Power Throwing

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An unusual pamphlet that a friend sent me. Technique 2 is a standard knife throwing techinque, while Technique 1 is something I've never seen anywhere else. Technique 1 isn't easy but you can get it to work if you put in some practice and lock your wrist

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The concept of hand-launched weapons, specifically edged weapons, is ageless. One of the most prolific and glamourous is that ofthe Samurai. A youth in the beginning of his Martial 'ftaining was expected to throw the Shuriken with deadly accuracy before beginning their formal sword training. The proverbial Blade Masters of all cultures is at least expected to be deadly throwing their knife or a secondary weapon. Hollywood has exposed us to all types of heroes of all cultures and periods with the hand-launched weapon. Many still remember the famous knife vs. gun scene in the western classic, The MagnificentSeven,to more recently Steven Segal using a Gil Hibben thrower in the hit movie, UnderSiege. Currently, the only times the general public is exposed to any hand-launched weapons is the Circus Performer or at a Mountain Man rendezvous, where knife and tomahawk throwing events are extremely popular. In both cases, this exhibition type throwing is performed under controlled conditions from fixed distances and with weapons the user is familiar with. This not to detract from what they do, especially the Circus Performers who have mastered phenomenal stunts with risk of death or serious injury to their Daredevil partner. However, the style and training of a circus performer simply is not practical to any self defensive or offensive tactics.


While I have been a student ofthe Martial Arts most my life, and for many years taught both armed combat, unarmed combat edged weapons, my formal weapons training consisted of sword and knife-both eastern and western styles. While studying the sword gives one a foundation and is excellent for conditioning and developing attributes, swords simply are not very practical outside the current sports dedicated to the weapons themselves. The knife, however, has maintained it's appeal as a self-defense 1

weapon and an every day tool. I advocate, teach and consider knives as viable self-defense weapons. They are usually legal, concealable and quite capable of inflicting fight stopping damage. The reality of knives and so-called "knife fighting" is brutal, to say the least. The very nature of the wounds that knives are capable of creating scare the hell out of most people. Knives are typically thought of as a thug or criminals weapon, since some criminals do favora knife because you can injure to degree and the weapon is silent. Throughout my years of study, I have determined the stark reality that when facing a knife, you are going to sustain damage. While many experts refuse to admit it, even to themselves, an expert faced off against even the rank amateur will usually encounter severe injury. The reason is that using any standard technique, in order to deliver a strike, you must be in range. Also, if you're in range, then your opponent has the same opportunity as you.

All things considered, after years of studying martial arts and the various weapons systems employed within each style, only one offered any throwing style, and that was limited. Developing my Power Throwing System was slow. The techniques were developed and added as the need of being practical in combat dictated the necessity of each technique. 1b claim that I had in fact developed a system required testing of the theory behind the techniques. First, could these basic techniques be readily taught to others in a reasonable amount of time? Second, could the basic techniques and principals be retained to make them viable in the real world? Last, but more important, would these techniques provide an individual with a realistic approach to self-defense in the harsh realties of survival? Aside from the uncommon knife vs. knife scenario, the ability to strike outside the opponent's range of influence was typically extended to weapons of greater reach. A classic example of this belief surfaced during a Police Baton class. The instructor stated a person skilled with a baton would readily defeat a person skilled with ,a knife, due to

The uncommon knife vs. knife scenario presents a situation where both participants are within one another's range of attack. In this situation, even a highly skilled fighteris likely to be injured.

Because the knife offers little instant incapacitation, even a fatal strike can allow the opponent time to deliver a number of strikes in the seconds that they have left before they are rendered unconscious or are incapacitated.

The ability to throw a knife with accuracy and success provides the Power Throwing student to extend his range of attack while removing himself from his opponents range of attack.

the reach advantage. A skilled student in both traditional knife and Power Throwing caused the instructor to have to "rethink" his position. The student repeatedly inflicted crippling and fatal blows with a rubber training knife while never once being struck with the instructors training baton. There is the old controversy which always surfaces in the debate of throwing one's knife in a life or death situation. Many experts say "never should you throw your knife in a fight". Much of this reasoning comes from the fact that you lose your only weapon. In my opinion, this can be remedied by carrying multiple weapons, a practice which I subscribe to wholeheartedly. Like any system of self-defense the Power Throwing system has it's strong and weak points. The Power Throwing system has a probability factor of95% or greater rate of success. Success meaning you can place the knife point first, where you intended it with sufficient force to penetrate your target. This statistic makes throwing your knife a realistic option. Throughout the years while developing the Power Throwing system, an interesting discovery was made. While the Power Throwing System was centered around knives, the factors oflength, balance point and shape weren't as critical as everyone was led to believe. While they are a factor, the technique taught in the Power Throwing System always compensated for the difference. With experience, small adjustments become almost automatic. Weight distribution has a slight effect, but this variance is easily overcome. With weight, the target area would be more of the deciding factor. Extremely light objects lack mass and while they can be delivered with extreme velocity they lack the penet~ation of a heavy object. The other end ofthe spectrum was ,the heavy objects, which were slower, but the mass caused better penetration. Adjusting for 4

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Length limits the range on both ends of the extreme. If one doesn't need a "balanced throwing knife" in order to gain a high rate of success, then the door was open to using "knife-like" objects. The ability to use a readily available or improvised weapon from your surrounding environment or, with circumstance and time permitting, the option of making a weapon adds a new dimension to both defensive and offensive techniques. This means that weapons can be butter knives, screwdrivers, glass fragments, ball point pens, and the list can go on. The Power Throwing System was developed and based off of the sciences of Physics, Biomechanics and Mathematics. The Physics portion deals with the forces that occur with the throwing of any object. Unlike the physics of flight, we are not dealing with thrust and lift. Once the weapon leaves the hand, it no longer has thrust and unless the weapon is an air foil like a boomerang, then lift is also not in consideration. This leaves us to consider only drag and gravity. Fortunately, these effects are minor because we are dealing with a relative short range. The most important force you must have a basic understanding of is the rotationalspin. One of the basic laws of physics is "an object in motion tends to stay in motion". When force is no longer applied, the motion will remain a constant with regards to the effects of drag, gravity, arid finally the terminal effect. Basing these techniques on these principals, we can establish a specific rotation with a weapon while we are also applying a force that starts a motion that will remain constant until it strikes the target. Thus, we teach that we are establishing the desired tumble pattern in the manner the weapon is gripped and we are applying thrust simultaneously. You also must be aware ofthe Biomechanics involved in the Power Throwing system. The effect your body has on5 1

the thrust and rotational spin is accomplished in two ways. First, the joints employed throughout the arm (wrist, elbow and shoulder) are critical for controlling the rotational spin of the object thrown. Initially, you are locking a joint out to where it does not add to the natural rotational spin. Secondly, we must consider the arc or the swinging type motion we use to throw any object. The wider the arc, the longer it takes the object to rotate on the axis. The opposite holds true for a shorter arc, as the weapon will rotate faster.

half turn, thus the weapon is thrown by the blade. For reference, the third involves a tumble consisting of one full rotation where the weapon is thrown from the handle. Like any physical endeavor, hand to eye coordination, athletic ability and time spent studying will be the main factors of gaining proficiency. There is no magic art that can be mastered by everyone with no effort. This is why Power Throwing is taught with the more practical and less complicated throws in the beginning. As the student gains a more complete understanding of the basic throws they can progress to the more difficult throws. The true difficulty is not in relation to range, (distance to the targe