Intro. to Rope Dart

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The first time I picked up anything resembling a rope dart it was a Gforce predator switchblade kama with a long piece of cord tied to the end. I was 13 and wanted to see if I could stick it into a tree. After 45 minutes of aimlessly swinging it around in the air I got tired and stopped caring. The next day I went outside and swung it around some more. I did this almost daily for a week or so. After a while I just sort of forgot about it and moved onto the next thing. About 3 … Continued

Five Things To Consider

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Practicality is a touchy subject in any martial art. A possible cause is that some martial arts instructors throw the responsibility of the materials effectiveness on the strict nature of the arts syllabus, and not on themselves as an instructor. All too often in the minds of many practitioners, if a person challenges one part of the syllabus, that person isn’t only challenging that one part, they’re challenging the entire art itself along with all of the time that person has put into studying it. Thankfully, a lot of the fun in trying to understand how to best use a … Continued

Intermediate and Advanced Rope Dart DVD

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Appreciated for the high level of skill to control and wield properly the rope dart is growing in popularity at a fast rate and is as exciting to learn, as it is to watch. Born of the simple idea of a retrievable throwing dart, the rope dart is considered a hidden weapon easily transportable for exercise, practice, performance and self defense. This series has 8 intermediate techniques and 8 advanced techniques, which are formulated in a progressive and comprehensive manner to ensure clarity, confidence and enjoyment. The methods found on this series are taught by International Gold Medalist,Teacher and Trainer, … Continued

Beginner

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The first time I saw the rope dart used (or ever, for that matter) was by Sifu Michael Parella in his Kung Fu school in Queens, N.Y. where I was an instructor. He was doing basic things but he handled the weapon well. Other than a pendulum swing, he also did what I consider to be the first body wrap one should learn; I thought the rope was wrapped around him and when it came out at me I was in a state of awe (this technique is found on my first lesson on body wraps). He also asked me … Continued