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1  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Umpad Corto-Kadena on: October 29, 2007, 07:23:31 PM
Hey Folks,

I just put up some classic video of Maestro Umpad on visayaneskrima.com , check it out!
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: What Styles do you Blend into your Kali? on: September 24, 2007, 02:44:14 PM
Ive been lucky to have some great teachers in several different systems that I incorporate into my training. Judo, Ju Jitsu, kickboxing, wrestling and Eskrima. I was also fortunate enough to have Maestro Umpad  help me to blend it all together.  After thirty years of training and ten years of bouncing I can honestly say the most effective striking Ive found for street fighting is......Karate.  Old fashion hard style Karate. The kind you used to be able to find here up to the early 80s when lawsuits turned most schools into kata commando training.

If trained well, its simple, powerful and easy to do under stress. Combine that with a good base from judo and wrestling and you will be a handful for anyone. I know its not in vogue, but sometimes newer isnt always better..kettlebells anyone?
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Syderco's balisong legal troubles on: June 09, 2007, 12:06:51 AM
Does anyone have any more info on this,I smell a rat.  It just seems odd with all the balis flying around the internet, that they decided to go after spyderco. As I understand it the blades were imported and the handles,finishing and assembly was done here.

Spyderco is a great company, the bigger they get the better their products. They have also made a huge effort to to produce more and more of their products in the US.  That is a rarity in the free market, let alone the knife market. Oh, and they tend to come up with their own ideas for their products.

And no, I'm not sponsored by or make any money from spyderco. I had one of their enduras for over a decade that I beat to hell. I used it every day for all those things you wouldn't use one of your "nice" knives for.  I had sharpened it to death, broke the lock and snapped the clip off. I sent it in expecting nothing and they sent me a brand new knife for free, how many company's would do that?

I hope people support them during this asinine witch hunt and buy their products.
4  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: sparring/fighting with bladed weapons on: June 01, 2007, 09:58:56 PM
Hi armydoc,

I was trying to come up with a way to avoid the crashing people seem to do while fighting, be it at the Gathering or training at home. Then sting comes along with a brilliant and simple idea to break on the clinch. When I read it I laughed at myself....out loud.

I still plan on exploring it as a drill and I'm sure Maija will be happy to cut me to ribbons in the process.

5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: sparring/fighting with bladed weapons on: May 31, 2007, 02:14:06 PM
CWS brings up an excellent point about who we are most likely to face in a street encounter. The skills learned while dueling an expert are incredibly important. However, when dealing with an amateur / thug you have to make a conscious adjustment or suffer the consequence. 

When sparring with Maestro Sonny you could not check him to hard or to long. A hard check would give him to much information and he would immediately switch to your vulnerable side and light you up with multiple cuts. You had to be neutral in your defense or you would die........sooner anyway.

On the other hand, one of my training partners is an expert level boxer with no weapon experience. The first time we sparred with knives he threw a right hook to my neck which I cross check/cut quite easily. The problem was that he wasn't looking for information, he was looking for my neck.  While he took a debilitating cut to his fore arm, I took a knife in the neck. It wasn't my training that was lacking but my mindset.

So I was thinking that knife fights(sparing) could be in two parts. Have an attacker and a defender that would switch roles in the second round. The attackers goal is to grab and stab, only being able to use the knife after they got a hold of the defender. The defenders job is to evade and cut/thrust. At three? cuts, the attacker has to break and start over.

My thinking is that this would really work the defenders evasion skills. With separate goals ,the players might not get frustrated and go in for the double kill?  I'm sure this can be improved upon, so I would appreciate any comments.
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: sparring/fighting with bladed weapons on: May 26, 2007, 05:12:56 PM
Great topic Maija, thanks for bringing it up.

Finding the most realistic way to spar/train with knives is the hardest task in self defense. I'm really looking forward to everyones response. There are so many variables I'm just going to put out what I have observed in no particular order.

 If our goal is self defense we should focus on what we carry (3 to 4 inch folders).
  That fighting with small folders is dramatical different than even using a 6 inch knife.
 That attacking the weapon hand with a small knife is a bad idea and the shorter your opponents weapon,the harder it is.
 That generally speaking, stopping shots with a knife aren't killing shots, and vice versa. (by stopping shot, I mean a hit which will momentarily freeze your opponent)
  That being first is the most important thing, so fighting from the draw has to be incorporated.
  That your blood pressure can be your worst enemy in a knife fight, dramatical increasing the effects of knife wounds.
  Use your environment when you spar. We( my training partners )have a Bar and a parking lot to spar in.
  How do we use deception and distraction in a training environment?

I'm sorry that was all so random but I would appreciate any input. I'm very interested in the shock knife and if anyone has any experience with it could you give your opinion on its use?

Something to think about:
 One night at work I saw a fight about a block away from me between a patron who had just left the club and a homeless guy. In the time it took me to run up to them, the homeless guy had broken his wine bottle (BTW many street people drink wine because the bottles are thicker and can take more impact when broken) and had repeatedly stabbed the patron in the chest, both sides of his neck and when he turned to run, in both kidneys. The attacker ran off leaving me and the victim.  This guy was a mess but was enraged. Trying to control and help him was all but impossible,and he was still thrashing and cursing as the ambulance took him away.The police came back and told me he had died on the way to the hospital.

Several things have stuck with me from that encounter:
The terrifying level of skill of the attacker.
The massive amount of damage the victim sustained and was still very capable of fighting for a long time.
So how do we train for this?
7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: What would you have done? on: March 27, 2007, 09:30:02 PM
Greetings everyone,

This is a heavy subject for a first post but I had to say something. I watched that clip and I was disgusted and enraged but I wasn't surprised.  I worked as a bouncer for about ten years and have had to deal with similar incidents more than once.

To be clear, I think being a cop is the hardest job you can do. I have many friends that are in LE and they are good people. I have all the respect in the world for good cops. Unfortunately putting on a badge doesn't fix a bad person it just gives them more leeway until they are caught.

This is probably the worst defensive situation possible.  You are dealing with an enraged intoxicated psychopath who is armed and above the law. What has gone through my head in a similar situation isn't just what can I do to stop this guy but can I do it without killing him? If you attack someone like that you have to shut him down HARD , or his rage and firearm will be directed at you. What happens if the responding officer is his friend?  Good cops hang out with good cops and bad cops do the same. What if there is no video tape to corroborate your story?  What is written in the report by the arresting officer is trump and if he is also bad your life is over.

So to put yourself in that situation you also have to cram all of that in your head while you deal with an armed monster in close quarters. I'm not saying you should run and hide but this situation is much bigger than just the fight in front of you.

I'm sorry to only pose more questions but I think they are important to this discussion.
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