The Short Staff

The short staff, in my opinion is one of the most universal weapons. Something like this can be found in almost every culture, and it is one of the traditional weapons that is absolutely appropriate for modern Martial Artists, as common items from broom or mop handles, dowels, pipes, to pool cues are of a similar length and can be adapted to use as a weapon.   Donn Draeger & Kaminoda Tsunemori – Muso Ryo Jojutsu   Silat Suffian Bela Diri – Short Staff Seminar (Buluh Runcing)   Irish Stick Fighting Methods     Kashi Porrazo: Meso-American Stick Fighting (Yaomatchia)   Long Staff Methods Juego del Garrote Canario-A Maestro Paquito Santana   Sanatan Shastarvidiya – Lathi (Long Staff Fighting)   Chinese Shaolin Method   Last but not least: The Kung Fu Bear Staff...

Garrote Venezolano

Juego de Garrote is a game played among several South American countries, Venezolano refers specifically to the styles of Garrote from Venezuela. Although the movements are hihgly stylized, sharing perhaps some similarity to France’s La Canne, and there are different levels of performance, much like Savate, where some are more for show than for fight, these systems share many of the same things that most stickfighting systems share: angulations, pivoting and zoning footwork, and a reluctance to meet force with force. The origins of this system are tied directly to the Spanish and Portuguese influence from Europe, and is related not only to Palo Canario from the Canary Islands, but also to Portugal’s Jugo Do Pau.   Juego de Garrote Venezolano   Las Siete Líneas del Garrote Tocuyano   Juego o pelea a Palos Venezolana, Presentación Explicativa   Juego de Garrote Venezolano – Estilo “Curarigüeño”. Hector Ramos playing in the “Curarigüeño” style, also called “the fight” with Wilke Abel Perez (6th Regional Festival Garrote, Humocaro Alto, Lara, Venezuela, 1998), Alejandro Perez Wilke (1st International Players Palo, Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela, 1998), with Yoel Morales, Wiston Hidalgo and Daniel Perales (Meeting Avejga, Patio “Clarencio Flowers” teacher Eduardo Sanoja, Agua Viva, Lara, Venezuela, August 2005). Hector Ramos started in the art of the game with the teacher Eduardo Garrote Sanoja, the September 21, 1989, “The Stubble Cabudare, Palavecino, Lara. Soon simultaneous training begins with the teacher Mercedes Pérez Amaro in village of “La Piedad” municipality Palavecino, Lara, Venezuela.   Documental: Mercedes Pérez, maestro de garrote. Short documentary produced by Roberto Sanchez (University of Los Andes, ULA-Merida, Venezuela, 1991). In the aspects of life as Venezuelan club player Mercedes Pérez Amaro Teacher, native of La Piedad, Lara State, Venezuela narrated.   Juego De Garrote Venezolano: Emilio Romero, Maestro...

Palo Canario

Initially used as a way of gaining an advantage over machete wielding pirates and bandits from Cuba, the Martial Art of Palo Canario has undergone a resurgence in recent years, including the creation of sporting events. This system does some amazing things with the use of a staff, and is similar in many ways to the methods used in other cultures. Juego del Garrote Canario-A Maestro Paquito Santana Juego de la Mano y del Palo Canario Clase Iniciacion al Juego Del Palo Canario TV Spot on Palo Canario Juego del Palo Canario – Déniz – Telde 2008 Palo Canario Estilo Morales Juego de Palo Canario. Tipos, Modalidades Y Estilos Example of the wide variety of manifestations the “art of playing the bar” in the Canary Islands. From traditional games techniques, shown in traditional exhibition, to technical reconstruction started in the 80s, that in some cases they have adapted to competition with written policy and have assumed different names for reasons of sport and federal...

Secrets: The Viking Sword...

The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. Yet only a select few carried the ultimate weapon of their era: the feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using a process that would remain unknown to the Vikings’ rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made, it remains a fearsome weapon more than a millennium after it last saw battle. But how did Viking sword makers design and build the Ulfberht, and what was its role in history? Now, NOVA uses cutting edge science and old-fashioned detective work to reconstruct the Ulfberht and finally unravel the “Secrets of the Viking Sword.”...

Bando Kukri – Dr. Gyi...

Athens Ohio Kukri Training with Dr. Maung Gyi, then Grandmaster of the American Bando Association. In attendance is actually King Abdullah Hussein of Jordan. Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part...

Complete History of Swords...

Complete History of Swords, Full Documentary produced by The History Channel.  

The Japanese Sword

Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of a Katana? This insightful documentary interviews people in each stage of the craft. Vol. 1 – Japanese Swordsmiths Vol. 2 – Sword Polisher Vol. 3 – Bizenden Style Silversmith Vol. 4 – Scabbard Maker 10 Vol. 5 – Scabbard Painter Vol. 6 – Handle Wrapper Vol. 7 – Sword...

Fencing: Salvator Fabris...

A demonstration of the Rapier fencing tactics of Salvator Fabris.

Chinese Archery

Jian Shu Archery

Meiji Jingu Enbu Festival

This is the extended 7-minute version of the Meiji Jingu Martial Arts event at the Meiji Shrine on November 3rd 2011. We decided to upload the full version after we received repeated requests. You can download this movie at our website at http://emptymindfilms.com

Renaissance Era Italian Fencing...

Renaissance Italian Lunge – A class on the lunge with the rapier in the Renaissance Italian style, taught by Warder Adrian Flechyr. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Italian Rapier: Four Invitations and...

Fast Archery

Doublet Technique Hun Method of Fast...

Katori Shinto Ryu

Way of the Warrior – Katori Shinto Ryu This is a wonderful BBC documentary series from 1982, originally broadcast on the BBC 4 TV channel. The series is comprised of 8 episodes, each about 40 minutes long. This episode features the Japanese Koryu school of Katori Shinto ryu. This is Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu – Japan’s oldest and most traditional sword school – considered the pinnacle of classic Japanese martial arts. Features part of a rare interview with Otake Risuke, the school’s instructor. See the full clip as part of the feature length movie, Art of the Japanese...

Turkish Archery

Gökmen Altinkulp reveals his passion for archery. In this video, we get to see a real life depiction of the warriors described in historic sources. Altinkulp displays some of the incredible techniques mastered by medieval warriors   Extraordinary techniques in Turkish archery: Jarmakee and Majra Turkish archery is unique in many aspects. It has had remarkable influences on “Saracen Archery” through the Turkish mercanaries employed in early Islamic armies and have later founded the Mameluk State. The very early European records, especially that of Crusaders, was about Seljuk Turks who Crusader armies encountered at the very beginning. The video is about an interesting shooting technique, jarmakee, and using an over-draw device called “majra”. Pulling and releasing the string of a bow were executed with various techniques and thumb-release (or Mongolian release) was one of them. It is an old technique and has been used widely by many nations and tribes in history. Turks were one of those who perfected the technique and used for centuries successfully both on battlefields and in sport archery. Here we demonstrate how the shot is stabilized by this shooting technique and what an ancient Turkish archer might have been capable of. In Ottoman era sportive archery existed as early as 15th century. In the earliest capital cities Bursa and Edirne there were special archery fields called “okmeydani”. After the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 Sultan Mehmed II “the Conqueror” established an okmeydani for archers in the newly named city Istanbul. Flight archery has always been popular all the 623 years (1300-1923) in which the Empire survived. Bilek siperi or siper was an over-draw device that has been used by flight archers to draw shorter arrows beyond the bow grip. Here you can see how it is used. Unboxing the...

La Destreza Verdadera – The Spanish Circle Nov24

La Destreza Verdadera – The Spanish Circle...

The Verdadera Destreza of the Spaniards. is the combative Skills and fighting art in Sixteen Century . ‘A Fondo’. Con Jesús Esperanza. Asociación Albaceteña de Esgrima Antigua Caballeros de Al-basit La Destreza Workshop Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Spanish counters to Italian fencing This is a basic thrusting form we created derived from Pachequistan Destreza. The structure is based on Spanish fencing timing (before, during, & after) and we included second intention attacks by conclusion and circular cut. A more conservative version of the same form would replace the conclusion/circular cut with a thrust of the quarter/half/full circle during the adversary’s defensive...

Kyudo: Japanese Archery...

One Shot One Life The pursuit of excellence through the art of Japanese Archery or Kyudo – ‘the way of the bow’. Over six years ago we posted a kyudo video which received many comments, most of which focused negatively on the master archer missing the target. For many people it is hard to seperate success from not hitting the target. In our new film, One Shot. One Life, one of the kyudo masters is very accurate… he simply never misses the target. Yet he states: “The techniques for facing and hitting the target are quite simple. I used to be a national team member, and at that time I had to hit the target no matter what, practicing until my hands turned black. Eventually all that technique became obsolete in exchange for the ability to express myself through the bow.” In our film this master archer prepares for the extremely difficult 8th dan grading, whose pass rate is below 1%. But for all his ability to hit the target, can he pass this strict examination? We leave you with more quotes from our film that offer insight into the art of Japanese archery…”Even if we dedicate a lifetime, we will not be able to master it. If we keep this in our mind we can continue further. This is one of the things I was taught by my Sensei and I will not forget. I strive to practice everyday feeling like a beginner. My Sensei often said “when we face the target we are facing ourselves as a mirror”. It is wrong if we do not face the target in this manner. Ultimately, no technique is left, no form is left, nothing but the archer’s humanity remains. For the observer, this is very...

Capoeira Documentary

“This is a documentary about Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial Art. It is made by talking to the teachers of capoeira in my life and filming the Capoeira events that happened around the north east. This is the short form version and will be used to raise money to get down to Brazil to film the old guard of Mestres and create a longer more comprehensive documentary. If you are interested in funding this endeavor or have any questions or comments please feel free to leave below or email me at feinproductions@gmail.com, thanks, -Ian (Gafanhoto)” The Circle from Ian Fein on...

Mechanical Advantage Explained Nov23

Mechanical Advantage Explained...

Mechanical Advantage and Gaining the Blade Warder Adrian Flechyr teaches a class on mechanical advantage and the concept of gaining the blade (a.k.a. constraint, stringere, etc.) according to Renaissance Italian style rapier. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part...

Shinkendo Aikido

A quick overview of the facets of solo, paired, and live-bladed sword techniques and aikido throws, arresting, and tanto techniques. Main shoot was shot within 3 hours. Special thanks to Toshishiro Obata Sensei and the Honbu (World Headquarters) Dojo in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA. International Shinkendo Federation – Shokai Reel from Onyx Cinema, Inc. on...

Guy Windsor – Rapier Seminar Nov23

Guy Windsor – Rapier Seminar...

Held at the School of European Swordsmanship on March 31st 2012. This covers basic footwork, structural practice, holding the sword, lunging, and the plays of plates 7 and 16 from Capoferro. Part 1 Part 2 Dagger...