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« on: September 04, 2012, 07:35:42 AM »

I can't decide if this is really freakin' cool or just plain silly.  There's a group running a Kickstarter for an actual, real-life anti-zombie martial art.

Zombie Self-Defense

The video is a bit goofy, and spends way too much time trying to--I don't know, tell some kind of story, I guess--but the concept is actually pretty cool and the write-up sounds sweet.  Basically, they got a bunch of special forces operators and martial artists to make a fighting style just for taking on zombies.

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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2012, 07:51:32 PM »

This "zombie self-defense" stuff sounds pretty cool, I might just read up on it when it comes out. My only question is how into it the self-defense goes into zombies. What I mean is that some books discuss zombie tactics in a half-assed, make believe kind of way while others actually try to look at zombie warfare as a legitimate topic to discuss (like Max Brooks "The Zombie Survival Guide," though this sounds even better). It may be that they are talking about zombies symbolically, meaning they're only referring to any bad person as a "zombie" or something that needs to be generally wary of anyway.

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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2012, 08:46:55 PM »

Making a straightforward self-defense guide themed around completely imaginary enemies seems pretty stupid to me. Things like zombie-themed disaster survival groups work because the zombie theme is tongue-in-cheek, and the survival techniques applicable to real-world scenarios. I can't see how an invented martial art is going to have any such practicality.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2012, 09:02:37 PM »

I imagine Jiu-jitsu would suffice the same with the grapple and disable techniques...

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2012, 09:19:34 PM »

I take Systema, and have for some time. Its grappling techniques and takedowns would be almost pathetically easy to execute against the shambling undead. Once they're on the ground, a boot to the skull is all it'll take to finish them off.

Really, an anti-zombie martial art isn't something I'd invest in. The way I see it, the ideal pattern is to do a regular martial art (which you're much more likely to use) and then learn to adapt it in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2012, 10:35:27 AM »

I have to say, this rocks. Although theoretically you could adapt any martial art to as little dangerous contact as possible, it still is awesome to have a style specifically for fighting zombies. Though to be honest, Krav Maga would also work Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2012, 10:36:56 PM »

We should get some Rex-kwan-do in there..."just break the wrist and walk away"...


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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2012, 10:50:28 PM »

We should get some Rex-kwan-do in there..."just break the wrist neck and walk away"...
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2012, 02:23:34 AM »

I agree with what CatBarf put up. I also don't think they are going to account for infection spread via the blood splattering everywhere (think 28 Days Later) that some of the maneuvers might cause.

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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2012, 12:29:04 PM »

I agree with what CatBarf put up. I also don't think they are going to account for infection spread via the blood splattering everywhere (think 28 Days Later) that some of the maneuvers might cause.

They actually say that infection is one of the things they specifically work around.  Which is part of what piqued my interest.

I'm a long-time fighter, but so much of it is punches and kicks and pain.  I think it'd be neat to see how somebody effectively avoids the head/teeth, works around splatter and gore, and doesn't do anything based on pain.

Post Merge: September 07, 2012, 12:56:59 PM
I sent them an email yesterday about the project. I made some general comments about what I've seen in terms of techniques and asked about the myers bar.  Here's their response.


Hey, Jack.  Thanks for writing in.

You're absolutely right in your assessment; there is a lot of judo and aikido in Gekisai Akuma.  That's because those arts excel at putting people on the ground with a minimal amount of effort and using only biomechanics (rather than pain or damage).  There are also elements of Lung Shao Kung Fu, Muai Thai, MCMAP, Krav Maga, and a number of other systems.

Basically, the art evolved by a group of us imagining the different ways a zombie can attack, then addressing each one using a combination of skills from our assorted knowledge base.  But, there's only so many ways to put a (undead) human being on the ground, so you'll see a lot that looks familiar. 

The biggest difference, however, is what we don't do: we only make contact with the head when it's absolutely necessary, we ensure contact minimizes exposure to the virus, and we don't execute any techniques that rely on pain to be successful.

As for the Myers bar, it is our version of the ultimate zombie apocalypse e-tool; having both utility and combat elements.  It's essentially an over-sized tomahawk optimized for killing corpses, that includes essentials for breaching and performing utility duties.

We've been waiting for the final, polished version to come back from our smith before we post pictures (because our mock-ups are ugly.  Functional, but ugly.), but we've been offering to send schematics and pictures of prototypes to people looking to buy-in at the Legendary level.

Holler if you have any other questions.

Thanks again.

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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2013, 10:31:09 PM »

That's absolutely ridiculous! Looks like it got canceled anyhow.

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