Monday, May 22, 2017

SELF DEFENCE UMBRELLAS- For Sparring

I just want to give a HUGE ENDORSEMENT to Thomas Kurtz and his wonder SELF DEFENCE UMBRELLAS.

Floro Fighting Systems has been using Mr Kurz Umbrellas for more than a decade.  It's a top quality tool with a great warranty and impeccable customer service.

Mr Kurz sent me some "Sparring" umbrellas to test out. They are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

Those wanting to purchase his products should go to.  https://unbreakableumbrella.com

FIGURE 1
The figure at left,  is how the umbrella is delivered.  We found that having the full shaft was still to dangerous for our purposes. It hits too hard, and the point can penetrate the foam padding.

To make this "safer"; modification had to be made.  I cut the shaft so only about 12 inches protrudes from the hook handle.






FIGURE 2
I then wrapped white gaff tape at the tip and base of the stem. This will ensure a snug fit when inserted into the blue "hydraulic" pipe.  This pipe is the best for it's purpose.  It's stronger than PVC. Takes impact and will not crack. The pipe is cut at 27 inches.

The foam is cut at 14 inches






FIGURE 3
The hydraulic pipe is then gaff taped onto the umbrella handle.

The foam is attached to the end.  Ensure that the pipe is not inserted flush to the tip. Leave a gap and fill than gap with foam.








FIGURE 4
The whole thing is then covered with gaff tape.

It is important to "pat" down the gaff tape to the foam. Do not bind the body of the foam tightly.

HAPPY SPARRING!!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

GM TONY DIEGO - CENTRO BASTON

GM Tony Diego and Master Rommie Macapagal showing me the finer points of Centro Baston.  Stick Fighting whilst holding the weapon in the centre grip

Thursday, April 2, 2015

MACHETE SPARRING (well padded machete anyway)

John Intervalo and I trying out two handed machete grip. Provides STRONG Defence. Movement is extremely economical allowing fast counter attacks

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

KALIS ILUSTRISIMO- GM Tony Diego "Shadow Boxing" Solo Machete

Filmed with Ray Floro, Master Rommie Macapagal  and Master Christopher Ricketts circa late 80's.....In my Grandmother's garden