I just had the pleasure of watching the “first draft” of my DVD on stick fighting. It contains a great deal of information, and a great deal of my Phase I FMA curriculum as a means to begin developing a “game” as a stick fighter. I like 95% of what I saw (the 5% I didn’t like consisted of some verbal stumbling on my part, and just a few instances of using the wrong term in the heat of shooting footage).
Despite my having a performing arts background, I hate watching myself on video. That being written, I am excited to see the disk come together, and I will be excited to offer it to my students, and anyone else who might be interested. In south east Asia, students of the arts learn weapons first, which is a very different paradigm than in the West. For many of us who grew up watching Bruce Lee and other martial arts film stars, it seems downright unfair to use a weapon when fighting multiple opponents. In the south east Asian arts, one sometimes prepares to fight not only multiple opponents, but huge numbers (some of the blade systems I study are designed to help fight 10-20 people). The odds of surviving a real attack from a group in those numbers depend greatly on the presence of a weapon.
Many people invalidate weapons training. I hear/read comments on a regular basis like, “How many times will I be walking down the street carrying a stick?” If one looks around his/her living space, or automobile, improvised weapons are often all around. If they are not, what can you do to prepare to defend yourself in the worst possible situations? Carrying weapons can be a violation of the law, depending on where one lives. The decision to carry is highly personal. Even if the idea of carrying a concealed blade is highly repellant, there are still legal tools (like key ring kubaton – click here) one can carry.
For that reason, if one aspires to be able to defend himself/herself, weapons training is essential. My DVD will lay a good foundation for fighting with a blunt impact weapon. Those skills translate to all sorts of household items (baseball bats, umbrellas, etc). When my disk is ready, for distribution, I will be sure it is available to as many who might need the information as possible.
In the meantime, I am pursuing more martial arts learning, and some new training opportunities have arisen. I will continue to share the material I am learning (as long as I am allowed to do so) with those who want it. Some of the footage for Volume 2 of the stick fighting series has already been shot. I will continue to move forward and learn from success and challenges.