Saturday, May 28, 2016

K4S System Today

K4S System by Wmpyr

K4S stands for Knife For the Street. The "K" can also stand for Kali, Karate, and Kickboxing. It's a modular system, which was said to me by my Youtube friend Blacksilkblacksilk. And what that means is that it's made up of sub styles.

The K4S sub styles include: Integrated Stick Fighting, Knifeboxing, Knife Vigilante, Knife Defense, Knife Grappling, Violence Factory, Project Overkill, Specialized Weapons, and Combat Trapping.

There is one main principal that I focus on in my learning and teaching method. And that is progression. So let's say that your an instructor with your own martial arts school and you have me down for a seminar, I'm not going to put down what you guys do, even if you are a traditional martial arts school, combat sports school or whatever. Not because I think everyone is cool we all love each other, but because my method is to see what you do and progress it. I want to make it a little bit more realistic. And I believe that this can be done without being disrespectful to the original style's methods, and without having to go full contact.

I've been training in martial arts for over 2 decades now. I started in junior high school, and the first 5 years was learning the core, the next 5 years was my pursuit of truth, figuring out what I'm saying to you now about progressing the training to be a little bit more realistic. And the last 10 years was spent actually working on that.

Many people pursued their truth by being tyrants, extremely rude, judgemental, and hurtful, while others pursued it ruthlessly by just beating on each other. I think there is a better way, and I've done it for the past 10 years. Before that I was a ruthless tyrant. Now I want to give back and show that there is a better way, and show my new findings from all the work I've put in over years of training and teaching.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Anderson Silva and Filipino Martial Arts

Anderson Silva uses Filipino Boxing by Wmpyr

I was asked to analyze Anderson Silva's Filipino Boxing skill from UFC 198 Anderson Silva VS Michael Bisping. Prior to this, I saw a clip of Anderson Silva training with the legendary JKD and Filipino martial arts expert's expert Dan Inosanto. Like the time when Anderson was involved with Steven Seagal, I thought it was more of a publicity stunt than actual training. So I didn't think much of it other than, Anderson Silva is a fanboy of traditional martial arts, which is cool since he is a legendary pro fighter.

I watched the fight thinking yeah right. First round goes by and I'm like I don't see anything. In the second round my jaw drops to the floor, there it is, something I haven't seen from him before, and stuff that I recognize being a Filipino martial arts practitioner myself.

When you take a staple Filipino double stick fighting move like the Heaven 6 combo and try to apply it in real life against a fully resisting opponent without using any weapons, you pretty much have to follow what I call the "Double Ds" technique rules of Eskrima. Use the Eskrima techniques for Distraction and Destruction. When you have the distant against an opponent that observes as opposed to aggressively attacks, use the Eskrima movements to distract your opponent like 52 Blocks and Piper Knife Fighting, this is called Distractions. The other method is called Destructions and you make those movements very very compact and use your elbows to hit their attacks for defense. Traditionally it is taught that Destructions can incapacitate the opponent's attacking limb, but from personal experience I can tell you that without a weapon your lucky if you can even cause some pain.

I definitely saw Anderson Silva use the Double Ds, but the crazy thing is that I saw him do more than that. I saw him backed up to the fence and literally use the Heaven 6 to parry Bisping's punches! This was amazing and frustrating for me to watch! It was amazing because it's like watching a pro wrestler pull off pro wrestling moves in MMA. Fantasy taking place in the realm of reality. It's NOT suppose to happen! That is how good Anderson Silva is, he can make Matrix stuff happen.

This is frustrating to me, because the Heaven 6 is not intended to be used that way. Of course this is just my opinion but years ago in my training I had double sticks, my training partner had double sticks and we both did the Heaven 6 against each other and went at it, not to kill but real enough, and I quickly found out that the art was never meant to be used in a way where you are blocking everything perfect like you do in the partner drills.

In my opinion the hand to hand combat, real life application version of the Heaven 6 hasn't been shown to the world yet, but it blew me away to see Anderson Silva force the usage of the Heaven 6 against one of the top fighters in the world. And he pulled it off! This was like watching Bob Sapp pile driver Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira in Pride Shockwave 2002.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Foldable Camping Knife and Ghost Skeleton Face Mask review by Wmpyr

Foldable Camping Knife from review by Wmpyr

In the second package sent to me from included this Foldable Camping Knife. I knew it was a compact folding knife, but I really didn't know what to expect because I couldn't find any reviews on Youtube.

Obviously this is a very compact knife, I don't mind that it doesn't have a lock because it's not meant for heavy duty cutting choirs anyway. Mine actually came fairly sharp out of the box which was surprising to me, since this is not the kind of knife where I expect or need it to be razor sharp.

The bottle cap lifter and hex tool is a nice touch, but the keyring feature to me is what steals the show. You can have it with your keys, have it as a zipper enhancer, or just have it in your Altoids survival tin can as an emergency blade.

Coming from the price is really good and harmless, it's a nice and simple, "better to have than not" emergency knife to keep a little peace of mind.

Rating: A

The second item I received was the Ghost Skeleton Face Mask, unlike the camping knife, I specifically requested a tactical face mask.

Years ago I had a neoprene one and I was not happy with it. So I wanted to give this one a try and see if I like this one better. First of all, I like how the fabric feels, it's not itchy, and it definitely feels like it would keep me warm in cold environments.

I like how the neck area is covered, because for me that is pretty crucial. I find that when my neck is cold, I'm prone to getting sick more easily. The face mask can be folded upwards and worn like a beanie when you don't want your face covered, I really like that clever option.

The design on the face mask looks great, I can understand why it's called ghost skeleton. It doesn't look cheesy or like a cartoon, I would wear it for a Halloween party for adults! Over all conclusion is that it's functional, comfortable, looks cool and once again with a sweet price that won't bankrupt you.

Rating: B just because I think I would prefer the half mask because it seems more versatile.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Skeleton Key film review

Skeleton Key 2015 film review by Wmpyr

Much of this story takes place in a messed up town called Nilbog. That should tell you right there the director is making an homage to Troll 2, king of the so bad it's good movie genre. It's obvious that the director of Skeleton Key is trying to make a campy so bad it's good low budget movie, and does it succeed? IMHO yes it does. There were some really rough spots with the film, but I found myself rooting for this film to be at least watchable.

The main problem with the film is probably that it's too all over the place. Now I understand that this kind of film can use plot holes and unpredictable craziness as an appeal, but that can also cheapen the film which is not good when it's already a low budget film, it makes it look more amateurish than it needs to be. One thing they could have done is to limit all of the monsters in Nilbog to monsters. Instead we have a goofy king with a dildo. Is this a demented Alice in Wonderland or a comedy horror film? Why couldn't it have been an Evil Jester, or a decapitated King? On the other hand the spider woman blended right in with the zombies for me.

Another negative was the overly stereo typical characters, such as the Jamaican guy and the guy from India. This was done for humor, but instead it came across as annoying and racist IMO. I think the director could have made them unique and memorable without going that route. Sadly this was more Jar Jar Binks than characters in a Robert Rodriguez film.

The director really tries to do a lot in this film, it probably could have been much shorter, and there is a ton of stuff going on, too much stuff going on. From a musical sequence, to the main character being possessed by an evil spirit, quoting Star Wars, surviving zombies, and the main character transforming from dweeb to bad ass. I think it would have been a better film if the director had spent more time to develop each scene rather than cram a ton of scenes. For example when they meet up with the costumed survivors in Nilbog, they could have shown how those people survived, rather than just show them bunched up in a room and that's it. Maybe less survivors but each one can have a little character development.

The pacing of the film is a little break neck speed IMO. I would like to see shots of just the city, a puddle on the ground, it's small things like this that create a mood. My friend who is a talented musician said to me once that a good song isn't everyone in the band trying to outdo each other and plays hard and fast the whole way, but rather when a band has team work, and each member knows when to use the slow down, change of pacing, and silent moments to their advantage.

It may seem like I'm being super critical, but it's because the film made me care for it, I enjoyed it and saw the potential in it. At the end of the day my hat goes off to the director for doing this, I'm sure it was frustrating and took a lot of drive. When I compare this to Secrets of the Clown, I like Skeleton Key better because the director isn't trying to pretend like this is a serious scary film with a solid story. Another problem with Secrets of the Clown was that decent story telling in a film should not be done through dialog unless you got great actors. It's a motion picture so tell the story through action, not speech. Even though I thought this film had too much "action" at least it did that.