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

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

The Rope Dart Tennis Ball Misconception

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Before I get into this I do want to point out that I am not against replacing the dart head with a tennis ball or other modified object in the beginning stages of learning. I do, however, disagree with always using a modified version. This methodology is a slippery slope and I will do my best to articulate what this is all about. When I first started practicing rope dart I had two rope darts. One was a classic conical rope dart, which I used most of the time. The other, a rope with a bag of rice at the … Continued

The Impracticality of a Rope Dart?

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The words practical and impractical seem to be popping up quite often now. I often get e-mails asking me about the practicality, or impracticality of the rope dart. Some of these e-mails are question based, some are factual based and some are way out in left field. Let’s look at the practicality of the rope dart as a weapon of self defense first. Before we begin, let’s assume that the bearer of the rope dart is fairly accurate and handles it well. By ‘handle it well’ I mean they have a rapid, yet controlled speed of the spinning dart. ’Fairly … Continued

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