If you love knives.... you'll love Blade Show!
Everything is there. The major companies, custom makers, materials suppliers, machinery manufacturers. Enough to keep you gawking for 2-3 days easy.
John from TAK will be at the show. No booth but just to make contact with all of our friends. If you need trainers made for a live blade you are producing or just want to say hello, drop us an email and we'll send you his cell phone number so you can touch base at the show.
Well, this is long overdue! Finally there is a training knife that emits a light and/ or a beep when contact is made on the tip or cutting edge. 2 different colored lights (switch selectable) make it suitable for distinguishing who made the cut.
We have been testing these for a few weeks now and feel confident that they are going to a be a valuable asset in your gear bag when it's time to amp up into reality based training.
This trainer is available in a clear polycarbonate or nickel finish blade. Both look and work great so it really is just a matter of preference. The clear blade has indents, grooves, and text embedded so the light really picks up these items and the blade is easy to see. It also "glows" more since the clear helps with the light transmission.
OK.... Wing Chun video on a knife and stick website??
I don't know the first thing about Wing Chun but as a follow up to the previous Blog post, this video by Dominick Izzo is intriguing to me. I like how, as an instructor, he adjusts his style to make it a "fightable" art. These are the guys that are forward thinkers. They tinker, challenge the norm, and transition from art to realty.
Remember when you started your training? Your instructors were "gods". You learned every thing they said. You defended why your art/ style/ technique was the best. And if you were like me, somewhere between year 1 and 2, you started to wonder "when the hell can I pull this off in a real fight". If you participated in open sparring at your school, you quickly discovered that you reverted back to the basics. Natural gross motor skills. You only used your "tricky" maneuvers after you stunned your partner and knew you had time to set up that spinning back kick because he was seeing stars.
So watch the video and notice how he carefully analyzes weight distribution, leaving yourself open, etc. Now think about your art. Any weak spots in there? Should you refine them or toss them? What are your go to techniques and will they work in a real fight?
This is a really good clip from Funker Tactical. It's important to know how to use improvised weapons such as a flashlight, palm stick, Worden Travel Wrench or Saf-T-Wrench, etc. There are times when you cannot carry a gun or even a knife (try to get in a concert now with a knife let alone TSA). Empty hands is usually your starting point in a fight. Having something you can transition to or even better, have at the ready when needed, will give you an extra margin of effectiveness IF you use it properly. And that's what I like about this video. It shows the use of gross, natural motor skills in the strikes and for some of you, you see the FMA checking come into play.
A long time ago, I was in a Hoch seminar and he made a point so strong it has stuck with me till now. He said "I've got 75 tools (techniques) in my bag that I can do but when a real fight occurs, I'm probably only going to use 5 or 6 and they are all very basic." He went on to talk about how everybody has certain techniques that feel "right" to them and those should be your "go to" tools. So, with improvised weapons, you need to practice with them, not just carry them and hope that when you need to execute, some scenario you had in your head will work. It's only thru pell/ Bob/ partner training that you going to know that "your" technique will feel right to you. So grab a pair of gloves and a throwaway flashlight, watch the video, and go try the same techniques. Do the drills, find 'your" favorite strikes/ defends, then practice 10 minutes every other day for a month, and you will "burn" the motions into you to become automatic.
The tournament will be hosted by Siete Pares Escrima in San Antonio TX.
Long Stick 36"
RULES FOR THE SINGLE STICK/ DOUBLE STICK / LONG STICK/ MULTI WEAPON:
NO WEKAF - Modified Point sparring with a 3 hit total strikes max if all the strikes are to the hands, arms, legs and body before breaking the fighters so the 3 judges could call points before immediately restarting the match.
1 Round - 5 minute continues round.
Please call for Knife Rules (210) 367-1877. Mastro Erik Buenaflor, SietePares777@outlook.com
Cost: Registration Fee before January 13th is $30 which will include one event and $10 each additional event you wish to participant in.
Registration Fee after January 13th is $40 which will include one event and $15 each additional event you wish to participant in.
HEALY MURPHY CENTER
618 Live Oak St
San Antonio , TX 78202
Our friend Dennis Ocampo of the Sina Tirsia Wali Kali System recently did a training video for the new TheUltimateKnife.com CDHK Folding Karambit. Take a look at the video to see Dennis properly demonstrate the techniques and pay attention to the targets. The Karambit is a tricky knife to get used to. If you've mostly used straight blades, it takes a while to get comfortable with the proper wrist rotations to make effective cuts. Dennis makes it look easy but this is a man of mad skills! I have watched Dennis at seminars before and am amazed at his lightening speed, intensity, and quick reflexes. Enjoy!
Another fantastic 3 day MBC training camp with Michael Janich was held in VA Beach November 2016. Michael had a large turnout of instructors so everybody received personal attention and tune ups. Many thanks to Gary Mah for hosting these yearly events. Stay tuned to the MBC website to look for additional opportunities around the country to train with the MBC instructors.