Posted On:3/26/2007 8:32pm
Uncle Fester - Bloody Brazilian Knife Fightin' Techniques
"Bloody Brazilian Knife Fightin´ Techniques"
by Uncle Fester,
Rick "Kamakaze" Nakayama,
Pedro "Fat" Cavalcanti,
foreword by Jim Benson
Ricardo "Kamakaze" Nakayama, one of the most experienced self-defense instructors in Brazil, Pedro "Fat" Cavalcante, internationally known action-sports photographer and himself an expert in survival techniques and instructor of radical sports, and J.R.R. Abrahão (aka "Mad Abe"), a criminal attorney, master shooter, gun collector, big-game hunter and published author, once more bring us a literary work that is a must for today´s depraved Society.
Originally published in Brazil, these teachings found a fan at the publishing house of UNCLE FESTER. UNCLE FESTER started to learn this system, and saw it was so easy to learn and effective in practice that he decided to translate and publish it in his homeland.
In today´s badly troubled environment, the authors, using simple and objective language, and a lot of good photos and clear illustractions, show their own experiences on the defensive and offensive use of knives in real fighting, giving a real treasure trove of information that could save a person´s life when the chips are down and one is on his own.
More than just showing the fighting tools, the book lists the most common fighting blades, showing the best and worst points of each design, plus a lot of the fighting techniques which can be used with a variety of blades by the person who choses to use one for his defense.
Fortunately, knives are not yet considered as weapons in Brazilian Law (in USA there are Federal, State, and Local Laws regarding blades); but don´t feel sorry for yourself, fellow Americans, because we, Brazilians, now have one of the most draconian Laws in all the World regarding guns, ammunition, their possession and carry. These have practically disarmed the Brazilian Society, and have left law-abiding citizens without any option to repel criminal attacks - unless, of course, one choses to follow the path of the Man with the Blade, taught in this book.
BLOODY BRAZILIAN KNIFE FIGHTIN´ TECHNIQUES does not teach one to kill people in cold-blood, but does show the moves and actions that must be executed by all people who suffer unprovoked violent attacks.
In easy language, even to the layman, the book is very attractive by it´s way of showing uncountable ways to expertly manipulate knives, giving the self-taught reader complete mastery of this "Great Art" in few weeks of dedicated training, or even a couple of weekends of hard-training.
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Posted On:8/30/2007 1:23pm
Style: Muay Thai, BJJ newbie.
I just found out about that publication and followed the link here...I was aware of that book for ages, and I do have a PDF portuguese version, but I didn´t know it had been published in the USA (specially with that awful name and advertising).
I happen to train knife and stick fighting with Ricardo Nakayama, the book´s author. If anyone has a question feel free to ask.
PS: I didn´t read the entire book, but I did like what I read. I am by no means a knife fighting specialist, though.
That civilisation may not sink,
Its great battle lost,
Quiet the dog, tether the pony
To a distant post;
Our master Caesar is in the tent
Where the maps are spread,
His eyes fixed upon nothing,
A hand under his head.
- W.B. Yeats
Posted On:8/30/2007 2:47pm
Do any of these guys have backgrounds in the arts we traditionally associate with Brazil (judo, BJJ, capoeira)?
Posted On:8/30/2007 3:03pm
I only know Ricardo, I train directly under him.
He has a significant background in hapkido, full contact kickboxing, and shotokan, and he also dabbled in many other arts. In terms of weapons he has a degree in kali as well.
He was for ten years the chief hand to hand instructor of the greatest private security company in Brazil.
He was one of the founders of Kombato, a brazilian RBSD group (there are plenty of videos from that group on youtube). He later broke off from them and founded SOTAI.
I´ve been training directly under him with the SOTAI group since may. I can tell you this about the instruction I´ve received so far:
1) It´s cheap.
2) He is a very attentive teacher.
3) He focuses on the use of knives as self defense tools. Our main focus is on knives, but there is also some stick fighting, improvised weaponry, disarming, and unarmed fighting.
4) We spar with training knives since the first class. In fact it is his policy to demand sparring on every class, be it knives, sticks, or unarmed combat (HARD sparring).
5) He is an excellent teacher, and I´ve had some very good BJJ, Muay Thai, and Judo teachers so I should know.
6) Practically all of the SOTAI students have significant backgrounds in a number of different martial arts - we have people who have done (or still do, in many cases) aikido, judo, kickboxing, muay thai, bjj, hapkido, kendo, kali, and others. Ricardo encourages us to train other stuff as well, provided there is plenty of sparring (he commonly says you fight like you train, so you should train like you fight).
7) SOTAI does not advertise, at least not here in São Paulo. He only teaches us on weekends, since he does it for pleasure - AFAIK he mostly teaches private classes for a living nowadays, but he enjoys having a group to coach twice a week.
In sort, he is an excellent teacher, and is widely respect in the brazilian martial arts community.
Sadly, he couldn´t publish this book here (he did try) so he decided to publish it abroad. The marketing scared the hell out of me, and calling him Ricardo "Kamikaze" Nakayama is just absurd.
Here is a link to a knife fighting championship promoted by the SOTAI group. I couldn´t make it there.
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Posted On:8/30/2007 3:13pm
Thank you for the information. I do BJJ, but I was looking for something to supplement it with as regards knives, multiple attackers, etc. Of course, a book, no matter how qualified the author, won't make me an instant expert, but it's something to start with.
Posted On:8/30/2007 3:22pm
I really can´t issue an educated opinion on the book.
Though I do have the portuguese version, I haven´t read the whole thing, and I´ve been training knife fighting for only three months with Ricardo himself. The version I have IS very well illustrated, I can tell you that.
But "Bloody Brazilian Knife Fightin´ Techniques"...that sounds ridiculous. The original portuguese title is "Defesa com Facas", which translates as "Defense with Knives" or "Self Defense with Knives".
And the techniques themselves are basically kali with some other things, according to Ricardo himself.
Posted On:8/30/2007 3:41pm
Okay. I believe I read another post of yours, "martial arts of brazil" or something like that, and I was impressed with the level of information and clarity. As for the "Bloody Brazilian Knife Fighting" by Uncle Fester....I agree, the entire thing sounds like some sort of terrible B-Movie, of the kind that would star Bruce Campbell and Danny Trejo. And by terrible, I mean awesome.
Posted On:8/30/2007 3:57pm
The publisher also offers books teaching how to produce poison gas and homemade explosives, as well as illegal drugs. No wonder the title sounds like a B-movie.
Quite frankly I wish Ricardo had chosen a better publisher.
Posted On:11/05/2009 6:41pm
Just a small question maybe wing chun lawyer or someonelse here can answer - when did Ricardo Nakayama established the SOTAI ? what year ?
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