Archive for March, 2010
The Millwall Brick is an improvised club made out of a newspaper. As soccer hooligans got out of control at British games, the police responded by confiscating “all” weapons of spectators entering the stadium.
The hooligans countered by making improvised clubs out of newspaper! You can find instructions and other tips here.
I think this goes to show that it’s impossible to make society safe by confiscating weapons. I believe it also shows that it’s always possible to prepare yourself for a violent encounter by arming yourself. File this away –it might save your butt someday.
I’m honored to appear in this month’s FMA Digest, which is a great resource for the Filipino martial artist.
In this issue I explain the origins of Big Stick Combat, and explain how Grandmasters Estalilla, Vasquez, and Maranga helped me to grow as a martial artist and to develop the art of the 36 inch stick.
The issue is available for free at FMAdigest.com.
I was thrilled to receive an e-mail today from a Filipino martial artist in the Philippines, who thought I might be interested in learning two obscure Filipino martial arts, “binugsay” which uses a boat oar as a weapon, and “tinungkod,” which uses a walking cane or a stick of that length.
The long weapon styles are few and far between, and I’m really excited about having the chance to learn about these new styles (well, new to me) on my trip to the Philippines this upcoming June.
In the meantime, I’ve found a website for an Ilonggo martial arts group, Karay-a Uno Blanco Eskrima. I was surprised to discover in my trip to Bacolod City that the region is a hotbed of eskrima. (For example, the late GM Remy Presas was from Bacolod).
Former Marine Kelly McCann has a real solid video here. His attack from the arm to the opponent’s lead knee reminds me of GM Giron’s short stick technique, which featured broad sweeping strikes designed to hit both the opponent’s arm and knee.
Also check out these videos:
Chin Jab Kelly’s take on the WWII era Fairbairn technique.
Self-Defense “Time Lag” Kelly has real practical advice on more realistic training which anticipates the opponent’s possible counters.
Improvised Weapons There is some real fascinating advice here and improvised weapons you’re probably never thought of.