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.