Company: Dog Brothers Inc.
Tape Name: Real Contact Stick Fighting: Stick vs Other Weapons
Cost: $49.95 (the whole set of 6 tapes goes for $100)
Length of Tape/Time: 68
Number of Moves/Techniques: Fights & Interviews10
Return Policy: ?
in dealing with this company: Excellent
The Instructor: Eric Knaus
Address: 703 Pier Ave, Suite 664, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Company’s Phone Number:
Web Page: http://www.dogbrothers.com
Primary Grading Criteria:
Production/Tape Quality: 10
2. Instructors demonstrated skill level: 10
Comprehension Score/Immediate Understanding: 9
4. Degree to which this will make
someone a better Martial Artist: 9
5. Score on delivery vs. hype: 10
to which we'd recommend this product: 9
7. Wasted Time (The higher the number,
the less "fluff"/repetition): 9
8. Playback Score/Watching it over-and-over
9. Would I purchase more of this company's products: 10
grade based on cost vs. value: 10
Grand Total: 96 %
1. 80%-100% =
2. Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent = Excellent
3. 0-5 stars = 4 stars
Secondary Grading Criteria:
Beginners benefit: Excellent
2. Intermediate benefit: Excellent
4. Time to benefit: Since this is not an instructional tape
as such, ie it illustrates possible tactics and strategies , the benefit may be immediate
The need to buy additional tapes to understand this one: This tape rounds off the
series. Bought on its own by someone who has no idea of who or what the Dog Brothers
are it might well produce a reaction of “ Who are these fruitcakes?”
to most instructional tapes , this one is a little unusual. Although it is a highly
instructional tape, it does not teach techniques. It shows many fights between ,
as the title suggests , unmatched weapons. The only matched weapons would be the
few knife - sparring bouts at the beginning of the tape.
There are also a
couple of interviews. What becomes very clear is that one first acquires a technical
base , i.e. learns the kind of things taught on tapes one through five, then one
learns to adjust according to the weapon the opponent is using . Facing a whip with
a single stick requires a completely different strategy than facing a bokken , for
instance. The viewer does not have to work this out for himself though, the commentary
provided analyses all of this in fine detail. If you buy this tape, an interesting
exercise might be to watch it the first time with the volume off , so as to work
out for yourself what is happening strategically. You might even look at the list
of weapons used, listed below, and think to yourself how you would handle them, given
a single or double sticks.
The weapons used:
1. Knife vs. knife
Whip vs. stick
3. Nunchaku vs. stick
4. Three section nunchaku vs. double stick
Three section nunchaku vs. single stick
6. Tonfa vs. double stick
staff vs. rattan staff
8. Tapado stick vs. double stick
9. Bokken vs. double
10. Hardwood staff vs. double stick
Commentary on a few of the above.
Knife fighting is a difficult discussion topic , since truthfully , how many people
have been in real knife fights ? Not. note , how many people say they have been in
real knife fights, but rather how many people have held a knife, the opponent has
held a knife, and they have tried to kill each other with them?
certain special forces units and certain criminals I would guess very few. As a
bouncer, the reviewer faced a knife - or in one instance a broken glass - only six
or seven times , got cut twice and stabbed once and was himself unarmed at the time.
The point I am trying to make is as follows. When most people talk or teach knife
fighting , they DO NOT speak from experience ( I suspect several of the US knife
fighting gurus have sparred with wooden or aluminium blades for thousands of hours
but have never been in a knife vs. knife situation and then they teach what they
have never done ). My Second World War Combatives instructor’s forearms are criss-crossed
with linear scars and according to him the knife is not a fighting weapon, it is
a killing weapon. If you are holding a knife and he is holding a knife, you have
failed. IF the situation warranted it, you should have got your knife out and pumped
it into him several times before he even knew what was happening, and if you have
messed up and are facing off knife to knife, hold the knife close to your body in
your rear hand. Sparring with wooden blades, according to my instructor , is dumb,
if you want to spar, put on safety goggles, get some knife- length nails, wrap the
blunt end to give you a handle and go for it ! Strictly for special forces types
or for lunatics, but then you will get some semi-realistic experience. The rest is
fancy crap, in my opinion. To treat a knife as a short stick is silly. I will grapple
with someone wielding a blunt impact weapon , such as a stick , but I would rather
not grapple with someone holding a knife, especially if he holds it in his rear hand,
close to his body. I would recommend this exercise to all the “grappling is the only
way” disciples out there. Give someone who is halfway competent a marker pen, tell
him to hold it as described above. His task is to simply pump it in and out dynamically,
i.e. pull it back as forcefully as he pushes it out. You try to grapple it away from
him. Then count the number of dots on your T -shirt in the chest and stomach region.
Case closed. Anyway, that’s just a personal gripe I have with a few of the wonderful
people out there selling videos for a living. Try not to teach something that may
get your customers killed ,please!! The dog brothers are somewhat aware of the difference
between sport knife fighting and the real thing , since they do mention that there
is a big difference. Which still puzzles me a little, because they could and would
technically use their sticks in the street in more or less the same way they use
them against each other. The only difference being the context and the safety gear.
If this is not the case with knives, why then do this type of unrealistic exercise?
Another point is that , obviously, it’s the man holding the stick,
not just the weapon itself. Whilst the Tapado stick is possibly not as versatile
a weapon as the single stick , part of the reason why Eric Knaus annihilated Ron
Harris was Mr. Harris’ lack of experience in this kind of event as compared to Eric
Knaus. The second Tapado fighter , for instance , had already learnt from watching
Mr. Harris’ mistakes and adjusted his strategy accordingly. With sufficient practice
I feel that the Tapado stick could possibly provide Mr. Knaus with as interesting
a bout as the bokken. Also, I feel that one should compliment Mr. Harris for getting
in there and testing his beliefs. Having spent 29 years in the arts, I have no doubt
that there are hundreds ,if not thousands , of stick fighters out there saying :
My secret techniques can take these guys, no problems! My invincible four-sectional
Afghanistani garden rake would make dog meat out of these guys. Well, ain’t that
wonderful . So what’s stopping you ? Mr. Harris believed that his Tappado stick and/or
techniques were superior. He went and tested them. Which is more than can be said
for most of the wannabe super heroes out there. They are not qualified to clean Mr.
Harris shoes, never mind enjoy his defeat!
Same scenario obviously , as all
the stand up fighteres who are convinced they can take any grappler, but have never
bothered trying to spar against one. Or the grapplers who believe that grappling
alone makes them invincible in any situation. Also significant to me was that Mr.Knaus
did not gloat, not that I would have expected him to , actually he goes out of his
way afterwards to “give Mr. Harris some Face”, to find some good things to say. Honesty,
sincerity and respect. These are some of the martial virtues, yet how seldom are
they found, especially under stressful conditions.
The second part of the
tape features interviews . Mr. Carl James says some interesting and important things
( as usual, buy the tape, I most certainly am not about to tell you !) and he clearly
was a man who had studied deeply and become wise . Mr. Knaus, well, fascinating,
sometimes a part of me wondered if maybe all those heavy strikes to the head ….?
No, seriously, interesting material for anyone with an interest in real stick fighting.
Which sums it up, both in terms of this tape and the series as a whole.