How knowledge should be exchanged.

I’m punching in this article because I want to talk to you about the importance of empty hand fighting skills.  I have been involved in Martial Arts since I was 9 years old. My Martial Arts background consists of Okinawan Shōrin-ryū, Okinawan Kobudo, Shotokan and more recently Silat. While working with the Huey P. Newton Gun Club (HPNGC) this past weekend here in the big old State of Texas, we have the opportunity to sort of kick the can between each other regarding, my shooting system EDA/ECK™, empty hand fighting techniques, knife and firearm training.


I have to say that I was really happy to have taken away the insight of our Field Guide Shawn because I really believe (and know) that he is a viable source of information as he too like myself have a background in the realm of Martial Arts. Looking at the videos that are included with this article, what you are watching is the simple exchange of insight, fighting techniques, and the physical “conversation” between two Martial Artist. Remember this is not about “going hard in the paint” and exerting physical force over each other to see “who wins”. No, this is us meeting for the first time and again kicking the can between each other.

Brainstorming together on technique pt1.

Another thing that I would to add is that there is a very big difference in what we are doing and the “prescripted” fighting that many people take as “for real” on "YouTube/Hollywood". There is a difference between Kata, Bunkai, and Applied/Modified Fighting Technique. I say this because in many instances especially in the “YouTube Universe” you will more often then not see people who look “professional” with these “prescripted” techniques. That’s all well and good, but that not real fighting; as they are theoretical fighting techniques at best.


I can honestly say that I have been in a lot of fights and have seen a lot of fights from both the so-called “Professional”, to the “Black Belt”, to the MMA Fighter, to the everyday person. What I have noticed about all of these fights and Fighters is that they never look like the theoretical fighting versions of themselves. Again, the theoretical fighting versions of themselves is the one that looks perfect with the perfect timing and the perfect moves that just appears to be “Professional”.

Brainstorming together on technique pt2.

However, in real life, fights are chaotic, sporadic, asymmetric, very unpredictable and you will often find yourself at some sort of disadvantage. But even more than that the number one fundamental ingredient that is missing from the “YouTube/Hollywood Professional” is FEAR. FEAR changes everything as it is a very dynamic force especially when it comes to fighting for your life. So, for those that wonder why it doesn’t look all clean and "Professional" (which is usually a production of some sort) like it does in the YouTube/Hollywood Universe that’s the reason why.


Learn from the videos in this article, leave your ego and the unnecessary sarcasm out of the equation, engage in healthy conversation and find someone to train with to see what works for you. Be safe out there.


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