Thursday, June 9, 2011

Comtech: "Fighting Bandanna" Volume One

Looking for an improvised weapon that can be carried anywhere? How about one that can help defend against a knife attack, or provide protection from the elements as well as first-aid use?
Well, the fighting Bandanna might be the improvised weapon for you.
In Volume One of the Comtech "Fighting Bandanna", tactical fighting instructor James Keating introduces us to the use of the Bandanna as a flexible weapon. All the principles apply to similar tools such as belts, short rope, piece of garden hose, etc.
Keating's approach is based on the "Panu" scarf techniques seen in Filipino and Indonesian arts, but with a street-smart western approach. His delivery is very clear and Keating moves with the authority of a well-practiced expert.

In "Getting Started", Keating shows us how to knot the Bandanna and use it in a whip-like motion to attack targets such as the eye. This is clearly more effective than it may sound, as he develops further methods involving weighted Bandannas capable of breaking glass bottles. All striking angles are covered.
We are next introduced to using the Bandanna to assist in stopping knife thrusts and the angles necessary to neutralize the attack.
The knife disarms used will look familiar to weapon-stripping techniques used in other arts, and the use of the Bandanna gives us more leverage and a degree of safety, being one step removed from contact with the blade. Wrapping the blade, joint manipulation and other techniques are employed.

In "secondary attacks", Keating goes beyond a simple thrust and deals with alternative weapons (tomahawk or hammer), reverse grip knife attacks, and dealing with a "one-two" weapon-punch attack with the opponent using both hands. This includes arm trapping methods also seen in other arts. Keating makes a clear point of showing many of the techniques empty handed, which helps us see how the Bandanna supplements the technique. All knives used are large "Bowie" style trainers that are very imposing, and the defense emphasis is on non-lethal control techniques.

In "Further development", Keating concludes with useful methods of installing small weighted objects into the Bandanna, intensifying the striking capabilities of the weapon. Using the Bandanna to conceal weapons and other ideas are discussed.

Keating makes it clear that the "Fighting Bandanna" is a concept video. He reminds us that many of the techniques can be applied with a variety of improvised flexible weapons. It's any one's worst nightmare to be confronted by an aggressor with a knife, and we are advised to run away and live to fight another day.
But familiarity with simple improvised weapons such as the Bandanna could save us from an initial attack, giving us that opportunity to escape.
Having a training partner is essential for learning the concepts in this video. I know I will write down a few notes and take them to the Dojo with Bandannas and wooden knives. Practice is essential.

Here is the Contact information for James Keating and Comtech:

Ph: 541-938-3451
Mailing address:
POB 142
Walla Walla, Wa. 99362

And here is the embedded link for other products at Comtech

Volume Two review here


Charles James said...

Do you really want to have your life depend on a bandanna? Do you want to become dependent on its working?

Charles James said...

Oh, yea, a predator is not going to confront you with a knife straight on, you won't know it is happening until the first cut and the pain. Then you will have plenty of time to pull of that bandanna and stop him, yes?

A person who wants to knife you it would seem also wants the advantage of surprise so ...

jc said...

we had a really painful class last year with a shoe lace... the principles, if not effectiveness are intriguing.... not everything has to be a preferred 'go-to' technique to learn something methinks...

Dojo Rat said...

Well Charles;
I don't ever want to go at it with a guy with a knife any day.
But I do carry a Bandanna (as well as two knives) with me everywhere.
All the techniques Keating shows are built on empty-hand techniques, and are enhanced by using a Bandanna.
Improvised weapons of any type are better than bare hands, I don't care if it's a chair, bottle or Bandanna.

steve-vh said...

Learned the "panyo" some years ago from a guy I'm betting learned some of it from Keating.
The central knot really does have an effect as well as weighting the tip.
I carried one on the plane overseas to a rough area. Good thing to have and not need.

Also btw, consider using a plastic shopping sack in the dojo. Learned from some Krav Maga guys out of Israel. You cannot tear it if it's bunched up and used like the bandanna to trap and wrap.
We developed something similar for everyday carry. a 12" braided rope with three knots. one on each end and one in the center. The knots can have interesting things woven into them to!

since you carry one anyway, also look into some of the aspects of Gypsy knife work and how the un knotted bandanna is used to interesting effect.

Dojo Rat said...


Love the suggestions, I think some of Keating's stuff had a Gypsy aspect to it,; concealing blades, Knife and scarf together etc.
Good stuff. Like the plastic shopping bag idea.

Bill said...

I rather use a good belt with a heavy buckle

Dojo Rat said...

I need my belt to keep my pants up...

sportsnet said...

martial art is a combination of pure arts and body balance. It is really tough to learn the tricks.

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