Showing posts with label weapons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label weapons. Show all posts

May 13, 2015

5 Year Old Nunchaku Master







Every now and again I run across a video such as this that makes me second guess my desire NOT to have children.  Dressed to the nines and mimicking the great Bruce Lee PERFECTLY with killer nunchaku (commonly referred to as 'Numchucks') skills! But then I am slapped back into reality when I see children and their keepers at the airport, grocery store, or unfortunately many a restaurant.  

A kind reminder to check out the Bruce Lee exhibit in the ID of Seattle at the Wing Luke museum. 

April 18, 2015

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March 2, 2015

Surviving A Gunfight with Lt. Bob Stasch of the Chicago PD

Our friend Darrin Cook over at Big Stick Combat has a great blog where he brings many great perspectives and opinions to the martial arts self defense realm.  He is a realist and seems to have common sense hence why he often posts about 21st century combat; ie. gun defense. 

It has been my experience that the overwhelming majority of folks involved in the martial arts have about 0-5% knowledge base when it comes to guns.  That is an all encompassing statement (obviously I am ignoring variable demographics) but in all reality the majority of people I run across have not even fired a weapon before let alone know what to do if faced with an armed opponent (weapons are more and more prevalent in assault cases).  So when Darrin shares a great clip like this one I tend to listen and learn. 

Lt. Bob Stasch has survived  14 gun fights in his nearly 35 years of service on the Chicago Police force.  Few individuals have such experience and are alive to speak of it.  I have included the video interview and also provided the highlights from the interview (thanks to Darrin):



  • Go for head shots instead of center-of-mass shots, especially at very close range, where most gunfights occur.
  • Practice shooting a 6-inch paper plate. If you can hit the plate, you can hit the head.
  • Most of his gunfights were under 12 feet.
  • Train for instinctive, point shooting instead of aimed shooting.
  • In most instances, your off hand is occupied doing something else –be prepared to shoot one-handed.
  • Carry a minimum of 2 extra magazines.
  • Carry a backup weapon in case your gun malfunctions or you’re disarmed.
  • Lieutenant Stasch likes a lightweight .38 revolver as a backup.
  • He carries a Sig Sauer P220 in .45 because of the feel in the hand “The key to being a good handgun shooter is to have a weapon that’s an extension of your hand. Don’t get the gun that people recommend –get the gun that feels right in your hand. Go to a gun store and pick up every gun with your eyes closed, pick the one that feels like a 6th finger.”

 Lt. Stasch's findings are congruent with the NYPD's SOP 9 study on combat cases: click here to be redirected.

Food for thought here no matter what your opinion of firearms is.  Are you prepared? 

February 18, 2014

Weapon Based Self Defense

Because this is awesome!! 
It is evident that the general public desires the skill set to defend against an armed assailant as the results of the poll where I asked "What would you like to see covered in a self defense book?"  And why wouldn't you desire this knowledge?  Our masters had to deal with weapons of all sorts, and in modern society weapon based attacks are all too common (though violent crime with guns has dramatically dropped in the last couple of years).

So if you would please vote on the latest poll to your right -> and then check out our friend Darrin Cook over at Big Stick Combat, as he has written a couple of posts regarding concealed carry weapons and the responsibilities involved with carrying. 


Multiple Attackers
  5 (35%)
De- Escalation Tech.
  4 (28%)
Weapons Retention
  4 (28%)
Weapons Defense
  12 (85%)
Psychology / Intent
  11 (78%)
Ground Defense
  8 (57%)
Clinch Work
  8 (57%)
Situational Awareness
  9 (64%)
Training Approach
  10 (71%)
Finishing Techniques
  3 (21%)
Other (please comment)
  0 (0%)

January 5, 2014

Armor as Art: A Review of the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Samurai Armor Collection

Craftsmen as talented and skilled as any of the warriors that adorned their ware are the feature at Portland Art Museums "Samurai!" exhibit running through January 12th.  Truly an amazing representation of the culmination of skill in fabricating the various armor, tacks, quivers, helmets, and other various accouterments that joined Samurai on the field of battle.  From an artistically functional standpoint this is most likely the best exhibit I have ever seen, and viewing it with a martial artists eyes showcased a rare view of the armor (not the arms) of the samurai.  

Portland's museum is easily accessible in the southwest part of downtown, within walking distance of most major hotels.  A $20 entry fee grants you unlimited access to Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller's unique collection of human and equine armor, a collection normally housed in Texas.  I loved the exhibits and design as they allowed you to view 360 degrees around many of the pieces, housed in cases that were tight enough to allow extremely close viewing.   The detail involved with many of the designs was nothing short of amazing, absolutely stunning.

Not only were these various pieces eye catching, but they were functional as well with adaptations derived directly from combat.  For instance doe skin tabs on the chest of archers ensured that the bow string would not catch on the armor.  That kind of shit absolutely fascinates me.  Born of experience, these inventions meant the difference between life and death... literally!!  In the 21st century we can cling onto the idea of being true "warriors" but the fact is there is no such equivalent to the samurai in the modern world.  No one specializes in the warfare of blades and arrows as in the past.  This exhibit offers a peek into a world that no longer exists, and offers us a most beautiful portrayal of a level of functional craftsmanship that is all but forgotten in modern society. 


I understand this review comes merely a week prior to the end of the exhibit, but trust me when I tell you that you will not regret dropping your silly plans for next week and making this a destination for you and your family.



Click here to be re-directed to a most amazing exhibit on the Samurai!