MARTIAL BLADE CONCEPTS VOLUME 2 THE INSIDE STORY
Martial Blade Concepts: The Enhanced Version was a turning point in the evolution of the MBC system. It represented the first thorough documentation of MBC’s revised targeting system and MBC’s highly distinctive focus on edged-weapon stopping power. However, there’s a lot more to the system.
That video provides an outstanding introduction to the critical skills and concepts of the MBC system and an excellent resource for MBC students who have trained with me at seminars. Once the skills in that video are mastered and understood, however, there was no logical “next step.” My Fighting Folders video series, although still a very useful training resource, no longer reflects the state of the art of the MBC system. A new reference series was needed. That’s why in early 2011, Mike Rigg and I went back to the video studio with fully certified MBC instructors Vince Luke and Eric Mayes to create a new series of videos that picks up where Martial Blade Concepts: The Enhanced Version left off.
Volume 2 revisits some of the critical skills of the first video and provides detailed explanation and demonstration to bring them fully up to speed. In some cases, it addresses fine details. In other cases, it explains the subtle perfection that has occurred even since the first video was produced. Since MBC is a living, evolving system, that’s inevitable.
Volume 2 also focuses heavily on understanding the body mechanics of the system and how to generate tremendous power and strength through proper structure, body movement, and skeletal alignment. This is particularly evident when it comes to checking with the live-hand forearm, a skill that greatly enhances your knife tactics and serves as a basis for counter-knife tactics and close-quarters handgun tactics.
One very important aspect of Volume 2 is its focus on “deconstructing” techniques—eliminating or modifying the movements to instantly adapt to the dynamic nature of real attacks. Some people have criticized MBC for being too complicated. By understanding that it is a conceptual method, having the ability to access and apply the component parts of its techniques in a non-linear fashion and—like the public school system—knowing when to lower your standards, you can make it work in even the most dynamic situations. Volume 2 teaches you that “the technique” isn’t important; understanding how to employ one or more of the functional components of the technique based on the underlying concepts is important.
This video also completes the instruction in the basic 4-by-4 structure of MBC’s standard-grip system: four zones of defense; four defensive responses. This teaches you how to defend yourself on the “inside” of an opponent’s attack—a skill necessary if you can’t apply footwork or if your attacker has a stick, bat, or longer weapon. In the process, I explain that not all defensive responses will lead to a clean, tidy finish. In some cases, you defend and cut your attacker, but the fight is not yet finished.
Volume 2 also reinforces MBC’s learning methodology, which combines clear logic and explanation with a natural progression of skill and understanding. In addition to demonstration and training with a partner, I provide instruction in MBC’s solo training methods and how to train effectively even without a partner.
Martial Blade Concepts Volume 2 sets a new standard, documenting the current, evolved MBC system and presenting it in a clear, logical, precise manner that will ultimately make my previous work obsolete.
Michael D. Janich