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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Samurai Weapons Video: Sword Master James Williams Shows You the Basics of Handling Japanese Samurai Swords

    Samurai Weapons Video: Sword Master James Williams Shows You the Basics of Handling Japanese Samurai Swords

    Self-defense expert James Williams is the founder of Bugei Trading Company, a renowned source for quality Japanese samurai swords and armor. James Williams runs his own school in Encinitas, California, and oversees a network of samurai weapons instructors and students who carry on his nami ryu system around the United
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  9. Get Close-Quarters Combat Training With Seven Krav Maga and Kapap DVDs From International Self-Defense Experts!

    Get Close-Quarters Combat Training With Seven Krav Maga and Kapap DVDs From International Self-Defense Experts!

    Are you into the close-quarters combat training styles of Avi Nardia, Albert Timen, Alain Cohen, Mike Lee Kanarek, Richard Ryan and the like? Are you interested in realistically depicted street-fighting scenarios and step-by-step breakdowns thereof? Then Black Belt has a new group of krav maga and kapap DVDs that might
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  10. Japanese Weapons Master Masayuki Shimabukuro Demonstrates Samurai Sword-Cutting Techniques in Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship DVD Preview!

    Japanese Weapons Master Masayuki Shimabukuro Demonstrates Samurai Sword-Cutting Techniques in Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship DVD Preview!

    In their new Japanese martial arts DVD collection, Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship, samurai sword masters Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long detail and demonstrate a variety of samurai sword techniques. In this exclusive DVD preview, Long introduces Shimabukuro’s cutting demonstration, or suemono giri. “We’re going to explore the more advanced section
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