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How to Make a Martial Art Weapon of Mass Destruction

Newsletter 873

Martial Arts Weapons of Mass Destruction at Your Fingertips!

What a positively wonderful day.
I work out every, single day at 6 in the morning.
Never miss a day,
and a day never misses me.

One of the things I have looked at,
from time to time,
is the subject of catapults.
I was going to build a trebuchet
when I was up on top of the mountain,
but never got around to it.

Catapults are the first long range
mass destruction weapons
ever made.

The longest ‘bolt’ ever tossed was a ten pound pumpkin
to a range of 3636 feet.
That’s over a half mile.
Imagine that pumpkin filled with explosive,
and you’ve got a mighty potent weapon.

Of course,
they didn’t have lots of explosives
back in ancient times.
But,
they did have cows.

A castle would be put under siege.
A cow would be loaded in the catapult and
the most deadly sound in the world
would shriek down from the sky.

mo-o-O-O-O…SPLAT!

Okay,
so my imagination got the best of me.
They wouldn’t toss a cow
because why feed the enemy?
BUT…
they would toss a dead cow,
or a cow’s guts.
Rotted,
stinking,
disease ridden guts.
The resulted splat of bacteria
would poison a town,
cause the plague
as sure as grandpa loved garters.

The world’s first example of biological weapons of mass destruction.

Poor castle.

But,
listen,
you can find the directions for a trebuchet on the net.
They are simple to make.
You can make a small one that tosses tennis balls.
Or,
a big one that tosses bowling balls.

But, but…
you don’t even have to make a trebuchet
to experience the joy of long range weapons.
A sling works on the same principle as a trebuchet.

One day I was working out with one of my classmates at the Kang Duk Won,
after the work out we were walking through an orchard,
and throwing rocks at the apricots on the trees.
Wildly inaccurate.
Suddenly,
struck by inspiration,
possible recalled by the stories of David in sunday school class,
I whipped off my belt,
held the two ends in one hand,
placed a rock in the fold,
swung the thing,
let go of one end,
and…POW!
I knocked a branch off a tree.
A branch.
Not a little switch.
Apricots all over the place.

That’s all it takes to make a long range weapon.

And you can use a belt for a shorter range, too.
A heavy buckle swung around
makes a good head conker.

So think about it,
take a walk this afternoon,
throw a rock at somebody from a hundred yards away.
Or,
better,
a squishy apricot.
Man,
they splat.

Okely dokely,
did you know that you can tie that ‘slinging’ concept
into his?

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Weapons of mass destruction at your fingertips…

Have a great work out!

Al

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Is a Shotgun good for Self Defense?

Is the Shotgun a Good Martial Arts Weapon?

Speaking of shotguns and self defense, let me say, at the outset, that no muggers were harmed in the making of this blog.

survivalist martial artAnd, to be perfectly clear, the few ‘real’ experiments were conducted on a cow.

And, just so PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) won’t get their skirts in an uproar, I actually had to shoot the cow to save its life.

We have a cattle guard at our ranch, a row of pipes which stops cows from crossing into areas which might be hazardous to their health (freeways), and one of the cows was jumping the cattle guard. If the cow misstepped it would have slipped a leg into the guard, which leg probably would have broken, and we would have had to shoot the animal. So I was saving the cow’s life by shooting it with a shot gun.

And, I only shot it in the butt. And only after one of the old farmers around here assured me that bossy wasn’t going to suffer damage.

Okay, all that disclaimer stuff aside.

I drove up to the gate where Red (our name for Bossy) was getting ready for a leap. I unlimbered the shot gun, and from fifty feet away I spanked her.

She jumped, bellowed at me, and ran away. And thus her life was saved.

And I started wondering about the spread of the shotgun.

A handgun is basically a 12 foot weapon. Past 12 feet people, unless they are severely trained, will miss.

A shot gun, everybody thinks, is unmissable at that distance.

What makes a shotgun hit at that distance is the fact that you have two hands on it, and it is cumbersome, and you have to steady it to shoot it in the first place.

But I would say that by 20 feet the shot gun, in the hands of the untrained, is still going to miss.

At 12 feet the shot spreads out to about 6 inches, give or take.

At 20 feet it spreads to maybe 15 inches, give or take.

At 50 feet, which is the distance I plastered old bossy at, the shot pattern was more’n a couple of feet wide.

So if you shoot somebody at 50 feet the shot will spread out and you’ll only hit them with a couple of shot.

And these figures I give you are only estimates, will vary from shotgun to shotgun, and so on.

But the point is that at 50 feet bossy only got hit by 2 or 3 shot, little pebbles, and a lot of the zip had gone out of those shot by that time.

So she was spanked, no holes in that tough, old hide.

But, let’s talk about humans.

At 50 feet a human might absorb a few pellets, and that human better hie themselves on down to the local get well station. Especially if the pellets hit tender areas. Eyes, groin, whatever.

So how good is a shotgun for self defense?

12 to 15 feet you’re gonna kill the crap out of somebody if you actually hit them.

Past that you have lessening consequences.

So why are people so afraid of shotguns? Because when they see the damage a shotgun can do at 12 or 15 feet they are dumbstruck.

You don’t leave a polite hole in a door, you blow the doorknob off, or the hinges, and the door slams back, or, at worst, you have a six inch hole in the door.

Imagine that on a human body.

Yikes!

Now, because of the spread of the shot, it is an excellent hunting weapon.

Because of human psyche, it is an excellent mob buster.

And, in close quarter work, saw that barrel off, which is highly illegal and could get you arrested and I don’t recommend, and…and you don’t get that much difference.

The importance of a sawed off shotgun is not that it is so much more deadly – the shot spreads a bit more, has slightly less range – but that it is easier to handle.

Have you ever seen ‘Wanted Dead or Alive?’ With Steve McQueen as Josh Randall? It’s not that he blows bad guys into tarnation sized smithereens, but that he is so quick to whip it around and get it into action. Can’t do that with grandpa’s old greener.

Anyway, I assure you that old bossy is still alive and giving milk. Also, feel free to argue with my conjectures regarding spread and distance and all that. My experiments were VERY unscientific, and there’s nothing wrong with feeding me some good, old fashioned scientific data.

Past that, whether you see fit to walk down the street with a shot gun for self defense is up to you, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I would recommend a good course in the martial arts. That and some of that uncommon common sense.

About the author: Al Case has been doing martial arts for 50 years. He is the author of Fixing MCMAP, which analyzes the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and offers some very interesting and effective changes.

A Martial Arts Matrixing Win Plus Annoncements

Three Important Martial Arts Announcements!

All right!
Three work outs tomorrow.
Not long,
but have to be done.
And really throw yourself into them
so that you aren’t doing them
to get them out of the way,
but are just focusing on what you want to get out of them.
Perfect balance.
Focus,
proper breathing,
whatever.

Now,
three things today,
and first things first,
hanakwanmass.
Every year people say season’s greetings.
They don’t want to say Merry Christmas,
or Happy Hanukah,
or something else
that is specific
and therefore politically incorrect.
Well,
my feeling is that if somebody doesn’t like a well wishing,
the heck with him.

So what if I say Merry Christmas to a Jew,
or Happy Hanukah to an Arab,
or whatever.
It’s the happy thought that counts,
but you have IDIOTS going around
saying happy tim, or season’s well wishes,
or whatever,
and they are afraid to offend somebody.

Heck,
my motto is…
offend everybody
and let God sort ‘em out.
Right?

So Hanakwanmass stands for
Happy Hanukah, Kwanza, and Merry Christmas.
I figure at best,
i get to offend two out of three,
right?

So,
Hanakwanmass to you,
and if you don’t like it,
let’s freestyle,
grrr!

that bit of pleasantness aside,
second thing…
let me share a win.
This is from Will,
who is on the Black Belt course,
I coulnd’t see his video on youtube and said yikes,
and he said…

hi sensei Al
I laugh my head off. when I read yikes, I thought wow, is my technique that bad??? lol oops, I thought like hmm, I am I that far off? I mentally pictured you throwing up  over the screen…screaming in agony, blinded by the experience… stumbling out of the starbucks…nearly hit by a bus, cursing my name…lol.
well, I did repeat down/upward block  after I thought I wasn’t breathing and leaned into the strike rather than transition. I could have reshot it, but I thought what the heck, least you see me correcting myself for whats worth it. I donated 2$ to monkeyland only to discover to my horror, you played santa claus and I found many gifts under the tree. wow, thank you, that was one heck of a pleasant surprise. videos over videos, book after book, I am a kid in the candy store. speaking of over delivering, you have what is called at Darden Business school operational excellence. I was able to matrix now everything I do in martial arts, even managed to start to matrix a complete escrima system out of the basics of blinding steel. you were right, it is a totally different understanding of matrixing, once you mastered/understand matrix karate. the matrix blocks gave me a lot better insight into wing chun as well. mainly from the mini matrix. that was one heck of a revelation. I hit 3 flies in one go. I understand karate, wing chun and escrima now a lot better and was able to extract that out of the material. thank you very much. I really enjoy the way to the goal now.
whatever happens, I am extremely grateful and indebted to you, sensei Al.

Thank you, Will.
I love wins better than anything.
It means that not only did I have a great work out,
but somebody else did,
and sharing wins means that even more people
are going to have a great work out!

You can find Blinding Steel on Monster Martial Arts under courses.

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You can find The Road to Monkeyland
under ‘donations’ on Churchofmartialarts.

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Plus,
there is another little gem
on the donations page.
How to Fly on the Ethereal Plane.

And,
third things third,
I am going to release a novel in a day or two,
I’ll send you a newsletter
when it happens.

This is a very significant novel,
and while it is action and adventure
with some good martial arts,
it describes things
at the top of the martial arts,
way beyond black belt,
and it will give you a new reality
on what’s at the end of the tunnel,
or,
perhaps I should say,
at the top of the mountain.

Very advanced stuff,
but put in novel form.
It was a very interesting experience
to blend highest level martial arts,
an actual lesson
for those who have matrixed
and are going neutronic,
in novel form.

Now,
got to go.
It’s freezing up here at Monkeyland,
and we have to chase off the cows,
chip ice out of the pond,
and a thousand and one other things,
just so I have the time to do an actual work out.

But,
man,
what work outs they are.
Envy me.

And,
have a great work out!
Al

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