Dual Wielding ALIVE! Workshop with Steve Miles

Duel Wielding Gun and Knife

Duel Wielding Gun and Knife

Duel Wielding! – ALIVE! Workshop with Steve Miles

Date: February 7th 2015
Instructor: Steve Miles
Location: Salado, Texas
Length: 4 hours

This months ALIVE! Combatives Workshop was dedicated to the idea of dual wielding either knife and knife, or knife and gun. We follow the idea that “Two is One, One is None” especially when it comes to carrying defensive tools. So a lot of our guys carry at least two accessible knives on them and that’s not including their daily firearm. So the idea of using two at once, or fighting against someone using two is not a completely unrealistic situation. So the first then we discussed was in what situations would you find yourself with two knives, or knife and gun. One thought was during the encounter you deploy and present you off hand knife, and in a null in the fight, you deploy your strong hand knife instead of switching hands. Another way you disarmed one opponent and know you have two against your next. What if you draw your firearm and reach for a mag reload but grab your knife instead? What if you don’t carry extra magazines? What if instead of two knives its a knife and a flash light? Gun and flash light? Gun and empty magazine? It did not take much thought though we might have stretched a bit on some logic on where you would end up having two weapons. 

Armed Combat & Tactics (ACT) Short Weapons Level 1 Instructor Course

ACT Short Weapons Instructor

ACT Short Weapons Instructor

A.C.T. Short Weapons Instructor Level 1 Course

Date: 11/20/2014
Instructor: ACT Noah Gross
Location: Salado, Texas
Length: 2 Days

We were very lucky to have Noah Gross, one of the co-founders of Armed Combat and Tactics (ACT), to fly all the way over from Israel to come spend multiple days with us here in Texas. This was a “Train the trainer” type of instructor course focused on short range weapons and how to teach it the ACT way, knife and machete specifically.

Knives is something we do a lot of work here in our groups, and for us sparring and opposition which allows us to actually see if what we are learning works, is of the up most of importance. ACTs very similar view is one of the key things that drew us to their organization. Being big AMOK supporters we where very interested in seeing what all ACT has to offer, we wanted to see if a group on the other side of the globe came up with the same conclusions and methods we have.

Review: Cold Steel Espada – Large

Cold Steel Espada

Cold Steel Espada

Cold Steel Espada

Along with the Voyager, the Cold Steel Espada is a very common blade to see at our knife seminars. There are two major types, each in 3 sizes. You have the cheaper G10 handle and the more expensive (about 2x more) polished ones. The polished Cold Steel Espadas are very pretty with a nice shiny blade. While the cheaper ones (as shown) has a more grayish blade and G10 handle. Other than some looks and price they are pretty similar.

Cold Steel Espada come in 3 main sizes, Medium, Large and Extra Large. The medium does not have the “wave” feature on its blade while the other two do. The XL is just gigantic and its why it earns its name “Espada (sword)”. I went with the large because its legal in most of Texas (boo San Antonio). It has a very similar feel to my Voyager so handing it was very simple and enjoyable. You can tell just buy looking at it that its more expensive than the Voyager. I manly bought it for its pocket wave feature on the blade which the Voyager does not have.