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Knife Management – Dublin 30th June – 01st July

This is NOT to be missed

Mick Coup, the man behind the world renowned Core Combatives self defence training system is coming to Wild Geese to teach his Knife Management 2 day seminar.

Or in his own words:

For more details:



Here’s the full course brief:

Knife Management #1 (Active Threat)

Aim:
To present workable strategies, tactics and techniques to reduce, counter, and survive a worst-case continuous assault by an assailant with a knife or similar weapon.

Scope:
A hostile, committed, close-proximity adversary armed with a knife represents the worst-case personal combat scenario. No guarantees can be provided – reducing lethality, increasing survivability, and improving reactive-countermeasure options are the overall focus of this seminar.

Content:
• Weapon Carry & Access Indicators
• Pre-Emptive Impact Options
• Draw Obstruction & Interruption
• Attack Interception & Stabilisation
• Post-Incident Checks & Self-Aid

Format:
There will be progressive, continual force-on-force drilling, involving light to substantial impact, utilising a combination of protective equipment and solid training weapons, and incorporating full-resistance grappling.

Duration:
The seminar will be delivered over a 4-5 hour period, inclusive of breaks.

Dress & Equipment:
Comfortable training clothes, indoor non-marking footwear essential, ensure nothing is worn that might injure a training partner. Personal protective equipment such as gumshields and groin protectors are mandatory. Note-taking material and fluids are recommended.

Eligibility:
Pre-attendance of Combat Management and Contact Management seminars, and/or the Foundation Course, is strongly recommended but not essential. Ages over 18 only.

Knife Management #2 (Passive Threat)

Aim:
To present workable strategies, tactics and techniques to address the presence of a knife or similar weapon, where an assault is not yet in-progress.

Scope:
The presence of a knife being brandished at close-proximity, for the purpose of intimidation and coercion, or as a precursor to an active physical assault, presents a limited window of opportunity for effective active-countermeasure options – and these are the focus of this seminar.

Content:
• Contact Management Assessment
• Weapon Containment & Control
• Positional & Postural Dominance
• Impactive Countermeasures
• Post-Incident Checks & Self-Aid

Format:
There will be progressive, continual force-on-force drilling, involving light to substantial impact, utilising a combination of protective equipment and solid training weapons, and incorporating full-resistance grappling.

Duration:
The seminar will be delivered over a 4-5 hour period, inclusive of breaks.

Dress & Equipment:
Comfortable training clothes, indoor non-marking footwear essential, ensure nothing is worn that might injure a training partner. Personal protective equipment such as gumshields and groin protectors are mandatory. Note-taking material and fluids are recommended.

Eligibility:
Pre-attendance of Combat Management and Contact Management seminars, and/or the Foundation Course, is strongly recommended but not essential. Ages over 18 only.

If this of interest to you and you wish to receive more information, email us using the following contact form.



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regards

the Wild Geese team

Knives part 2

So last time we looked at the numbers of murders involving a knife or edged weapon in Ireland, and saw the percentage of deaths had pretty much doubled since the turn of the millennium.

Now I’m not interested in the reasons, all I care about is that it happens and what we can do to prevent it happening to us.

I don’t want to be a statistic, do you?

Oh, by the way, the last post was the stats for the reported murders. Add to that the deaths going unreported and then add on again for the assaults and injuries that were not fatal.

So what do we do about it? Do you cross the line and carry a blade yourself?

No that’s not the answer, you become one of them. And do you think that in the real world you could cut somebody up? Even if you are able to draw your weapon during a struggle, can you live with the knowledge that you used it on a person, scarring, deforming and potentially killing them?

I hope the answer is no. Unless you’re in downtown Baghdad that is.

So instead we have to fortify ourselves in other ways.

First and foremost is to stay out of trouble. Duh, obviously!

But we have to accept that sometimes we may have to fight back. Regardless of whether or not you see a blade, always assume there is one and fight accordingly. The Filipino martial arts have been fighting this way for ever and have developed skills for checking and trapping as they strike.
The boxing style of punching does leave one open to the knife and the old “take one and give two back” philosophy is no longer valid. You must learn to strike while covering your openings or checking his weapons.

But ultimately you need to end the fight as soon as is possible. That means full on aggression and commitment, drop him and get out of there, no hanging around, no follow ups, just do a 4 minute mile to the nearest safe area.

Please don’t be a hero, always try to avoid trouble, failing that escape, confronting it should always be a last option. If you take on a blade, you will get cut, even if you win you may still end up badly or even fatally injured.

Wild Geese
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Self Defence, Blade Awareness & Security Tactics

This is the last call for anybody interested in the escrima concepts seminar this weekend at Dublin’s Martial Arts Academy, Magennis Place, Pearse St.
Right opposite the DART station.

We are starting at 11am sharp on Sat morning and will be covering weapon and knife defence, blade awareness and self defence/self protection tactics for both civilian and the security industry.

The seminar runs Sat 1100 – 1700 and Sunday 1100 – 1500.
€50/day, or €80 for both days.

We will also be asking all the Irish FMA instructors to sit down over a pint and discuss the formation of the Irish Council of Eskrima, Kali, Arnis Instructors.

See you there.

Wild Geese
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The Wrong End Of the Stick

I often find that peoples view of the Filipino Martial Arts is somewhat inaccurate. I hope here to put it right.

FMA otherwise known as Eskrima, Kali or Arnis are the fighting arts native to the Philippines, and are a complete combat method. Unfortunately the popular view of these arts is that it’s just “Stick Fighting”.

This was illustrated most clearly by the owner of the Martial Arts Academy when he offered to make up posters to advertise our class. Guess what we got.

Yep, you guessed it. “Learn Stick Fighting”

Now while we do train with sticks, no argument there, we also fight with sticks. This is the start point for any new FMAer, learn to swing a stick. But that’s just the beginning.

As I said it’s a complete fighting system used throughout the ages to fight off rival tribes and invasions (including Magellan and the Spanish and later the Japanese in world war 2), would stick fighting cover this.

No. Most people fail to see the unarmed combat, the knife/machete use and defence. The Filipino method is to teach you to instinctively use any weapon that comes to hand to fight against any weapon that comes at you. Be it a punch, kick, blade or blunt instrument. It is this versatility that attracted notable martial artists like Ed Parker, Bruce Lee and Dan Innosanto to add elements taken from Kali/Arnis and add it into their respective styles.

Within FMA there are many areas to cover and masters do specialise, Momoy Canete specialised in longer range Espada y Daga, Cacoy Canete specialised in close range stick fighting. Antonio Illustrisimo specialised in the blade, Joe Borces uses “eskrido” a combination of traditional FMA and Aikido/Judo methods.
But these are the masters. Any student must be able to defend themselves against unarmed and armed attacks while they themselves may or may not be armed.

I have my students fighting 1 on 1, 2 on 1, 2 on 2, every man for themselves and many other combo’s.
I have an unarmed guy fighting against a knife man, or a single stick fighting against double stick. We allow disarms but expect the fight to continue so a fight er becomes used to loosing a weapon but carrying on unarmed, or to suddenly find a weapon and instantly use it.

The competitions may be about “stick fighting” but FMA is about surviving by using whatever comes to hand. It’s about assuming the other guy is armed. It’s about adapting to any scenario.

We are lucky to have had coverage on the recent TV shows. Our own Doce Pares HQ in Cebu was visited in the BBC’s Mind, Body & Kick ass Moves and the History Channels Human Weapon. While Fight Quest remained in Manila showing Pekiti Tirsia and Modern Arnis. Where different aspects of our arts are being shown. But for more info come and visit us, look on you tube (Rapid Arnis have some good clips).

We are also hosting FMA master and Security Expert Steve Tappin in May. Expect to see how FMA is truly effective on the streets of Europe as Steve regularly travel to the worst spots in Europe to train their respective police and security forces.
I almost feel sorry for the criminals, almost.

Come to Steve’s seminar and see how your own training can be enhanced by the Filipino martial arts.

Wild Geese
any cause but our own

Self Defence Course At 1st Active/Ulster Bank, Sandyford

Wild Geese Martial Arts in association with www.fitnecise.ie will be holding an 8 week self defence course at 1st Active/Ulster Bank in Sandyford.

The course will cover:

Avoid / Escape / Confront
Striking with hands/elbows/knees & feet
Generating power in your strikes
Preemptive striking
Escapes from common holds
Blade Awareness & Knife Defence
and much more….

The poster is below but you’ll get a PDF version here.

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