Training with live, sharpened blades is useless.  There.  I said it.

It is a needless act of bravado that carries so much risk that even the slightest deviation from agreed upon rule sets can result in serious permanent injury.
Those who practice with live blades will typically defend it in two ways.  One is to cite realism.  That in real life, there will be no training blades.  The second way they defend it is to cite that it creates a healthy fear for the blade.  Both arguments are ridiculous and without merit.

Filipino Kali Training | LIVE BLADES at Taos, New Mexico

After an exhaustive search online, there appears to be no good example of live blade drilling. None.  There are no live blade drills that match the intensity, energy and intent of drilling with training knives.  None.  Zero.  It doesn’t exist.  What you will find are highly choreographed and consensual exchanges moving at unrealistic speeds and with no intensity whatsoever.  In short, it isn’t very realistic.

Knife defense is arguably simple, but it certainly isn’t easy.  It requires hard work.  It requires intensity, intent, directness and aggression.  They are unpredictable and uncomfortable.  They are devoid of art.  Adding the element of a live blade under these parameters is not only pointless, it is downright dangerous.  It immediately removes all other components of realistic training: intensity, aggression, intent and unpredictability…and the slightest deviation from a mutual understanding (choreography) can lead to a dramatic and immediate stoppage to training…possibly forever.

Remember that we are talking about training, not fighting.  Training with live blades is like taking your gun from the range and having a mock shootout in the forest with your friends…with real bullets.  Here’s what you’re actually doing: You stop trying your best to kill one another and begin trying your best not to.  Live blade training under any sort of self-defense context is silly bravado.  Nothing more.  It is quite like saying “Hey, point that loaded gun at me so that I have a healthy fear of it.” — Ridiculous.  You want a healthy fear of the blade?  Take a sharp knife, cut something with it, then imagine that thing is you.  Its like saying “Go run in traffic so you have a healthy fear of cars.”  Silly.

There is one silver lining to live blade training and it is under the umbrella of artistic performance.  Solo flow drills with live knives, machetes and bolos adds to the delight of your audience in the same way circus acts thrill us with death defying feats of bravery.  For the sake of artistic performance, live blade training may have its place.

Live Blade Flow : Double Machetes ( Kali / Arnis / Eskrima )

To recap, live blade training removes the necessary components in knife defense realism.  It offers a very high risk of injury that will lead to training stoppage and potentially a hefty hospital bill.  Those who do it…and convince others to do it are doing so irresponsibly and for the wrong reasons.  If they are doing it under the context of some warrior rite of passage, kindly remind them to stop pretending they are a tribal elder in some remote jungle village…and get yourself back into some honest training.

A Video for the Arm Bar Obsessed!

BJJ Black Belt Chino Ramirez at P4P Martial Arts & Fitness in Markham, Ontario is here to satisfy every arm bar craving you have. From the basic 6-step, to armbars from guard pass, knee on belly, and back take!

This video will benefit various experience levels as it emphasizes finding opportunities and possibilities for the arm bar. Dig deeper into the crucial points of using your hips to offset yourself from a linear attack and hone the art of trapping the arm without allowing it to escape.

Is This Disarm Legit? Filipino Martial Arts

Discovery through practice is a great learning tool, but it comes with a heavy responsibility to determine if something is a “one hit wonder” or principle/technique that can be effective ongoing.

Paulo with Aperture® and Lou from Combat Science are here with a discovery needing your input. Watch Paulo bait his opponent into an

Angle One strike then take advantage of the gap as that strike ends and before another begins.

After he crashes in on the Angle 1 strike, he sets himself into a superior position and discovers an incidental disarm from his own strikes. Check out the full video and let us know if this disarm can be counted on or if the problems presented by Paulo make it unrealistic.


Bastinelli Pika Update

We have received and shipped out our first couple of shipments of the Black Cerakote Pikas. We are doing our best to ship out these blades as soon as they arrive.  

Pika Karambit Update

The satin finish Pikas are ready to be delivered to our distribution center from Italy, They are scheduled to ship to North America on May 6th. This puts us on track to begin shipping them to you beginning on the week of May 15th!

Pika Karambit Update

The satin finish Pikas are ready to be delivered to our distribution center from Italy, They are scheduled to ship to North America on May 6th. This puts us on track to begin shipping them to you beginning on the week of May 15th!

Muay Thai Mondays May 01 2017

Thai vs Dutch Style Muay Thai. Which is Better?

Muay Thai Mondays April 17 2017

Muay Thai Mondays! Today’s topic: Teaching from the Fire. The importance of instructors maintaining their own training (and other things). Stay tuned for next week’s live feed with Ajarn Buck!

A Regrettable Cigarette Flick

One sure way to draw out someone’s anger is to mess with their significant other.

Annnnd We’re Done Here

Don’t know what started this street confrontation, but it really doesn’t matter. (I’d say “street fight,” but you’ll understand why I didn’t when you see the video.) Regardless, the lone woman in this scene is trying her hardest to keep this guy away from another group of guys.