Sunday, April 28, 2013

エスクリマ 格闘技

エスクリマは、フィリピンの格闘技で、ほかにも、アーニス、や、 カリ もあります。米国では、三つとも基本的には同じとされていて、FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) とまとめて呼ぶ人もいます。エスクリマの特徴は、エスクリマ棒を使用する事でしょう。エスクリマ棒とは日本武術で使用される半棒と似ています。エスクリマでは、初心者でも、すぐに、エスクリマ棒から始めます。一本そして同時に二本扱うのは、基本中の基本です。このエスクリマ棒を使用しながら出来上がる体術は、素手、ナイフ、マチェット、剣、やほかにも様々な武器、または、日常にある物(ペン、ベルト、靴、串、懐中電灯、傘、など)を武器として使う時に便利です。ほかのエスクリマの特徴は、ナイフや刃物を得意としています。ムエタイが立ち技最強ならば、エスクリマは、ナイフ最強と米国で言われています。

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Man of Principals

My Dad is someone who has a strong opinion and he has his own set of principals he has developed throughout his life. I learned from him that a man should have a set of principals they follow. A code of honor, to be able to make decisions and figure out what is just and unjust. I have been a life long martial artist and definitely the code of the warrior that comes with martial arts study has been very helpful for me.

If you are a person who has and follows a code of honor, then for certain in your lifetime you will encounter those who will disagree and challenge your stance. When this happens, my Dad believes it is time to go to war. Having been in the martial arts world for so long, I have learned that war is something to avoid, that it is tragic and should be last resort only. If I shove my code of honor down another person's throat, I am essentially being a bully. When you go to war, sacrifices are made. It is truly difficult to justify such sacrifices unless you are being damaged worse and you have no choice but to, in other words it is self-defense.

So the next time you decide to yell at someone, and go to war, verbally or physically, ask yourself, how bad am I being violated here? Is this truly a self-defense situation, or did my ego get rubbed the wrong way? If an operator on the phone is being rude, then just hang up, call again, chances are you will have someone else, if the bank is being unreasonable go to another location. And if you have to, just tell the person calmly that you do not agree with their behavior, and walk away, do not continue to fight unless they corner you and force you. Of course I want to make clear that there are some truly malicious people out there and their intent is just to be evil, you must be able to distinguish a scenario like that from this one, because the solutions are different. In a normal clash of ideals, you want to remain professional, use minimal and appropriate force, and basically just get away, there is no need to make someone understand your point, because they may never will if you go in that direction, you may need to earn their respect, and that can be done differently not by shoving your opinion down their throat. Against an evil individual, you must not give them any advantage and take them out ASAP.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Custom Karambit Tomahawk hybrid by Wmpyr


4-15-2013
Karambit Tomahawk

Fully functional as a Karambit and a Tomahawk. In addition I wanted this to be comfortable in various grips whether as a Karambit or Tomahawk.

The pommel butt end has a glass breaker surrounding the Karambit finger hole(largest hole). The 3 smaller holes are for handle scales, paracord handle, Tomahawk screw holes, and last but not least, if you have more than one of these you can attach them together to form a custom blade shape(mini battle axe, halberd, twin claws, etc.). The second largest hole is by the blade edge, it is a partial finger hole for finer cutting tasks and blade weight reduction. The blade edge is on the front and the tip is on the side where as to most knives have the reverse(edge on side and tip on front), this is results in safer handling and good ergonomics when slashing and stabbing. Blade edge is a chisel grind so that you can sharpen it out in the field. The non edge region of the blade has aggressive jimping and a carved out area for hooking techniques.
The kydex sheath not pictured will be a combat sheath. With the combat sheath on, you can use the blade as a non lethal impact tool. It will feature a quick release, thumb ramp, pressure point tip, scraping area, and water vent.
I plan to have multiple versions available: FIXED BLADE - Titanium, H1, AUS8 TRAINER/IMPACT TOOL - Aluminum, Polymer FOLDER - Titanium/FRN, H1, AUS8

The trainer will be able to take razor blades.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

P001 Body Guard Knife from Knives STI revisited review by Wmpyr

The P001 Body Guard Tactical Knife is a unique tactical folding knife from Knives STI and it is their flagship product. It was designed by international security expert and martial arts expert Jeff Thenier.
In the closed position, this knife is a robust and powerful impact tool that has two main areas for striking. When the blade is locked in the pistol grip position, the ergonomics of this knife is highly unique and it makes a natural transition for those people who are use to the hand gun. This knife can also be locked in a standard knife position.
What makes this knife so amazing is that it encompasses so many different knife combat styles. This single knife contains characteristics from many weapons such as the Sai, Knuckle duster, club, Karambit, Tonfa, pistol bayonet, and straight razor.

SNAG Live Blade Folder revisited review by Wmpyr

The SNAG Live Blade Folder is a unique tactical knife designed specifically for self-defense and combat by martial arts expert Louis Krudo from Krudo Knives. They have many well thought out original knives and products, but the SNAG is their flagship knife. The SNAG has a Karambit body with an extreme upswept Persian style blade. In the closed position, the SNAG Folder can be used as a non lethal impact Karambit tool designed for pain compliance. Thanks to the straight razor style blade lever, there are many ways to deploy the blade (off of your opponent, your pocket seam, thumb, etc). The curved blade of the SNAG simply means that this knife is basically all belly, which gives you a deep cut when slashing. The curved blade also encourages deep penetration when stabbing. The overall S shape gives you tremendous leverage, and it is further accented with a thumb support to give you even more. If you like unique knives, tactical knives designed by martial arts experts, then this knife is a must have!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Grappling


Grappling Mission 90% of my grappling back ground comes from BJJ(Brazilian Jiu-jitsu), but I have also studied Judo, Freestyle Wrestling, Sambo, Catch Wrestling, and Sumo. What many people don't realize is that I trained in grappling specifically for the street. I believe that there is a big chance that I can end up on the ground in a street fight even though I don't want to be there, and if I ever do end up on the ground on the street, believe me it's a forced position. It means that I had to go there because they took me down, we fell down, or I had to take them down because they were going to do too much damage to me standing up. The Training Kimono Learn the lapel chokes, sleeve chokes, and the defenses to them, and also how to fight for a good grip on the Kimono. However these techniques are not the main priority, when sparring, limited yourself to only grabbing their pants, because in a real fight even if they are top less or wearing a flimsy shirt, chances are they will be wearing pants/shorts. Know Your Partners One of the great things about BJJ is the amount of sparring that you do. You train with many different people so you need to know not who is cool, but who is a cool training partner, and more importantly who is not. I knew guys that were the nicest of people outside the gym, but inside they were an animal, they had that bipolar killer switch. You can't train the same way with everyone. With one person you can go soft and technical, with another you can work on lots of exciting fast movement, with another it's slow and tight, lots of weight pressure, and with another you can be creative and playful mimicking strikes and illegal moves, and with another person you have to protect yourself because they are all about the winning even if it injures people, and even if they don't mean it. Good Partners When you go one hundred percent all out on someone that is a test. Your are testing yourself more than wanting to learn. You can go fifty percent, but for one not all people have an accurate control switch where they can tone things down and then keep it there. Good training partners have at least a slow, medium, and fast, and they have the discipline to keep it there, but more importantly they are constantly watching you so they can make sure that your okay. One way to gain good partners is for you yourself to become a good partner and naturally like minded people will attract one another. With a good partner you can tap late or not even tap, you can both decide to work on last second submission escapes, with a bad partner you need to tap early, way early, even if it's not a proper submission, if they are just grinding on your sternum or face, just tap, no need to go home with a red streak on your face. Sparring Methods Soft work is when you spar with someone with out the use of speed, strength, explosiveness and weight. It allows you to develop mobility, sensitivity, and overall skill. Hard work is when you spar close to or at one hundred percent. Soft work with weight is also important. This means your doing soft work with the addition of weight, which really kills the mobility, but it now enables you to use your own body weight and your partners body weight in a skillful manner. You can administer control on your opponent by slowing them down, using your own weight rather than muscle. You can use momentum of weight change to move rather than be explosive and rely on your own speed to conserve energy and to adapt to your opponent better. If you just use brute speed you maybe fast but you can disengage from your opponent and create openings or crash into them which is too wild. You can train soft work all day and become super skilled, but if you don't practice hard work, you won't be able to pull off your skills in a real life altercation. It's two different things, development of skill versus actual fighting is not the same thing. If you all do is spar hard all the time, then your skill level will not be as high as those who practice soft work. Practice both, but you should spend more time doing soft work because your body can handle that more. And you should also modify and become creative with soft work and hard work. For example doing very limited goal oriented sparring which are like drills. The Kite On a rare occasion, when I had a terrible sparring partner who would go too rough and liable to hurt me, I would grab his sleeves, put my feet on his hips and stretch him out and stall in order to protect myself, I call this technique "The Kite". The principal here is that your main priority is to survive. All I do is just hang on and neutralize my opponent and wait for time to end because this guy is not a suitable training partner. With other better training partners I can still practice neutralizing them in other ways, and if you can't completely shut down their attacks whether your in a defensive or offensive position, then you can learn to just be sticky like glue and slow them down and tire them out while you conserve your energy. Escaping positions, Preventing attacks and preventing them to get to a better position, getting good positions, transitioning to a better position, setting them up for submissions, these things are all luxury. The most basic fundamental is to survive, and see how long you can survive. When your able to do this well, then you can seek out the other goals. Of course the ultimate desirable goal is to finish the fight with a submission or KO, but goals need to be reached for step by step. If you try to jump at your ultimate goal without taking the smaller steps then you are rolling the dice, good luck to you. Imagine Striking Also when sparring, whenever I ever noticed that my opponent could hit me, I would tie them up, cover up, or abandon position. I would also imagine striking at them if I had the opportunity. This made things extra hard but when we put on the gloves and did MMA training, I was very comfortable unlike my teammates. Also if they have the opportunity to slam you, even if your sparring partner is cool and won't, you should still do everything you can not to get slammed. Imagine that your opponent is ruthless and strong as hell. You should never allow yourself to be vulnerable to a slam. I use to be very good at getting the upside down armbar from the guard. A few strong guys thought they could lift me up and slam me before I could get the armbar and luckily I was always faster. One day I realized how I was risking my neck while they were risking only their arm, this was not a fair game, and that playing the speed game like this was not skill. So I abandoned this technique, and began to go for timing rather than explosive speed. Timing The definition of timing can be applied to all martial art styles but I learned it in BJJ. Timing means the ideal time/conditions to execute the technique. So if my opponent is hunched over in a Boxing type stance with his weight on his toes ready to spring forwards with a punch or flying knee, this is the wrong timing to go for a double leg take down. If my opponent is tumbling back with his weight off his feet because they lost their balance this is the right timing for a double leg take down. If my opponent is inside my guard and they are in a solid base with good posture this is the wrong time to go for an armbar, even if I'm quick and get the armbar "position" they can get up and slam me. But if they are recovering their base from my sweep attempt, this is the right timing for me to go for an armbar. Develop Your Defense You have to understand that in a real life altercation, a scary adversary will put you in a bad position, they will put you in a defensive position. If you focus on getting good positions on your sparring partners and working on attacking, then this is not really for self-defense, your training more for sport. While it takes a lot of skill to keep attacking you need to first and foremost know how to defend. Even when your training with people you know that you could beat, you should let them attack you so that they get practice attacking and you get practice defending. Don't always be so perfect in practice, mess up on purpose and give openings so that you have to learn how to recover from bad places. Also if you do get a submission don't crank it, just hold it, imagine that it's not working, and then learn how to deal with that situation. Someone people have high pain resistance, abnormally flexible joints, or just abnormal physiology where you can't tap them out, in the street there is no such thing as a tap out so learn how to keep going. Fresh Meat Many BJJ schools I went to, the new guy was considered fresh meat. The slightly more experienced guys would now finally get a chance to practice their moves on someone. This is bad because they are practicing on someone that is not as good as they are. So they are learning how to beat someone who is weaker/less skilled than you. I call that bully martial arts. In my style I take care of the beginners not use them as punching bags, and my challenge is to learn how to beat someone at my level or better than me. This is discouraging because you will not have as many wins in the class, but you will develop true confidence rather than the number of wins. The Four Steps To A Finish 1. Hyper-function Getting into the right position, making everything set to execute the move. 2. Immobilization Securing the move. 3. Submission Application of pain. 4. Dysfunction Breaking the joint. When people don't understand these four steps, they think they got the arm and I see them cranking back as hard as they can as if they are going to snap the arm even though the opponent is defending by holding on to both of their arms. What they need to do is stop expending all that energy and first think Hyper-Function, make the opponent release their arm so that you can isolate the arm. In practice you should then just straighten the arm but without applying any pain and just hold the position so that your body knows how to have stability here. So even against a wild non trained guy in a street fight you will have a higher chance to execute the joint lock. In practice you should slowly apply the subission with control until they tap or until you think it's enough, you don't want to hurt your partner and then say, it's your fault you didn't tap. Notice also to release the submission slowly because if you suddenly let go, it can snap back like a rubber band causing damage. Then finally in technique practice and not in sparring you should learn the difference between causing pain and how to break the joint. There is a difference. I've developed some joint locks that I call snap-missions that instantly try to break the joints, they are not as secure as your conventional joint locks but even attempting a snap-mission can cause some damage, which can add up like a jab. STREET STRATEGY I never cared for points, so I didn't work too much on my top game once I got relatively comfortable with it, I was more interested in the bottom game, because I felt that a truly tough opponent would never give me the chance to get on top. I realized that there were lots of good practitioners out there that wouldn't even let me get the guard position. So I decided to work on the half guard. The half guard is easier to get than the full guard, and it is good for the street because if done correctly you are laying on your side, balled up, his groin is right there for you to attack. I also use the opposite legging of the 10th Planet Jiu-jitsu Lockdown technique, so I can kick up at their foot to make my opponent lose their base like the Upa technique to make it difficult for them to strike down at me. From this position I also constantly threaten to take their back, so even if my opponent is not a seasoned grappler, it's still a good idea for me to use the half guard just so I can work towards taking their back. From my experience I discovered that brown belts and black belts will get out of my half guard and we end up in the quarter guard position. So I began to develop my quarter guard, I have a few brutal submissions from that position. CROSS TRAINING In BJJ, the saying is position before submission. When I face someone better than me in BJJ, I know they will be using this concept and if I use the same concept to face them, I am at a disadvantage because they are better than I am at doing this. This is why I cross trained in other grappling styles. The concepts are totally different and I get to use something against them that they may not understand. In BJJ the submissions are based on leverage, but in Catch Wrestling some of the techniques are not based on leverage but on a very kinetic two way action that does not give the opponent time to tap. In Russian martial arts I learned that it is more desirable to attack more than one joint at a time to compound the pain.

Demonstration vs Fighting

Often times I see many skilled martial arts instructors mistake their knowledge and ability for real life combat ability. Being skilled simply means that your skilled, and it doesn't mean that you are going to be able to defend yourself on the street. When you watch these instructors demonstrating techniques it's very easy to confuse demonstration show moves with real life application. In fact most people including the instructors themselves do not know the difference. The main difference is how much fighting goes on. In a demonstration, the instructor may demonstrate a ton of techniques within that one circumstance. They may chain moves, a block, a counter, joint lock, take down, and finish. The difference is that in real life you have to fight for each one of those techniques to happen. Watch the early UFC, a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighter had to fight to get the clinch, and then fight to get the take down, and then fight to get position, fight to keep position, and fight to make their opponent make a mistake, and fight for the finish. I believe that just about any technique can work, it just depends on how well you can fight for it. So the next time you see a martial arts demonstration, and you see the student throw a punch and freeze afterwards so that the instructor can do multiple moves, just understand that this is a demonstration, for clarity, and it's not the way it is in real combat.

Best Martial Arts Style

Martial arts is not about trying to figure out which style works and which one doesn't. It's about developing yourself so that you have a better chance of successfully executing the style that your learning. I've been training in the martial arts for over 2 decades now, I've studied and seen countless styles and I have yet to encounter a single style that I could not benefit from in someway shape or form. The great thing about all this is that most of the time, whether you can benefit from a style or not has to do with your attitude rather than your abilities. My dad said to me once, you can even learn from an idiot, just learn how not to do things. Tell me about the worst style you've ever seen, and I bet you I could make it work for me. I would attend the class, absorb like a sponge and observe. When I get home I will do my homework, and put in tons of repetitions, and as I do that, I will slowly but surely try to figure out ways to adapt it to my needs, my goals, and my ideas. And if I keep doing that, it will amount to something of quality. Learning the style is one thing, but learn how to be a good student and your understanding will be much better.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

response to BayaniWarrior "Why Kali Flow Drills Don't Work"

Why Kali Flow Drills Don't Work (And How to Make Sure They Do)

I think Guro Mike brings up some excellent points, in fact I remember teaching my students something similar. Don't pull your punches, control them. Know your targets. Do not freeze after you launch your technique, because we want natural movement. And last but not least we want to break away from the pattern and eventually go into free form. For me I got these pointers after studying Bruce Lee's books.

While I do think these pointers are highly valuable, and also the ones made by Guro Mike (which are similar) I've also added another view point. Talking to my Youtube friend BlacksilkBlacksilk about martial arts and reality. Many a times we have talked about how there are exercises and drills found in martial arts that do not look like they are for fighting but they actually develop attributes that can greatly benefit a fighter. For example Boxers skip rope, they go running, they do crunches. There are plenty of people in the world that do this kind of thing but can't fight, but Boxers add this to their training and they spend an awful amount of time doing such things. So I believe it is important to understand that exercises for combat that do not look like it do exist and that they are valid.

It hit me big when I saw Floyd Mayweather training focus mitts and he was just tapping, those punches looked like he was playing patty cake, no target in mind, no power, but it was smooth and he flowed. It reminded me of Hubud and Chi Sao.

Another big help for me was when I was training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. One day I began to listen to my opponent's body. I guess this naturally occurred after I was comfortable with all the major positions, escapes, techniques including submissions, counters, defenses, that I was able to focus more on the "game" and as I listened I was able to transition from one technique to the next. I remember my instructor pointed it out to the class and said what made me dangerous is that I had sensitivity skills. I wondered where did I get such skills? Then I realized, my training in Chi Sao and Aikido. I was applying my Wing Chun and Aikido background to my BJJ.

So my point is, I think making your drills and exercises more realistic is a good thing, especially if you gradually do so, I see so many reality based martial arts instructors in the name of being realistic and practical, just put on padding and go hard on each other without enough skill development. But also don't be scared that your making bad habits by practicing exercises that do not look combative, know that these exercises when combined together with other material become combat practical, but until then they are just incomplete pieces to a whole. Some exercises are just meant to be practiced without any literal or direct practical combat application, these exercises work on developing superior body mechanics that will aid you when the time comes.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

CHOOSING THE BLADE

~Discussing Serrations~
In this section I will briefly discuss serrations to help you choose a knife that is to your preference.

Some of the knives in the market today give you the option of purchasing it in plain edge (no serrations), fully serrated, and a combo edge (plain edge with some serrations). Serrations have little teeth that are there to help your knife edge get a better grip on the target. I've heard one woman say that her self-defense instructor told her not to get a serrated knife because it can get your knife caught in the bad guy's clothing and make you lose the knife. While I do think this is possible, I also think that is low percentage. For self-defense I personally think serrated knives are the way to go, they can cut more types of material easier than a plain edge, and they stay sharper longer. Generally speaking a combo edge is maximized for multi-task work, such as wilderness survival or general utility. The only reason why I would choose a plain edge over serrations is when I plan to take care of the blade edge on a regular basis for long term maintenance. Please keep in mind that serrations are harder to sharpen than a plain edge.

~Discussing Blade Shapes~
Now let me go over some very basic blade shapes. Let me begin with the Tanto. The Tanto has a very strong tip that can stab through some tough material. It is not a smooth stabber, but you don't have to worry about the tip breaking off compared to other blade shapes. The straight edge is also easy to handle, and makes straight clean cuts. A dagger is double edged, often times illegal, and very good for stabbing, but the double edge makes it more dangerous for anyone around it, including the user. Any type of blade where the spine is angled down is either called a drop point or a clip point. These blades make stabbing easier than a Tanto but the tip becomes weaker. These blades also feature a curved edge with some belly, making them versatile knives, a prime example would be something like a Bowie knife that is used for wilderness survival and combat. A Wharncliffe blade has a straight edge but the spine curves all the way down to the edge, just think of an exacto knife but the edge is on the other side. This kind of design blends the tip with the edge which can be good for precision cutting and changing angles. The Hawk's Bill Blade is a curved blade that makes the tip easier to catch on a target, the curved blade also allows you to maximize edge to surface area on a target so you can tear that area out. Persian blades are upswept curved blades that have a big belly. A belly allows for a deeper cut and the curved blade allows for a deeper hooking-in stab.

My opinion is that one isn't better than the other, it's really a matter of preference and what your intending to do. For example if you think in a real life situation that your just going to go berserk and stab a person as hard as you can anywhere regardless of what they are wearing then a Tanto is probably your best bet and it makes no sense to carry a curved blade.

Friday, April 5, 2013

FAST DRAW

~Chapter on FAST DRAW~
I'm going to describe an overly simplified self-defense scenario. There is an attacker 10 feet away from you, he has made it clear that he is going to murder you. You realize that you cannot runaway and that you have to use deadly force to protect yourself. Luckily, you have a weapon on you. The madman starts charging at you. At this point, it seems like everyone thinks that this is a fast draw situation.
So there are many folding knives today that cater to this thought. We have out the front automatic knives, switch blades, gravity knives, assisted openers, and manual knives with the wave feature. Fixed blades are generally thought to be fast in deployment already, but some knives are even faster now with the modern invention of kydex sheaths.

If you play the game of speed, you have to understand that there are 3 outcomes just like any other game you play, win, lose, and draw. And that can happen on any given day, because it's really like a dice roll. I'm not a gambling man, so my method is not about speed. From Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, I learned that in a street fight one of the most important things is distance management. In the early UFC, BJJ dominated, not because their practitioners trained harder than others, but because they understood distance management more than anyone else at the time.

So this is my method based on BJJ. If you have enough distance, then you will be able to safely draw your weapon. If you don't, then you need to make more distance so that you can. If you are in a situation where you cannot create more distance, then you need to control/neutralize your attacker before using your weapon, that is based off of a saying in BJJ, "position over submission".

The methodology can be broken down into steps.
1) Defend the immediate threat (example. they are striking at you, charging, or choking you)
2) Neutralize their attacks, (example. tie them up, pin them against a wall, get far away from them)
3) Escape to a better position (example. get in your car, go to a crowded area, go up a hill)

And just for curiosity sakes, here are the remaining steps
4) Wear them down
5) Be active to force them to make a mistake
6) Capitalize on their mistakes

Personally my favorite type of folding knives are the ones where I can use in the closed position as an impact tool. I can use this to help me seize and control my attacker, and if things worsen, the knife is already in my hand ready for the blade to be deployed. Also, if I had miscalculated the severity of the situation, I won't accidentally go lethal, because even though the knife is drawn, the blade is not. For a fixed blade my thought patterns are similar, and I like the knives that will allow me to use the knife as an impact tool when the sheath is still on.

In my opinion, people who rely on the knife have to deploy their knife ASAP in order to defend themselves. But people who understand that the knife is just another tool, already begin their self-defense well before the knife is drawn. This is one of the reasons why I believe that if your serious about self-defense, it is important to train in martial arts even if it is an empty handed system.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

ACDT Nuko Tools review by Wmpyr


Atomic Cranial Divot Tool
Nuko Tools does it again, this time with the ACDT.

The ACDT has been well received on my review videos, people really dig how this tool looks like it's made for utility rather than self-defense.

In fact the ACDT is a working bottle cap opener.

Because it is also a keychain, you are likely to have the ACDT on you when you need it most. When you attach your keys on to the ACDT, you can utilize the ACDT like a flail/karambit stinging your attacker with some keys to the face.

The ACDT can also be carried conveniently in multiple ways thanks to it's question mark shape that can hook on like a micro coat hanger.

If all this wasn't enough, the ACDT makes for a very effective punch ring. Compact, easy to carry, easy to conceal, it has a legitimate utility purpose, effective and destructive, what is there not to like? Highly recommended! Get one for yourself and loved ones at: www.facebook.com/nuko.tools

Click here to see me demonstrate opening a bottle cap with the ACDT.

striking demo with the ACDT

Self-defense techniques with the ACDT

How to carry your ACDT

My ACDT video review

Monday, April 1, 2013

Zombie Outlaw issue 2 review by Wmpyr

Zombie Outlaw fan art by me
Hello this is Wmpyr, and this is my review of Zombie Outlaw #2, Oh Yeah! Once again let me start with the cover art, because I personally like that sort of thing since I like to hang up comic books as wall deco. Issue #1 had a vintage comic book style cover that worked for me. Issue #2 goes in a completely new direction, looking very modern and action packed, I like all the detail here. The comic book itself has very nice quality pages, to me that is very impressive. Reunion comics is an independent comic book company that sets the bar very high imo. This issue starts off generously with a recap of what happened last issue, then goes into a little bit more history on the Zombie Outlaw legend which is a 2 page read done in a story book fashion. The basic idea is that we have the story take place on campus with some interesting college kid characters running around. I personally like David AKA Scooter, a crazy dude that comes alive in a crisis situation. And we get a little bit of character development from this Scooter who says he's traveled from campus to campus fighting all kinds of monsters, like vampires, aliens and biker chicks!? In the meantime Tad who is a muscle head jerk is now in the hospital and slowly begins to turn into a zombie while Matt the hopeless romantic gets into a brutal fist fight with his buddy Scooter. Everyone in the dorm gathers around to watch this epic fight, which kind of reminds me of the infamous fight scene in the film, "They Live" starring Rowdy Roddy Piper. By now Tad fully transforms into a zombie and let me tell you, he doesn't look like a normal zombie, he is massive, looks like he would give The Incredible Hulk a good brawl. We have another zombie spring up, and slowly but surely as you would expect from any zombie story, the epidemic begins. So issue number 2 doesn't disappoint it's action packed, but let's think about where this is going, we know that campus is filled with college kids so there's going to be a ton of zombies, on the other hand let's not forget the zombie outlaw and the cursed cowboy hat that will get you possessed. For the story we have a winning formula here, Matt has to somehow control the powerful zombie outlaw and solve the curse, survive the zombies, fight uber zombie Tad, and do all of that while impressing the girl of his dreams! Highly recommend Zombie Outlaw, it just keeps getting better and better!