Old style Chinese martial arts films….wonderful stuff 🙂

Another Plot Device

I have not had the pleasure of reviewing a kung fu, martial arts movie in some time and today folks I bring you utter fucking gold.  Duel to the Death is by far an away, an over the top slash fest of amazing proportions in that there is nothing but utter madness taking place in this movie.  Let me give a quick rundown on the highlights of this movie:  You got two master swordsmen battling one another to see who is the best, ninjas out the ass, kamikaze ninjas, ninjas that turn into voltron, ninjas who take the shape of one large ninja, ninjas who who fucking rain down an ungodly amount of ninja stars and oh yeah, did I mean one of the best sword battles ever.  Ninja Ninja Ninja!

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The syntax is a little strange, I am guessing the author does not use English as a first language, but you can easily follow what they are saying. Good stuff.


The number 1 street fighting tip is a lot more of any reality check when compared to a real trick or strategy, yet it’s the most important lesson you can every learn on the subject of street fighting. What exactly is that lesson? The very rule in street fighting will there be are not any rules.

It is amazing to me the number of people don’t appreciate this. It appears to be almost routine to anyone who has been with us street fighting, and i also often think it seems like just a little basic. Even so know from experience i need to start while using basics. Only don’t, individuals who keep in mind that once and for all information will get hurt.

Mobile phone . the important meat and potatoes informed:

Street Fighting Guidelines:

Tip #1:

The initial step in any street confrontation is recognizing a battle is resulting…

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More than Meer

There are hands on your throat and they are choking the life out of you. You’ve only got seconds to react before everything goes dark. What do you do?


This is one of the scenarios that you learn to defend against in Krav Maga, a form of street-fighting self-defense from the Israeli military. I teach Krav Maga pretty regularly these days and I’ve trained with the Krav Maga Federation in Manhattan for over five years. But now, as a budding physical therapist, I have a different view of what happens on the training mat, and it’s always interesting to learn things in school that I can apply and/or observe with my students.

Let’s go back to that example above. What we teach on the mat is meant to be used in extreme circumstances, in those moments when a swift and precise execution of your defense (and its accompanying offense)…

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Masked robber dies when restrained.

English: S10 Gas Mask Respirator Avon

English: S10 Gas Mask Respirator Avon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Firstly, apologies for the delay in posts, it’s been a busy new year and I along with a lot of people succumbed to a bug which has been doing the rounds in the UK, but an article in the press yesterday reminded me that it was time to blog, so here it is.

An article in several of the papers recounted the story of a masked gunman who died after being pinned down and restrained by customers during an armed robbery at a bookies in Plymouth. The police when called the scene found him unconscious and called an ambulance but he was declared dead when paramedics arrived.

Some papers gleefully began to talk about criminal procedings against the customers who pinned the man down, so I decided that in the interests of the good guy in the street it was time to investigate.

The man was called Alan Levers, 50, he had a criminal record for offences including assault and burglary dating back to his first conviction at age 13. He was jailed for four years in 2010 (for all that seems to mean in the legal system now) after he pointed an imitation handgun at the head of a terrified assistant in a corner shop as he stole £600 from her till. Sources think he was only out of prison for a few days before this incident.

The papers talk about Levers being masked, the police say that he was wearing a gas mask, at much is currently being made of the fact that his gun was an imitation one.

OK so a man in gas mask appears in a shop with a gun and demands money, a couple of people decide to be heroes and pin him to the ground during the course of which he dies.

Does anyone feel sorry for him? Did I hear no?

First, it was “only” an imitation gun – imitation firearms pre-1860 are illegal, so if you walk into somewhere with your favourite fake Glock or Sig assume people are going to think it’s real and react – Levers was hoping they would react as if it was a real weapon and would be cowed into submission, he was wrong! Having a gun pointed at you is terrifying and the average person is not looking for signs that it’s a replica. As far as the people in the betting shop were concerned they were in a life or death situation. Levers gun could have been real, he could have started shooting!

Secondly, his mask was a gas mask, a stupid choice really, if anyone there has used one, they will know how hard it can be to breath in them, add in exertion and rapid respiration and gas masks can be dangerous. It also limits your field of vision. He may well have missed someone ot his side. When he was pinned to the ground, it is entirely likely that the mask intake would have been blocked, assuming it worked in the first place. There are also strap that fit around the face that in a scuffle could have slipped.

The have a go heroes were probably not trained security personnel or martial artists and would not have had a knowledge of fighting skills. A knee on a the neck cutting air, or worse still cutting the blood flow to the carotid artery, could kill in seconds. But when you are trying to hold someone down who you think might have tried to kill you, exactly where that foot or hand is will not be at the top of your personal agenda, all you want is to hear sirens and see some police officers.

Alison Seabeck, Labour MP for Plymouth Moor View, the area where the attempted robbery took place, said: ‘It’s very important that what happened is properly investigated, not least because the person who died also has family and, whatever the rights and wrongs, his family will want to know what happened as well.’

Let me help there: a stupid career criminal who was only out of prison for a similar offence, ran across a couple of folks who cared, they stopped him and restrained him, not with intent to harm, from what I can tell, but probably in the way a couple of scared people might try to stop someone they thought was trying to kill them.

Michael Wolkind, QC, who defended Tony Martin, the farmer jailed for shooting dead a teenage burglar at his Norfolk home in 1999, said the two men in the betting shop acted within the law in restraining Levers. ‘The robber chose to come in wearing some sort of breathing apparatus, he chose to have a gun so people would be in fear, so it would be unreasonable to suggest the people who restrained him should stop and check he is all right in an evolving situation such as this.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2268633/Police-praise-brave-betting-shop-punters-restrained-armed-robber-collapsed-died.html contains best details and some of which appear here.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, for the sake of every hero out there who will stand up to the thugs and the robbers, I hope there is no further action.

Watch this space!

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A well thought out article on the change in the law, highlighting that the “carte blanche” issued by David Cameron may not be as straightforward as people thought. The “they come at you with a knife, you come at them with a gun” mantra may be applicable here. The first test case will tell.


After recently reading an article in The Telegraph which can be found here:

It raised the question, “Is it ever okay to harm, or kill someone?”

The ethics in this case appear to be situational, for example, if you are at risk, then yes, however if it is simply for the sake of harming another this is not ethically acceptable.

David Cameron UK Prime Minister is currently trying to provide householders who are confronted with force with more legal protection. The current law states that anyone in England and Wales can use “reasonable force” to protect themselves or others. Householders are protected from prosecution as long as they act “honestly and instinctively.”

After stating that he had been burgled many times, it is clear that Cameron is taking a stand on the matter stating that:

 “When a burglar invades your home they give up their rights.”

An issue is…

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