Saturday, February 28, 2009
One martial art truly mastered would serve you better than be half assed at 4 martial arts.
A bird in hand is worth 4 in the bush.
The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
So maybe if you completely dominate boxing you could knock the guy out and/or evade a grappler trying to come in and take you down. Or if you dominated grappling, you could shoot in and take them down without getting hit.
Just an idea.
They think it is a combination of "what really works". So they say we get two guys into a padded ring with all sorts of rules and let them fight and it is supposed to have us end up with the ultimate martial art that is effective and really, really works. Hogwash.
It will end us up with what works with only two opponents fighting according to certain rules in a padded ring for sporting purposes. It is a sport, it is not a mixed martial art, since it isn't a martial art, it is a sport like boxing, kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, wrestling, judo, etc. Notice some of sports I mentioned are used by mixed martial artists.
Anyway, the fact that most of the time people "tap out" is part of giving away what it is all about. If you are in a situation where you really need a real martial art that really really works, neither side is going to be "tapping out" that is a gentelmen's agreement and not an aspect of a life and death encounter.
The fact that most violent deaths involve weapons and this sport involves no weapons might give you a clue to the fact you are wasting your time if what you are trying to do is to be able to protect your life in a violent attack. They neither teach defending against nor the use of weapons.
Oh and the rules, you can't do this, you can't do that. Well that skews the fight towards certain techniques winning over other techniques since maybe the counter to that technique is illegal.
In a real life and death encounter neither side will be tapping out.. most like likely they will be bleeding out.
Friday, February 27, 2009
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
this T-shirt explains the difference between life or death martial arts and sports based martial arts.
In pekiti-tirsia kali as well as other more reality based arts, there are throws and locks. However, the goal is of course not to have the opponent "tap out" the goal is to throw then down on the ground to get them out of the fight temporarily while they are figuring out they were just earlier a dead man walking. Now they are are dead man starting to get off the ground who may be starting to realize he is a dead man getting up.
The holds/joint locks can be the same thing, control the weapon, strip the weapon and disable his ability to fight while he bleeds out. There is no tapping out since this is not a game...bleed out.
Interview with Tuhon Leo Gaje Jr. from 2004
Note: This article has only been published here and we would welcome a publisher who wants to put the interview in print.
Self Defense Doesn't Work
How Martial Arts Have Lost Touch With Their Roots
A transcribed video interview with Tuhon Gaje
Leopoldo Tortal Gaje, Jr. is the Supreme Grandmaster of the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali system. Grand Tuhon Gaje is recognized as the leading authority on Edged-Impact weaponry and Filipino Martial Arts. His nickname is “The Blademaster.” He has the reputation as one of the true masters of the knife, even among people who teach their own system of knife.
He is the sole inheritor of this ancient system that was passed from father to son in a family system.
I was fortunate enough to train with Tuhon Gaje privately as well as talk with him in depth about many topics. It was very enlightening. One of the most valuable revelations that he made very clear to me, without trying to I’m sure, is the following:
Martial Arts are about combat and survival. It is not about sport or some sort of consensual fair fight between gentlemen. Because of this, the attacker will probably use weapons and even if the attacker does not, you’d be foolish not to use a weapon if you could. Combat is also about destroying the opponent-- you must take the fight to him even while avoiding his attack. Only offense brings victory. Defense just delays the inevitable victory of your opponent.
I hope this interview can provoke some thinking about things you may not have thought about before.
What is the strategy of Pekiti-Tirsia?
We only deal with 2 things, strategy and tactics. Strategy is a plan of action, derived from continuous training, a conditioning to the various flows of attack.
The principle of Strategy is attack-- no defense. I don't teach defense. A tactical move is how to make that attack be effective and how to demolish the enemy. My principle of strategy is Offense, no defense. My offense becomes a counter offense, which is the best defense.
If you teach your people to do defense, they become more static, they become rigid, they become immobile and they freeze and all they remember is how to defend themselves against powerful blows.
My training is about speed, timing, power, accuracy and precision. . All of these do not involve defense, there is no strategy of defense there, defense per se- meaning disarm, meet force with force and try some technique. It will never work. The word defense has no meaning in Pekiti-Tirsia. The strategy is offense, counter offense, and functionability.
So how do you defend yourself?
You learn offense!
You cannot learn defense, there is no such thing as learning defense. It's all offense. The other concept is all defense, self-defense. There is no such thing as self-defense. It is a misunderstood word, self-defense.
How many battles in history are there where a castle stood in the middle of the field and was able to win the war? Always the invading forces are winning. Why? Because you are there in defensive position and when the enemy surrounds you for one year and cuts off the water and food, he cuts of the means of exit, when he catapults stones and shoots arrows over the wall every day? How will you survive? How much food can you store in there?
So defense has no meaning in terms of warfare.
When you are on the defensive, you are static, your movements limited, and you have no liberty as far as escape is concerned.
Is the typical martial artist prepared for a knife on knife or knife vs. empty hands encounter?
If he is more oriented on empty hands and has no knife training, no he is not. Knife culture is much different from empty hands. All the empty hands came from the knife. The empty hands are very inferior; the person who has only empty hands knowledge has no chance against a knife. No empty hands guy can dislodge the knife from someone trained in the knife, except maybe somebody that is not trained or is drunk. It is impossible for him to subdue a guy trained in knife.
What do you think about most disarming techniques?
That is fancy stuff. That is defeating the purpose. Introducing that sort of technique will get somebody killed. It is impossible. If you are trained on knife techniques and know knife offense, maybe you can use counter offense to survive by getting out with timing to strike the eyes or the head and remove his presence of mind. Then you might have a chance to dislodge the knife. If it is knife on knife, then there is offense and counter offense. There is no such thing as defense. Knife vs. empty hands, will never work. Disarms and empty hands against the knife, these are Hollywood style techniques. It will never work.
Should they run away?
First they should have an equalizer, a gun, knife, stick, anything. If you pull an equalizer, you have at least a 50/50 chance to survive, a deterrent. If someone is trained in only the empty hand and someone pulls a knife, he tends to give his hand to the attacker and gets cut. If you are trained in the knife and have an equalizer, you will respond via training to pull your equalizer. The strong take advantage of the weak. If you have no equalizer, you will lose. If they pull a knife and you pull a longer knife, you have a better chance. If you have a knife, he has to wonder if you might be better than him. If you have no knife, he will have no fear and run after you and hurt you. Having a knife or equalizer is a reminder to be alert at all times. The less aware you are the more likely you are to be attacked. When you are not careful is when it happens.
Even if you are on an airplane and the terrorists come, there are equalizers available and instead of them taking you hostage, you take them hostage, but people do not know about how to do this.
What about guns? Do martial artists need to adapt to the gun?
A martial artist is someone who is training to be prepared against someone who might attack them. You train for someone who will surprise you and might take your life. Martial arts have to do with weapons as well as empty hands. The gun, and other tools-- stick, and knife- anything, the martial artist must be proficient in all weapons and empty hands. What if you do disarm him of a gun but don't know how to operate it? How can you make use of it? He is going to come with a second attack and perhaps other guys who possibly have weapons.
If you go into your house and someone is inside and you take hold of a broomstick, you must know how to use it. A gun is an instrument that allows you to equalize another weapon. You need a well-rounded knowledge. Whatever we do in this world has to do with survival.
You must be skillful in all the tools of the martial arts, knife, stick, sword, gun, a kitchen knife and ballpoint pen; whatever can be used as a weapon. That is the discipline of yesterday; today it is just empty hands. People are afraid to learn weapons because they say it is dangerous.
Pekiti-Tirsia is a combat art. The culture is combat culture. PT is directed to follow the old tradition to carry on as a legacy. The gun is a tool like a knife, an instrument of peace. It is wrong to use the gun as a weapon of violence. If you make peace with the gun you make peace with others.
In the advanced levels of Pekiti-Tirsia, guns are covered in depth and training is based on quick response and counter offense. We deal with all kinds of weapons. I encourage my students to study all types of weapons. If we remove our concept of combat, we are not teaching martial arts. We would be teaching conditioning. We follow the old traditions, which by philosophy embrace all weapons. Anything you take hold of and becomes a part of you, the tool becomes part of you. The weapon is a protective reminder that keeps your security consciousness alive. You try to avoid all that might irritate other people but you are more confident because of your equalizer. The weapon plus your martial arts training gives you confidence.
How have some of the other arts lost their way and ended up overly focused on empty hands or sport oriented and lost the focus on combat?
One of the problems is liability. Why has the reality of combat or trueness of the art been lost? There are prohibitions, legal prohibitions that you cannot do this or do that. Why are they afraid to be involved in combat? Their training is not focused on offense and counter-offense; it is more on defense. When you are defensively oriented then you are going to suffer, the guy is going to bombard you with multiple kicks and punches and you will be in trouble.
Their training is not focused on offense and counter offense.
But if you are trained on counter offense, then you have equalization against someone who attacks you with multiple attacks, kicks and punches. You have the principles of footwork, strategy and tactics, evasion and escape, and the principle of counter offense against offense.
Much has been lost, because they have removed the whole secret of the tradition. Those Masters of Kung Fu and Karate they will not teach you the secrets of their systems. Do you think I will teach you the secrets of my system? They teach only the surface. You master the kata that you repeat and repeat and then you become a black belt, then a little sparring.
This UFC style of sports came into existence because, for many years there has been a loss of a realistic approach of what combat is. But if the system operates within the system of combatancy, and the training is developing somebody on the principle of offense and counter offense he will be more technical, if they are both technical then there is less damage. I started full contact stick fighting in the US in 1982, since then all my guys involved in full contact stick fighting-- they have not been hurt. The reduction of damage is done by the principles of strategy, the principle of movement, fluidity, and distance. In so doing, they adapt that as part of their techniques. As far as damage, it is very minimal. There is only damage when someone stands there and he is bombarded. There are no such things as pre-arranged techniques in the martial arts.
What do you think the martial arts are missing today?
Compared to the martial arts today, the martial arts of yesterday were more traditional and more disciplined. They were based on mental development. The discipline of the mind was more emphasized than the physical. First you developed the mind and then the body. It was a belief in the early days that if you were strong mentally then you were strong physically.
Today martial arts are more based on the physical-- forms and things that will fascinate the students. In the past it was based on discipline, in the early days you had to be able to stand against pain. They had to stand on the threshold of pain. The discipline of pain. If the master said to stand there for 10 hours you have to stand there for 10 hours doing nothing.
Today we are losing the value of discipline and the elements of combat have been reduced, for fear of being hurt or insurance problems. In the early days in the Philippines the karate guy had to hit the makiwara until blood came out of his fists. The same in the art of Kali, you are bombarded with pain. If you cannot stand pain you have no reason to stay in the martial arts. The path of mental development to physical development is what is lacking today.
What do you think about the mixed martial arts?
Mixed Martial arts is a fad today. They mix because they want to learn how to respond to certain techniques. I want to learn too, I cannot blame these people. But if you mix your martial arts, you have a tendency to develop bad habits. Bad habit because what they give in one martial art may not be workable in another martial art.
Why do you want to mix?
We follow the angles of attack; once you fall into the perimeter of the line of defense, whatever comes in we have to destroy. So why do you want to mix? If the system is equipped with combat technology, you have no reason to mix.
Many times the person that trains them has no concept of what combat is, he only has limited knowledge, or he is out there for sports and to make a living teaching.
How long will you master each mix?
When you mix in ingredients, you have to know the elements of what you are mixing in.
I'll give you an example about mixing, you eat Thai food, American food, Mexican food, Filipino food, kosher food; your stomach will be fighting all night. Sometimes you can mix things that are not compatible.
So the same thing with the mixed martial arts, if someone pulls a knife you don’t know which martial art you are going to use. You hesitate; you can’t decide which technique to use.
Rolling stones gather no moss. Mixing is not a very sophisticated thing to do. You collect another bad habit here; you collect other bad habits there. All the bad habits put together is what you end up with.
I experience this in my seminars, I have mixed martial artists there, you tell them to relax and they tense up. From hard empty hands to weaponry is a very hard thing, they contradict.
Yin and yang, you have to learn how to be soft and when to be hard. One problem is that many teachers do not have sufficient experience in combat.
There is a big movement to mixed martial arts.. .it is ok...What is your common denominator, what is your target?
You have to be accurate and you have to be precise, any mistake you commit during an encounter is a big problem. The game is lost.
If you are a soldier you have to accurate and precise. The same for a painter, sculptor, and carpenter. If you are making a doorknob it must fit in the door. Everything must be accurate and precise.
What do you think about so-called “Reality Based” martial arts?
It depends on how they define their reality. What is the reality?
If anybody comes to me and asks me what reality is, I will stab him, I will slash him and I will see how good his reality is. You cannot talk reality until you have 10 or 15 years experience. What is reality? That is just a marketing word. The traditional knowledge in terms of martial arts has been there long, long…many years ago. The people had practiced and practiced and used this in terms of how many empires and generations of invasions and fighting. This has been tested and proven over and over again.
They haven't even tested their system? Nobody tested it? Does it work? Reality of what? Where did you come to reality?
But if we talk about combat, it is a different concept.
Jason Baird is a private student of Maginoo-Mandalas Tim Waid in the Pekiti-Tirsia Kali system in Dallas, Texas. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and welcomes any questions to ask the masters of combat related martial arts in upcoming interviews for a video to be filmed in April 2005.(Note: video completed http://www.comparestyles.com )
© 2004 Leo Gaje, Jr. and Jason Baird. All rights reserved. This interview is available in video
Monday, February 23, 2009
Swing like you mean it. This isn’t a sport.
When I watch YouTube videos of stick/blade fighters and so called weapon experts I see a lot of soft swings. This is great to keep up speed and generate snap from the wrist but it doesn’t work in an impact situation like combat. The wrist must be firm in order to “control” the shock or recoil if you will from the stick impacting with your target. If your wrist was loose and the grip soft the then stick will leave the hand upon impact or the wrist would be injured in some way. Just try hitting something with a loose wrist, generate snap from the wrist and execute a diagonal cut from top to bottom using any comfortable positioning you like. It’s like casting a fishing pole, you flick the tip forward.
Now try the same cut but keep the wrist tight and the grip rigid. Swing down for the cut and put your back into it. Extend yourself slightly forward to meet the target and allow the force of the blow to continue through the target (don’t pull back after impact). Also as you move forward allow your shoulders to rotate and get every bit of power out of your movement. This may bring you forward a step more than you had anticipated, if so then all the better because that shows how your body’s momentum is being added to the force of your strike. Now you can see the difference, the wrist generated power is minimal and only good for speed with light movement such as a parry from a fencing weapon. By sacrificing a strong grip you gain speed but loose your stability. The tight grip and rigid wrist however created easily 50% more power, probably much more. If you are swinging a stick at 80mph you need a strong grip with a tight wrist or you will injure yourself instead of you target. Now imagine if that stick were actually a blade. You could cut your own damn hand off if you aren’t careful. In combat fine motor takes a dump and all you have is your gross motor ape-man movements to save your life so hold on tight and swing for all your worth.
You can’t really parry an 80mph swing from an impact or bladed weapon. You can’t really do anything except either be somewhere else or meet its force with equal and/or greater force. Basically it’s bad, you don’t want to be they guy dealing with that swing. You want to be the guy who is dishing out that swing. 75% of the time that power stroke will brush aside any defense and give you a chance to thump the target. If you can’t batter their defense aside in one blow don’t sweat it, you can hit them many more times, each time building speed and momentum. The odds are very unlikely that your opponent has trained “blow for blow” and he is not ready to meet the awesome force of your repeated full body rotation strikes. The key is overwhelming the opponent, it isn’t a sporting event and there won’t be a referee there to help you when he cheats.
If a weapon is involved you must escalate your force and hit your target as hard as humanly possible with as much explosive power as your body can generate. Anything else is reserved for the most elite of swordsmen who have studied the blade their entire lives. Also most of those elite swordsmen use weapons that are so useless in the modern world that they are now simply cultural symbols of power or tools used for sport. An actual weapon of war tends to be small, simple, very durable and easy to maintain like a machete or short sword. It also tends to be featureless and undecorated. Nobody carries an extravagant double bladed two-handed sword made for siege warfare. Today’s elite soldier carries a war blade less than 2 feet in length doubling as a machete with knives coming in at about 7inches for the blade. The key is conceal-ability, ease of carry and responsiveness. The modern melee weapon needs to deploy fast and be useable in small confined spaces. Try using a rapier in a space the size of a freight elevator and see what happens. The short blade is superior for guerilla combat because it is versatile and easy to carry; the low weight and slight profile make it an ideal backup for anyone expecting close quarter resistance. This is even more correct for those who must carry 75-150lbs of gear in the field. Every extra ounce matters when your exhausted and dehydrated, it really makes you appreciate the simplicity and minimal nature of the blade.
What gets in the way of effective training?
What gets in the way of effective training?
Pride and ego stand between us and our learning goals. Some of us can put aside that pride but many can not resulting in uncomfortable training problems and a negative emotional environment.
1> No one can become an effective fighter without practice and patience
2> When working with others one should strive for cooperation
3> Never try and keep your training partner from succeeding or learning
4> Never purposefully sabotage a drill or injure your training partner
5> Never interrupt a training scenario unless safety is in question
Fear prevents us from learning because it distracts us from what is important. Many people experience fear in their daily lives but one place there should be no fear is in the training hall. Fear causes hesitation and hesitation = death. The whole point of training is to prevent death and or prolong life therefore the point of training it to systematically disable fear. Through this conditioning we train ourselves to respond logically in situations commonly dominated by emotions or instinct. This is the difference between life and death.
The single most important thing you should share with your training partners is trust. If you can’t trust your partner then you can’t trust anyone so the first step to successful training is to establish “trust” between training partners. This done using the 3c’s and the timber drill. Drill- stand up straight and allow your body to rock backwards on your heels until you fall backwards. As you approach the ground the partner stops your fall and pushes you back to starting position. Repeat 3 times for each side getting closer to the ground each time until the bond of trust is established.
The Three C’s are a rule set I use to describe what is most important to have in mind during a training session. These 3 things are: Courage, Control and Compassion. Courage is needed because martial arts are inherently dangerous and therefore they can be scary or intimidating. We rely on our courage to keep us steady is the face of danger, without it we would falter or hesitate and that causes injury. Control is what allows us to train without hurting ourselves and our partners; it is the single most important aspect of sparring and contact training. Without control we can not educate others or understand problems in form and flow. The constant restraint we place on our movements to ensure accurate balance, momentum and power is what makes martial arts possible. First we learn control and then we learn power and after all of that we will train for speed. Compassion is the last ingredient for successful training. Without it we could not earn respect from our peers or receive mercy when we fall. Through compassion we better ourselves and only the weak are afraid to grow. It is the fearful who refuse logic and reason and that is why fear has no place in a training hall.
Why MMA will get you killed.
MMA is great for the following things:
-discipline and focus
-balance and reflexes
MMA is not good for the following things:
-stealth and survival
-unarmed defense against weapons
When you are in danger of loosing your life it is because of:
-multiple armed attackers
-no avenue of escape
MMA teaches you to meet your “opponent head on”. That is great for sport but with weapons or with an unarmed enemy that means you deadly harm you must not move in too quickly. A real conflict requires mobility and that is hard to manage when you are grappling with someone. The next time you are rolling with your jujitsu buddies think about what would happen if they had guns or knives while they were grappling with you. The last place you want to be is all up in someone’s mix when the bullets are flying and the blades come out. That is why soldiers don’t choke people out, they use weapons and they grapple only to control an enemy. If you are trying to engage someone with empty hands then you have already failed to take the advantage form the start.
MMA teaches you to do certain things because you are not worried about attacks coming from certain angles or in certain positions. It trains you for the reality of the “cage fight” not the reality of a deadly brawl using weapons or lethal techniques. I can’t drop an elbow onto the back of your head where the spine meets the brain if I’m “on the mat” but in real life that is going to happen if some jack hole tries to get me with a double leg take down. Also I will cup my hands and force air into the inner ear as I slap at the sides of your head. Contrary to some popular beliefs it is almost impossible to fight with a ruptured ear drum and that is exactly what happens when you take a full strength open palm strike to the ear. Then there is biting, ripping, clawing and anything else that you can do to hurt the enemy. The point is training for sport makes you leave yourself open to deadly attacks that are forbidden in the “ring”. Why does this matter? If you don’t care about defense or survival then it doesn’t matter and you should focus on your sport. If you care about survival then recognize that real life and sports don’t have much in common so you must choose the system grounded in real conflict, not the arena.
If someone try’s to tackle me I’ll stab them, slash them and chop them like meat for my table. If someone tries to punch me I’ll take his fingers and maybe an ear. If they kick me I’ll puncture the inner thigh and groin severing a femoral and a bunch of tendons not to mention your junk. The problem with unarmed fighting is you are going to die- period. I will not show you mercy just because you don’t have a weapon, if you try and hurt me or my family I will crush your bones to powder as I savagely butcher your flesh. You would beg your god for deliverance before your world fades to black and I will have no sorrow for what I did because you gave me no choice but to act. That is what combat means to the non-athlete, it isn’t a spectacle of bright lights and fan fare. Combat means somebody dies- no one looks forward to that, not even those Special Forces guys who train to kill all day long. We are all people and we have feelings, it hurts to hurt others and if it didn’t the world would be a place of hellish conflict and ruthless survival. Maybe it already is.
-Thinking about mercy
There is no excuse for fighting, it’s the most stupid thing you could ever do right up there next to huffing jet fuel or piercing your frontal lobe with a drill press. The only time you should engage someone in combat is when there is no other alternative. Once you make the decision to enter combat you should destroy the threat or at least control it with extreme prejudice. That means no mercy. That means break him so he can’t stand anymore, crush him so he can’t fight anymore or cut him so he can’t hold his weapon. Only the strongest beast has the luxury of extending mercy to his enemy, if you want to show mercy then you must be the strongest without question. If you are not the strongest then the other beast will know and they will take you apart. Then where would your mercy have gotten you?
In nature mercy occurs when one animal recognizes that it would be too costly to engage another animal, its automatic. That is how it is done with nature; with people it is more complicated. People are not as smart as animals so one person doesn’t know that the other person will kill them if they try and attack him. They won’t be able to sense that the target is a higher threat than they are so the only way to control them is to overwhelm them with force. If you dominate the enemy and break his spirit then he will have nothing left to fuel his fire. A couple of broken ribs, a few concussions and a dislocated wrist ought to do the trick if your feeling sporty, a quick elbow strike to the temple followed by a knee break if your not in the mood for games.
I train with weapons so I think like a weapon guy. I strike your head, neck, spine and major joints. I train to strike lethal targets fast and with mechanical repetition. What does that mean for the guy who tried to hit me with his flying knee? It means that he gets a free trip to meet his god. Plus because you obviously attempted a “sophisticated mma attack” I have to assume you are a trained fighter and then I can use a little “juice” on you without fearing a grand jury. “Why did you carve that man up MR. So and So?” “Well your honor he tackled me using some kind or jujitsu stuff and got on top of me like he was going to beat my teeth through the back of my head”. I don’t condone brutal violence for no reason but if somebody thinks he is going to hurt me then he and everyone who is with him is in for a surprise. If it is a question of them or me then I choose me and they can suck a fat one in hell for trying to hurt me or my loved ones. Life isn’t fair and I don’t think I’m going to loose sleep over someone who places no value on their own existence. To attack a stranger is to invite calamity, do so at your own risk.
On The Ginunting
(from guest blogger Barry Gauntt)
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