation. Even though I personally developed my own style for the street and have used it many times to survive street altercations, it worked for me personally because of my background and many other factors. For me to say watch my videos and practice the Heaven 6 and you will be able to defend yourself on the street is silly, there is no style that can make such a guarantee period, and solo training is simply not enough. I've had street experience living in bad neighborhoods, experience working a rough security job, BJJ competition experience, a ton of sparring experience in various styles, unsanctioned challenge matches, and even a few fights in high school. All these things plus more enabled me to survive the streets, but even then there is no guarantee, I could go out in the street tonight and get assaulted and beat up to a pulp or worse! The problem with today's martial arts community is that people make outrageous claims. They do this because this is how they get attention. They open their big mouths and talk with authority and soon people will start believing them. One thing that Sensei Rick taught me was to be professional. A professional does not make exaggerated claims, a professional does not mud sling and get into juvenal verbal fights. If an instructor lies, is a fraud, con artist, or immoral/unethical I think it is important to inform this fact to those that are interested, but once again, it needs to be done in a professional manner. Skill seems to intimidate many people, but skill has nothing to do with any of this. A person can be mega skilled, but if they are making exaggerated claims, they should be attacked for these claims, not for their skill, if a person is mega skilled and makes false claims about their credentials, then they should be attacked for lying, not for their skills. I think too many times people get side tracked by the skills, and from another spectrum, we can also say that if a person is mega skilled and wants to have sex with your daughter are you going to let them do so? Of course not, because it doesn't matter how skilled they are, that is not right. Sadly people often times are willing to look the other way because the person is skilled, and they allow the person to be rude, loud mouth, make exaggerated claims and so forth. We the public have been trained to idolize skilled people regardless of their moral and ethical values. And this is wrong. Skill is overrated, and it needs to be valued beneath being professional.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

problem with martial arts today

In one word, marketing. In order to be successful in today's modern society, marketing is so important. Sadly because of this fact, the loudest rudest person gets the most attention making their marketing campaign a success. These big marketing claims are targeted towards the consumers weakness. You have to ask yourself what do you want and how much of that is unreasonable. People want to hear guarantees that if they train in a certain style then they are making the right choice and they will be fine. The truth is there is no such guarantee. There is no short cut to hard work. There is no style or technique that is better/superior than another. Understanding the plus and minus for each style/technique is the key. Another thing you often times hear is that if you train wrong you will get killed in the streets. Don't fall for this fear tactic. Once again this is marketing that is trying to exploit your insecurities. Nobody starts off good, everyone starts off making a ton of mistakes, you have to learn how to make mistakes your friend and they teach you how to improve, so don't be afraid of making mistakes. The only problem is when someone starts to make huge claims and believes them, you have to understand that these people make their opinion in to law. And this is completely wrong. Opinion is just an opinion, it is not fact. There is nothing wrong with having preferences. I can prefer kicking over punching. However if I say kicking is better than punching then I am stepping my boundaries and you should understand that such a claim is really just an opinion and therefore ridiculous that a person would say that. Cults get started because there are evil bastards out there that will make these outrageous claims as facts and say it with the biggest confidence, no shame, no conscious that they are lying and manipulating, and sadly every single one of us at one point in our lives are vulnerable to this because we want to hear what they are saying, we want, we desire such things even though may not exist because we want the comfort. But part of the martial path is to over come such tendencies and learn how to not idolize/worship talented people, and just merely work hard and develop the confidence from within. Like I said sadly there are bastards out there that will say, yes I am your idol, worship me, they will take anything you give them, and ask for more, they will milk you dry. So be careful, if it sounds too good to be true, well it most likely is!

Stick Fighting

Intro My stick fighting background comes primarily from my Arnis, Kali, and Eskrima training. I don't limit myself to just the Filipino styles and I have expanded my stick fighting to include other methods as well. Can't Block Everything One of the biggest misconceptions in stick fighting is that people think that the art is designed to block everything. If done right, you can block all the opponent's attacks because this is how we partner train and demonstrate things. You have to understand that demonstrations are not all like real fighting, and that partner training is used for skill development, and that skill development is not the same as fighting. In real life, you can block maybe one or two hits. In Boxing sometimes a fighter after a few rounds can read their opponent's attacks and can go in with no guard and evade all the attacks to show how much he outclasses his opponent. This can happen in stick fighting too, but you shouldn't expect to be able to do this. If you know that you can't block everything then you will use long distance as another means of defense or close the distance to neutralize them. X Block The X Block is highly misunderstood, many times people criticize this technique and say it is ineffective. Many of these people do not realize that the X Block can be done many different ways. Once you understand this, you can put them into a strategic flow that helps you know what to do in combat. Going from further away to closer and closer, the X Block can be done as an instinctive parry when startled, it's basically a quick check that helps you evade attacks and keep distance. If an attack is more committed the X Block now becomes an actual block. You will take the hit with the meaty part of your arms. If you have the opportunity you can counter strike by spiking your elbow at the opponent, or if you have a blade you can counter cut their arm. If the opponent is even more aggressive then you can use the X Block to close the distance and catch/trap the arm. Once you do that you can secure the arm and go for a joint lock or disarm. The X block is typically the name of a technique in Karate. In Stick Fighting we call the X Block the Arms Crossed position.

Nate Marquardt VS Jake Ellenberger UFC 158

This is a surprising match for me, I've been watching Nate's career since his Pancrase days, the guy is a well rounded and super experienced fighter, I've even trained BJJ with one of his students from Denver. For this match up, the commentators said that both fighters have impressive power in their punches. I think to understand the reason why Nate got KOed, actually is a strategic mistake on his part. Because he is so well balanced I think he thought he could do it all, but against a tough opponent, what your actually doing during the match is something more important than what your capable of. During the match, Nate was using a barrage of kicks very impressively, from low inside kicks, to high kicks, these are designed to wear down your opponent. His opponent Jake looked to me like he was looking to land some bombs and look for the KO. I think Nate thought he could KO his opponent against a guy who was working to KO him, and even though what Nate was doing the whole time was not setting up for a KO. I think if Nate stuck to taking his time and just completely work on wearing down his opponent I think he would have had the advantage for sure, and who knows in the process a KO opportunity may have presented itself. Anyways lesson for me that I learned here was that your mind and your actions need to be in sync. And sometimes such as in this case being well rounded and talented in all areas can end up messing you up by confusion.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Friction Folder Karambit

Prototype Friction Folder Karambit made by Andy from Doberman Knives

First and foremost I have to say a big thank you to Andy, who resides all the way in the UK. I am very fortunate to own this unique knife. I'm not just saying that because it is a prototype, but also because Andy took the time to consult me with designing a Karambit knife. Let me just say that it is great to own a knife that I helped make come to life no matter how small my actual involvement was.

The concept of a Karambit friction folder is very unique, I've never ever seen one before. And let me tell you that it handles great. A friction folder doesn't have a lock, and I really like that kind of simplicity. Andy told me that the idea behind this knife was to make something that was going to be legal, not scare people, and be a functional utility knife despite it being a Karambit which is a well known martial arts knife.

This knife features a non aggressive looking sheep's foot style blade, Stone wash acid finish that gives the blade a sweet organic look! The handle scales is one of my favorite things about this knife, it feels great in the hand, it's smooth but grips back, and the jade color is absolutely gorgeous!

The ring has a really good balance between being a solid striking tool and a smooth flipper. This had to be a very challenging project, Andy did a great job, and I believe he was successful because he loves tactical knives, and he loves martial arts. He plans to be making more of these and I'm glad to hear it, maybe some day a production company will see the value in this design and decide to mass produce it for the public. Until then, be sure to show your support to the custom knife makers out there!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Combat Sport VS Reality Self-defense

Everyone has their own ideas and methods of how to prepare for the street. Sadly people criticize methods that are not their own and they think of their own method as supreme.

One method is not better than the other. When you say, that is not as realistic as my method, you are essentially saying, your method is not as good as mine. This is ego talk. This is having a superiority complex.

If your going to give advice and say why don't you do this to make it a little bit more realistic? You have to be very careful when giving advice or your going to be disrespectful. You don't walk into Bill Gates house and say let me give you some advice on how to make more money.

Can I train in a sport and then transfer some of that into the street? I don't see why not! There are benefits such as being able to perform and execute a game plan under pressure. Being able to deal with and give back aggression. Mentally staying focused and not give into self doubt. Getting fit and becoming an athlete. All these things can help you on the street.

There is a saying that is often misunderstood "You fight how you train". Yes you do fight how you train, but it's not that literal. Boxers skip rope, they do ab work, they go running, but when they fight, it doesn't look like those things. Do you know who else uses the jump rope? Little girls, but Boxers don't fight like little girls, and little girls don't fight like Boxers, even though they can both be very skilled with a jump rope. I never see a Boxer start doing sit ups and crunches in a fight.

"If you train in sport, your going to get yourself killed if you try that stuff in the street" I'm sick and tired of hearing this. If I train in sport for the street, if I train in traditional MA for the street, if I train in modern urban tactics for the street, each one of these things is a single method, each one is a simulation for real combat. There is a plus and minus to each method. One is not better than the other. I think it's more important that you learn how to benefit from each one and go get some experience in all these methods. Bottom line is be humble and respectful. No matter what style(s) you practice, don't make big claims and don't put down other people's methods.