My Mother Warned Me…

…about playing with pointed sticks.

Big mean guy tries to skewer A1S w/ bayonet trainer unsuccessfully.
My wanderings have recently taken me back to Sedona, Arizona. This is my personal headquarters for all post-apocalyptic, counter zombie, samurai/gladiatorial type training (tomahawk not included). 
Considering the post about my small collection of sharp objects, I figured some of you might breathe easier if you were convinced of my modest training in their use.

Big mean guy tries to stab A1S with knife. In some cultures this is considered particularly rude. 
I even tried the Burton Workout on for size. This where two guys whack each other with wooden swords for time. It can get rather dynamic and beats the snot out of the treadmill any day. Helmets were worn more for the eyes than the skull.

They made me do this one in doors so I couldn’t run away.
There was also some more traditional battlefield training of the Japanese variety. 
The helmet helps hide the fact I am trying not to blow chow during a vicious spear duel. 
Sadly, the naginata is rarely seen in samurai flicks. This is a traditional Japanese zombie cleaving weapon.
Swordsmen and swordgals.
In my minds eye there really isn’t much difference between these two pictures:

 

Semper Fidelis!
America’s 1stSgt

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20 comments

  1. Stark, it is very awesome. You should get your ops/training people to send you.

    Okie, exactly, because Marines do not go into battle alone.

    Magoo, they are indistinguishable because in both pics I am totally winning. And yes, the moustache is epic. He is our sensei. Go figure.

  2. America’s 1st Sgt as a mother of two boys, and a substitute teacher to many, I’m pretty sure that stabbing, hitting, kicking, and all around clobbering are male bonding techniques that say…. “I love you dude. If you were a Zombie I’d kill you quickly.” Whoever thinks it’s rude either, A. doesn’t have anyone to love them enough to kill them quickly if they transform into a Zombie, or B. a woman not expose to male bonding.

    I show my love for my boys by tagging them with Nerf guns and beating them in light saber battles.

  3. Top, looks like good, relaxing way to have fun.
    Our Army has gotten kind of soft…when I was a real grunt many years ago, we used to actually used to put those pointed sharp things on our M16s and do drills with them….cut, slash, ripppp…kill. It was kind of scary in a good way.

  4. Top, looks like good, relaxing way to have fun.
    Our Army has gotten kind of soft…when I was a real grunt many years ago, we used to actually used to put those pointed sharp things on our M16s and do drills with them….cut, slash, ripppp…kill. It was kind of scary in a good way.

  5. Wishin’ the Son&Heir could be under your instruction. Was seriously motivated to get his first MCMAP move up to grey belt on first deployment this summer. Other than sparring with flu but and the puking in drip pans under F/A18’s between falls he loved it (and that prolly just adds to the satisfaction). His SSgt Instructor was fresh off MCRD duty and the S&H was stoked to grapple and survive.

  6. Kristina, not sure why women are convinced dudes braining each other is a love language. Sometimes we just have to hit someone.

    CI Roller, the Army, as well as many Marines, seems to think because we have gunpowder we do not need bayoneting skills anymore. What they don’t realize is bayonet training is all about mindset vice technique.

    be603, I think “flu butt” may be an apt description.

  7. 1st Sgt~ you’d be crazy to think us women don’t have the urge to “just hit someone” and I can’t confirm nor deny that we act on this urge but to underestimate us would be a mistake =]

  8. Shay, they wouldn’t pick my entry as it has to appeal to a broad range of people. I am only interested in appealing to those who want to save themselves not be rescued.

    Wrexie, sounds like an excuse to go shopping.

    Kristina, just don’t hit anyone with your car please.

    As to Hoplos’ comments, all I can say about references to mystical Irish heroes is I have been known to indulge in a “warp spasm” or two in my time.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%BA_Chulainn

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