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We Don’t Need Martial Arts Today - I Just Go And Get My Gun! Really?

by: Fernando Bernall

The title above, reflects the sentiments of those who in real life have no clue about realities encountered in the streets. The video you are about to see, demonstrates that having a gun, particularly if it is concealed, is no ticket to safety against an opponent armed with a knife or a stick.

While I can appreciate the studies of martial arts as a form of self cultivation, I remain convinced that ultimately, everyone who wishes to undertake the arts, needs to study, practice, and face the sad fact that one day, you may need to actually depend on it to save your life or that of a loved one.


Could depend on how good you were with a gun. If you are this fast and allowed open carry no sweat. http://youtu.be/TANC4VI8vF4 

In reality one should be skilled in both.  I was an avid shooter from a young age.  After several years in the martial and a lame invincible attitude I determined martial arts were the only thing needed.  Until someone gave me a suggestion.

I will keep this storey short.  I recall one time after a martial arts demonstration sitting in a restraint with Grand Master Pai and a few others.  When it was time to pay the bill G.M. Pai said he would cover it with some of our profit from that night.  Then he opened a black zipper bag that contained the cash.  To our amazement on top of the cash sits a Browning 9mm.  His words to us were Kung Fu is good but you never know when you going to need some backup.”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/12  at  03:17 PM

Hey Joe, that is one fast dude! I agree that it would be better to be skilled in both. I personally hate guns - even toy guns. Knives, on the other hand, well, I mean in my hands, are like a personal object such as a wallet, comb, or handkerchief; never leave home without it..

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/12  at  04:30 PM

Hey Guys,

True, to be skilled in both would be the ultimate protection, but I personally don’t want to walk around with a gun. However, I think the real issue here is intent. The “bad guy” intends to harm the officer when he attacks. A person walking down the street has very little chance of drawing a gun and shooting in time to interrupt the attack of someone intent on inflicting harm; however, a redirection or strike might give time to produce a weapon.  Either way it would suck. 

Posted by Danny  on  02/12  at  07:46 PM

I agree with Danny, either way would suck. The more training I get with edged weapons the more I know this to be true. The first line of defense must be awareness of your surroundings. In TSD we have a few knife defense techniques but they hardly scratch the surface. I’d be interested in learning what xing yi/kung fu prescribes for knife attacks

Posted by Rich  on  02/13  at  06:35 PM
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