Monday, November 19, 2012

KNIVES STI, KRUDO KNIVES, NUKO TOOLS

KNIVES STI review page by Wmpyr

KRUDO KNIVES review page by Wmpyr

NUKO TOOLS review page by Wmpyr


I have had the honor of reviewing and training with the excellent products from these 3 companies. I have personally corresponded with the CEO/designer of each company and they have been stand up individuals showing me a ton of support in many different ways.

Because I have been able to interact with them so much, and spend a lot of time with their products, I can recommend them to you with confidence.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

OMFG Outlandish Mini Figure Guys October Toys

When I recently found out that October Toys made a batch called OMFG! (Outlandish Mini Figure Guys) based from the 80s toys such as M.U.S.C.L.E. and Monster In My Pocket, I had to get my hands on it. The package looks like a direct homage to the M.U.S.C.L.E. figures.
I got the series 1 glow-in-the-dark. I am looking forward to getting series 2 in the near future! I am definitely looking forward to collecting these!

Series 1 includes 5 figures that are non painted in one solid color, totally retro style, I am very happy about that, although they did offer some exclusive painted ones!
Let's take a closer look at each figure!

Crawdad Kid
Definitely looks like he could be a crew on The Flying Dutchman from Pirates of the Caribbean. He also makes me think that he is an intergalactic space felon, especially because those pincers look vicious, and that head piece makes him look like a desperado! If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be Greedo/Walrusman

King Castor
The big guy of the group, looks like something out of the film Labyrinth. M.U.S.C.L.E./Kinnikuman wise, he definitely fits right in as Sunshine/Parthenon/The Mountain type figure. I like the big upper body and tiny lower body contrast. If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be The Rancor

Multiskull
Easily my favorite of the group. He could be a super villain or super hero, because he is that cool. This figure really shows off a tremendous amount of tiny detail. If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be Darth Vader

Phantom Outhouse
All the reviews I've seen and read, this guy seems to be the most popular of the group. I guess people like the pun that he is a shit house, and his arms and legs are probably a mix of shit and piss. I sense lots of attitude here... vulgar attitude. But actually this is not far from the original M.U.S.C.L.E./Kinnikuman line because there was a figure back then named Benkiman who was a urinal-man with a turd on his head. If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be R2D2

Stroll
Last but not least we get a furry beast who looks like he "strolls" around leaving foot prints for Big Foot hunters, yeah he seems like a prankster, you can just tell by his exposed butt cheeks. A cute Sesame Street version of the Ray Harryhausen cyclops from the film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. He would also be very fitting as a monster from Where The Wild Things Are. If he was a Star Wars figure, he would be Chewy

Let me say that all of these figures stand on a flat surface very well! The quality and details are amazing, the characters are creative and imaginative, and overall it stays true to the 80s toys it was based on, so my verdict is that the execution is very successful and they are a must have!

The 5 figures were designed and sculpted by various people from all over the world, from a contest they had where they selected the top 5 figures voted by the fans. This independent company October Toys does contest and take pre-order/donations in order to make this excellent line come to life. So please visit their website show support so we can see more awesome toys from them!
www.octobertoys.com

Monday, November 12, 2012

What is the best style?

What is the best style? What do you think is the most practical style? I get this kind of question a lot. I guess it's really no surprise. This question is a holy grail question. Meaning there is no answer other than the realization to a new way of thinking. The holy grail is basically an enlightenment. I can tell you the answers that there is no best style, everyone is different physically and mentally, the situations people have to overcome differ from person to person, and also everyone begins at different levels, different abilities, and different times in their lives. Style is the least important thing when training in martial arts. It's not a product you buy. Proper martial arts is a development of a better lifestyle. The best gift that martial arts can give you is to improve your personality. People often times do not understand how that is possible or even the greatness of that and do not appreciate such things. It leads to True happiness. If you think one style or technique is superior to another, you are discriminating against a style or technique, meaning you are being prejudice. Prejudice is a negative way of thinking and it is not the right path. Each style has it's place. Each style has plus and minus. Not every style can cover everything perfectly. A style that helps you master one element of combat will make you unbalanced. A style that helps you become well balanced means that you will become a Jack of all trades and a master of none, in other words, being diversified means that the quality of each area drops, your trading quantity for quality, which is not always a good thing. If you've been non athletic your whole life and go to a "gym" and to learn a combat sport like Judo, MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, this can be too much, and a great way to get injured. But instead you might want to take an approach of just starting out slow by swinging around a weapon and developing some coordination, and slowly adding more and more physical exercise, a style like Eskrima would be good. Miyamoto Musashi and Bruce Lee said it is important to train in multiple styles so that you know what the enemy is going to be doing. It is a huge advantage if you know the enemy's tactics but they do not know yours. Also if you can learn other styles you will add different approaches, different methods to your arsenal. The more methods you have to solve problems, the better you will become at solving all kinds of problems, however the downside is that too many methods can become confusing, so you need to prioritize your methods, such as this: Plan A (most comfortable), Plan B (secret weapon), Plan C (back up plan). Having multiple methods is important in combat because the ability to "adapt" is important in combat. Knowing when to use which method for a specific situation and then actually applying it, this is a higher skill and not so easy to do, most people under the rigors of combat are barely able to carry out any thoughts, for they are just running on instinct in turbo mode. Let's say your a very good Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighter, but you square off against a better BJJ guy than yourself and find yourself under the mount position being dominated, you know that whatever your thinking to escape/defend/counter, they having something for it, your thinking in BJJ vocabulary which is something they know better than you, if you have trained in other styles this maybe a good time to use it. For example in Catch Wrestling, it's not like BJJ where "position before submission" is vital, it is submission from anywhere, anytime, and break it. This kind of unorthodox method can lead to making space and giving you enough room to then go back to BJJ tactics and regain the half guard position. When I faced a superior BJJ practitioner, I used Russian martial arts concepts to give me an edge. I know they were viewing things through the "hierarchy of BJJ positions" so instead I looked at body structure, and attacked the skeletal alignments to create weakness in their positions.