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Upcoming Knife Self-Defense Seminar

Posted in Martial Arts with tags , , , , , on October 25, 2011 by Dan Amerson

I’m excited to announce that Master Eric Bullock and I will be hosting a knife self-defense seminar at Ladd Family Martial Arts in a few weeks. Here are the details, and a link for the flyer.

I’ve been studying the Filipino martial arts with Master Bullock for some time, and that was my inspiration for this seminar. They’ve been an amazing complement to Taekwondo and now Tang Soo Do as primarily empty hand arts. Working with the cane and knife in Arnis classes has opened up a whole new set of techniques and knowledge. It’s something I wanted to share with folks. If you’re studying at a school in town, please come out and train with us on November 12. It will be a great learning experience and a lot of fun.

If you have questions or plan to attend, please get in touch using the contact form on the right.

I’ll see you on Nov 12. dba


Review: Ironwood Arnis Sticks

Posted in Martial Arts with tags , on May 17, 2011 by Dan Amerson

For Christmas, my mother-in-law had a brainstorm to get me some new sticks. She found these Kamagong (aka Ironwood) sticks on Amazon. I wasn’t familiar with the Kamagong tree until I got these, but there are some interesting facts on the Wikipedia page.

(Edit 2011-07-18: According to Sam in the comments, this may not be the true iron wood. See below. dba.)

Each of these sticks is about one pound making them significantly heavier than rattan or American hardwoods like hickory. I weighed a rattan stick for comparison, 7.5 ounces. For that reason alone, I would recommend these sticks. They are great for strength training. It’s much like swinging a weighted baseball bat before you get to the plate. I use them at least once a week to run through the 12 strikes and basic drills.

Conversely, these sticks are heavy and solid enough to destroy any lighter materials they encounter. In fact, I have not tried nor would I not recommend using them for contact and striking drills with others unless they were swinging equally dense and heavy sticks. I can’t imagine a set of rattan sticks would last more than a couple of minutes.

Length is 28 inches which is fairly standard, but might be longer than some folks want.

The case provided is simple but quite nice. The velcro closure is strong enough to hold even if you sling them over your shoulder upside down. The nylon strap is easily adjustable but doesn’t slip once set. Mine is all black, but it looks like some pictures have colored trim which I think would be nice as well.

Aesthetically, the wood is beautiful. It has a deep, rich color with a variation and undulation in the grain. I have a soft spot for woods and wood grain, so these hit the right note with me.

Obviously, I think the weight of these sticks is a mixed blessing since it limits when you might do contact drills, but I always have a pair or two of rattan when I train so that’s not a huge deal to me. My only other criticism is that the sticks have been treated with what I presume is linseed oil (or possibly some natural wood oils from the tree). In any case, it leaves your hands a bit tacky when you’re finished. It’s worth noting as one of the downsides on an otherwise good product.

Generally recommended. dba

More Martial Arts

Posted in Martial Arts with tags , , on May 12, 2011 by Dan Amerson

I’m going to try to post more about martial arts and my training. There’s a new category for this if you just want to follow that information, and I have a dedicated Twitter feed for martial arts related stuff, @MasterAmerson. For those that take Arnis classes with me, that feed is where I’ll post status on Thursday night open floor workouts as well.

Suggestions on topics are welcome. dba

Dojang Grand Opening

Posted in Life in General, Miscellany with tags , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by Dan Amerson
Master Amerson breaks a sheet of ice.

Master Amerson breaks a sheet of ice.

I don’t blog about my martial arts too much, but there’s a very exciting event coming up. Ownership has changed at my dojang, and we’re having a grand opening next weekend on September 12. If you’re in the area, come on down to see the new changes.

The dojang is now owned and operated by Master Jason Ladd. Here’s the website. Master Ladd’s background is in Tang Soo Do which is the primary art taught at the school. There are also supplemental programs taught by other instructors in the following areas. From 10AM to 12PM, we’ll have tables set up with all the instructors available to talk to you about their programs.

  • Tai Chi
  • Isshinryu Karate
  • Okinawan Weapons
  • Arnis
  • Judo
  • Brazilian Jiujitsu
  • Zumba Fitness

This is a great opportunity to come meet all the instructors at one time and get a feel for what type of martial arts or fitness program is right for you. I guarantee that we have something you’ll love.

If you’re lucky, we may even do some cool demos like the picture above. dba