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THE DISCOVERY OF DYNAMIC MOVEMENT

Discovery Of Dynamic Movement from Suarez International on Vimeo. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away - in a gunfight with three LA Gangsters - we discovered the reality and advantages of dynamic movement in a gunfight. Twenty seven years later, here is the history, the lineage, and the study that took us to the leading edge of where we are today. Enjoy. Read more →


It has almost become a cliche hasn't it? Bruce Lee's ethos of Jeet Kune Do (that is what Lee called his collective system of fighting). "Absorb What Is Useful". Sadly it has become an excuse for superficial dabbling and scanning rather than learning. After all...absorbing something only takes like what...fifteen minutes? Contrast that with the man the phrase is credited to. Lee did not give birth to himself as a martial arts icon, nor an actor. He studied a great deal. His main system - Wing Chun was a beginning, but Bruce did not dabble in that once a week. He immersed himself in it for years - longer than most casual western students would. It was the same for western fencing and bodybuilding and all the other aspects of building a combatant's body and mind that Lee studied. Contrast that with the superficial student, dabbling in something on a temporary basis, or worse, relying on a youtube clip for his training...and then exclaiming with a Lee-esque swagger that he has "absorbed" what was useful. Sorry kids...a superficial scanning of... Read more →


ON KATA - AND A FEW OTHER THINGS

So Barnetmill asked about this on Warriortalk. The concept of Kata is universal. You see it in many martial disciplines (I hate the word "art"). Here is the concept applied in a very simple and basic manner...by US Soldiers... Its a way to codify, memorize, and repeat movement patterns extensively in a memorable and dynamic manner. Doing five kicks, while moving in a kata has more application and is more interesting than simply standing there and doing five kicks. Moving on. As I said in the video...just as dry practice is not an end to itself and is training for live fire, kata are for fighting. The modern understanding of kata by the martial gymnasts is that kata is an end onto itself and exists as a gymnastic demonstration of artistic and athletic prowess. Nope...wrong. The kata as we know them today all originated in Okinawa. Anything originally taught in Okinawa, then to Japan, and then to Korea, has roots in Chinese fighting systems. I studied Kyokushin Karate, and then a couple of other systems...then a non-Taekwondo Korean system...and with... Read more →


We train for gunfighting. In gunfighting the loser generally dies. Simple methods allow deployment under the worst circumstances. Simple methods are high success methods. Thus we seek to simplify as much as possible, everything we do. As an example, consider the gunhandling methods of the others. You have speed loads, loads with retention, type one clearance, type two clearance, and so forth. You need a day itself just to train each possible technical interpretation. They follow the concept of complexity. That concept basically states that more complicated your methods, the cooler you will appear to be to your watchers and students. I am not interested in being seen as cool...but I am interested in being seen as the guy that won the gunfight with simple and boring techniques. This is not for shooting a match on a sunny day or a pre-planned completion of a drill for score. This is for shooting for blood when another man or men are doing their best to kill you and in extremely reduced light, when you are at your worst and when you... Read more →


Its no secret that we are working on a Pistol Kata. The reasons are varied and quite important...but we will get into that sort of thing later. To get my mind right about the work I have been hard at work on my old katas. Usually done on my aerobic days. So it was today. I bundled up like an ISIS suicide bomber and went out for a 3 mile run in the cold. As I looped back to the castle, I dropped the jacket and the fanny pack with the Glock and began the work. I ran through Saifa and Seinechin - then the Kyokushin Basai and Kanku...then a few others. All have an aggressive strategy but also an evasive one. There is not a great deal of crashing, and quite a bit of shifting and evasive foot work...strategies very similar to what we are conveying in gunfighting. Avoid the attack and counter. Sometimes you counter first. More on that later but that is the strategy...the underlying concept. Tactics are those things which express the strategy. The strategy for... Read more →