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Okay, so now I have freekin' seen it all! I just came across a video of a FMA school promoting it's "hammer system" complete with Delrin practice hammers tucked in their waist bands. This instructor and his Uki were demonstrating basic "Hammer" defenses against a #2 delivery; a sweep block and a jamb. Are you serious? Do we really need to develop an entire system around an improvised weapon? Come on! Let's get serious. People are going to pay good money for your "Hammer System" and buy your ludicrous Delrin practice hammer (because, you know, nobody has one hanging around in the garage...oh wait, I have at least a dozen). If your students can't translate your stick work to whatever weapon comes to hand during an altercation - so much so that you have to make them a special, plastic practice hammer - then I think you kind of missed the point. Festishizing an improvised weapon just shows that you understand your system from the outside in, not the inside out. Can a hammer be used as a weapon? Certainly. I am a carpenter by trade and I guaranty I can cave in your skull with a framing hammer probably better than I can with a stick, mostly because I spent 25 years swinging one every single day. But I'll be damned if that justifies developing an entire teaching module around a household tool. If I threw a hammer to one of my students and said "block hard", I can assure you they would make the transition to this weapon without missing a beat. That's because I taught them to defend themselves with a weapon, not with the one and only weapon that has to be a certain length or diameter or has special grip coating or can only be acquired on the third Tuesday of April in an odd year from a blind princess. In FMA, we teach principals that can be applied no matter the environment or weapon. We don't do fetish, fad weapons; at least I don't.  That just seems completely pretentious and contrived.  What's next, Frying Pan Foo? Skill Saw Sinawali? Pipe Wrench Panantukan?

Been a long time since I posted anything.  Need to stretch my legs a little.

GLM

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