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Comtech Drawpoint DVD Special - Just 30 Each!

Drawpoint I: Reverse Grip Knife
High-speed reverse grip knife skills are yours with
the Drawpoint series, starting with point-oriented methods.

Drawpoint II: Cover & Slash
Integration of edge and point in forward and reverse grips
plus translation to firearm, flashlight, and unarmed skills.

Drawpoint III: Pallasoot
Advanced hooking and passing techniques round out
the Drawpoint method for fast close-quarters self defense.

Complete Drawpoint Set: 3 DVDs


Train An Art That Ages With You

There are so many styles of martial art that one can study today, but how do we choose which one (or ones) are right for us?

Some people look for whatever is closest or cheapest and do that. When I worked at commercial schools the most common question people had was "How much does it cost." It was their sole decision making question. They just called up all the schools in the area and went with the cheapest one.

Other people rush to do something that is popular, whatever the flavor of the day is. In the 70's it was Kung Fu, then Ninjutsu in the 80's, and today it's something like MMA or Krav Maga.

Very few, unless they are older when they start, think about training in an art that will age with them.

While the image of the old master is a strong archetype, in reality there are no 80 year olds out there in the ring competing in Thai Boxing. Even if one was highly accomplished like a Helio Gracie despite their level of skill they would be at the mercy of a young opponent with even modest skill.

With some arts, a lifetime of practice can be negated by one injury or accident. Particularly those that require dynamic flexibility, acrobatics, and so on.

In my own life, when I was 21 and had my first knee surgery from an accident unrelated to the arts I walked with a cane for many months. And it made me glad that I was a black belt in Arnis which I could still do rather than something like Tae Kwon Do where it would have for the most part been taken from me.

This is one of the reasons I have always championed the Filipino martial arts, particularly the knife work.

If you know the Drawpoint method as put forth by MAA Keating then you may remember his words of wisdom in this regard, "As long as you can feed yourself you can do the basic action of rotary picking; as long as you can walk you have all the footwork required. But even confined to a wheelchair you will still have some level of self defense skill."

W. Hock Hochheim spoke of this as well, "Despite a lifetime of training in the martial arts, at some point as we age our realistic self defense basically comes down to a .38 in a pocket holster."

These maybe are not very inspirational thoughts like rah rah let's go sweat and train, but I think we all can see the truth in these words.

There is of course nothing wrong with arts that require youth, strength, power, speed, athleticism, etc. By all means if you are able to train them and enjoy them then go for it!

But consider spending some of your time learning the skills of Drawpoint as well. The simple mechanics of the method only will get better as you refine them over the years, as will the hand sensitivity developed.

All my very best to you,

Pete Kautz

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