Nov 222011
 

This isn’t strictly martial arts related, but lets face it, martial arts are strongly linked with anything dealing with self defense and the fighting of zombies (Zom-jitsu). This knife was designed for divers to be able to stab and kill something like a shark in one attack.

The knife has a CO2 cylander in the handle and a channel drilled through the blade. Once you have stabbed your attacking badguy (or bad shark), you depress the trigger button and it blasts C02 into the wound, both freezing it and ripping it apart. Video of the knife in action after the break.

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Nov 212011
 

Most of us love MMA, and after Saturday’s UFC (139) Shogun vs Henderson, I can really say that. However there are some among us who find such extreme violence to be disturbing and foolish. (Mom, I am talking to you), and for the sake of not fighting over Thanksgiving, I can see some of their points. However there is another group of people who feel that MMA isn’t extreme enough. With all the points for take downs, breaks between rounds, wearing gloves, and referee stoppages, perhaps we need something more “Extreme!” You might remember my post of the X-Arm competion? Well fighters of this ilk have done it again with the advent of Shock Fighting.

 Here’s what you do, you attach a taser to each glove, and alakazam, the people who support the ban of MMA in New York suddenly sound much more sane. In mere MMA we only had to worry about broken bones, chokes, joint breakage, and concussions. Now we get to worry about several thousand volts of electricity! Is he tapping or just twitching? Who knows. Thanks to George for the tip. Hope you enjoyed.

 

Oct 312011
 

The only remaining master of the Indian martial art Shastar Vidya, master Nihang Nidar Singh is looking for an heir to the style. Singh has many students around Europe, but he claims that the most advanced students he has have only just reached the point where they can fight him without being hurt. I assume because their beards are no match for his yet.

Shastar Vidiya

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Oct 292011
 

I think I already touched on these weapons before, but they are still cool enough that they needed more of a focus. I feel the urge to mock these weapons, but I think this is bitterness from all the self inflicted wounds I picked up trying to learn the three sectional staff when I was younger.

 

Got to hand it to the Chinese. If there is a hard way to fight a guy, they’ve found it and made an art of it.

 

Oct 202011
 

When we were young alot of us were drawn to the martial arts because of the cool weapons we saw in movies and comic books. I was always trying to figure out how I could carry a sword for self defense, never mind the stupidity of that thought. Almost all of us have played around with throwing knives and blow guns, some of us even played with three sectional staves and chain whips. Ironicly the more normal a weapon is, the less chance there is that it ended up in your training. So I present Five fairly normal weapons that I and most likely you, never trained with

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Sep 142011
 

Not sure why they entitled this clip “karate card thrower” since the dude seems to Chinese, and looks more like a Kung fu card thrower, but still awesome.

You know if you could throw cards like this, you would be the most annoying person your friends knew. At least people who do magic tricks can be ignored. Try to ignore this guy and he would likely paper cut you into submission.

Why don’t martial artist do cool stuff like this anymore?

 

Aug 302011
 

Things have been strangely serouis around here lately. Sorry about that. Lets get back to what we do best, which is generally mocking things. Today I have a Philippino martial art called Kombatan.

 

If you missed it, the master in the video is Ernesto Presas, a tenth dan in Arnis and founder of Kombatan. He also has a magic amulet. He can sense attacks because his grandfather was blind. His magic amulet won’t work if he shows it to anyone. The art covers one stick, two sticks, knives, empty hand attacks, grappling, and throwing. And he has a magic amulet.

 

 

 

Aug 112011
 

Wow, busy week. I’ve ignored the last week’s UFC so completely that I’ve given up at this point and instead give you the top 5 weirdist martial arts weapons.

Martial arts generally make sense. We start simple, punching folks, then progress to kicking people, biting, clawing, etc. Then some wise guy thinks, “Why don’t I just chunk you with a rock.” And someone else picks up a stick, and its all down hill from there. I don’t know how many generations it took for martial artists to come up with some of these, but they leave you with the just one question. Why?

5.The Iron Fan

For the dainty martial artist

So someone says, I need something to defend myself at formal occasions, that will match my dress, and help me deal with the lack of air conditioning. So he took the the lightest object he could find and decided to make it into a weapon to hit people. I give you the iron fan. It was a simple design, basicly iron slats replaced the wooden ones and when you folded the fan, it made a decent club and could be used for blocking.

 

 

4.Hook swords
We have all thought it at one time or another. Our main problem with a sword? Too pointy. You could put someone’s eye out! So the Chinese took the end of the sword and bent it into a crook, took the point and put it on the hilt (so you could stab yourself) and there it was, the hook sword. Honestly, kind of a cool weapon. It was used in pairs so that enemy weapons could be trapped and countered.

 

3.Monk’s Staff
It was right after the staff was invented. Some shaolin monk got drunk and when he woke up he found he had speared a bird cage. His students said “Master were you drinking last night?” He glared at them and insisted he had done that on purpose, and had to figure out how to fight with one on the spot.

 

2.Claw on a rope
One day two kung fu masters were standing around arguing about which of their styles was more powerful. One of them finally said, “Well our style can kill a man ten feet away with a back scratcher!” and to back up his claims this baby was born. It kind of looks like a kung fu meteor hammer with a claw attached. As far as I can tell this is called (and excuse my spelling) a Fei-Zhua? I am not sure that this weapon makes it faster to kill someone, but it looks like it will hurt.

 

1.Urumi
Used by a martial art in southern India, it had a handle like a sword and thin whip like blades that could be coiled and carried with you. I speak only for myself, but I would do more harm to myself then I could ever do to an attacker with one of these crazy whip swords. When I think about the amount of work that it must take to make one of these, and all the training to learn how to not kill one’s self, I gave it the number one space for inciting most strongly the question why?