Monday, June 20, 2011
The Comtech "Fighting Bandanna" Volume Two
In early June we introduced you to James Keating's "Fighting Bandanna" instructional video Volume One. That detailed basic blocking and entangling lines while using the Bandanna as a flexible defense weapon. You can read that review Here.
In Volume Two, Keating demonstrates more unique and interesting methods, including using the Bandanna as an old style rock-launching sling. The Bandanna adds a degree of safety when confronted with a weapon, increases the defenders leverage, and can clearly be used to slap, trap, entangle and choke. As stated in the last review, the lowly Bandanna can be carried anywhere and is a great improvised weapon. All techniques are demonstrated with empty hands as well as with the added leverage of the Bandanna, which makes applications easier to understand.
Here is a short piece of an article by Keating in Fighttimes.com titled "It's just a piece of cloth, a dirty old rag":
"The Bandanna can be a: distraction, a sling, a sap, it can entangle, provide leverage, works well in all ranges and interacts well w/ all environments and authorities. Gee, for a "low-visibility" personal defense item, does it get any better than this? Your experimentation and diligence are critical components in your path to covert self defense mastery."
"In the manifestation of this skill one will study different ways to snap, wrap, trap and entangle the opponent. You are taught both high-line and low-line applications.
You are shown how the bandanna is applied against the body's "lever points". The bandanna and your empty hand arts must work as a team.
How can you make the most out of this humble "Cloth"? How else can this simple, yet highly versatile rag be employed into our service? In this case the survival mind must take the lead. So let's have a look at some of the other applications you might consider when becoming a professional "Bandanna Man". The Bandanna is protection."
And indeed, Keating concludes the video series with some no-nonsense examples of using the Bandanna as an emergency survival tool as well as some not-so-obvious first-aid ideas.
For those interested in practical pocket tools that can be improvised into self-defense weapons, the Bandanna should be one of your first choices. It's inconspicuous and has many, many applications. Most importantly, Keating shows how to marry the Bandanna to skills you already possess in empty-hand combat.
For those interested in taking a look at the many instructional video's James Keating has produced, go to this link for Combat Technologies
Here is the link for the review of Volume One