I bought this DVD a few years ago after watching the movie “The Hunted”, it had the greatest knife fighting scenes that I have ever watched in a Hollywood movie. I was fascinated by the way Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro moved while knife fighting – it was almost hypnotizing.
From the movie commentary I found out that Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro were taught knife fighting by Tom Kier and Rafael Kayanan, 2 Sayoc Kali instructors from Sayoc Global, LLC.
Sayoc Kali is a specific type of Filipino martial arts that focuses on knife fighting and is a part of the Sayoc Fighting System that includes fighting with the sword, stick, tomahawk, karambit and whip.
After going over the Sayoc Kali 90’s era website I decided to pick up the Sayoc Karambit DVD. I have been a fan of the karambit ever since I started traveling to Indonesia on a regular basis, I also own several karambit’s but I had never learned how to properly use one.
I am not the biggest fan of learning fighting skills by video but I do think knife fighting is one of the few skills that can be somewhat picked by using video as a training tool. And considering that I spend so much time working and traveling overseas watching videos is one of the only ways I can check out or learn new skills.
Overall the training is great, the video-work is good (they film at several different angles), the sound is clear (so many training videos have shitty sound) and they even have some animated examples of the damage a karambit will do to a body.
If you are unable to get some live karambit training I would definitely recommend this DVD. After watching and training along with this DVD I feel that I have built up a good base in karambit knife fighting. I am planning on taking a seminar with Sayoc Global later this year so I should be well prepared now.
Note: after watching this DVD I bought all of the Sayoc Global training DVD’s, so if you want to learn some different of Sayoc Kali stuff pretty much all there videos are a-ok. They also have a huge selection of training knives, I own a few and they are the best quality training knives I have ever seen.
Here is the Sayoc Karambit DVD trailer:
Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro using Sayoc Kali in The Hunted:
Sayoc Karambit DVD
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James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.