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Escrima Sticks Video: Vintage Footage of Remy Presas Demonstrating the Armbar

Escrima sticks expert Remy Presas, as pictured in his book Modern Arnis: The Filipino Art of Stick Fighting published by Black Belt Books.Remy Amador Presas was one of the most vibrant personalities in the martial arts.

One of the Philippines’ premier stick fighters, Remy Presas became a national figure in his native country for his blending of the countless island combat styles into one system, which he named modern arnis.

Remy Presas began his study of arnis at an early age, leaving home at 14 to pursue his interest in the fighting arts characteristic of his homeland. Remy Presas ultimately synthesized important aspects from kali, escrima, tjakalele and arnis de mano into the art he taught. His travel throughout the Philippines led to the rise of arnis as a national sport, taught regularly in physical education classes throughout the country.

In this new excerpt from his Modern Arnis DVD/video-download series, Remy Presas demonstrates how to use escrima sticks to perform an armbar and submit an opponent.

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Remy Presas Demonstrates the Armbar




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Remy Presas left the Philippines in 1975 on a goodwill tour sponsored by the Philippine government to spread arnis to other countries. He arrived in the United States, conducting special seminars featuring escrima sticks and other fighting methods to groups as diverse as law-enforcement agencies and senior citizens. The “Professor” (as his students affectionately called him) was welcomed wherever he went, demonstrating the daring techniques of the bolo and the bewitching twirl of double rattan sticks — the sinawali.

In 1982, Remy Presas was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as Instructor of the Year for his devotion to teaching. Black Belt honored him again in 1994 as Weapons Instructor of the Year. Decades of refinement in his use of escrima sticks gave Remy Presas a personal style that made his seminars among the most popular at many martial art schools.

Remy Presas was actively involved in the formation of the International Modern Arnis Federation in 1970. He lived in the United States for 25 years.

Presas died in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2001.

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Combat Focus Shooting Expert Rob Pincus Discusses the Not-So-Picture-Perfect Reality of Self-Defense Against a Knife Attack on the Street

You’re out for a walk in the city at night and a man approaches you. Before you know it, he comes at you for a knife attack.

What do you do?

In a martial arts magazine, self-defense experts could suggest a variety of counterattacks — some from the traditional martial arts arena, some from the modern martial arts such as krav maga, and others from the reality-based self-defense world of combatives and the like.

The common element, though, would be a picture-perfect execution. “Assailants” attack when the self-defense instructor tells them to, the photographer directs the angle, and there would probably be the opportunity for a second take — not to mention the in-studio snacks and option for lunch when the shoot wraps.

But what does a not-so-picture-perfect knife-attack scenario look like? Combat Focus Shooting expert Rob Pincus talks about that in his latest video, shot exclusively for BlackBeltMag.com:

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Rob Pincus Discusses Self-Defense Against a Knife Attack Under Pressure in a Dynamic Situation



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Armed with a training gun, Rob Pincus reacts to the approach of his assailant calmly in an attempt to diffuse the potentially lethal situation. As the attack situation escalates, so does the volume of Rob Pincus’ voice as he urges the assailant to “Stop!” and “Stay back!” as they clash in a flurry of advances, retreats, twists and turns. Rob Pincus deflects the attacker’s knife arm outward so as to keep it extended and away from his own torso’s vital organs. This hyperextension throws the attacker slightly off-balance.

While he attempts to regain ground so as to get his knife hand back into the game, Rob Pincus sneaks his right arm under the opponent’s left shoulder and forces that left arm up and over to (a) keep the attacker’s left hand away from the firearm stowed on his belt and (b) open up the attacker’s own vital-organ section and get him into position for the most effective usage of said firearm.

It’s a loud, messy scene. The combatants are all over the place. There is no “take two.” These guys are playing for keeps, and it’s not very photo-friendly. “You can see that in a dynamic environment,” Rob Pincus explains, “it’s much harder to actually make all that look perfect.”

Rob Pincus continues: “And as we know, with any complex motor skills, when you do them at speed and under pressure, they’re going to look sloppy. … The key was keeping [the attacker’s right] arm, using an outside-90, using a forearm technique — kind of a SPEAR System technique — to keep that knife away from my body until I can get pressure and control and then slip my underhook in to a point where I can get set up to duck in.”

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“Mack” on Movements, Weapons and Targets in Combat

Richard "Mack" Machowicz on weapons, movements and targets for Black Belt magazine.Richard “Mack” Machowicz, an ex-Navy SEAL and former host of the cable-TV series Future Weapons, as well as a student of taekwondo, muay Thai, kali, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Paul Vunak’s jeet kune do, discusses the three dynamic elements of combat (movements, weapons and targets) in this exclusive footage shot on location by Black Belt magazine.

“Rarely if ever will you experience combat,” Richard “Mack” Machowicz says, “and most likely you will never see combat in a literal sense, but the principles that make for effectiveness in battle are relevant to the daily challenges you face.”

It’s his way of telling people that the benefits of what he’s about to explain extend far beyond fighting. After interrogating Richard “Mack” Machowicz for 10 minutes, however, I learn that it would be a huge mistake to dismiss him as a guy who uses self-defense to preach self-help. It would be just as erroneous to brush him off as just another retired military man who doesn’t know that the skills civilians need are radically different from the skills soldiers need.

Twenty minutes into our interview, it’s clear that Mack is a martial artist who can throw down and a guy who sees the big picture with respect to violence. Which is probably why he’s so successful at what he does.


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After he’d become a hand-to-hand-combat instructor for his SEAL Team and studied muay Thai, kali, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Paul Vunak’s take on jeet kune do, Mack found himself in an interesting quandary. “There were so many ideas I wanted to convey that [I had to convert them] into simple principles,” he says. “Why? Because people tend to get stuck on technique. They don’t understand that techniques apply to specific situations at specific times in specific ways. That means techniques are limited. Principles are more universal. The basic principle of ‘target dictates weapon and weapons dictate movement’ can apply to everything in life because everything is a target, a weapon or a movement.”

Mack explains that fighting is composed of three dynamic elements, then forces me to exercise my brain a bit to see the light: “From nukes to hand-to-hand combat, everything in life is a movement, a weapon or a target.”

During the photo shoot to accompany the interview, he put the theory into practice with our creative director, as shown in this video:

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Ex-Navy SEAL on Movements, Weapons and Targets in Combat


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Self-Defense Expert Rob Pincus Shows You How to Use a Firearm in Close-Quarters Combat

Rob Pincus is an internationally known firearms trainer who teaches both end-user and instructor-development self-defense courses. In this exclusive self-defense video, this close-quarters-combat expert shows you how to use a technique called “duck under to side control” in a situation when you have a handgun and an attacker with a knife threatens your safety.

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“Shooting in extreme close quarters requires a little different technique than we think about when we just think about putting holes in paper or even defending yourself from that beyond-two-arms-reach situation where you’re gonna be able to use kinesthetic alignment to put the gun in the right place or maybe even using the sights on your firearm to control the rounds,” Rob Pincus explains.

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The duck-under-to-side-control technique involves facing an armed attacker — in this case, an attacker armed with a knife. Rob Pincus’ natural reaction to the presentation of the knife is to first raise his hands, even though he himself is carrying a handgun. Rob Pincus closes the gap before the attacker can complete the knife attack, electing to intercept the knife hand and use his forearm to block the man’s shoulder.

The attacker in this scenario then enters into the clinch and establishes an underhook of the attacker’s arm on his gun side. When the man tries to attack or escape from the hold, Rob Pincus ducks under the attacker’s left arm and moves to his back. From that position of relative safety, if the threat to his life still exists, Rob Pincus can draw his weapon and fire without interference.


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Samurai Weapons Video: Behind the Scenes of Masayuki Shimabukuro’s Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship 3-DVD Set

Samurai swordsmanship master Masayuki Shimabukuro photo by Robert Reiff published in Black Belt magazine. As Black Belt’s director of digital media, I have been privileged to meet, interview and work with some of the world’s greatest martial arts masters — men and women of great skill, poise, humility, humor and knowledge in their chosen style of practice.

In 2011, I had the distinct honor of hosting samurai weapons master and Black Belt Hall of Fame member Masayuki Shimabukuro at the Black Belt video studio to shoot the three-DVD set Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship.

It would be the second of two Masayuki Shimabukuro DVD sets for which I was privileged to serve as project supervisor.


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Little did I know that the project would mark the last time I would see this samurai weapons master alive.

Masayuki Shimabukuro sadly passed away just over a year later, on September 7, 2012. (Read senior disciple Carl E. Long’s touching tribute.)

Fortunately, Mr. Shimabukuro’s teachings are preserved for posterity in samurai weapons books, DVDs and online videos. For this week’s video, I dug into the vault and brought back a brief look at the making of his final DVD set, Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship.

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Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Samurai Weapons Master Master Masayuki Shimabukuro in Action


Watching this footage again brought back a lot of memories of three days spent in the presence of a master whose handling of the deadly samurai sword made the endeavor look deceptively easy.

We had fun shooting with Mr. Shimabukuro and his senior samurai weapons student, Carl E. Long, for three days here at Black Belt. The effort yielded one of our most beautiful and informative DVD sets to date.

And with that in mind, we proudly offer this brief glimpse behind the scenes of what turned out to be Masayuki Shimabukuro’s final video shoot with us before his passing.

We hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at a great samurai weapons master as much as I enjoyed the privilege of working with him.


The three-disc set Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship features samurai sword masters Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long demonstrating and explaining a variety of cutting techniques, attacks, and defenses in two-man sword-sparring scenarios. The sparring situations involve equal swords, some are long sword vs. short sword, and some are even sword vs. an unarmed opponent! These methods for practice are explained first by Carl E. Long and then demonstrated by/with his sensei. Particular attention is paid to footwork, timing, hand positions and rhythm.

The attention paid to such details comes from the notion that “a training partner changes the feeling and understanding of everything in a practitioner’s swordsmanship–timing, footwork, distancing and the feeling of receiving a real attack, to name just a few,” as Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long wrote in their definitive book Samurai Swordsmanship: The Batto, Kenjutsu and Tameshigiri of Eishin-Ryu (also available as an e-book).

Advanced Samurai Swordsmanship includes the following topics and features:

  • two-man sparring
  • deep-level practice of kata (forms)
  • agility and body movement
  • precision-cutting demonstrations
  • mastery drills for timing, blocking and drawing
  • expert development of footwork
  • on-screen glossary of samurai swordsmanship terminology

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