Combat Training Equipment: 3 Problems With The Cheapest Training Tool Ever

I know a lot of “martial arts guys and gals,” and a lot of people who study other self-defense methods.

One thing almost all of them have in common is a duffel bag full of training gear.

(I have piles of training gizmos, dummy knives, and other gear like that, honestly.)

A tool that a LOT of those folks have plenty of is one of the cheapest martial arts and self-defense training items ever:

It’s a stick.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry – I’ll explain.

No matter what you think about sticks as training tools, though, I have some “bad news,” and that is that there are…

3 Problems With The CHEAPEST Training Tool Available Everywhere

Combat Training Tools: Arnis/Escrima/FMA Stick Training Problems

Training sticks, or escrima, are used throughout the martial arts and self-defense world, both for solo and partner training.

(Now more than ever, solo training tools are super important, right?)

They’re usually made of rattan, and that’s because rattan frays instead of chipping (which prevents pieces of wood from flying into people’s eyes).

Most of the time they’re about two feet long, which is about the same size as a machete or other sword-sized blade.

That makes them seem, to a lot of people, PERFECT for learning how to wield a big, sharp weapon.

Arnis/Escrima/FMA Stick Training

It makes sense, because most people don’t want to risk training with a “live” blade – a sharp machete or sword – so the stick is more safe for learning how to use a weapon.

Plus, sticks are super-inexpensive and available everywhere that there are, well, trees.

(Even though I don’t have any idea where you’d find a “rattan tree”).

Everyone who works with a rattan training stick should keep in mind the three problems it has, though:

1. It Isn’t Durable

The thing that makes rattan safer for training also makes it weak.

The more you hit rattan sticks together (like in the drills martial arts folks do when they practice “sword fighting” with escrima), the more they fray.

A lot of martial arts schools repair their escrima with duct tape, which means after a while, the school’s bag of sticks is more silver tape than it is wood!

(Nothing like listening to a drill where sticks “thud” together instead of “cracking” through the air, right?)

What that means is that, even though escrima are cheap, you’ll end up buying a LOT of them over your training sessions, because you’ll keep wearing them out.

Over time, that adds up.

2. It Weighs Too Little

Another problem with most training sticks is that they’re too light.

The ancient Romans trained their soldiers to use the gladius, or Roman short sword, by giving them an extra heavy blunt training sword to work with.

(They knew that this would help build the soldiers’ muscles.)

Escrima are just the opposite, because they’re lighter than the weapons they’re meant to represent.

Students who train with sticks most of the time will be surprised by how much heavier the “real” blade is, and they’ll be slower and clumsier when trying to use live weapons.

3. It Makes You Sloppy

The third problem with stick training is that training sticks are completely round.

That means there is no edge.

In practice, students tend to get sloppy, moving their “weapons” in a way that would have them cutting with the flat or even the spine of the “blade” if they were using a real machete.

(One way to compensate for this is to use the knuckles of your hands as a reference point, but a lot of students forget to do it.)

So, am I saying you shouldn’t train with escrima?

No, but I AM saying that training with a more realistic weapon would help you a lot more.

In fact, in my Combat Machete DVD , I show you how to use a real machete SAFELY for training.

I feel so strongly about this that I had a custom designed metal training machete made, too.

It’s only available to those people who get them for our training DVD, and we use them in our Combat Machete camps like the session you see here:

MCS Combat Machete Training Camp

The training machete was designed specially to replicate the exact look and feel of our Guardian machete.

(And, I’m excited to say, I’m introducing a new and improved version of our badass Guardian in the New Year!)

There is NOTHING like the feel of metal on metal when you’re training.

The offer for the training machete comes up after you pick up the beginner DVD, which is priced to get it into everybody’s hands.

In that DVD, I show you the basic principles of “big blade” combat (which anyone can master in just 7 days).

Once you develop them, those skills will ALWAYS be there, ready to defend you with whatever weapon you have in your hands.

Just watch the DVD, pick up one of our custom training machetes, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

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Combat Machete: My Controversial #1 Backup (Fighting) Tool In The Military

Best Combat Machete Training For Backup Weapons
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You don’t think about a military base being a “gun free zone.”

But the Marine Corps only just this month changed its rules to allow active “Marine law enforcement personnel” to carry concealed pistols on base when they’re not on duty.

The move was in response to recent shootings on military bases – again, where our brave men and women of the armed forces were basically sitting ducks for any terrorist with an unauthorized weapon.

When I read that news article, it got me to thinking.

In an “active shooter” situation like the one at the air base in Pensacola, if I didn’t have my weapon, what would I have done?

Well, I would have relied on my backup tool – one that was controversial back then, but which I never went without:

The Backup Tool I ALWAYS Carried In The Military

Best Combat Machete Training For Backup Weapons
Best Combat Machete Training For Backup Weapons

Now, obviously, when I served, my primary weapon was my rifle.

I mean, that’s what it’s for.

But in the military, you don’t always have your firearm with you.

It has to be checked in and out of the armory, and it’s only used while on a mission.

There was one tool I always had, though, because it was MINE, and I didn’t have to ask for permission or check it in or out of anywhere.

That was my machete.

I carried that machete all the time, and it was at my side no matter what threat i faced.

More powerful and with longer reach than my issue knife, my machete was basically a short sword that I could use for any fighting or utility task I could throw at it.

Sure, a distance weapon like an M16 is better than a machete (at least in most cases).

A handgun would have been a great backup weapon, too, but I didn’t have one.

And the same is true in ANY crisis for you and me as civilians.

Firearms are complex machines.

They can break when you need them most.

They can run out of ammo… get confiscated… or just jam at a critical moment.

A good machete, however, CAN’T fail like this.

It never needs ammo… it’s simple to operate, with no moving parts… and at extreme close quarters, it gives you the power to take out ANYONE who might be trying to hurt you!

The machete is therefore the ultimate backup weapon…and that’s why it was my constant companion when I served.

I knew that there could be a time where my rifle wouldn’t be there to defend me (tight quarters, malfunction, out of ammo, or even when I didn’t have it on base) and I needed a weapon.

I also practiced with my machete, because I knew that I would need to be trained to use it well when the moment came.

In fact, I believe in the power of this weapon so much, that I developed my own “combat machete” fighting system, borne from the Indian blade-fighting system, Gatka.

(Gatka is the 1- and 2-sword fighting system of the legendary Sikh warriors, a group with a long tradition of being true “blade masters”.)

While YOU may not be a soldier, there are plenty of times when you can’t have a firearm but you need a powerful weapon – and that’s why I highly suggest the machete.

You never know – in today’s violent climate – when you and those you love could be trapped in the aftermath of a wide-scale crisis that collapses our infrastructure – such as a nation-wide grid-down “blackout”, political protests-turned-riots, or other threat.

When that happens, you’ll see once-friendly citizens transform into panicked, desperate “refugees”, fighting for scarce resources to feed and protect their own families.

No, this isn’t some “conspiracy theory”.

I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

The question is, will YOU be prepared if this type of emergency hit us at home?

Firearms have their place for personal defense – and I’d never suggest NOT having one as your primary weapon to defend yourself and loved ones from gangs, looters, and angry mobs in the violent aftermath of a disaster or crisis.

But in a real-life threat scenario, anything that can go wrong probably will.

You need a “back-up”… and you need to be TRAINED with it.

I can show you how to master the machete and other survival weapons here

The choice is yours.

Choose wisely, my friend.

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