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Boxing was my first fighting sport love. I like all the greats but I was always blown away at the skills of Roy Jones Jr. Take a look at this clip and check out the amazing speed, reach length, and stamina. Roy is as blinding fast in late round fights as if it were still round 1. He could follow up repeated same punches faster than you could fire mixed combinations. And he had wild swinging hooks that were crazy fast. This is a great compilation for any fight fan. Enjoy!
There are a couple of blogs I like to read. Brian VanCise & Hock Hochheim are 2 of my favorites. Looking through Brian's blog today, I saw a great video he posted from Funker Tactical. Let me tell you, from someone who has kickboxed and been in actual fights, I can tell you this video is SPOT ON! I know I'm striking a nerve with the many instructors that teach blocking systems and I have studied them for years also. BUT.... in a real fight, you need to close the gap and get on the offensive immediately! NEVER stand back and block.... you will get knocked out. Get in close and go for the targets not shown in this video also. They are playing nice since they are creating Police scenarios. If you are studying Martial Arts for Self Defense (vs exercise) and, at some point, your instructor is not creating actual fight scenarios to try what you're studying... get out of there! My 2 cents... every MA needs to have a toolbox which includes punching, slapping, chokes (and defense from a choke), and strikes/ kicks I won't mentioned here. Grappling skills are important too BUT remember this.... the goal is to END THE ALTERCATION quickly.... not fight. When you are out in public with the wife and kids, you have to eliminate your threats quickly to protect them. So know what your most devastating strikes are and keep them at the top of your toolbox.
Over the past months, I have had multiple groups and customers tell me of their Nok “styled” knives breaking or falling apart. So I dug into the situation and found that one or more companies have copied the look of a Nok knife and internet retailers are selling them online, sometimes as “Nok styled knives”.
Obviously this is affecting Nok’s reputation since people are wary and can’t tell the difference by photos. Nok knives are very distinctive in looks and this makes it very confusing to consumers.
Please feel free to repost this to get the word out! Thanks’ from John & Nok.
Here are several pictures and an email from one customer that purchased a “knock off” Nok knife.
Hi, I am interested in purchasing a Nok Machete (training) unfortunately; I have had a bad experience the last time I purchased a training knife like the one I am looking at (it is was not from you guys). The first time I engaged it in a disarm drill it snapped in half, the place where I got it from said it was not meant to be used for contact drills, only for solo work? Is this the case with this machete, as it is for use in live defense drills not to just swing around?
Nok knives have been around for over 15 years and they are highly crafted and made from very strong hardwoods and padded material. They are made in Thailand by Nok herself. Nok and her husband, Randy Hodges, are very well respected in the AMOK world and generate some of the best reality based training knives on the market. They will stand up to hard contact training against other Nok knives and will tolerate disarm drills, floor slams, and anything you can dish out to them in a hand to hand combat scenario. (Do not use them against aluminum training knives or face masks since that can tear the padded surface)
Other than TAK, Nok knives can also be purchased in the United States from:
Instinctive Response Training (Brian Vancise)
All TAK Training Knives & Swords (except Compressor series) are made from polycarbonate. We use 3/8" thick material which gives a wider striking surface to displace impact force.
What are the Benefits of Polycarbonate? Outstanding impact strength! No other thermoplastic comes close to matching the impact strength of polycarbonate, making it the ideal material for TAK Training Knives & Swords. You can wail our swords against a hard pell 110% all day long and the sword will win!
Here is an excellent video from National Cycle demonstrating their superior polycarbonate windshields. Keep in mind that these windshields are only 3/16" thick vs. the 3/8" material we use on TAK trainers!