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Martial Arts Topics / Being Prepared without Being Paranoid
« on: June 15, 2008, 01:58:34 AM »
(Woof All:  I've renamed the thread with what I think is a better name)

This thread is the continuation of a tangent from the Knife for Self Defense thread:

Maija wrote: I think it is an interesting balance you talk about between expecting danger at any moment, and not thinking it will ever happen .... how do you live a relaxed and happy life and at the same time keep prepared for the unexpected?

Edited: I've removed my first comments here since they had too much to do with the previous thread.


Martial Arts Topics / Knife for Self Defense
« on: June 12, 2008, 07:36:30 AM »
I've just written a post on my blog regarding the use of a knife for self defense in response to a thread on FMATalk, and my preference for blunt weapons instead.  Since you guys are very realistic minded I'd like to get your perspective.  Rather than re-write the reasons, the post is here: Knife for Self Defense

My preference, as mentioned, is an expandable baton.  Do any of you carry unconventional self defense weapons that can function as a stick where expandable batons are illegal?  I've noticed the self defense umbrella on the DB site.  Have any of you practiced with that?  I'm pretty sure carrying a knife or an expandable baton is illegal in CA.


Martial Arts Topics / Sombrada
« on: May 04, 2008, 05:37:01 AM »

I've posted a new video explaining sombrada and its application, primarily with material I had originally made to send Crafty in 2002.  I thought you guys might be interested.  The video is here:

...and the blog post here:

I hope to add much more to the site in the coming weeks and would appreciate any comments and/or suggestions,


Martial Arts Topics / Use of range in single, double stick, empty hands
« on: October 24, 2003, 01:09:18 PM »
Crafty, et al,

I?ve got a question regarding the difference between single vs. single stick and double vs. double stick as it may apply to empty hand fighting.  How similar are the outer three ranges, snake, weapon contact, and largo, in single stick fighting compared to double stick fighting?  

When fighting single stick vs. single stick, in snake range, and even in the weapon contact range, you can strategically zone by using the opponent?s stick as a moving reference point, if that makes sense.  With double stick, this seems a bit more difficult.  At least it would be more difficult to match or strategically position two moving sticks against two moving sticks simultaneously.  Watching Top Dog on the instructional tapes, it is clear that he ?counters? the opponent?s possible angles of entry at times, before the opponent strikes?using the ?snaky? stick.  

In theory it might make sense to zone to the outside of the lead stick, somewhat negating the rear stick, but in practice, the rear stick can become the lead stick and vice versa with short notice.  

Many of the two-person drills, such as ?Attacking Blocks? make a great deal of sense with single sticks.  Are these drills equally applicable in a heavy double stick fight with no gear, as they would be in a heavy single stick fight with no gear?  Do you guys have double stick ?Attacking Blocks? drills?  If there is a difference, would that difference translate into empty hand fighting, where less emphasis is place on any one weapon?

I am very interested in the empty hand application of FMA?s, and would be interested to get some of your perspectives on these questions.  Thanks,


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