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Weapons Videos

Although military and bladed Western-style knives are all considered to be part of the martial arts weapons world—especially in regard to reality-based personal protection programs—it’s important not to lose sight of traditional martial arts weapons.

In four iconic videos, one of America’s early karate pioneers Fumio Demura (Black Belt Hall of Fame: 1969 Karate Sensei of the Year, 1975 Martial Artist of the Year) demonstrates kobudo sai, bo and kama, as well as eku bo (aka kai), a weapon that began as an Okinawan fisherman’s oar. The perfect sister video is Ted Tabura’s demonstrations of the bokken (Japanese wooden “samurai” sword).

In a triumvirate of videos, master samurai swordsman and Black Belt Hall of Fame member (2006 Weapon Instructor of the Year) Masayuki Shimabukuro covers many facets of the samurai sword, including mat cutting, forms, proper sword cleaning, etiquette, thrusts, drawing and sheathing. Other videos feature martial arts veteran James Williams, who demonstrates correct sword drawing, sheathing and cutting skills.

Apart from Japanese weapons, there are videos of krabi krabong swords by Thai special-ops and weapons instructor Col. Nattapong Buayam and hwa rang do sword fighting by hwa rang do grandmaster Taejoon Lee.

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  1. Combat Focus Shooting Expert Rob Pincus Discusses the Not-So-Picture-Perfect Reality of Self-Defense Against a Knife Attack on the Street

    Combat Focus Shooting Expert Rob Pincus Discusses the Not-So-Picture-Perfect Reality of Self-Defense Against a Knife Attack on the Street

    Self-defense often doesn’t look like it is, by necessity of the medium, presented in martial arts magazines … but that doesn’t make it any less effective, according to self-defense expert Rob Pincus in this exclusive video.
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  2. “Mack” on Movements, Weapons and Targets in Combat

    “Mack” on Movements, Weapons and Targets in Combat

    In this exclusive video, Richard “Mack” Machowicz discusses and demonstrates targeting principles during an outdoor photo shoot for Black Belt magazine!
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  3. Self-Defense Expert Rob Pincus Shows You How to Use a Firearm in Close-Quarters Combat

    Self-Defense Expert Rob Pincus Shows You How to Use a Firearm in Close-Quarters Combat

    You have a gun. They have a knife. How do you handle this situation? Close-quarters-combat expert Rob Pincus shows you in this exclusive self-defense video!
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  4. Samurai Weapons Video: Behind the Scenes of Masayuki Shimabukuro’s Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship 3-DVD Set

    Samurai Weapons Video: Behind the Scenes of Masayuki Shimabukuro’s Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship 3-DVD Set

    In this EXCLUSIVE video, we take you into the studio, behind the cameras, for a glimpse of a true sword master in action! This is some of the last footage of Masayuki Shimabukuro shot at Black Belt magazine — and perhaps anywhere.
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  5. Stick-Fighting Video: Richard Bustillo on Translating Sinawali to Empty-Hand Techniques

    Stick-Fighting Video: Richard Bustillo on Translating Sinawali to Empty-Hand Techniques

    In this exclusive video, Bruce Lee student, Black Belt Hall of Fame member and escrima master Richard Bustillo bridges the gap betweeen stick-fighting moves and empty-hand fighting!
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  6. Michael Janich Video: Criteria for Effective Knife Grips

    Michael Janich Video: Criteria for Effective Knife Grips

    Edged-weapons expert Michael Janich delineates what he considers the ideal way to grip your knife so as not to lose your weapon — or your fingers — in the event of an altercation requiring you to draw your blade!
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  7. Kali Sticks Video: Julius Melegrito Demonstrates a Single-Stick Disarm

    Kali Sticks Video: Julius Melegrito Demonstrates a Single-Stick Disarm

    Fighting with kali sticks never looked so good as Julius Melegrito demonstrates a single-stick disarm in this exclusive video! Learn from the Filipino fighting sticks master how to make your opponent’s stick fly using simple impact and leverage!
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  8. Julius Melegrito Shows You 10 Basic Knife Strikes From the Philippine Martial Arts

    Julius Melegrito Shows You 10 Basic Knife Strikes From the Philippine Martial Arts

    Philippine Martial Arts Alliance founder Julius Melegrito demonstrates a kata-like sequence of 10 knife techniques, progressively adding moves and speed until the blade is a blur!
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  9. Tonfa Blocks: Karate Weapons Training With Fumio Demura

    Tonfa Blocks: Karate Weapons Training With Fumio Demura

    In this exclusive weapons video excerpt from Tonfa: Karate Weapon of Self-Defense, karate legend Fumio Demura shows you the intersection of weapon and human form as he demonstrates tonfa blocks based on classic karate moves!
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  10. How to Use Fighting Sticks: Three Stick-Combat Videos by Filipino Martial Arts Expert Julius Melegrito

    How to Use Fighting Sticks: Three Stick-Combat Videos by Filipino Martial Arts Expert Julius Melegrito

    Fighting-sticks training never looked so good as Filipino martial arts master Julius Melegrito demonstrates disarms, drills and more in three exclusive videos. Sticks fly, twirl and smack as he makes complex moves look easy!
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