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Knife Video Recommendations

Jul 26, 1999
I have the knives, but not the skills to match. I am looking for video recommendations on defensive bladecraft. Perhaps training contacts in the Tampa area. Thanks.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
I higly reccomend ComTech's videos on the subject. They cover most any sort of knifework you need.

If you use big knives, or have an intrest in WMA, I stongly encourage you to check out the American Blade Concepts(ABC) series.

I heartily agree with Snickersnee! You can't go wrong with Jim Keating and Comtech. Their videos are well done and conceptual in nature allowing you to adapt and grow in whichever system (Western or Asian) suits you. I'd recommend both. Mr Keating has real world credentials, is an effective teacher, and stresses the responsible use of the blade in all situations.

You can probably get functionally effective quicker with the American Blade Concepts series - WMA. The Western systems are more point oriented with the idea being to deliver a strike without receiving one yourself, while the Asian systems favor more slashing and moving in closer. If you are into Bowies, such as the Bagwell Hell's Belle, then the ABC series is a "must have". At least Vols.1-3. They'll take you from the thrust, through the defensive and offensive flows, to the very effective backcut that made the Bowie such an awesome weapon.

If you get a chance to attend one of Mr. Keatings seminars or the Riddle of Steel, don't hesitate - they fill up fast. First Rate!

Thanks guys.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Also consider the videos from Gunsite with Guro Steve Tarani.

Guro Ron Balicki also has a series out which is very technique oriented.

Just to clarify, WMA incompasses many weapons styles over a very long period of history.

Two of the better resources on the internet would be www.TheHACA.com and www.AEMMA.org.

They are more sword-oriented, but they have links to online historical fight manuals that cover other weapons as well.

WMA is best generalized as emphasizing evasive movements that allow you to strike your opponent without being hit, and trpping to bind and disarm enemy weapons. Long range striking is only part of the story, nearly every style incorporates unarmed techniques and grappling close in.

Also, it's not martial arts in the Eastern sense, though a lot of people try to draw paralels for various reasons. You don't have "systems" so much as skills. It's not about emmulating any one person's style as much as developing your own(caution: there are a lot of "living history" and re-enactors out there passing themselves off as Western stylists. While many of them are proficient and have good information, there is a difference). Likewise, there isn't much metaphysical beliefs wrapped up in it. Think more "martial", less "art".
You guys have been too helpful. Next time, I will even be smart and post this type of question in the Tactical and Martial Arts Section. My local gun store had a copy of the Gunsite vid for rent. I will watch it tonite (if I ever get off this forum).

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Oh, for training you may try out Laci Szabo, a fellow Floridian.

Szabo, Inc.
13283 SW 124 St.
Miami, Fl 33186
Tel: (888) 421-2147 or (305) 253-7598
Fax: (305) 235-1879

If you check him out, give me the scoop. I've been considering tracking him down for awhile, but time and money haven't come together in harmony yet...

[This message has been edited by Snickersnee (edited 31 July 1999).]
Laci Szabo would be an excellent choice. He is also part of a small group that was recently certified as Comtech Bowie Knife Instructors. A true gentleman and very accomplished.