More bushcraft and camping knives. Youtube video from EverydayTacticalVids

More bushcraft and camping knives. Youtube video from EverydayTacticalVids.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. As you ya’ll have seen a few trim,es on the blog, I like to have a bushcraft type post / video from time to time. The video below is an update to some other videos that have to do with camping / bushcraft knives and what you can get out there.

Enjoy and Stay Proactive in Life and Training.


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DIY knife handles and knife sharpening videos with USA Knife Maker

DIY knife handles video with USA Knife Maker.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. It was a while back, when I last posted a video for the “Craftsman Corner.” This blog will fix that.

A friend / training partner gave me some “boy scout knives,” My boy is a scout and I go on some trips with him. My plans for the knives are simple … we are going to put some new handle on them and clean the blades up. With that in mind, these video’s are being posted.

I know there is some adverts for USA Knife Makers products. You can take that as you want. Skip past the first few minutes if you want. Any Hoo! enjoy DIY’ers.

Stay Proactive and enjoy!


Latosa Concepts Escrima. What happen when you focus on one thing?

 Latosa Concepts Escrima. What happen when you focus on one thing?

Latosa Concepts free sparring helmets

The equipment before the storm. LC Escrima free sparring day at the beach

I hope ya’ll are doing well. The sun is shining strongly here in DK. Old Texans like that! I just got back from the beach where we got our fill of free vitamin D. Now it’s time to sit in the shade and put a few words down for ya’ll out there in internet world.

The subject for today is … What happens when we focus a whole lot on one thing? Before I went on a two week break from training, we

Latosa Concepts 2 sticks vs 1 stick free sparring

Latosa Concepts 2 sticks vs 1 stick free sparring

had worked on strong strikes against an attackers attack. Example: Hard #1 strike vs a #1 from the other man.

You might ask yourself… why do that? The trick is to remember that on the street hitting the bad guy

Latosa Concepts 1 sticks vs unarmed  free sparring

Latosa Concepts 1 sticks vs unarmed free sparring

/attacker / assailant fast and hard is best in many cases. Destroying the power in his attack is also a good idea in many cases. By slightly adjusting a  #1 downward towards the attackers weapon, hand or arm the attackers #1 strike is a tool against him. He is open and out of balance. The problem with training /sparring with people in your own training group is that they have the same plan and know what to do. In short it looks ugly sometimes. It looks like people trading blows.

Our free sparring session at the beach was much more online and it looked like people trading blows back and

Latosa Concepts 1 sticks vs 1 stick  free sparring

Latosa Concepts 1 sticks vs 1 stick free sparring

forth in much more a degree, than we have shown in some of the video from older posts. Once again there are factors the “lookers-on” have to take into consideration. The strikes to the head would take a person out if they happened on the street. The strikes to the hands would cause the assailants to drop the weapon on the street. The same goes for the good hits to the arms. In short, what you see is not what you get when you watch sparring with protective gear. The sticks we use for sparring are fully padded rattan sticks. A hit to the head or hand with a real blunt object have a defined effect that can’t be denied. Things break. Once again, people don’t have hockey gloves on the street! Most people will use an object that does not bend like the stick in a picture above. Check out the melon bash we did a time back. Click here. It will also give an idea of what happens.

Latosa Concepts Copenhagen melon bash

Went through it like butter with a hot knife!

Be it a knife, a blunt object you might have in your hand, or some other object you find in the general vicinity, something happens when hard / sharp / pointed objects hit the human body. Many people forget that when they watch two people trading blows.

In reality, it’s all about hitting the other guy faster than he can hit you. When that skill set is learned, then the fancy stuff can be trained. In my book at least. I could see that in our beach session, before I took a well needed 2 week break from training. The old fart needed the rest after he sparred with some young guys full of way too much energy! 😉

As always it’s good to work on a theme for a while before switching to a new focus point or concept. Next time it will be a little more movement offline with the attacks. That will happen naturally with two stick matches, because they demand room, if the sticks are not to get bound up by the other man’s arms. When we put the gear on again the “lookers-on” will see prettier sparring sessions. After that, we’ll get back to the hard ugly stuff again. You get what you practice.

BTW, well done guys. For all the old farts out there. Make sure you get your sleep before doing 2 minutes sparring and 1 min rest with a bunch of wiper-snappers! I didn’t and paid the price. 😉

Ya’ll take care and have a great day.

Proactive in Life and Training



Damascus Steel forging. LC,FMA Craftsman’s Corner

Damascus Steel forging. LC,FMA Craftsman’s Corner.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I found another video for the Craftsman’s Corner here. It’s always mesmerizing to watch a black smith and other craftsmen put time and energy into a product. This video shows what goes into making Damascus steel. It changes your idea of what goes into real hand crafted products.

MA, my old training partner, is working on a blog entry on clubbells. I’ll post that when it’s ready. Any hoo! Enjoy and have a great day!

Stay Proactive in Life and Training.


Journey to a Master Video Series with Kyle Royer Knives

Journey to a Master Video Series with Kyle Royer Knives

I hope ya’ll are doing well. The sun has been shining a lot lately. That just peps us Texans up, Denmark can be a dark place at times!

I thought it would be cool for the craftsmen, nerds, and quality conscious people to see this knife making series. It’s from Kyle Royer Knives. It shows Kyle Royer prepping for the masters knife making test. It’s a great quality video.

I have to take my hat of to the man. I have been through the process a number of times; as a cobbler, an orthopedic shoemaker and with a number of escrima tests ranging from tournament planning and direction to seminars and so on. He keeps his head cool and concentrates on the job at hand the whole time. A little mistake early on can be seen in the final product. It’s hard to believe that you can proud of a bent knife, trust me you can.

There are 5 parts to the series. It’s a cool mix of old and new in knife making. The number of layers in the knives is just crazy. You gotta love it. Any Hoo.. Enjoy!

Proactive in Life and Training


Bill Morgan and the Forged Blade video

Good morning everybody, I hope you are doing well.

The redneck in me came out this morning while drinking my coffee. I watched a video with a man that talks correctly.

When I was a kid , we made our club houses from old rusty bent nails, bricks for hammers and old scraps of wood that we found. That is most likely one of the things that started to develop a great respect for making hand crafted objects in me.  The father in me hopes to instill that respect in my son.

I have a theory that a version of that respect is found in many escrimadors. It starts with the  feeling for a good stick. As we start to train with training blades and swords we continue to develop more respect for balance and other facets of the making of the tools we use to learn and train with. Depending on how much of a DIY type you are, you get into the methods for making things even more. I also have a theory that there is a balance in life. It’s good for us to create things instead of just learning and training methods of justified violence for the sake of self-defense. Mind you there is more to it than that, but we’ll get into that another day.

When I started my path to become a shoemaker, I was presented with a choice. I could run a school for escrimadors for Wing Tsun Scandinavia or I could start my apprenticeship as a shoemaker. Family responsibility  (job security ) and a respect for craftsmen pushed me in the direction of shoemaking, creating and repairing helped to balance me. I would say that we all need a form of balance to thrive. Japanese martial arts speak of this often.

Any hoo, The redneck Texan in me attracts me to people such as Bill Morgan with his knives and Ed Scott with his bow making. I’ll post that video as well.

We all need to create in order to have balance in our life. That ability to create also gives us respect for those people who have been craftsmen for a long time. There should be more respect in our lives in general, if you ask me.

I could go on for a long time like this, so I’ll let you get to the videos. Ya’ll enjoy and have great day.

Create something today … be it dreams, music, knives or a house.


Knife making.

Knife making.

I hope ya’ll are doing well. I was drinking my coffee and watching some videos that appeal to the craftsman / FMA nerd / shoemaker / and Texan in me. I thought they might be of interest to others like my self. If anybody with a similar profile exists. Reasons for interest vary: the cool factor, tool nerds, hunting interest, FMA interest, and collectors interest.

When ever we train with swords and/or other bladed weapons we become very aware of the balance of a tool / weapon. I think that little detail tends to wake the interest for how weapons are made in many of us. Then there are the nerdy nut cases as well. If you are part of this club … Welcome! If you have made your own tools at one time you are well on the way. I recently found and old axe that I restored and made a handle that fit my son’s needs for the boy scouts. We really got into shaping the handle so it would fit his hands. Added to that a leather protective sheath to finish it off.

I will be presenting some videos that might be of interest to those of you who fall into any combination of the above mention types. Having been trained in shoemaking and learning the craft of hand production can be a powerful catalyst. You tend to make your own tools to one degree or another. I had special knives for every possible job, even depending on the size of the shoe and the curves that had to be cut. I said I was nerdy didn’t I. Quality quickly became an interest as well. I was lucky enough to find some tools that are not made any more. One such knife was a E A Berg from Sweden which had a very special tempering. The man that made them only worked there up to a certain year. It is flat on one side and you put the angle of the edge that you wish to have on the other side. It curves from end to end. It’s a collectors item for many people but crazy shoe makers like me still use them.

The same thing happens when we train with sticks and aluminum trainers.Have you ever flipped a stick becouse it feels better? Welcome to the nerdy club. MA and I like to use espada y daga trainer from Norm’s Training Blades. Sticks are not the same. Smack sticks are used for harder contact training. Heck, I have one training knife that I just love. Other trainers are OK but the one’s with a good feel and balance are great.

In my case having worked with construction and the other combination of factors makes the idea of having a collection very attractive. I just wish I lived in Texas still where it was OK to have a collection. It’s easier just to avoid the problems here in Denmark by not being a collector. This is me making a sad face! Any Hoo! I was drinking my coffee (with thick coconut milk, yum! ) when I found the video below. There is a playlist so you can watch the process of making a railroad spike knife. It’s fascinating for nerds like me. I hope you enjoy it as well.

I have also linked to a knife maker that makes heavy duty military knives. I wish I could find a video of some of the knives from Grayman Once you start getting into camping and military uses you will most likely start to develop a taste for knives like these.

Training with sword is a way to start to develop a taste for balance in swords. We used to have some archeologist that trained with us when I was still doing swords in Copenhagen. We were lucky enough to handle some very old sword in Leeds at the museum. There is a difference in real fighting swords and the feel they have and the cool factor weapons that people like to collect. I hope you enjoy the sword making video. It show a mix of old and new methods in smithing and forging. The shape of the sword is not my taste but you can see how the old and the new are mixed to make a modern good quality sword.

In the picture at the top of the page, you can see come knives that fall into the cool factor side of things. Here is the link to that video.

Have a great day and be a little nerdy, it’s good for the soul.