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Modern Knives Issue #1:
The Spanish Fighting Arts

Special Guest:
James Loriega
The Navaja Seveliana (Spanish Knife Fighting)

James Keating
The Use of the Spanish Notch and Blade Catchers

Pete Kautz
Espada y Daga: The Spanish Technique of Arnis

Video Review:
Ramon Martinez
La Verdadera Destreza: The True Art of Spanish Swordsmanship

Musical Guest:
Seasons of the Wolf
Heavy Metal Recording Artists

Issue #1 starts with James Keating's segment on the correct use of the Spanish Notch and Blade Catchers.  Though long misunderstood, the notch and blade catchers are fully functional parts of a true fighting knife and not mere ornamentation as some would have you believe.  You will see the exact drills used at Comtech to develop this skill in real time with the knife that Jim designed specifically for this kind of work...the Crossada.  If you have a Bagwell / Ontario Hells Belle or other knife with a trapping guard on it, then you will want to see this segment for sure.

Next, James Loriega gives us an introduction to the Navaja, or large Spanish folding knife.  He shows the different styles of navajas and then gets into how to open and close the knife, grips, guards, and a number of basic techniques used in handling the knife.  This is the first time that James Loriega has ever appeared on video, anywhere, and we are extremely pleased to have him joining us for the first issue of Modern Knives.

Pete Kautz then explores the Espada Y Daga, or Sword & Dagger of Arnis.  Professor Presas called this the "Spanish Technique", and here it is presented in the classical Cinco-Teros (5 Strikes) style.  Solo attack set, solo defense set, partner attack and defense flow, connections with the striking styles, and more shown.

Finally, we have a look at Ramon Martinez's two-tape set on Spanish Rapier entitled La Verdadera Destreza - True Art Of Spanish Swordsmanship.  We have a look at some of the structured drills and advanced combinations taught in this art, all of which are very clearly broken down step-by-step for the student on this video series.  The advanced student will notice connecting lines between what they are seeing here and what they have seen earlier in the issue. 

Our musical guest for this issue is Seasons of the Wolf.  These guys have what I would call a "classic metal sound" and have appeared on a number of soundtracks for horror movies in recent years.  Check out their web page for more music and details!

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Modern Knives #1: The Spanish Fighting Arts
Cinco Teros Sword & Dagger Method (Pete Kautz)
Spanish Notch & Trapping Guards (James A. Keating)
Spanish Navaja Knives (James Loriega)

Modern Knives #2:
South East Asian Fighting Arts
Kerambit Hook Knife (James A. Keating)
Thrusting Triangle Drills (Pete Kautz)
Filipino Knife (Kelly Worden)

Modern Knives #3: Modern Knife Concepts
The Keating / Spyderco Chinook Folding Knife (James A. Keating)
Comtech Drawpoint Level I : Extensions & Variations (Pete Kautz)
Defeating the Surprise Knife Attack (Dale Seago)

Modern Knives #4: The Western Martial Arts
ingle-Action Revolver Twirling (James A. Keating)
Dagger of Medieval German Master Andre Lignitzer (Pete Kautz)
Basic Dagger from Master Fiore DeLiberi, 1410 (Bob Charron)

Modern Knives #5: The American Bowie Knife
The Bowie Knife & Revolver Method (James A. Keating)
The Bowie Knife & Saber Connection (Pete Kautz)
Defending The Snap Cut To The Hand (Dwight McLemore)
Forging The Fighting Bowie (Bill Bagwell)
Wearing The Bowie Knife Concealed (Mike Sastre)

Modern Knives #6: Filipino Stick Fighting
Filipino Police Stick Tactics - Releasing & Locking (James A. Keating)
Functionalizing Siniwali For Combat (Pete Kautz)
The Visadario (Counter the Counter) of Modern Arnis (Dr. Remy Presas)
The Sibat Filipino Long Staff ("Big" Ken Smith)

Modern Knives #7: The Grappling Arts
Knife Grappling From The 1992 Riddle Of Steel (James A. Keating)
3-Stage Lock Flow Sequences Out Of Hubud (Pete Kautz)
Western Catch Wrestling Conditioning & Submissions (Dr. Les Moore)
Fighting From The Ground VS. A Standing Opponent (Mark Hatamaker)

Modern Knives #8: Combative Drills & Skills
Snake Rope Solo Training & Applications (James A. Keating)
The Figure-8 Stick Fighting Method (Pete Kautz)
Combat Escrima Knife & Stick Drills (Ed Lawson)

Modern Knives #9: World Arts
Fighting Bandanna Quick Start Guide (Pete Kautz)
Comtech Spear (James A. Keating)
Sikaran Kicks, Sticks & Blades (Rob Simons)

Modern Knives #10: Fire & Steel - Gun & Knife Combat
Pistol & Walking Cane (James A. Keating)
Cinco Teros Knife Method (Pete Kautz)
Handgun Marksmanship (Laci Szabo)

Modern Knives #11: Savate, Sungkiti & The C.A.T.
Sungkiti Concepts - The Reverse Thrusting Line (James A. Keating)
Circular Attack Training (C.A.T.) Dummy Construction & Drills (Pete Kautz)
Savate Defense Dans La Rue Old School Savate Street Fighting (Craig Gemeiner)

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