Armed Combat and Tactics (ACT) Knife and Machete in Austin

ACT Knife and Machete

ACT Knife and Machete

ACT Knife and Machete in Austin

Date: 11/23/2014
Instructor: ACT Noah Gross
Location: Austin, Texas
Length: 8 hours

We had Noah Gross co-founder of Advanced Combat and Tactics (ACT) from Israel come all the way to Texas for three events, and Knife and Machete in Austin was the third and final one. After spending two days in his level 1 instructor course I was interested to see how it plays out in a seminar based environment.

Driving for about 3 hours from Fort Worth I ended up a bit late for this one, so I missed any introductions and initial course set up at 9am. We started with some reaction drills, simple at first that slowly became more complex. Reaction drills that where based on explosive speed without telegraphing your motions, these then turned into evasion drills to avoid the attack, which then evolved into counter drills and combinations. The pace for this section was very smooth I think, with each drill adding on to the next. After some time of these we did a very similar progression but with blocks, the drills started simple, then evolved back into countering and combinations. From there we started working on some basic empty hand drills based around analyzing and guessing opponents intentions then into some multiple attacker drills before spending the last few hours with machetes. I know I said it once before in another review but these machete trainers are awesome, we pretty much spent the last hour just sparring each other with them. We finished around 5pm with about a hour of lunch. It was another great day of training with Noah and a great way to finish the week. We are hoping to have him out here again soon.

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.

Nok Training Knives Review

Nok Training Knives

Nok Training Knives

Nok Training Knives

In order to get the best out of my self defense training, I am always looking out for the best training weapons. So my friend Steve Miles from the Central Texas Combatives Training Group introduced me to Nok Training Knives. And he was not wrong, these Nok trainers are one of, if not, the best training knifes I have ever used. They are now one of the pillars to all of the knife fighting training we do.

Each one is hand made in Thailand by their creators with a wood core and is wrapped in a neoprene covering. They run about $25 and up and come in different styles and sizes. You can even send in a print up on your knife and they will send you one back to use as similar as possible, for extra money of course.

Like I was saying, these trainers have become an invaluable tool to everything that we do. We would not be-able to go with as much force while still being safe if it was not for these Nok training knives. Nok trainers allow you to train at a great realistic speed during sparring and oppositional training, giving you a more realistic experience without a high a risk of injury.  Just remember to wear eye protection!

If you do any type of knife training than these are truly a must, I really can’t recommend them enough.