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Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14
« on: August 13, 2011, 08:52:29 PM »
We had a great time today

Much thanks to you Guro Crafty as well as to Toki and Poi for your welcoming & patience.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14
« on: August 12, 2011, 10:14:09 PM »
Got it - Thank you

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14
« on: August 12, 2011, 09:41:52 PM »
Lastly, is the time for meeting tomorrow the same as today @ 9:30am ?

Thanks again,

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14
« on: August 12, 2011, 09:40:21 PM »
Thank you Poidog

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14
« on: August 12, 2011, 08:45:11 PM »
...standing by for the rendezvous location - Should I email or will this be posted here?

Thank you :-D

1) Do you remember the first time you had sex?
It kinda hurt and was over fast

2) Were you any good at it?
It kinda hurt and was over fast

3) Have you gotten better since then?
It doesn't hurt any more :|

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14
« on: August 10, 2011, 11:26:45 PM »
Everything's taken care of on my end Guro - We'll be coming in Saturday.

Should we check in here Friday evening to find out where we should be headed ?

Thanks a bunch and we're looking forward to it

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14
« on: August 10, 2011, 11:08:10 AM »
Guro Crafty,

Do you have an outline for the material that will be covered each day in case a student and I are limited to either Saturday or Sunday ?

Thank you

Martial Arts Topics / Re: DBMA Training Camp August 12-14
« on: June 17, 2011, 07:24:18 AM »
Staying tuned...and have several students who I know will be coming...

I know that I'm interested as is my instructor, GM Anthony Kleeman and potentially the Eskrimadors over at HOC.
I'm just getting to the game a little late....

Sounds like it could be a good thing and I wonder if either or our schools could server a purpose for shooting.

Kumu Rick
The Pit Malibu

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Karambit Vs. straight blades
« on: June 04, 2008, 11:52:22 AM »
Just to be clear, as I noted in my original post, it was a slash across the person's body and I'll add that he was using a standard forward-grip with his right side.  This person has been doing "security" work in South America, mainly Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador and in his 20+ years of being employed in this fashion, he's had used knives including karambits before. 

The conversation was struck up by him simply asking if I'm interested in what happens when you're actually cutting through a human body.  He asked if I'm doing any training to prepare for that.  I thought that maybe I had been but as we talked more, I realized that what he was talking about was different than anything that was in my current training regimen - as I type this, I realize that I haven't done the tire stuff in a while...

It's been years since we've talked about it but I do remember him saying that the depth or amount of penetration becomes more critical especially when you're cutting on areas where you can catch something - like the ribs.  I don't recall him noting that the tires neccesarily built any "wrist strength" but that it was a more general mental & physical familiarity with having the blade catch at undetermined spots within the cut.

**note**the first time I tried this, I ruined the cutting-edge of my karambit = REASON - radial tire :|

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Karambit Vs. straight blades
« on: June 03, 2008, 11:35:48 PM »
A quick story from a mentor of mine who has used his karambit on several occasions.
He told me that the first time he hit bone, coming from his assailants left shoulder at a 45degree angle, when he got to the ribs, the tip of the blade caught in the ribs and he said that he almost broke his wrist.  He went through the jacket, checkbook, fat, & muscle but when he hit that bone about 1/2 way through his stroke, it caught.  It ended up breaking off the tip of his Tarani Karambit.  This made him alter some technique and he began working on tires alot more to get used to the blade catching the way it does, something different than a straight blade.

I carry an Emerson folding Karambit on an almost daily basis.
Either that or my Emerson Bowie folder is my usual.

One of my stable-mates that is ranked under the same instructor commented on his feelings regarding the karambit.
He won't carry one and when he speaks of his feelings about it, it's obvious that he's very passionate about it. 

His position is that the karambit is that of an assassin and not the most functional tool for real "self-defense" as compared to say, my Emerson folder or something similar.  This is why I thought this perspective would be fitting for this thread.

Although it's entirely possible that his views have changed, at the time we talked about this, he viewed the design as one that is best utilized upon unsuspecting victims and that the element of surprise it's biggest asset.  He also took the position that it's historical use and even training methods support this idea.

While I understand the weight of his opinion and his life offers a certain exposure and experience with scenarios that justify his views, I don't agree with the totality of his position that the karambit is "an assassins’ weapon".  I also don't agree that the karambit's ability to be concealed and used as a surprise are it's greatest attributes. 

What I find that I like so much is that when I put my finger through it's whole, I can switch grips with much less chance of being disarmed or even mistakenly dropping it.  Secondly, being able to not loose that hand as a striking tool the way I feel I do when I'm using it to hold a straight blade is an equally important attribute and obviously yet another benefit of its design with nothing to do with an "element of surprise".  Also included in it's positive attributes is the way the blade cuts, as already mentioned in previous posts.

My position is that the benefits I've given outweigh the potential drawbacks of its reduced reach and/or potentially reduced stabbing ability.

With all of that said, I'll close with this.  My friend’s position, although I'm not on board with it 100%, does prove for a useful perspective and one that I've utilized, mainly for my choice of carry on any particular day.  If I know that I'm going to be spending the day in an environment where I know there will be alot of people like say, an amusement park, I'll carry my karambit.-because of all the reasons I listed.  On the other hand, if I know that I may be walking somewhere, on a hike or somewhere outside in the city, then I’ll be more apt to take something that offers more reach where I'm comfortable with wider slashing motions and can utilize it’s distinguishing attributes.

So when I know my environment will be tighter, I take my karambit and when I know I'll have more space, I MAY take my straight blade.  I'd say that my karambit gets about 75% of my average daily carry.

I'm very much enjoying the insight offered in this thread.

I have to say that I had confused the dates and was affraid I was going to have a conflict with being able to make the gathering.
It's Grandmaster Cacoy Canete's 89th Birthday that weekend and he's doing a seminar that 8th & 9th at The House Of Champions.
In checking in here, I'm so relieved that this will be immediately following - A two day seminar with Grandmaster will be a nice tune-up for the gathering...

For anyone interested in the seminar, you can find out more about it here:

Guro Crafty, I wonder if you've ever been to HOC and/or whether it would be a consideration for the gathering.
I'd be obliged to do whatever I can to facilitate this if so needed - just let me know.

Kumu Rick

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