December 02, 2015

Gotta Love Physics!

This is a great video that explains, very simply, how a wider surface area spreads energy. Of course, this is the concept behind TAK Polycarbonate Training Knives. A wider surface area and light weight allow higher intensity, and therefore more realistic training. A step further gets you to Nok Hard Contact Training Knives where padding is added into the mix.

Jason Thalken, a physicist, has produced a series of very interesting videos explaining the dynamics behind fighting, impact, momentum, etc. I really enjoyed the videos and think they are worth watching. If you are a fighter, you have a basis to understand what he is talking about since you have experienced it. If you are a beginner, his discussions could lead you to being a better fighter. 



November 08, 2015

Reality Based Training!

Surfing some of my favorite MA sites the other day and came across a post on Brian VanCise's "Instinctive Edge" web page that referenced these videos.

No matter how or what you train- the type of reality based training in the below videos has to be practiced.

All the flow drills in the world will not prepare you for a real attack. Listen carefully to what Deane Lawler is saying. The key takeaway is that there is no prior warning in most cases. He's not talking about a bar brawl where escalation occurs and you know it's going to happen. He is talking about a criminal who is going to be as effective and crude as possible to disable you. Basically- an ambush.

And- this is why we make and sell the best training knives for this type of all out training. You cannot train like this with heavy aluminum training knives. You will seriously injure your partner. Even if you strike at 25% of this, you will seriously injure your partner with aluminum training knives. Our lighter polycarbonate training blades with wide striking surfaces allow for moderate contact. Our Compressor series allows for the type of training in these videos (look at what they are using). And right in the middle are the Nok Hard Contact training knives which allow for full contact training but you will feel the impact.

Reality Based Training means training for hard core real life situations, not using blunt impact objects because they look good and feel heavy. Gear up for Reality Based Training and get ready for the real world!

October 14, 2015

November 13-15, 2015: Virginia Beach, VA – “MBC on the Beach” with Michael Janich

In this seminar, Michael Janich presented comprehensive instruction in the fundamental skills of his Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) system and expanded on those skills to introduce progressive training methods that support higher skill development with edged and improvised weapons.

The 2015 MBC on the Beach event also featured an expanded three-day format to include Janich’s streamlined approach to stick and long-blade fighting (Sobadiwan Eskrima), unarmed combative skills, ground fighting tactics, and other instructional topics based on student interests.

Michael will be back in 2016 (Veteran's Day Weekend) for another session. If you have any questions, contact the event host and promoter:

Gary Mah at or 757-589-4030

August 23, 2015

Big Escrima Sticks !

Every so often, we would get a request for a larger than 1" diameter stick. Large practitioners that can or want to handle the heavier weights now have 2 new options to pick from, the +P at 17 ounces and the +P+ at 21 ounces.

These heavy sticks also do a good job of bridging into what you might be using for an improvised weapon. To be honest, when we first started working with them, they would wear you out. However, you get used to it and it is very satisfying to wallop a pell or bag!

Since all of our Bodyguard Escrima Sticks use the same polymer, there is no shock transmitted to the hand. These sticks can withstand any amount of punishment you can dish out.



July 08, 2015

Princeton, NJ Karambit Seminar Sunday July 19, 2015

Justifiable Force's Karambit Combatives Seminar occurred on July 19, 2015. All attendees received a TAK Training Karambit! Michael Wolhfert teaches very practical combatives classes. If you are in the NJ, PA, NY region, you owe it to yourself to check out his website and school.


Justifiable Force website:

For more info, call: (908) 723-2255

June 06, 2015

Expandable Sheath for Training Knives and Training Batons

We've been promising this for a long time. We now, finally, have sheaths for small to medium sized Training Knives!

Use them on a belt, gi, or sweats; the clip attached securly to all!

Watch the video for examples of knives that fit this sheath and the different carry options with rotation of the sheath.

May 15, 2015

Red Dragon Armory HEMA Swords designed by Dave Rawlings

TAK now stocks 4 models of Training Swords produced by the Red Dragon Armory and designed by Dave Rawlings.

 These high impact polymer swords are excellent for high intensity sparring. We selected Rawlings since they are highly respected in the HEMA, WMA, SCA, and LARP communities.

 These swords are manufactured in the UK at the Red Dragon facility and feature steel inserts in the blade. The insert passes through the handle and secures the pommel. They come with rubber grips that give superior tactile connection to the hand. We stock the swords with a silver blade, black guard, and brown grip for maximum realism.