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.
Check out this great video showing Fred Mastro breaking a choke hold. Reality based technique very effective but you do need to practice the maneuver. Simple, gross motor skills which can be executed while being shoved backwards.
Maestro Erik Buenaflor teaches Siete Pares Escrima in San Antonio, TX. His group uses a few of the TAK trainers and had some very kind words. If you are in the area, I would suggest to reach out to him. I really appreciate how they train hard with the proper equipment. Function is better than flash every time!
Check out his Facebook page: Siete Pares Escrima
A little more on the The Fighting Tomahawk video. If this is not in your collection, it should be. It is one of the best produced videos so hats off to Paladin Press. This clip shows only one small segment of the video but every chapter is so different than the other, it is amazing to watch. It covers the historical perspective, how to train, actual fight scenarios, training equipment, and more.
I'm very passionate about certain topics. And this is one of them.
Honor, Integrity, Trustworthiness, and Responsibility are all traits of people that have served in the military. They are the people that are standing up for your right to be free, express yourself, and not live in fear. They are the protectors. The people who go and do what the rest don't want to do or can't do. Many of them have died. And that is what Memorial Day is for, honoring the fallen soldiers.
It's hard to single out one person who exemplifies the above traits. There are many. Many killed in battle and many that made it back alive, scarred or not. So, I could talk about my dad, my uncle, or many friends. But I want to single out one person who, fortunately, made it back.
A very good friend of mine, Roger, used to tell many stories of his father-in-law, Medal of Honor recipient, Col Van Barfoot. The best thing about these stories was not what he did during the war, it was about how people were so honored to meet Col. Barfoot through his later years. I am proud that so many people in this country still honor our veterans and show them respect.
To honor our fallen veterans during this Memorial Day, please take a few minutes to learn about Col. Van Barfoot and reflect on what heroes are made of. While you're firing up the BBQ on the long weekend, stop a moment and give thanks for all of those who put their lives on the line so that you can live free.
Update: Col. Barfoot's Son In Law, Roger, is a very good friend of mine. I was very honored to have him bestow upon me this challenge coin. Knowing how much Roger admired Col. Barfoot makes it that much more special. A treasure to cherish from a great friend.
How do you train with a gun? There is more than 1 correct answer.
Just like when training with any Martial Art, you go easy sometimes to "get the movement down". Then when you and your partner get in the rhythm, you pick it up some. Maybe you get to 50 % and pop each other a little. Cool! Of course, you could go for the max and sport fight. Maybe ring your opponent's bell on the way to winning.
Gun training has it phases also. Training at the range: nice and easy, breathe out, squeeze slooowly- BANG. OK, that's fun. But is it practical? Yes- to a point. It is important to be able to accurately shoot. So now you're in class. If it's MA or LEO, you're doing scenario drills with a big, hard, heavy chunk of plastic called a "training gun". Are you sure it's not an impact weapon? Could you knock someone out with it? Could you break your buddies finger when you strip it from his hand? What would happen if you hit him with it? If you've done this before, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. The training becomes a JOKE because you are using a damned useless training tool and between "making sure your finger is out of the trigger guard", and "don't scrape the gun across your opponent", and"wear gloves to avoid cuts", and "don't hit with the gun", your training session becomes a slow speed dance that has NO similarity to a real fight with someone holding a GUN! Your slow speed "careful" training is going to get you KILLED! You are practicing at the wrong speed and intensity so your timing and response characteristics will be WRONG. There are no 2nd chances with an attacker with a gun. Think about it for a minute.
Every time I trained hand to hand with a training gun, I walked away thinking "there has got to be a better way". So just like everything else we develop, we started at ground zero and designed a training gun the way it should be no matter what. We wanted a gun that 1) would not break your finger, 2) had a stiff barrel structure for strips, 3) is made from a semi-soft material so you can have impact, 4) has smooth front and rear sights and no protruding levers, 5) has the correct overall shape, 6) and is clearly identifiable as a training gun whether in or out of a holster.
And we did it! The TAK Impactor Training Gun has all the features required for a safer and more realistic training session.
Here is a very good tutorial for sharpening with a stone. As someone who has experimented with sharpening for 20 + years, I always find tutorials leave out small but critical details, but this guy covers them. So, give it a watch, and consider picking up our inexpensive sharpening kit and sharpen up all those old pocket knives you have laying in your desk drawer.
Hint: I use a stone to keep a razor edge on an X-Acto blade. Have been using the same blade for 5+ years. The metal is so soft, all it takes is about 10 passes on each side. Not as sharp as new but still very sharp and saves a lot of $ in replacement blades.