A robber with a staff-length stick can be seen robbing a store here. My estimate is that the stick is a least 6 feet long.
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Commentary, Real Life Combat, Videos with tags Real Life Combat, stick vs hammer, tapado on January 3, 2011 by bigstickcombat
Real Life Combat, Videos, Weapons with tags pizza peel, Real Life Combat, semi-impromptu weapon on December 7, 2010 by bigstickcombat
Reader Kevin sent in the following story.
A man at a pizza restaurant defeated an armed robber with a “giant spatula,” which in actuality is a pizza peel. The man knocked the gun out of the robber’s hand, beat him again, and then tackled the robber as he tried to flee.
“I know at the place I worked at the metal peel was pretty sharp on the edges because of pulling pizzas out of the oven and the “filing” of the metal. He probably could have cut the guys hand off if he hit him the right way.”
Of all of the impromptu, real life weapons I have catalogued, a pizza peel never occurred to me. But this is a good example of a semi-impromptu weapon. If you are the owner of a pizza place, or even a long-term employee, it makes sense not only to work with a quality, efficient tool, but also one that can serve as a weapon if need be.
The pizza peel also follows the pattern I have observed, that almost no real-life weapon handles like a stick –especially a rattan stick. The pizza peel would work very well with Big Stick Combat techniques, or long stick techniques as practiced by GM Estalilla, Giron larga mano stylists, Amo Guro Blackgrave, Josh Morale, etc.
American Arts, Technique, Videos with tags Bruce Lee, crossface, double leg tackle, grappling counters, irimi nage, James Cook, shooting counters, tackle counters on November 30, 2010 by bigstickcombat
I asked my nephew James, the champion wrestler, what his primary defense is against the opponent who shoots. He replied the cross face, which he demonstrates here.
This video shows the basics of the crossface and sprawl.
Remember, in Bruce Lee’s fighting stance, he kept his lead right arm low, with the elbow resting on his hip. Could this be useful against the shooting opponent?
In this video (at the very end of the clip) a wrestler uses a crossface like the aikido entering throw irimi nage, at least as practiced by Steven Seagal, who uses it to great effect.
American Arts, Videos with tags baseball bat defense, Sammy Franco on November 3, 2010 by bigstickcombat
Does anyone have this? Although I haven’t seen the whole video, what is visible in the clip looks solid. I do, though, have misgivings about the two-handed stick blocks.
The disarm he uses would be one that the long stick practitioner should learn to counter. My solution is to drop your weight and the pommel toward the ground, or get the second hand off of the bat so both hands aren’t locked up.
Resources and Product Reviews, Videos with tags Muay Thai, Ong Bak 3, Tony Jaa on October 31, 2010 by bigstickcombat
Watch the trailer here.
Although his movies (filmed in Thai) are uneven, Tony Jaa is an incredible martial artist who delivers bone-crunching raw Muay Thai power.
The first Ong Bak is one of my favorite martial arts movies.
In fact, Tony Jaa performs aspects of the Thai art that are older than the sport of Muay Thai. For example there is a lot of spear action in the upcoming movie.
American Arts, Technique, Videos, Weapons with tags back-up knife, espada y daga, Spyderco Endura, Spyderco knife, Spyderco Waved Endura on October 29, 2010 by bigstickcombat
Reader Sir James sent me the following e-mail:
I was laying on the couch watching Hurt Locker and there is a scene where one solider is sitting on top of another in the mount and the one on the bottom pulls out a knife. This caused me to pull out my knife (Lone Wolf T2) which has a point down orientation and required a fair bit of manipularion to open from my prone position.
Now I know that a point up orientation is better for self-defence from when I used to carry a regular Spyderco Endura, and that got me to thinking about my newer Spyderco Waved Endura. A folding knife with a Waved feature opens (with a slight bit of practice) as you draw the knife out of your pocket because the hook catches onto the corner of the pocket. If not done right, it can lead to an open but not locked knife but that is where the practice comes in.
So for a folding knife to use from being on the ground I’d recommend a knife with a Waved feature.
In order of speed:
1. A fixed blade in a no-snap kydex sheath.
2. A locking folder with a Waved feature.
3. A locking (one handed) folder with a blade up orientation.
4. A locking (one handed) folder with a blade down orientation [This being the least desireable.]
In reviewing the latest Dog Brothers video many fighters carry a back-up knife that they pull after the opponent has closed. In my correspondence with reader Tommy, we are both in agreement that the back-up knife is a serious option for the long stick stylist.
The question is, do you want to surprise a closing, grappling opponent with your blade, or should you make your blade visible to deter him from closing?
In my opinion, the real purpose of the knife in the espada y daga method is to keep the opponent from closing. The old “grab the stick” technique employed by so many masters becomes harder when a knife is involved. Rushing somebody with a stick and a knife no longer sounds like such a good idea.
American Arts, Videos with tags Dog Brothers, full contact stick fighting, Gathering of the Pack, Guro Crafty on October 23, 2010 by bigstickcombat