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Martial Arts Topics / PR-24 or Tonfa compared to Kali stick
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:17:36 PM »
I was just watching an old episode of the TV show Cops and noticed it was one where the cops were still carrying the old standard pr-24 side handle baton. This got me wondering how that compares to a straight baton or kali stick. I personally have no experience with either a pr-24 or a tonfa so can't really compare. I would imagine that it would at the very least be more complicated to use, but would also imagine that it would have a wider variety of uses due to the handle. Has anyone here used both? What are your thoughts on the differences in power and techniques and how much harder or easier is it to use? Is a pr-24 something that is even useful enough to learn? Or is it more just for show?

Martial Arts Topics / Fighting the Untrained...
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:44:35 AM »
I just watched a video that was posted on Eric Knaus's Facebook where he fought someone with no mask. First things first, the guy he fought should be glad he didn't catch one of his backhands... those things look like they'll kill you! But also it was interesting to watch because both fighters were being very cautious... you could tell they both had a great deal of respect for what would happen if they got hit. Because of this the fight had, in my opinion, a bit of a slower feel to it. This got me thinking "I wonder how different the fight would look if his opponent didn't have that respect... didn't understand that he can't just rush in and swing wildly". You could easily say that Eric would have just stepped back and let him have one of those backhands and that's all she wrote. Either way though I think the next time I'm sparring I'm going to ask my friend to try to emulate your typical street thug attack and see how I react to it. I figure if I ever have to defend myself that is the most likely scenario and so that's the one for which I want to be prepared.

Martial Arts Topics / Solo training
« on: April 04, 2011, 09:50:06 PM »
Hello all. I have a question for the folks here that have experience fighting at the Gathering. I really would love to be able to fight at the Gathering of the Pack, but have thus far been unable to find any kind of quality training. It's always been a matter of simply being out of reach as far as  distance goes, or it costing more than I can afford right now. I do however have just about all of the DBMA instructional DVDs and was wondering if it would actually be possible to, at least on a limited level, prepare by solo training with the videos. I do have a little bit of a background in martial arts. I was even able to train with Guro Griffin for a short time. Most of what I know though has come from study I have done on my own and what I guess you would call "real world experience". Anyway, what are your thoughts on this?

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