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Fred Mastro demonstrates that no amount of Kali or Martial Arts training can possibly prepare you for the realities of a vicious knife attack on the street. ...
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I respect and appreciate both of you as escrimadors and your comments!
Al S, I feel emailing or texting is not a desirable way to communicate. It's black-and-white, with no voice inflection, tone, facial expressions, or body language. All constructive comments are always well-received by me. However, I think we'll have to agree to disagree about being untouchable. I appreciate your comments, and respect your choice not to respond to any more comments on this subject. I hope we can keep an open and respectful dialogue for future topics. Thank you.
“I don't fool myself in to believing I'm invincible, and can't be touched. I do believe I increase my odds by awareness and training. I help other interested people try to do the same through instruction and training.”
Guro Battaglia, nobody on this earth is invincible and I have known of FMA masters of the past and now who cannot be touched. Yes, one does increase the odds by training but one also has to have the right training and most important of all, the right mindset.
It is evident that my comments before were not well received by you and you probably will find something wrong in my dialogue now therefore please excuse me if I do not respond to any future comments on this subject. Thank you for your understanding.
Al S, I believe in reality. I don't fool myself in to believing I'm invincible, and can't be touched. I do believe I increase my odds by awareness and training. I help other interested people try to do the same through instruction and training. Let me give another example. If I were teaching a class, and a murderer wanted to shoot me dead, I believe he could. While my back is turned as I address my students, the rifleman is across the street, sighting in on me from his shooting position. A press of the trigger, barring freak circumstances, I'm shot. I don't know why I would continue to practice with tactical firearms, since that could happen. Depending how I want to live my life, I could have installed bullet-proof glass in my windows. There are no guarantees my friend.
Guro Battaglia if you truly believe that someone who is absolutely determined will cut you then you do not believe in yourself. Why bother to train, why bother to teach?
IMHO, Over the years I've come to believe if someone who is absolutely determined to harm you (cut you), will likely succeed. What happens after that is not really known.
Guro David & Al S thank you for the comments.
It is hard to block standing so close and in a non-combative stance. Master Mastro definely has the advantage action - reaction. He his moving forward and you are stationary. Definetly something you can work defending using retriada or an elastic style of counter. But awareness of a potential attack is a high priority.. Not letting him into your personal space without adjusting your stance. Does remind me of the hand slap game though.
Okay, let me start off and say I would not be able to block the Master Mastro's throat cut today and most likely not 30 years ago when I was in my prime.
Now let me address the hype " The Unblockable Throat Cut" and that no amount of Kali or martial arts training can prepare you for the realities of a vicious knife attack on the street.
If this is true then this means that the Mastro Defense System or any other system will not be able to defend this type of attack.
I may not be able to do it but realistically an experienced fighter would not let the attacker get too close, read the attacker's body and take in consideration the distance and angle of attack.
If it's unblockable then do not try to block it.
Good non-telegraphic movement by the cutter.
Very enlightening and humbling. You have action vs. reaction. Awareness is just so important!
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