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413 Group’s Balisong Series: What is a Balisong?

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As a kid or an adult, you must have come across people who can perform various tricks with knives and almost all knife enthusiasts are familiar with the Balisong. You remember those crazy fold-able knives the cool guys flailed all over their hands? Yeah, I am talking about those. Meet Mark Guillermo as he demonstrates his skill with the Balisong, all the while discussing the origins of this really innovative little tool.

The balisong goes by many names, such as fan knives, Batangas knife, Veintinueve and the most commonly used one being the Butterfly Knife. The balisong is quite the marvelous little instrument and is an item of both interest and collection for admirers all around the globe. The structure of the balisong cuts the knife into half its original length. This makes it easy to perform a variety of stunts with your imagination as the limit.

There is, however, a lot of conspiracy and confusion surrounding the origin of the Butterfly Knife. Some say it was discovered in the Philippines while others argue that it was a product of the European engineering.

The Balisong is greatly engraved in the Filipino style martial arts. The warriors of the past and the present use such knives in tandem with their martial arts training. Lore suggests that the knife was handed down to later generations and represents the craftsmanship of the early Philippines’ culture. Jeff Imada a well-known martial arts choreographer also stated that the word “Balisong” comes from ‘Baling Sungay’, which translates to ‘Broken Horn’. The ‘horn’ explanation can be traced back to the Carabao(a type of water buffalo) horn carvings that were inserted into the handles of the knives. Although the Philippines have overwhelming evidence stating it originated in their land, they lack any substantial proof to justify those claims.
The one thing that leans towards the European theory is hard evidence. Unlike the Philippines theory, the origin of the Butterfly knife in Europe can be traced back to actual sketches which resemble the early prototypes of the tool. Although the concept wasn’t very popular, it slowly spread from France to England where it got patented and finally entered the Filipino culture via Spain(the Philippines was a Spanish colony at that time) and was readily adapted into their martial arts.

Nobody knows for how the balisong came to be, but going by the history, we find that it was the Philippines who popularized the concept of the present day butterfly knife by imbibing it within their martial arts style.
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Sifu Tim Tackett on JKD Dummy

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Join Sifu Tim Tackett and Sifu Jeremy Lynch as they reveal their understanding and insight behind the JKD Wooden Dummy training. Besides the footage of Sifu Tim Tackett practicing on a Wing Chung Dummy, he also explains how this art is an amalgamation of two different practices.

In this short but informative video Tim and Jeremy talks about creativity and going with the flow of the training. Martial arts isn’t all about stances and by the book fighting techniques. It’s about learning the basics and applying your own twist into that style to come up with something that is unique to you and you alone.

 

 

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Is Eric Draven the Role Jason Momoa’s Been Waiting For?

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Jason Momoa is an A-list action star approaching his 20th century in the entertainment industry. His first TV role included Baywatch back in 1999. He is expected to land roles like James O’Barr’s remake of The Crow. In addition to the many other popular movies he is involved in, this movie may take his career to the next level.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jason Momoa hasn’t had any top roles yet.
  • Eric Draven might be the role that finally puts Jason Momoa into A-list stardom.
  • The character, like Eric Draven, is a cult classic and had appeared in many different types of media since Robert E. Howard first introduced him to the public in 1932.

“”He’s going through some pretty wild shit””

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Guro Jon Ward: Inayan Sinawali 5 count

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A martial art example is shown with two people fighting with sticks. There is a slow motion part that breaks down each type of hit whether it is high or low or left or right. There is an older man and a younger boy participating in this video. The man explains the correct technique of how to use the sticks

Key Takeaways:

  • Keep your elbows up when stick is high
  • Use both sticks to attack and defend
  • Pay attention so you don’t get double hit on the hand

“I baited him into sticking his hand down there.”

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DEFENSE OFFENSE SILAT SUFFIAN Maul Mornie

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Loving this clip!  The video provides a brief display of defensive techniques to use against a knife-wielding opponent, using a variety of moves with the knife against the would-be victim. In this case, the “victim” is a martial arts instructor, teaching a class about the different body responses to such attacks and showing various postures of defense which can be deployed using the entire body and with proper training, to be prepared for different attack stances the attacker may take and how do use your body to defend against them.

Key Takeaways:

  • The instructor is very fast with his technique.
  • The instructor is very knowledgeable and able to teach well.
  • Great video. I think everyone should get together with a partner while he’s demonstrating those moves.

“How you’re attacked will decide how you defend.”

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Strike First!

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“Strike first, strike hard, no mercy” is the motto of the new Cobra Kai school of Karate. The school is the concept of Daniel-san and Johnny “Sweep the Leg” of the The Karate Kid movie. Yes they are back! There are two basic concepts in Karate– Go no sen, strike AFTER the attack; and Sen no sen, strike BEFORE the attack.

Key Takeaways:

  • His Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate contains the famous excerpt karate ni sente nashi, or “There is no first strike in karate.
  • Go no sen. This means “after the attack.” A basic example would be an aggressor steps in with a punch, you block and counter with a strike.
  • Sen no sen. This is “before the attack.” An aggressor announces he wants to kill you, and without hesitation you strike. This is like the old military aphorism “The best defense is a good offense.”

“”There is no first strike in karate.” This basically implies that you don’t provoke a fight; it does not mean that in the midst of what looks like a potential altercation — after all other options have failed — you wait to get laid out on the sidewalk.”

http://www.martialviews.com/2018/05/strike-first.html

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USING 3 WEAPONS FOR 1 TECHNIQUE | BENEATH THE GI EP. 04

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Early used as an emphatic form of not (as still in never mind). Old English, unlike its modern descendant, had the useful custom of attaching ne to words to create their negatives, as in nabban for na habban “not to have.”I finally finished, and I never want to do that again. I repeated the test a hundred times, and never saw a positive result. I will never tell. Not at any other time; not …

Key Takeaways:

  • You can use the same basic techniques of FMA with different weapons.
  • You need to take advantage of the advantage of each instrument.
  • FMA is a system but it is also flexible depending on the weapons on hand.

“Filopino martial arts is a system, which means that if I try an angle 1 and angle 2 with a stick, it technically should be the same when I train with the knife.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTmPiehR2AY

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How to Pre-emptive attack in a Street Fight

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Attack is the best form of defense. First you must attack where it hurts and move in right away. The movement must be quick and hard and you want to give the person the element of surprise. When attacking you must be aware of your surroundings and attack from a distance.

Key Takeaways:

  • Preemptive attack is always the best defense.
  • Attack them where it hurts.
  • You need to respond and react quickly.

“Attack is the best form of defense.”

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Top 5 MMA Films You Can’t Miss

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The MMA(Mixed Martial Arts) article is a review of arguably the best films made with the plot centered on MMA. The films feature people from different walks of life and ages, forced as unwilling participants into fighting for a variety of reasons that stem from personal setbacks, and personal issues involving coming of age, money, alcohol abuse, and personal loss. Never Back Down, a coming- of- age story is told from the newly arrived in the neighborhood kid who is trying to fit in and inadvertently gets mixed up with the wrong girl with painful results.

Key Takeaways:

  • MMA is Mixed Martial Arts, and this article is ranking the must see MMA movies.
  • There are 5 movies total in his list of MMA movies.
  • 5. Warrior 4. Redbelt 3. Tapped Out 2. Undisputed 4 1. Never Back Down

“MMA or mixed martial arts has been popular for years and years. It does seem though it has rapidly grown in popularity over recent times, largely down to the success of the UFC and the stars that compete in it.”

http://budomate.com/mma-films/

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The Return of Bare-Knuckle Fighting

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Believe it or not, bare-knuckles boxing is really less dangerous when it comes to potential head injuries than boxing with gloves. This was the argument presented by promoter Dave Feldman, and it persuaded Cheyenne, Wyoming to hold an upcoming pugilistic event (without gloves) on June 2nd. This event is indeed rare, since it will be the first of its kind champion boxing match since 1889. There are new rules, though. Who knows? Perhaps fisticuffs without gloves will catch on and become popular again and this event will thus be historical.

Key Takeaways:

  • A sanctioned and regulated bare-knuckle boxing event
  • The Return of Bare-Knuckle Fighting
  • Weight classes will be similar to those found in MMA

“In those days London Prize Rules governed boxing, whereby sweeps, takedowns and throws were permitted. In the updated version of fisticuffs, weight classes will be similar to those found in MMA, and standup-style grappling that allows for the fighters to hit with a free hand will be permitted.”

http://www.martialviews.com/2018/04/the-return-of-bare-knuckle-fighting.html

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