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This section includes the following items:

  1. Metal Training Knife.
  2. Hard Rubber Training Knife.
  3. Wooden Training Knife.
  4. Stick and Knife Carrying Bag.

"Basics of Filipino Knife Training"

The Filipino arts are well-known for the ability to teach reflexive knife work, or knife work that will hold up under combat stressors. There are many very good combative knife systems in the world, but the Filipino system can train a person to usable competence with just a few months of moderate practice. Most other knife systems will require years to be effective. There are three fundamental features that get to the heart of the training: The Block and Check, Fluid Cutting, and Palit-Palit
 
In the Block and Check, the arms are brought forward so that elbows are in front of the body. The torso is at a slight incline to tuck the guts back, and the stance is narrow to permit rapid leg movement. This forces an opponent to reach under a protruding defense to cut at the abdomen or go through the defense to stab the chest. The head is a small target, and partly obscured by the arms. When a strike comes, the defender blocks with the empty hand and cuts the attacker's arm with the knife, both doubling the chance for a successful defense and hopefully disabling the attack limb.
 
The defense can then be followed up with a series of rapid cuts. These rapid counter cuts are essential to developing Fluid Cutting. So, after the blow, the defender cuts repeatedly and quickly at the attacker's torso, usually an excessive amount, to condition the cutting reflex. The cuts do not seek out a particular target. The purpose is to just get the body to counter strike on reflex. Targeting will come. Palit-Palit has been left out of this information, because of the difficulty in describing it.
 
The use of different types of training dagas to emphasize different parts of a knife encounter is advised for the serious escrimador.  

 

Dull metal training knife.
Product: Metal Training Knife
Price: $24.99


 

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Metal Training Knife

WARNING: Experienced users only!

When you're ready to get the ultimate in training reality, this is the way to go. This is a solid, dull metal knife. The blade is rounded, flat aluminum.  This is about as close to training with a knife as you can get without training with an actual knife!

 

 

Hard Rubber Training Knife
Product: Rubber Knife
Price: $19.70


 

 

Hard Rubber Training Knife

My personal great frustration with rubber knives has been that most have been to floppy to be useful, because they are made out of foam rubber.  This knife isn't.  It is a derivation of the hard rubber knives made for the U.S. Marine Corp in their training program.  I personally have the same model used in the Marine Corp, and there is no performance difference between the two.
 
The blade will flex side to side, and is not very useful for disarming.  It is stiff, however, and provides a greater reality with grip, blade movement, and positioning.  Remember, you get this rubber knife because you want the safety of rubber in the shape of a knife.

 

 

 

Wooden training knife
Product: Wooden Knife
Price: $5.99


 

 

Hardwood Training Knife

Many times practitioner's will use the cut-off stub of a broken stick to practice knife work.
 
It's great to have such dagas available, as practicing with them is easier on the forearms.  However, having a wooden daga (knife) with an edge is essential to get a feel for blade position and handling. The harder wood will beat up your arms over time, especially with an over enthusiastic training partner. 
 
Use of conditioning equipment is strongly advised.
 
At the end of the day, isn't a little discomfort a worth while cost for survival?




 

Arnis Stick Case or Bag
Product: Stick Bag
Price: $22.70


 

 

 
Stylish Stick and Daga Carrying Bag
 
Stick and Daga Bag, straight from the Philippines. This case easily holds several 28" sticks, and will hold a 34" espada with a just a little bit of impressive overhang. There are also THREE daga/dulo pockets!
 
There are 3 excellent reasons to get a stick and daga bag.

1) It keeps your sticks from rolling around in your vehicle.
2) It gives you a more professional look - there's nothing like being the guy who walks into a gym with his gear in an old shopping bag, is there?
3) It can reduce the instances where you are questioned or stopped by the police. Let's face it, proper storing of a weapon is a required skill in both the police and military. Walking around without proper storage sends a message of inexperienced handling to any professional observer.   It also means that the weapons could be more easily seen as a threat to others and you, by extension, as potentially threatening.