Friday, July 27, 2018

Zombie Outlaw #3

comic book review by Wmpyr

I've been a comic book reader all my life. 
One thing I dislike is over exposed mainstream stuff whether it’s comics or movies, so I really enjoy reading indie(independent) comics. 

Some indie titles are very amateurish in production but Zombie Outlaw has always looked extremely professional. From the printing all the way to the quality of each page.

The artwork by Benny Jordan is not your cookie cutter superhero style, it’s more of a comedy meets gore, unique and striking like Rat Fink Ed Roth style.

This being issue number 3 the story is still premature, but number 3 definitely packs the most action! 

In this issue you will see a college campus being over run by zombies like the Hulkafide zombie, busty college babe zombie, and wasabi pea shooting action! 

Creator Brian Apodaca leaves us hanging right when it gets good, our heroes have been cornered by the horde and they looked pretty doomed! 
Will we see the Zombie Outlaw unleashed in the next issue or what? 
I’m no psychic but one thing is for sure, we are headed towards zombie versus zombie action!  

Friday, May 25, 2018


The key to happiness I learned from martial arts is one word, and that is to coexist.
In order to coexist we need to look for similarities rather than differences.

Most people look at differences and it creates a negative effect.

The ability to look at differences and turn it into something positive is a higher skill so don't do it unless you have this ability.

Differences divide us, separation into groups cause fear, ultimately this turn into conflict, whether it's verbal, physical, or both.

In other words differences causes fighting, combat, and war.

The combat method solves problems by beating the other force and then the winner gets to impose their will without any concern for the other force or their view points.

This method only creates resentment and it's the most primitive way to do things.

It is the stupidest way to solve problems.

Remember to always look for similarities.

It could be the smallest thing in life, for example when a salesman rings your doorbell.

First make sure that you don't open your door.
You never know who the other person is and it can leave you vulnerable to very bad situations.
Anyway some guys get really mad, I mean really angry and upset, I will kill this bastard for trying to sell me something I don't want or need!

If you look at differences your going to think like, I would never get a job like that, what kind of person would take this job, get a real job! This person would sell their own mother and grandmother!

Instead look at similarities, this person is human and just trying to make a living, we both live in a tough world where money is needed.

When you look at similarities it will calm you down a little. Keep thinking that way and it will take away your anger. And the more you do this, the more pleasant you will become, and you will start to notice that the human interaction you have in your life is getting better.

Remember coexisting equals happiness.

The opposite of coexisting is war which is misery.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


Jukai Shonen Zoo1 by Man Gataro
Manga 1~9 Review by Wmpyr

If you like extreme comedy like the movie Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie then this manga is right up your alley. 
The super stylized "dirty looking" art reminds me of the great R Crumb. 
If you can dig the art style and the extreme comedy then congratulations you are a rare breed and this manga is for you!
You’ve been warned this manga has ample amounts of vulgarity, violence, gore, nudity, puking, and explosive diarrhea!

The illustrator is not only known for his gross comedy but also for using the same image over and over like a lazy person trying to cheat. That is his gag style (if you can call it that). So just laugh at it when you see his "technique" and enjoy!
The story is about your typical loser kid named Juichi and a dog going on an adventure to save a hobo who has been kidnapped and brainwashed. Hobos have been getting abducted and forced to make giant robots in a secret underground factory.

The story isn’t cookie cutter, and the author pretty much just does what he wants much like the comedic genius Andy Kauffman.
The story isn’t afraid to break rules so it thinks way way outside the box like Alejandro Jodorowski's Holy Mountain. 

There are many WTF moments in this manga and you just have to go with it knowing that you're reading something that is unlike any other, and that alone should put a smile to your face!  

I really totally absolutely enjoyed it and I will be reading it again and again!

I give it 10 stars out of 10! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Whether your interested in self-defense or just martial arts in general, there are many lessons we can learn from watching the early UFC events. 

The most famous was that in North America, up until the UFC, grappling wasn't considered to be effective when strikes were allowed. 

So now we can say that grappling can be extremely effective even when striking is allowed. 

The next most famous statement is that cross training is necessary to be effective.
This is actually inaccurate because people seem to think that this means you need to be well rounded.

To be successful in the UFC you need to cross train in certain specific styles, not so that you become well rounded, but so that you know how to deal with other strategies. 

Case in point is that there have been many champions in the UFC that specialize in one area, yet they became champions.   

If you follow my logic, you can be a Boxer, but you need to be a Boxer that can defend against take downs, kicks, submissions, the clinch, the ground, and have the ability to steer the fight to your area of specialty which is Boxing.

The next lesson is something I have found on my own trying to make sense out of everything.
There are basically three kinds of people that entered the early UFC.

From weakest to most successful. 
1. Martial Artists
2. Tough Guys
3. Athletes

A martial artist is a regular person that has martial arts skills.
A martial artist can beat a regular person that has no martial arts skills.

A tough guy will beat a martial artist because a tough guy is not a regular person, on top of that they have street fighting skills. So let's say that the street fighting skills and martial arts skills cancel each other out, all that's left is a tough guy versus a regular person. This is why the tough guy wins.
Some people will say that martial arts skills are better than street fighting skills but they are underestimating street fighting skills. Martial arts skills may encompass a larger wealth of knowledge but much of that may not directly affect the actual combat. Martial artists learn things like philosophy, history, spirituality, health, and teaching skills. 

At the end of the day the athlete reigns supreme because they are tough, have skills, and have a much higher work ethic and ability to perform than the others. They are a small percentage of the population. 

Now that tale doesn't end there, you have to consider what I'm about to say next. Most people can do martial arts, it was designed for the average person. Not everyone is a tough guy, not everyone can be a tough guy. Being an athlete is so difficult that most people can't be a life long athlete, or at the very keep training at a high level for many years.    

So the lesson here is that you start as a regular person. 
Learn martial arts and become a martial artist.
Then try to become tougher and tougher.
Then try to become as close as possible to an athlete as you can.

If you want to know how good you are, just compare yourself to what an athlete does everyday. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018


So you want to be able to protect yourself on the street? 
Well self defense skills begins with honing your body mechanics.

It’s the same as someone that wants to get good with a yoyo, you just pick the darn thing up and keep playing with it. 

So you should pick up a pair of sticks and keep playing with them. 
From there you put in the time. 
You got to have a good work ethic. 
That develops focus and discipline.
The focus is needed in a street altercation, because it’s very easy for the mind to wander off and start thinking about stupid stuff. 
You need to focus on the task at hand. 
What is happening, what do I need to do to survive?

Instead most people think about stuff that is not going to help them.
I can’t believe this is happening to me!
What will my friends and family think when they see me in the hospital or dead? 

The discipline is needed to become stronger. 
Keep in mind that the criminal that is going to attack you is a different breed of person. 
The criminals are predators that grew up in harsher environment than you, they have a different mind set. 

So you will need to be mentally and physically as strong as you can get. 

The Heaven 6 is perhaps the most famous technique in Filipino martial arts. 
It is a combo that can be done continuously with double sticks, single stick, double knife, single knife, stick and knife, empty hand, improvised weapons, and more.

Many people take for granted and don’t realize just how brutal the Heaven 6 really is. 
It is one of the most violent technique ever known to human kind! 
If you did the Heaven 6 with a machete in each hand, you can beat just about anybody. 

The Heaven 6 with a knife in each hand turns you into a wild animal. 

Even without weapons, just using your bare hands, the Heaven 6 is incredibly violent, relentlessly clawing, grinding, and striking using your fingers, fist, palm, forearm, and elbow.    

The Heaven 6 pattern flows, it’s a natural figure 8 movement that is incredibly efficient and can be changed making it extremely deceptive as well. 

The violent capabilities of the Heaven 6 is needed because a physical altercation is violent. 
If you can’t accept violence then you will be freaking out by the violence that is happening rather than focusing on what you need to do to protect and survive. 

So practice the Heaven 6 like an addiction, and make sure that you also make yourself as strong as possible. 
If you don’t do this kind of training then you won’t have skills to fight back. 

If you can't fight back, then you have to take the same approach as a rabbit in the forest. Sneak and hide from the deadly animals.

The various Heaven 6 techniques and tactics will help make your Heaven 6 better, but it's just useless info if you don't put in the practice. 
How much should you practice? 
It depends on how serious you are about not becoming a victim. 
The more effort you put in, the more you get out of it. 

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Choreography training consists of two or more martial arts practitioners following a fixed set of moves.

Martial arts choreography training is pretty similar to theatre or dance. The main difference is that martial arts choreography training is done for skill development rather than entertainment purposes. 

Choreography training is done in many traditional martial arts.

Because choreography training is prearranged, it is looked down upon by those who focus more on sparring.

The fact of the matter is, while choreography training may not be as realistic as full contact sparring, it's the next best thing.

The reason why many martial arts practitioners of the old chose choreography training over full contact sparring probably had to do with safety issues.

Medical technology was not as developed back in the day, and injury was not a risky people were willing to take in an already harsh life.

The quality of life has become better today, and some people are willing to sustain injury for the purpose of developing better abilities.


Many people feel that combat sports are not practical or effective on the street.  
In fact many people believe that it will get you killed on the street.

I completely disagree.

People don't want to give combat sports any credit primarily for one reason.
Combat sports have rules, while a street altercation does not.

The people who think this way are forgetting the fact that combat sports is designed to help a person develop a specific set of skills under rigorous competition as safely as possible.

Competitors are developing fighting skills under the limitation of rules, which allows them to develop their skills to a high level.

The founder of Judo, Prof. Jigoro Kano understood this.
The difference between Judo and Jiu-jitsu was that many of the Jiu-jitsu techniques were considered too dangerous so the Jiu-jitsu practitioners didn't spar. The Judo people on the other hand took the techniques that were safer to execute and sparred and competed with each other.

When the two schools fought, the Judo guys came out on top. It doesn't mean that Jiu-jitsu doesn't have valuable material to offer, but it does mean that sparring and competing will give you the ability to better execute your techniques.

And I believe that is the main lesson here, it doesn't matter if you have lethal moves if you can't execute them.

Think of it this way, who would you rather bet on, the person who uses dirty moves or the person who knows how to fight?

Also keep in mind that if a person knows how to fight they will be in better position to do the dirty moves.

These specific set of skills developed through combat sports can be applied effectively in a specific street situation.

The key is to know when and how to apply your skills.



Point Fighting is a combat sport where contestants compete to be the first one to score the first valid strike. Excessive force is not allowed.

Many practitioners of full contact combat sports look down on Point Fighting.
Many people view Point Fighting as a glorified game of tag, so they do not think of it as effective or realistic for the street. 

I completely disagree.

Like any other combat sport Point Fighting develops a specific set of performance skills under competition. Competition creates the environment of psychological stress and physical opposition.  

The skill set developed in Point Fighting is the skill set needed for Long Range fighting.
Long Range fighting is the safest fighting distance a person can be in.
If you are in a real life altercation with weapons involved, it would be smart of you to be in Long Range. When attacks are exchanged you will want to be doing it in a game of tag like manner.

Believe me you will not want to be Kickboxing with your opponent when weapons are involved, because even the victor could be extremely hurt.
Think about it, the victor of a Kickboxing match usually takes some good hits too. Just imagine if it was done by a weapon, the damage could be much worse.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


In Eskrima we are taught the 4 Ranges of Combat.

1. Long Range
2. Medium Range
3. Close Range
4. Ground Range

Even though the 4 Ranges of Combat is commonly taught, most people are just like, in Long Range I'll use kicks, in Medium Range I'll use punching, in Close Range I'll use elbows and knees, and for the Ground Range I'll use wrestling and submission holds. 

This is not enough, chances are your opponent will be thinking the exact same thing. 
So we need to take the extra step and define the characteristics of each Range.

Long Range
Difficult to successfully attack a person from here. 
The person who controls the distance has the advantage.

Medium Range
Not enough time reaction time to see the opponent's attack and select the appropriate technique.  
The person who causes significant damage first has the advantage.

Close Range
Also called the clinch and grappling energy will be applied here.
The person who has control over their opponent has the advantage.

Ground Range
Mobility becomes limited here. This is a good place to finish someone, but your also committed.
The person who has the better position has advantage.

Monday, March 19, 2018


The most common way to hold the stick seems to be with one fistful sticking out after your pinky.
I call this grip the Tail Grip.
The area that is protruding at the bottom is used for striking, hooking, and pinning.

The next most common grip is to hold the stick at the very bottom.
Following the same concept as the Nunchaku. 
The lower you grip towards the bottom the more power you get, while you get more control the closer you grip towards the center of the stick.
Holding the stick at the very bottom is what I call the Power Grip.

I want to introduce a 3rd grip that I find very useful.
I call it the Knife Grip.
The idea is to hold the stick with 2 fistful amount of stick sticking out on the bottom.
This grip will allow you to simultaneously practice your stick techniques and Reverse Grip knife techniques.  
This is very important because most people I see on Youtube seem to prefer using the knife in the Reverse Grip yet they are very awkward with it.

If you were interested in learning Reverse Grip, the old school way was to hold the stick in the Reverse Grip which would be the opposite of the Power Grip and hold the stick at the very top.
I practice this way too, but I find that holding the stick in the Knife Grip is more of a direct correlation to handling a knife in the Reverse Grip.

Three Stick Grips
1. Tail Grip
2. Power Grip
3. Knife Grip

Practice your forms and techniques using these grips, so that you are getting triple the practice.
Remember you need to put in the repetitions to get better, there is simply no way around that. 

Sunday, March 18, 2018


If you want to be able to handle yourself in a physical altercation, believe it or not you need to train in a combat sport. 

There I said it, and I mean it. 

I'm not dissing traditional martial arts, I'm telling you my formula. 
My formula is to use combat sports as a base, then add stuff from traditional martial arts and even modern tactical methods. 

It doesn't matter that there are rules in combat sports, the main idea is that you need to know what it's like to go head to head against an opponent that is fighting back. 

Many people don't want to give point fighting any credit, it's still a combat sport.

Even though I didn't know it at the time, when I was training in Kuk Sool Won, I was developing point fighting as my base. Of course I learned other materials such as joint locks and grab escapes, but when I actually fought I used point fighting.

Later I learned many Jeet Kune Do stuff that I applied to my point fighting. This included Savate style kicks that used the shoe to good use, finger jabs to the eyes and throat, foot jabs to the knee and shins, and the infamous oblique kick.   

I also learned Muay Thai Kickboxing. My Muay Thai skills were very basic, but I could clash shins with people and come out on top. I added other kicks to my Muay Thai base such as the axe kick and spinning heel kick from Tae Kwon Do. I also use to mix in a Koppo kick where one hand would touch the floor as I kicked high.  

The problem with combat sports is the injuries. No injury is worth it, so you need to experience combat sports as much as you can and then get out as fast as you can. After that you can do traditional martial arts for the rest of your life. 

In fact it may also be good to do traditional martial arts before you do combat sports because it's much easier. Traditional martial arts can act as a good prep school and then you can graduate to combat sports. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Improvised Weapons skills are good to have for self-defense.
It means that you have the ability to take an everyday common household item and use it effectively as a weapon.

Being able to choose the correct object is also part of the skill. 
Making a good choice requires prior experience of handling a similar object. 
Therefore you should actually train with everyday common household items.
Some items are too brittle, others are too awkward to hold.

Since our fighting skills come from the sticks, the goal is to transfer as much of your stick skills to the item at hand. 
Some things are easier to transfer your skills better than others. 

To help adapt to different items, you can start by training with sticks of different sizes.
When you train in double stick, make sure that the two sticks are not equal in size.
Normally when just working on double stick skills you want both sticks to have similar dimensions so that your not distracted and can focus purely on skill. 
However when training for improvised weapons, getting use to different sized weapons is critical.  

Furthermore stick fighting techniques can be trained in 4 different ways.
In other words you use your imagination to handle the stick as if it were each kind of weapon. 

1. Impact Weapon
2. Bladed Weapon
3. Flexible Weapon
4. Projectile Weapon

Friday, March 9, 2018


I have heard many people criticize martial arts knife training.

Their main argument is that in real life, if a person really wants to use a knife on you, they will hide the knife and sneak up on you. In other words they want to assassinate you. 

Yet most martial artists don't train in this scenario.
The training done in most martial arts does not involve assassination methods but instead dueling methods.

It's important to realize the difference between assassination and a duel.

To assassinate someone, you want to sneak up on them like a Ninja and take them out when they are least aware and most vulnerable.

A duel is when two people face off against each other and they are both aware of the situation. 

Most martial arts people train knife for dueling whether it's offense or defense. 

In modern times nobody duels anymore, so it's understandable why people criticize martial artists practicing knife duel methods.

There is one critical point though, the best way to survive an assassination attempt is to turn it into a duel.

Using your awareness, you must thwart the assassination attempt, once you do that, it will naturally become a duel. 

The first step is awareness. I have a system for awareness. I call it the RWEDT Alert System.  

Thursday, March 8, 2018


When a Muay Thai fighter faces a fighter from another discipline, many times they revert back to the leg kicking strategy for a completely dominant victory. 
You know, like the lumberjack chopping the tree down with his axe. No matter how big the tree, it eventually goes down.

You can see countless Muay Thai fights where leg kicks are used to crush those from other disciplines.
That tells you how effective leg kicks can be.
I advise you to take the time to sharpen up your leg kick so that it can be devastating.

When I first learned it, it began with just shin conditioning. 
I was told to kick everything in sight and I did, wooden table legs, steel poles, tennis rackets, glass bottles, Escrima sticks, and even banana trees.

The basic roundhouse kick taught in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, and Kung Fu is a good place to start. 
1. Get down the mechanics and develop control.
2. Then focus on angle in relation to your target. In other words, depending on where you and your opponent is at, you can gain or lose power in your strike. 

The next step is about converting to a Muay Thai Kick.
1. Aim with your knee so that you will hit the target with your shin rather than your foot. 
2. Your kicking leg should push off the ground with your toes. 
3. Twerk your shoulder, torso, and waist into the kick, also using your arms. 
4. This last step is the hardest part, it involves learning how to turn your base foot while doing everything else. 

If you look at  power kickers they turn their base foot all the way, like an axis on a spinning top. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018



Know that we don't want to be barehanded. 
We want to be in Long Range or further away.
Try to have an obstruction between you and the enemy.
If they want to assassinate you, you need to be aware.
Thwart the ambush by being aware and making distance.
When they fail to ambush you, it turns into a duel.

When you have the distance, it's ideal to take it step by step.

1. Distance Checking
2. Checking
3. Grab
4. Secure

Distance Checking helps you know if you can see and follow their movements.

Checking means that you can make contact on their attacking arm.

If you can grab their hand you got to wrap it up immediately to secure your hold.

Once you've secured their arm, the worst thing that can happen is when they pass the weapon to the other hand. 
Do not let them pass the weapon to the other hand, because you have no control over their free hand.

You should be thinking about disarming the enemy once the arm is secured. 

To disarm the enemy, you need to weaken their grip on the knife. 
You can weaken their grip with strikes, joint locks, and having them off balance. 
Once the grip is weak you can use any number of disarm techniques such as prying the knife out, striking the knife out, or grabbing the knife out of their grip. 



For exercise I can string together an infinitely long combo. 
But in real combat I don't want to combo more than 4 moves. 
Unless your Roy Jones Jr. don't do combos of 4 or more. 
There is no need for a super long combo because combos can be chained. 
Super long combos are bad because nobody can keep up the speed for long. 
Super long combos will zap your energy tank. 
Instead of doing super long combos it's smarter to chain short combos together.

We are going to take a look at the Angles of Attack Form #5. 

Angles of Attack Form #5: 
1. Downwards diagonal slash from the top right to the bottom left.
2. Downwards diagonal slash from top left to bottom right. 
3. Horizontal slash from right to left.
4. Horizontal slash from left to right. 
5. Stab to abdomen. 

Extract combos from this form by breaking it down into bits and pieces. 

Example of a two-hit combo from the Angles of Attack Form #5.
A) 1, 2
B) 2, 3
C) 3, 4
D) 4, 5

Example of a three-hit combo from the Angles of Attack Form #5.
A) 1, 2, 3
B) 2, 3, 4
C) 3, 4, 5
D) 4, 5, 1
E) 5, 1, 2

Friday, January 26, 2018

Coco Cross game review ロンポス ココクロース

by Lonpos

I had never seen or heard of this game before.
I was skeptical before trying it, but Coco Cross is amazing, I can't get enough of it!

First of all, I like how it's compact and travel friendly.
It doesn't take a lot to set it up, so putting it away is quick and easy too, just the way I like it.
Throughout the day I find myself playing a quick game and then putting it away.
The convenience factor is great.

More importantly the game itself is really fun.
You're flipping your block from the start position to the finish position.
It's that simple but for each level there is a limited amount of movements you are allowed to make.
So it is a puzzle game that challenges the brain.
It's fun but it makes you smarter, that's a win-win situation right there!

You might think that once you figure out a level you're done, but that really isn't the case. 
I find myself playing the same levels I already beat over and over because quite frankly I forget how I did it.
So it actually has a lot of replay value.

Mine comes with a red block and a blue block.
Once you get use to the red block and then you move to the blue block, you will be surprised at how much things feel different and more difficult!

I've seen online a version that comes with 2 additional blocks, green and yellow. 
Needless to say that version looks awesome!

Flipping a block to move around the gridded board is a fun mechanism.
Each level is a puzzle that gets harder and harder as you progress.
The game is challenging and rewarding when you're able to figure things out.
Quite addicting!
Easily one of the best games I own period!
Let me just go ahead and say that it's the best game I own. 
Highest possible recommendation!
5 out of 5 stars!!!!!

My Youtube COCOCROSS video

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Joe from Ti Rod Tactical interview

1. Why do you use Titanium?

  I thought about this and researched material options for many hours
prior to starting my business about two years ago. I almost
immediately ruled out Aluminum because it's fairly soft so it dings
easily, and can corrode under wet and salty conditions over time. It
can also be readily found in low cost mass produced Kubotans made
overseas with low cost labor.

  As I was basically hand making everything, I couldn't compete with
that, and so needed a material that produced a superior product, and
that gave enough added value to the user to justify my time and
investment in making them.

  By the way, the investment is quite substantial, as my lengthy (50+
pages) US Utility Patent filing two years ago has cost over $13,000 so
far, and we will be responding to the USPTO First Office Action later
this month, which is likely to be another $3,000 or so. It doesn't
take long when your Attorney has a $375.00 Hourly Rate!  I have about
the same total investment in materials, including a well used older
Horizontal Metal Cutting Band Saw and 2" wide Belt Sander.  So the
Products I produce had to be worth my time, investment, AND the buyers
funds outlay to make the business feasible.

  Stainless Steel was also a possibility, but I was looking for an EDC
stick that wouldn't tear through pants pockets due to the weight over
time. Considering pockets are already loaded with keys, change, and
assorted odds and ends,...keeping weight reasonable was important.

Titanium was chosen because it has lots of properties that make a
Kubotan or Yawara Stick a better product. It's about half the weight
by volume of Stainless Steel, is rustproof and inert to most solvents.
Titanium's strength to weight rating is much higher than steel in
almost all measures, and as Titanium is stressed it resists additional
stresses much like a progressive spring.

  One other quality I like, especially noticed in my longer Walking
Sticks and Staffs, is that it tends to absorb some of the shock and
vibration in use.  That's why Titanium, often in the same Grade 5
Alloy, makes a comfortable high end Bicycle Frame. This last trait is
not noticed in my Kubotan Sized Yawara Sticks, because of their much
shorter lengths. But you will never "break" one in half during use!

  And vitally important, Grade 5 Titanium (6AL-4V,  an alloy of 90%
Titanium, 6% Aluminum, and 4% Vanadium) is looked at by most folks as
a superior and premium material. The alloys add strength and
toughness, among other things. The Grade 5 Titanium Alloy I use is
often referred to as "Aerospace Grade 5 Titanium", because it is used
in the Aerospace  field due to the qualities previously outlined, as
well as it's very high melting point.

2. Why are there 50 models?

  I didn't intend to start out that way,...really!  But over the
months as I worked with the material making my first walking sticks,
and later a Yawara Stick ( 6-1/8" x .4375" version), I found myself
sitting with LOTS of smaller Titanium pieces that I wanted to find a
use for because Titanium is costly.

  The 2-3/4" Key Ring Carry short stick came about as a way to make
use of the end of rod cut offs, and became my 2nd model. It has become
a popular item as well, because it is so light and handy when carried
at the end of your keys. You definitely WON'T forget to take it with
you either, as no keys usually means "NO Go!"

This is the model I'm talking about, and the pics show it in use:

  Funny thing is, when I'm sitting down with a respirator on, sanding
and beveling the ends on my reinforced rubber handles (made from
reinforced Auto Fuel Line), I have a lot of time to "think" to keep
the monopoly of it all in check and occupy my mind. Same when I'm
using a dedicated Triple Header electrical shaver to remove most of
the reinforcement threads embedded in the rubber;  I have lots of time
to think!

  My very popular Palm Cap Stick came about like that,.....and now
made in several lengths has sold well into 20 Countries so far.  This
stick, like many of them, are offered in several sizes for a couple of
reasons. Hand sizes vary greatly, and especially so between Men's and
Women's hands. SO by necessity I really have to offer something that
will work well for everyone. On some extremely small or larger hands,
I can even make a slight adjustment in the grip length for best
fit,....certainly something not available in a large output overseas
factory. For me it's easy, because I already do the hand work on each

3. What is the Fist-Lock feature?

  My Fist-Lock™ feature places the raised rubber grip into that small
pocket created where your fingers meet the hand, when you make a fist.
Working much like a Key Way holding a wheel onto an electric motor
arbor, this grip forms a "mechanical connection" to the hand.

  Most grips depend on friction and hand strength alone to secure the
tool in hand, whereas the Fist-Lock™ grip will remain secure without
"white knuckling" the stick, especially under wet or weakened user
conditions! As my Patent Lawyer outlines in our application, the
defensive stick cannot be pulled from the hand for as long as the user
remains conscious! :-)

  One other important feature of this grip is that for grappling, pain
compliance, and locking maneuvers, you can still have a great grip on
your stick while your hand is OPEN! This  allows use of your Thumb and
Tips of your Fingers to act as a sort of pinching "Claw", allowing you
to dig the tip into wrist or other bony areas!

  And finally, this grip automatically indexes and centers the stick
for hammer fist strikes, yet allows instant stick position changes for
forward thrusting to the head or neck, or simply pushing the tip into
those same areas to bring someone to the ground without seriously
hurting them. (obnoxious drunk grabbing at you comes to mind, but not
a perceived serious threat)

4. Can they be used for something other than self-defense?

  Oh yeah they CAN! :-)  My Palm Cap Sticks sticks (link below) have
seen regular use as a portable Door Knocker by Home Delivery
Professionals (pizza delivery for example), Process Servers bringing
bad news, and as an Acupressure Tool. One of my 5" lengths is used by
a Medical Doctor Kidney Specialist that does Acupressure and
Acupuncture work once a week.

  I've personally used one of my shorter 4-1/4" or 4-1/2" Palm Cap
Sticks to relieve a stress headache, by placing the domed tip into
that hollow at the base of the neck, and leaning back into a couch or
chair to apply pressure there. Usually after just a few minutes the
headache disappears!

  It also makes a fine Medicinal Pill Crusher to break up stronger
medications into a water bottle or juice cap, and then add to powder
the liquid and shake. This can ease stomach upsets with some of the
stronger medications, while generally speeding medication absorption
times. (even simple headaches can go away faster this way)

  One final way I've used the Palm Cap Stick, a 5" one usually, is
when I needed to tenderize a tough cut of Beef. After rinsing off the
rubber tip, you can pound the toughness out of the meat AND practice
your Hammer Fist Strikes at the same time!

  Cook prepping  couldn't be more fun,... and if you want Cube Steak
instead, reverse the stick and use the bare Titanium Tip.  A great way
to work on your accuracy, while helping the lady of the house get
dinner ready! (and I bet she won't have to even ask you! :-)

By the way, even my double ended Yawara Sticks can do many of these
functions, but the comfort of the fully domed tip excels in comfort
for Acupressure use, especially.

5. What makes yours different from others?

  I'd previously spent 35 years as a Bench Jewelry Repairman and
Diamond Setter, so my attention to detail carries over into this
endeavor also. I'm also proud of the sheer variety of innovative and
useful designs, the use of quality materials, and the hand fit and
finish work to "my" standards.

  This is the same standard I used when I did Jewelry work those 35
years, and is simply IF I wouldn't be satisfied with a finished job if
I were making it for "myself", the customer won't ever get it and I'll
do it OVER until I would be satisfied with it!  A bit OCD perhaps, but
in all these years a philosophy that has never let me, or my

  While my sticks are never meant to be finished to a high end piece
of expensive Jewelry (they are "banging" tools, after all), it
certainly can be said my customers have noted and commented on the
workmanship through their reviews that they were impressed.

  One other thing that I do differently, is that I offer a "ONE Year
Money Back Guarantee If Not Delighted".  That was an easy decision for
me really, as I know my work. Over the last two years and between
1,200 to 1,300 sticks sold, not one has ever been returned for refund
for not being "delighted".  A pretty good record I think. :-)

  In the interest of fair and open disclosure, one ebay buyer used a
USA re-shipper, and after the re-shipper got the lightweight 6" x
.365" Yawara stick, he notified the buyer in Australia that he
believed it was illegal in that Country and would be seized if shipped
there, so he sent in back to me and I fully refunded the buyer. The
buyer REALLY wanted the stick, but bad Aussie Law curtailed delivery
so that's not really a return for not being happy with it. I believe I
had one exchange also,...for a heavier, longer, and more expensive
model because his hand was HUGE!

  In the end, I enjoy working with my hands and it shows. I'm also a
bit "Old School", in that  the customer comes first. Many days when
I'm a bit jammed on orders, I don't get a meal until after I ship
about 4:00 or 5:00 PM. (a great way to keep my weight in check too :-)
Virtually everything is shipped the same day too,  if at all possible
depending mostly on how late an order arrives.

6. What is your best seller?

  My Palm Cap Stick in all lengths is probably the best "overall"
seller, but I think it's important to note that this stick is sold in
many lengths, and configurations. I have this basic stick listed for
Pocket Carry, Neck Carry with a separate Carriage with cord, and as a
Belt Carry using a Leather Belt Keeper and Hose Carriage. With the
belt carry, you can remove the leather belt keeper and use the stick
and carriage for carrying keys also. Also, ALL of them can be Pocket
Carried by not using the Hose Carriages.

  If you're talking of stand alone Best Seller, I would say my
Flagship Model 6-1/8" x .50" Titanium Yawara Stick takes the Title
today. Before I came up with that about a year ago, the heaviest
Yawara Stick I made was a thinner 6-1/8" x .447" Titanium Yawara
Stick. That too was, and still is a good seller.

7. Which is your favorite model?

  This is kind of hard for me to answer because I like and regularly
carry a LOT of them at the same time. In fact, I often carry 3 or 4
models, spread out throughout my various pants and jacket
pockets, case I'm wrapped up in any way restricting access to my
main stick. (My main stick is a 6-1/8" x .50" Titanium Yawara carried
in my right front pants pocket)

  But I ALWAYS have my Key Ring Carry short stick in my hand going to
the car or house, as the cap is hidden from view yet the stick tip
instantly available if needed to repel an attack. I also carry a
5-1/2" x .50" lightweight (1.4 oz) Black Delrin in my shirt pocket,
and I don't even notice it.

  In my Left Front Pocket I carry my "Fun" stick, a 5" x .50" Delrin
or Titanium Yawara Stick that I like to spin one handed left side.
I'll sit in a movie or eating lunch at the Mall or elsewhere
(sometimes driving but don't tell anyone :-) and spin it ladder style
working it up and down my fingers, sometimes thousands of times. It's
a great workout for the hand, and loosens it up for sure. I have one
short 4-5/8" x .442" dedicated Hand Rehabilitation Model that I also
use often, because it's length and domed tips slide over the hand web
between thumb and first finger the best :-)

8. What do you like about Yawara sticks?

  Truthfully, I really like the fact that I know my Yawara sticks can
save lives down the road, and especially enjoy hearing back from my
customers. It's also amusing when I see a first time customer order a
lower priced item from me ($15-$25), only to reorder within a day of
two of receiving it with a much larger order totaling over $150 at

One customer in Hawaii did that TWICE within a week! I think they
were "testing" me, perhaps, to see if my products really are that
good.  It's gratifying when this happens because I know I've done my
job the best I know how. It also doesn't hurt that I can also pay some
bills and eat that week. :-)

  I'll be age 62 come this July, and I fully understand there are many
less days going forward than have past. So I'd like to think I can
leave something behind to help folks stay safer, and wouldn't mind
leaving something behind for my son and daughter should I ever License
some of the sticks.

9. Do you have any martial arts/police/security/military background?

  Short answer here,....none of that but I do train at home the best I
can with my sticks. I am waiting for my local MA guy (John Borter,
with classes in Albany, NY) to get a few Yawara Classes together, so I
can get some more hands on work done. If you're nearby to Albany,
check him out at:

10. Message for your customers/fans?

  Well,'s certainly been a journey, and I've met and communicated
with many fine folks throughout the World in my current work. I want
to thank each and every one of my customers for your support of my
small USA based business. Many of these customers come from twenty
different Countries to date, and the refugee crisis has made many
worried for their own safety around the World. The World truly is not
what it once was,...but there are many more of you I hope to meet and
help you to "Stay Safe" a little bit better.

  As I've come to understand when I drive down the road most
days,.....EVERY one of the cars coming toward me could someday become
one of my customers. They just have to find me.... :-)

Stay Safe!
Joe T