Fun Friday – Master Ken teaches Ameri-Do-Te weapons combat!

Often the general public, and indeed even some martial arts practitioners, tend to think of martial arts purely in terms of unarmed combat. When terms like “martial arts” or “martial artist” are dropped in conversation, people often picture a pumped up wall of muscle in a karate gi executing picture-perfect kicks, punches, throws, grappling maneuvers, or other tools for defeating the enemy with their bare hands. Obviously, this couldn’t be further from the truth, and indeed, is somewhat counter-intuitive. After all, the mere mention of Bruce Lee’s name brings to mind his skills with the nunchuku just easily as his one-inch punch. But throughout history, martial artists have perfected their skills with swords, staffs, knives, whips, throwing stars, and a multitude of other melee weapons just as much as their unarmed fighting skills. In ancient times, armed fighting techniques were often the first resort in combat ahead of fist and foot strikes.

Of course, in modern times, no one walks around with a katana on their hip, so perhaps that is where the perception of martial arts equating to unarmed combat stems from. However, knowing how to fight with more modern weapons, and even more importantly, defending against an armed attacker while unarmed, is just as crucial today as it was a thousand years ago. And once again, this is where Master Ken and his unconquerable martial arts of Ameri-Do-Te, history’s most lethal fighting art, excels over all others. As part of every Ameri-Do-Te students training, Master Ken has them come to class with typical household items, and with his combat genius, is able to show his followers how anything can be transformed into a deadly weapon. Other martial arts schools and teachers should take note – Master Ken is showing you up yet again!

Brad Curran

From the earliest days of childhood, Brad Curran was utterly fascinated by martial arts, his passion only growing stronger after spending time living in the melting pot of Asian cultures that is Hawaii. His early exposure developed into a lifelong passion and fascination with all forms of martial arts and tremendous passion for action and martial arts films. He would go on to take a number of different martial arts forms, including Shaolin Ch'uan fa, Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate and remains a devoted student, avid and eager to continue his martial arts studies. Brad is also an aspiring writer and deeply desires to share his love for martial arts and martial arts movies with the world!

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