The Martial Artists tool of the Millennium Martial Arts Application. Most current day martial arts schools have evolved over time into true empty hand fighting arts. Whatever the origins of the arts itself, with the advent of firearms and the downplay of the traditional warrior class, most martial arts systems have been forced by society’s changing to concentrate on the art of using the empty hand. Some of these arts concentrate on self defense, others on the opposite end of the spectrum, concentrate on the sporting application. What all of them has in common is the disdain or reluctance to utilize a tool or a weapon.Yes, they can be stand up fighters, stand up and go to the floor or go right to the floor…the old issue of strikers versus grapplers. But the commonality is no tool usage. No weapons usage, for empty hands rules supreme.WHY?Most of the modern day instructors have no training in the use of tools. The style they mastered has no weapon or tool usage. Therefore the idea of using a tool for self defense or asking the students to carry a tool is out of the range of possibility or consideration. Some of these martial artists believe the myth that the good guy uses his hands. A true paradox in the martial arts that our western John Wayne complex has colored the eastern way of fighting. Real men slug it out. Bad guys use weapons.The martial arts styles that do use tools, use such antiquated tools or weapons that they have no relationship or connection to today’s reality. The training in these weapons or tools is great for understanding motion but has no basis or usage in situations that arise in everyday living in today’s world. As a matter of fact, using some of these traditional tools and weapons is expressly forbidden by our current laws.Others understand that using or teaching the modern type of weapons of self defense tools leave them and their students in a “Catch -22” position. Some of these tools and weapons need permits, some are forbidden except in certain instances or employment, and others evoke extreme psychological -emotional response. Teaching the use of these tools also can be a liability for any misuse of the tool can come back to haunt the instructor or the institution that taught the student.The Gunting and the Drone can change all that. Without threatening an arts effectiveness, without making any negative impact on an instructors effectiveness or on the way the art is taught, the Gunting DRONE allows for addition to the existing art. As with the Kubaton, a modern version of a common “Pocket Stick” which has permeated most current martial arts , the Gunting DRONE can be used as an everyday carry. A simple but effective impact tool that will enhance any standard martial art technique from striking to grappling. The Gunting DRONE goes from real time usage in self defense, to it’s a great key chain, in a moments notice without any fanfare or liability. This tool is a non threatening, non cutting, non lethal, limited liability usage tool. A great addition to the standard use of martial arts.Any martial arts system can adopt its usage!GUNTING: a Medium Impact Tool to Edged ToolCRMIPT: Close Range Medium ImPact ToolDRONE: Training tool or Impact toolForce: n \ 1: strength or energy esp. of an exceptional degree: Active power 2: capacity to persuade or convince 3: military strength 4: violence, compulsion 5: an influence ( as a push or pull) that causes motion or a change in motion.Force: vb \ 1: compel, coerce 2: to cause through necessity 3: to press or attain to, or effect against resistance or inertia 4: to raise or accelerate to the utmost 5: to produce with unnatural or unwilling effortImpact: n \ 1: a forceful contact, collision or onsetMedium: adj: intermediate in amount, quality. position or degreeCombat: vb \ 1: fight, contend 2: to struggle against: opposeClose Range: minimal distance between two points. Very close together, a short distance. In fighting terminology; to be close to one’s opponent, within arm’s reach.The act of self defense is an event of many variables. It changes within each context and application. The hardest one to reconcile is the act of self-defense as done by the on site LEO- Law Enforcement Officer. Any regular citizen can without great scrutiny effect self defense against an opponent and within certain boundaries go home without any stigma or legal repercussions. An on-site LEO is held to a higher standard of physical and ethical response than the citizen, even though the attainment of that standard might be nigh impossible to achieve. WHY? We expect more from the uniform than we do from regular street clothes. The symbol of the man becomes the standard for the LEO. How can we expect an on site LEO to react within the constraints of being everything to all people, as well as survive the encounter? Keep it simple!Combat must be simple. During a confrontation memory gives way to instinct which quickly de-evolves into the animal response of survival. Detail work and fine motor skills quickly vanish leaving only gross motor skills to remain. Colonel Rex Applegate the father of close quarter combat stressed these facts during his lifetime. After many years of personal experience in actual combat and the subsequent training of soldiers for that combat, Applegate came upon certain truths that are considered true principles of combat. He advocated simplicity, directness, attitude, targeting, and use of weapons on a sliding scale from possession of weapons to empty hand. (A situation he advised was to be avoided at all costs!)Most Defensive Tactics Instructors take a personal perspective on combat or self-defense and everything is judged by way of that instructor’s ability to perform the techniques that are taught. This might have validity IF the instructor himself was involved in the attack but most of the time it is the recipient of the instructor’s knowledge that becomes involved with the altercation. The person involved in the attack cannot possibly respond as the instructor did, yet will try to imitate the instructors teachings even when faced with total loss of fine motor skills and memory of “how to” causing further deterioration of the person’s response in the face of attack. Most of the time the LEO-defensive tactics student “loses” and the art itself gets’ maligned as being ineffective. Actually it was how and what was taught that was ineffective not the art itself.Current Defensive Tactics Instructors still cling to the old belief of “learn this in the order I teach it. WHY? I learned it that way, so will you.” There is a need to control the knowledge as well as an adherence to linear learning. Instead of looking at combat, especially street combat as a living opportunity, some instructors of today try to teach learned responses to spontaneous situations. “The attacker will do this, then you respond with this!” Well that doesn’t work, for while a student is doing the script from page three, the attacker hasn’t seen page three. More than likely the attacker has no idea that a script exists and while the student tries to mold the situation to fit page three as described by the instructor the attacker is adlibbing his way through. Spontaneity wins over a prerecorded response almost all of the time. Yes, there are a few exceptions to the rule and it’s these exceptions that are used to establish the pre-recorded response rule for the masses. Certain defensive instructors and specialists can actually pull off what seems to be prerecorded responses to actual attacks. What is really happening is that these highly trained people are actually responding a ½ beat to a full beat ahead in thought and action over the attacker. To the casual observer the DTI is reacting with the known answer to a supposedly random attack but in reality the DTI is acting to a stimulus not reacting. This is what Bruce Lee wanted people to do; to instinctively feel the attack starting and intercept the attack BEFORE it became an attack.“When you get down to it, real combat is not fixed and is very much alive. The fancy mess solidifies and conditions what was once fluid and when you look at it realistically, it is nothing but a blind devotion to systematic uselessness of practicing routines or stunts that lead to nowhere!"Bruce LeeIn learning a complex thing such as combative arts the simpler the equation the better. Lots of instructors try the mass approach, they teach thousands of possible responses to a given situation. These responses have no basis in reality, have no combative foundation but they are necessary functions of that teacher. Teaching something complex must be complex and therefore confusing. Why make it simple. Right? Wrong! Within the complex art of combat there is a given variable, highly mutable yet constant. The variable is the act of combat itself. Combat is different every time for every situation for everyone involved. This is a constant variable. This is a true unchanging principle of real combat. This principle has NEVER changed even though the concepts using this principle change all the time.Mankind has fought thousands of wars, millions of personal conflicts and never have two instances been the same. Therefore that variable IS the constant and it is the first principle of combat: Combat itself is mutable and cannot be contained or structured.With this first principle of combat established, the way one teaches or learns takes on new meaning. Since the principle is one of constant change then one cannot learn set responses to a combative situation. The response most likely will not match the situation, which in combat could lead to serious problems such as death. This gives rise to the second principle of combat: One cannot learn a pre-recorded response to a spontaneous situation.Human combat involves actual human bodies. Direct confrontation between people on a physical level.Human bodies are built that form follows function. A human body is a wonder of construction able to do many tasks as long as it conforms to our actual structure and form. Humans are bound by this structural restriction. For example we cannot look directly behind us, our arms cross over our bodies in front, not behind, our legs hinge and bend one way. The list of what we cannot do is long but what is amazing is what we are capable of. This gives us the third principle of combat: Human combative actions and reactions must be within the bounds of actual - natural physical response.Combat is very stressful, as is any confrontation. The human mind and body prepare for this by shutting down unessential parts and honing in on self- preservation skills. These skills are at the instinct level. They are referred to as gross motor skills while the higher functions the body shuts down are called fine motor skills. This gives the fourth principle of combat: Combat must be simpleWith these principles to guide one, learning combative arts takes on new meaning. To learn about combat yet to violate these principles gives rise to unnatural conflict. The conflict is that naturally we want to respond in one mode but are taught to or forced to respond in another, a pre-conceived mode. Humans have an inborn natural response that can be honed for combative response or can be shaped into an artificial copy of those that teach them. Learning must echo the natural response and ignore the ego of creating another in ones image. This is where by teaching, the teacher gains understanding of these principles, which then can be taught to the students. Awareness must come to first to those that are teaching. It is part of the learning curve. Again to state the obvious: learning must be simple. It must be based on simple principles. Easy to learn, easy to use, easy to teach.“Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it…Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle. In short, enter a mold without being changed in it, and obey the principle without being bound by it.” Bruce Lee, 1967Because combat is mutable pre-recorded or set techniques cannot work in real time. Responses must be established that allow a combatant to change with the variables of the combative “flow”. Since set techniques are useless and one needs some kind of defensive responses, the only way to accommodate both of these variables is to learn conceptual patterns of motion. Conceptual motions allow for instantaneous changes within the flow of combat for there is no set response, no right or wrong, but action - interaction. For example using principle #3, that humans can only respond with actual-natural physical responses, we have the concept of Open- Close. Open-Close is the conceptual guide for the use of human arms within principle #3. Humans can only have their arms OPEN (spread out wide from the body- in front) or CLOSED (crossed over the body -in front). Open-Close is “form following function”. Human beings are bounded by the parameters of anatomical function. This means no form or usage without functional reality. Using Open-Close as a template, secondary concepts of motion that become available. Right arm open, the left arm closed, and then alternating to the other side, left arm open, right arm closed. Done in sequential patterns we have weaving. Weaving itself has concepts of motion: meeting, passing, shearing, and alternating. This weaving itself works conceptually under the rules of the universal planes of motion: horizontal, diagonal, vertical or any combination of the three.Human beings are tool users. That is given a choice of “tool - no tool” we will invariably choose to use a tool. Since tools exist to make work easier and to allow us to function at peak efficiency even if we ourselves are not at peak efficiency, we willingly seek out tools to accomplish even the simplest tasks.It was with these factors in mind that the GUNTING-DRONE-CRMIPT TOOLS were designed. Tools designed to make use of one’s natural reactions and utilize these actions-reactions to enhance a person’s control of an uncontrollable, unpredictable spontaneous situation. How? The answer lies in the design and function of the tools.Under duress, surprise or attack a natural response is to protect one’s head. To actually lift one’s hands and arms upward to protect one’s most vulnerable piece of anatomy: the head. Now this reaction has a benefit to it. It causes most people to move their head away from the perceived attack, one uses one’s arms to protect the head, and to pull one’s elbows inward. This response is a natural response. There are two other possibilities, the trained response and the correct response. Sometimes they are one and the same and other times they are very different.The SPYDERCO GUNTING SERIES: color coded as in the normal firearms systemsGUNTING: black G10- live blade, sharp horns on handle- impact to edged response- no use as trainerCRMIPT: Blue G10- training style blade, sharp horns on handle- impact response-no use as trainerDRONE: Red G10- training style blade with rolled edges, no sharp horns- training tool to impact responseThe SPYDERCO GUNTING is designed to take advantage of ones natural reaction and make the natural reaction the trained reaction as well as being the CORRECT, response. Let’s see this from a first person perspective:NATURAL RESPONSE: An attack comes toward you. In reaction you lift up your arms and hands; palms inward checking your head..TRAINED RESPONSE: An attack comes at you. In reaction you grab your GUNTING-DRONE or CRMIPT as you raise up your arms and hands. Yes, lifting the GUNTING-DRONE-or CRMIPT right up, straight into the panic -cover position.CORRECT RESPONSE: The Correct response is the same as the trained response...The GUNTING -DRONE-CRMIPT is in one’s hands. In a closed position it resembles a miniature hammer or tomahawk. The Ramp being the blade or head and the handle rests squarely in one’s hands. The user’s pinky rests across the Persian butt and the head and top of the tool extend out of your hand.It is at this point and this time, that the GUNTING-DRONE - CRMIPT actually is used as an impact tool. Using the gross motor skill of “hammering or Tomahawking” one hits the opponent’s incoming weapon or appendage with the ramp of the tool.The amount of force or impact is mitigated by the following:1)the tool is only 5 7/16” or 131 mm closed overall length2)The GUNTING- DRONE-CRMIPT weight is only 5.9 oz or 168 g.3)the ramp extends outward 2 3/16” or 55mm4)the head of the tool extending over one’s hand is 1 6/8” or 43mm5)the length of the user’s arms6)the flexibility of the user’s wrist7)the actual speed of the user’s delivery8)Target zone: the actual anatomical target will effect the impact & result of that impact9)Impact zone is concentrated into a small blunt area: 1/8” x 3 /16” or 3mm x 4.5mmThere is neither the weight nor any length to add to the force of impact. The GUNTING -DRONE-CRMPIT can only make a small physical motion through space before impact. The tool needs to be within arm’s reach, preferably within the arc of unwinding - unbending one’s elbow to be used effectively. These parameters combined with the above listed mitigating factors limit the amount of impact and force that can be delivered by the GUNTING tool.This GUNTING tool is unlike a Large utility Flashlight, Baton, Collapsing Baton, or PR-24. The other tools can transcribe a large arc through space before actual impact, generating a great deal of force by momentum. The greater weight of these tools allows for a greater transfer of kinetic force from the tool into the opponent.The small striking surface concentrates the impact of a GUNTING tool but the small overall size of the tool in whole, lessens the overall piercing effect of the small area and insures the hit is an impact force.TRAUMA from impact:Trauma to the impact area can range from no bruising all the way to severe bruising. Hitting the ramp onto solid bone can cause a bone bruise or with enough impact force possibly fracture the bone. In this case the bones we are referring to be the finger joints and knuckles , very weak, small bones that come directly into the way of the GUNTING tool. If directed at collar bone, cheek or head, trauma can be mostly pain from bone impact or bruising. A hit to an opponent’s temple with or without a ramp can cause knockout and the bone at the temple might sustain a slight fracture. Hitting an opponent’s nose might crack or fracture the support bone or the impact might cause a “bloody nose” as with any impact to a nasal area. The Skull itself is too strong a bone to sustain any more serious impact than bone bruising under ordinary circumstances.Hitting the ramp into an opponent’s mouth, might if hit directly to the opponent’s teeth, crack or break a tooth. Hitting the opponent’s jaw bone will cause pain impact to bone bruising. depending on the angle of the strike a fracture might occur.The impact most useful is striking to the muscles themselves where surface bruising to deep bruising will and can occur. This bruising is the way to stop the form of the muscle which will in turn stop the function of that particular muscle. No form , no function, then one has eliminated temporarily the weapon or effectiveness of one’s opponent.PPCT- Pressure Point Control Tactics can be done with the ramp. Striking a hard small area into the pressure point or sensitive area can enhance the use of pressure points. The Steel ramp is much harder than one’s fingers. Again bruising might occur from the impact of the pressure applied. Kyushu Jitsu can easily be done with the ramp as well as PPCT without any bruising or damage to the opponent. Temporary impairment of chi, nerve reaction, or muscle usage will not lead to any bruising or damage to the opponent.This includes pinching, grabbing or raking using the ramp as well.FORCE & IMPACTForce: The force of the Gunting-Tool is about the same as and empty hand, for the tool itself is contained in the hand. It is a minimal extension of “reach” to apply more force than an empty hand.Impact: The impact of the Gunting-tool is again only slightly over that of an empty hand. Due to the fact that it is made of steel and fiberglass the impact moves up one whole category from low impact as in empty hand to Medium impact. As stated before the Gunting Tool can concentrate the same force into a smaller area, making impact of greater amounts than empty hand.GRABBING & RESTRAINTRamp Grabbing, Pinching, and Restraint: The GUNTING System tools can be utilized to grab an opponent. The grooves or teeth that are inside the Arc of the Upper and Lower Ramp, help lock onto an opponent. These grooves, although not sharp can lock onto an opponent and help maintain the tools grip on the opponents clothing or anatomy. The arc of the back of the knife handle can also be used to grab an opponent.The Ramp itself can be used to pinch an opponent, catching the opponent between the ramp and the user’s thumb. Pinching can be accomplished by using the GUNTING’s Horns, both upper and lower.Trauma from Pinching, Grabbing & Restraint:Due to the fact that the GUNTING is harder than the human body minor injuries can occur when using the GUNTING.The injury or trauma from Pinching, grabbing and restraint can leave slight indentations in a persons skin. These indentations disappear after a period of a few minutes to a couple of hours...A more forceful usage can bruise the skin and if the interaction is violent, with a non compliant person, the injury can become a deep be bruise. Several instances have occurred where scratching and /or the tearing of the top layer of skin has occurred.With non compliant persons, and the grabbing of digits, such as the finger, it may be assumed that in a violent struggle , the antagonist might suffer a sprain or injury to the digital joint due to locking of the joint.Note: this is still no different in all these cases or instances than fingers grabbing fingers, Kubaton use on digits, or using a Kubaton or similar tool to effect pinching, grabbing or restraint.The Gunting: Designed to be used closed- Designed to open KineticallyThe SPYDERCO GUNTING is the only knife designed to be used CLOSED. The shape of the knife itself, its physical attributes, are designed for maximum efficiency in closed usage applications. It is the only Kinetic-Opening knife made today.UPPER & LOWER HORNS: There are two sets of Horns on the GUNTING. The Upper Horns, the upper guard of the knife are used to pinch, grab, rip or snag. These Horns are usually used in a forward grip position. The Lower Horns, the Persian style bulge/sharp peak on the inside of the knife handle at the butt end are used in the same manner as the upper Horns when the knife is in a reverse grip.THUMB RAMP-upper & lower: The elongated, fully ribbed Thumb Ramp can pinch, trap, lock, rip or at best be used in a tomahawk motion to elicit response in an opponent. The Trademarked SPYDERCO hole is located inside the Thumb Ramp. The ramp has an upper section and a lower section. The upper section has smaller area but larger ribbed teeth to compensate. The lower ramp has a large arc to it and is the primary finger locking tool of the GUNTING. The arc is filled with small ribbed teeth that lock onto an opponent. The Ramp has another purpose as well. This RAMP when struck against an object, or “UPON CONTACT” opens the knife Kinetically. The energy transfer from an object to the knife is referred to as Kinetic Opening. Kinetic Opening is like a turnstile in that the faster one strikes, the faster the resulting opening. Kinetic Opening is an EXCLUSIVE feature, patent pending and trademarked for the GUNTING.BACK CURVE: The back curve of the handle with its dual steel liners and angled G10 allow for classic reducing circles as used in joint locking, pain induction and trapping. The ergonomic handles are designed to allow for extension and retraction to grab an opponent.PERSIAN BUTT: The butt of the knife has a Persian style Butt cap which gives a pinky hold to the handle and the rounded Persian end also allows for maximum transference of energy in a hammer fist strike. Percussive striking with the butt cap is enhanced with a round end rather than a flat or sharply pointed end cap.HEAD: The Head of the knife has no projections, nor any piece of the blade exposed. The large fully curved surface is ideal for striking motions such as hooking, ridgehand, and upper hammerfist. The curve is reinforced G10 with dual steel liners.To accomplish combative flow techniques or MBC flow one uses the GUNTING or its self-defense variant the CRMIPT tool to apply a variety of strategies which neutralize the body’s ability to protect it’s joints or muscular structure from injury. The MBC method of self-defense utilizes pressure point attack, muscle disruption and joint attacks done in succession but not in any particular order. The goal is to create vulnerability in a joint, and to take advantage of that vulnerability and attack the joint itself!To quote pressure point expert Grandmaster George Dillman “ Strike a point to attack a joint; attack a joint to strike a point!”There are many ways to accomplish pain compliance, joint disruption and bio-mechanical failure. No two people see or react the same. Combat is forever changing, for its’ only constant is change. Therefore no one utilizing the GUNTING is expected to look like the instructors nor do things in “the way”. Everyone should use the basic principles to find their own way. The common element is the GUNTING and the principles that guide its usage. Application is an expression of each individual utilizing these factors!Listed are principles that guide Dillman Ryukyu Kempo Tuite, Jay Small Circle JuJitsu and Presas Modern Arnis:Basic principles to utilize the GUNTING or CRMIPT Tool1)Use pressure points: a joint can be made to involuntarily bend or straighten2)Utilize Two way action: push and pull at the same time. Brains understand only one motion at a time, therefore an overload occurs.3)Apply complex torque: move the joint in more than one direction “ bend & twist!”4)Generate confusion: misdirection by sound, physical motion or direct touch5)Create a base: bases eliminate movement away from pain6)Create mechanical superiority: keep your form and function proper. Elbows in not out .Move on the diagonal.7)Vary the pressure of the attack: humans adjust to pain. Phase variance eliminates this adjustment.8)Adhesion: Stick to the opponent, once there don’t leave!9)Redundancy: apply several principles at once.10)Upon contact: enter and adhere11)“Go with the Flow!”12)Form follows function: destroy the form function fails!The general idea of the GUNTING is the ability to escalate the force continuum as needed within the flow of combat itself. The GUNTING allows for progression through the force continuum from simple pain compliance to joint locking, to Pressure point knock outs, to limb destructions to matter separation. Using the Principles allows one to accomplish the MBC FLOW. This Flow is used in stand up confrontations as well as in grappling situations from standing position to actual ground work. The GUNTING is not limited by proximity to an opponent.REMEMBER: Creativity is very important in the use of the GUNTING. Don’t be bound by self imposed limitations, feel the FLOW and the way will be there. The GUNTING allows one freedom of action while maintaining the bounds of legality and proper force response.GUNTING: Curriculum of usageGunting as a system tries to take advantage of the bodies basic instinctive - gross motor skill response to stimuli. By using instinctive-gross motor skill or a survival reflex, an individual under stress or duress does not have to think of the proper-correct response, the reaction is built in. These responses are called bio-mechanical because the body will perform the actions without thought, without extra training for they fit within the parameters of what the human body was designed to do naturally.Gunting is based on bio mechanical responses to situations as they arise. These Bio-mechanical responses are Instinctive, Natural, Correct or Trained depending on the individual and that individual’s actual training.Instinctive: All persons have basic response to stimuli such as fear, pain, anger, panic, and of course survivalNatural: The bodies natural response to a situation based on that particular individuals response pattern and physical structure.Correct: A taught response that might be different than an Instinctive , Natural or Trained response for a particular situation where protection of self rather than action towards the stimuli might actually be the wrong response due to “no second chances allowed”Trained response: A response to stimuli based on past occurrences and thought to be the answer to any of the similar stimuli even if unfounded.The actual design of the GUNTING and its components are based on the Bio-mechanical response. The primary response is to COVER then TO GET AWAY. These are two of the strongest instinctive responses any human has. A danger or threat suddenly appears and humans COVER ( protect themselves, ) and then seek TO GET AWAY from that perceived danger or threat.To accommodate that response the GUNTING clip is placed to allow a large portion of the GUNTING to be exposed and readily grabbed with an upward motion that can be incorporated into the basic COVER response. This grabbing puts the GUNTING into the Tomahawk position. This is a new holding position not found on any other edged tool and is truly unique to the GUNTING. This applies to the GUNTING in all its holster positions as they are designed specifically for the GUNTING.COVER: to protect one’s head and to “flinch” away from danger. Palms in, hands to head, forearms out, protecting the head our “computer center”.TO GET AWAY: to push away or gain space from the perceived danger...allowing for escape to safety.Drawing the GUNTING to COVER, follows the basic instinctive motion, then TO GET AWAY puts the GUNTING into tomahawk or hammering usage as one gains space between the threat and the feeling of safety. By Bram Frank