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Life Patterns and Flexibility

Life Patterns and FlexibilityEvery day we are faced with challenges of routine, whether it is creating a routine, maintaining a routine, or changing a routine. More often than not, these happen without intervention, and the results present themselves whether you designed them or not.

The Morning Routine

The day breaks either at whatever time your body clock is set, or the time of your alarm clock. The latter is not ideal because it is an unnatural rising and you’re off into a forced routine. The trouble with this is that you will undoubtedly feel stiff, and your day starts with a ‘forced’ movement, and muscles can stiffen accordingly.

I was on this path for a long, long time, and never considered myself a ‘morning person’ – and always battled with normal, every-day flexibility when starting my day.

The solution: I decided to buy a “Lumie” alarm clock. This was designed to wake you up without noise, without sudden rising, and mimics ‘real light’ to gradually wake you up. The result? By naturally waking up, your body automatically adjusts over 20-30 minutes without you having to do anything at all; the result being you reduce and even remove the standard stiffness you can feel in the morning. Check the light out here:
Lumie Bodyclock ACTIVE 250 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Extra Audio Options

Once you’re up, you must, must, have a quick morning stretching routine, to get the muscles moving, blood flowing, and generally loosen up. If you don’t do this on a daily basis, or even miss a few days, you perpetuate a stiffness that will lock up your joints, muscles, and hamper any of your sporting and martial arts. My morning routine consists of me pressing myself against the skirting board (!) to push my legs wider and gain myself that bit of leverage. It doesn’t take long before I’m pressed fully against the wall and have full flexibility once more.

All Sit Down?

We’ve all seen the evolutionary picture of ending up crouched over a computer desk, typing away with a hunched back. This is, unfortunately, extremely common and very true. The truth of the matter is, we are more certainly not designed to sit in a chair. Chairs are destructive to our mobility, flexibility, and our overall posture. If you are sitting in a chair, set yourself a simple timer for 15 minutes every day to ensure you get up out of your chair, move about, loosen up, and stop those joints from stiffening up. If you ca, get a standing desk – they will increase your productivity, improve your muscle tone, even burn more calories, but most important they will stop your spine from becoming compressed and causing disc and sciatic injuries.

If you are already in the unfortunate position of having back pain, please check out these videos for relieving sciatic nerve pain.

Beware the Slow Tense

Regardless whether you are in a chair, standing, leaning, kneeling etc. Be very conscious of your body and its positions. Again perhaps use a timer such as a “ring timer” (see below) to force you to check every 5-10 minutes until you make it a habit. What you’re checking for is any constant tension in the shoulders, arms, elbows, buttocks and particularly lower back. Modern day work demands hours and hours of constant work and tension, which too often results in over-tightness of particular areas, which in turn leads to over-compromised positions, disrupting your natural posture. These are very difficult to break unless you pay particular attention to it.

Check out a round-timer to force yourself to check every few minutes for it:
Boxing training round interval timer. Perfect for Boxing MMA Interval Tabata Training Kettlebells by Athlete Technologies

Stretching Before Sleep

Just as you should stretch when you wake up, it is equally important that you stretch yourself out before going to sleep. This will ensure that any tensions you have picked up throughout the day will not stiffen further overnight, and cause the typical and all-too-familiar trapped nerve sensations and full-body stiffness syndrome of the morning.

Conclusion

These routines are not exercise, they are not training, they should be part of every day of your life, and are indeed mandatory in many Japanese companies, where they have the best employee health and fitness ratios in the world.

You need to concentrate on them and do them mindfully, otherwise naturally bad patterns will creep into your life and compromise your body, flexibility and fitness.

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4 Basic Muay Boran Defend And Counter Techniques

The ancient art of Muay Boran is only taught at but a hand full of places in Thailand, however Tiger offers classes three times a week.

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Does Taekwondo Have a Clinch?

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Fighter Training – How It’s Really Done

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The art of destruction and why you should practice it

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Burmese Boxing The New Era

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How to Set Up a Muay Thai Upward Elbow (tamala)

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Alex Channon on the “Undoing” of Gender in Mixed-Sex Martial Arts Training

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A guide to Muay Thai training in Thailand

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Martial Arts Against Horrors Of The Night

It’s The Time Of Year Where Things Go Bump In The Night

We are in the month of October where horrors and everything else supernatural related come from every dark place, nook, and cranny. It’s very important that you keep yourself and all your loved ones safe at all times. Evenings are no exception, especially during the month of Halloween which was originally a special holiday strictly for witches. As martial artists, this especially rings true.

Remember, the primary purpose for martial arts is being able to effectively and intelligently defend yourself in life-threatening situations where other parties plan to inflict bodily harm on you and other people.

Rhetorically speaking, why should Halloween and Dia de Muertos (translated into “Day of the Dead”) be an exception?

With the month of Halloween being the time where you can wear whatever you want, as long as it’s legal, expect a lot of festivities and other events to take place. If you like to enjoy the fun, it’s very important to keep your guard up as all sorts of unknown threats will come your way.

For example, some masked person could try to mug you or hold you up for all your belongings. Halloween’s a common holiday for criminals to take advantage. Another example would be all sorts of degenerates coming out from the shadows to do harm. You have to think about rapists (including pedophiles), robbers, anarchists that want to hurt you for the sake of it, etc.

At house parties, crowded bars, and vibrant night clubs, you have to worry about the date rapist slipping a roofie or two in your drink.

Those are just the “normal human threats.

Clearing the air on those threats, Halloween’s the time where you have to deal with the “not so normal” threats. What I mean, you have all sorts of supernatural threats lurking around. You have to deal with vampires, banshees, werewolves or other different lycanthropes, mummies, zombies, revenants, ghouls, cannibalistic killers, mutants, spirits, demons, wendigos, succubi (plural for succubus; if male, it’s incubus), wacko cultists, evil fairies, different monsters, evil children, killer toys, possessed puppets, etc.

You cannot deal with these threats with normal means. Even if you are a martial artist, you are not dealing with your typical human attackers. Trained fighters and experienced soldiers need to understand this too. Dealing with these threats have to be handled differently; there is no “catch all” or “one size fits all” plan on dealing with these threats.

Unless it’s the only last resort, you do not want to engage those threats hand-to-hand. If you can, use weapons. If you are able to, run and hide. There is no shame in doing so. You are dealing with supernatural threats that will kill you or do something far worse if you’re not careful.  Martial arts defense can work on these monsters as long as you’re intelligent about it.

Monsters Of The Night And How To Deal With Them

Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. It’s very important to be able to effectively identify each different monster, then you can learn how to effectively deal with them. Only go hand-to-hand with them only as a last resort. If you think you’re at the end of the road, give those monsters something to remember you by. Make sure you’re at least armed with a weapon, including a firearm (legally of course or you find one lying around). There’s no shame in using a firearm to defend yourself. Many martial artists, in the United States of course, are registered firearm owners. I know a few martial arts experts and masters that have concealed carry licenses. One of them I know took a concealed weapons course from one of my martial arts instructors.

A gun is a tool just like a sword, a staff, a set of nunchukus, kali sticks, sais, etc. Technique is required to make the proper shots. Like in the martial arts, proper stance is important when aiming and firing a weapon. The size and weight of whatever projectile weapon you are holding is also important.

It’s important to understand that not all monsters are bad. If you can, make friends and enlist those monsters to your aid. That goes a long way.

Vampires

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Vampires are the undead lords of the night. They look like normal humans, but they usually have pale skin due to staying indoors during the day and emerging at night. In most cases, sunlight is fatal to vampires. Even if the sun’s not out, anything that emits UV light will do the job. A stake to the heart is also effective, though, you don’t want to engage a vampire head on unless you are prepared and well-protected.

If you get close to a vampire, you risk getting bitten. If you get bitten, you have to kill that vampire. The other vampire lore is to take out the head of the vampire’s next. Make sure that the vampire hasn’t fed. If you can, have at least a partner or two to help you deal with the vampires. These attacks should prove effective in dealing with vampires. However, no human’s killed a vampire using empty-handed attacks.

  • Jabs and crosses. These are the most basic hand attacks found in Boxing and Kickboxing (including Muay Thai). However, normal jabs and crosses aren’t going to faze the vampire you are going up against. Make sure you are wearing anything made out of blessed silver. Indeed, make sure you are wearing bracelets with wooden stakes attached. If you are taller than the vampire, you will need to squat down to strike the heart.
  • Uppercuts. Make sure you have a wooden stake or a blessed silver spike attached to the outer wrists. When you make impact, drive the fist into the chest. Do not stop the uppercut as soon as your fist makes impact with that area. Keep driving it and the stake will penetrate the heart.
  • Vertical fists. These are close-range hand strikes that you see in many Chinese martial arts flicks. Donnie Yen and Bruce Lee are notable martial arts stars that used the vertical fist in their attacks. Vertical fist strikes, however, are effective when fired off in rapid succession. Make sure you have wooden stakes or blessed silver spikes attached to your wrists. If it helps, yell at the defending vampire Bruce Lee-style.
  • Commando grip strikes. Martial artists should already know what a commando grip is. Do not confuse this with the ice pick grip like you would see in Scream or Psycho. Make sure your back fists are fast enough. If you fail the first time, you need to be fast enough to attack multiple times before the vampire grabs your arm and bites it.
  • Hammer fist strikes. Hammer fist strikes, normally, strike downward like Norman Bates would repeatedly stab someone. But, there are horizontal moving hammer fists. You have the spinning hammer fist that resemble either a spinning hook punch or a spinning back fist. Also, they resemble your hand blocks learned in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. Put a wooden stake or blessed silver spike in your hand and these hammer fist strikes are dangerous to any vampire that dare crosses your path.
  • Elbow Jabs. Have wooden stakes or blessed silver spikes attached to your elbows.
  • Clinch & Knee Combo. Make sure you have stakes or spikes attached to your knee pads. If you are lucky enough to get a vampire in a clinch, knee the chest repeatedly. Feeling risky? Do a jumping knee or jumping double knee strike and use your body weight to help the stake punch through the vampire’s heart.
  • Throws and takedowns. Before attempting to take the vampire to the ground, throw seeds onto the ground. Vampires are compelled to either eat or count them one at a time. If you make the vampire lose count, s/he has to start over again. While the vampire is counting, use that chance to take that person to the ground. The vampire can’t count if you won’t let him/her. Then, you can place the vampire in a submission. Only use chokes to subdue the vampire. They don’t need to breathe air to survive. Be fast though, the vampire will power out. Before that happens, your partner will need to impale the vampire. If you have a third partner that person can decapitate the vampire.
  • Fencing thrust. If you have done European Fencing, you know what the thrust is. If not, this is similar to the lunging spear hand strike done from a front stance.

Jiangshi

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Jiangshi are undead in Chinese folklore. In the case of vampiric Jiangshi, normal vampire-killing methods won’t work. Make sure you have access to anything made out of peach tree wood. A stake made out of peach tree would is an example. Other weapons made out of peach tree wood also do the trick.

Werewolves

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It’s suicidal to take a werewolf unarmed. They possess superhuman physical and sensory attributes which adds to the danger level posed. If you are scratched or bitten, you will turn into a werewolf. To cure yourself, you have to kill the werewolf that originally bit or scratched you. The only thing that harms and kills the werewolf is with silver. If you can, make sure you have pure silver.

Vampires have to be killed with a strike to the heart. Werewolves can be killed with a strike to the head or the heart. Ideally, destroy the brain and the heart to make sure the werewolf stays dead. Silver bullets aren’t normally purchased at your local gun store or range. You need to make the ammo. Of course it’s a waste of silver, but the safe way to deal with werewolves is at a distance with a bow or firearm.

If you don’t, make sure you have silver blades. To be on the safe side, make sure it’s an alloy between mercury and pure silver.

Most of the methods I have already mentioned when dealing with vampires. Make sure you are armed with silver blades. For the vertical fist strikes, use silver push-daggers as you hold the blade handle between your fingers.

Avoid going for Wrestling-style takedowns. There is a level of upper body strength that is needed to successfully do a takedown. Go that method and expect to be overpowered by the werewolf. Under no circumstance allow the fight to go to the ground. If that happens, get up as soon as possible. If you need to get the werewolf to the ground, use a Tomoe Nage and time it. That way, you catapult the charging werewolf to the other side. Hopefully you can catapult the werewolf into a wall and stun it enough that you can kill it.

Martial arts training of any kind using bladed weapons proves effective like Pentcak Silat, Kobujutsu, Kenjutsu, Iaijutsu, Kali, Krabi Krabong, etc.

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Mummies

Mummies move around like zombies do. They have been mummified in their tombs for a long time. When they move around, they are usually slow. Also, they hold out their arms like zombies do. The surefire way to kill a mummy is with fire. If you have to deal with a mummy without anything to defend yourself with, take advantage of the fact that mummies are bandaged up.

Grappling works best against a mummy. Imagine a mummy as an opponent that is wearing a gi. Using the mummies own bandages against it opens up all sorts of new possibilities. Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Hapkido, or Russian Sambo would prove effective. You can restrain the mummy before you torch it. If you go for the takedown, use the mummy’s bandages and bind the legs together.

Like other undead, mummies’ bodies have gone through rigor. This is why they are slow and stiff. If and when fighting, keep moving around and attack at angles. Kicks to the legs and ankle prove effective as they slow down movements. You can go for the kill after.

Wendigos

There are superhuman cannibalistic beasts, in Native American lore that hide out in the forests. They usually reside in the Great Lakes. You need silver weapons to kill them. If you don’t have silver bullets, silver blades and pointed weapons work fine. Make sure you pierce the heart and dismember the body.

Lore says that the ax must be plated with silver.

Don’t attempt to deal with a wendigo alone. Make sure you have partners with torches on hand to keep the wendigo from attacking you.

Use any sort of weapon moves you learned in these martial arts: Fencing, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu, Battojutsu, Naginatajutsu, Sojutsu, Kyudo, Kali, Pentcak Silat, Krav Maga, US Marine Corps MAP, British SAS, etc. Make sure there is enough distance between you and the wendigo even though that’s easier said than done.

Succubi and Incubi

They look like normal human beings, but look very sexy and attractive. That is the whole point as they seduce people in order to feed on them. In one lore, they feed off of sexual energy until their victims are dried out (dead). Furthermore, some lore states that they can only feed off the sexual energy when engaging in the act of sex.

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Another lore, in the case of Jennifer’s Body, succubi feed on human flesh instead of sexual energy.

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The best time to attack is when they need to feed. If they haven’t fed, they become weak and can die of hunger.

If and when being seduced by one, think back about the code, tenets, and values you learned in the martial arts. Let’s take the Tae Kwon Do tenets for example. You can focus on the tenets of perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. If you study Shotokan Karate, look to Gichin Funakoshi’s “20 Guiding Principles of Karate.”

In the lore that requires you to destroy the heart, use any number of techniques that require the use of a blade or other sharp weapon. The last thing you want to do when fighting a succubus or incubus is take the fight to the ground. They feed on sexual energy according to most lore. If and when on the ground, they have the upper hand as they can initiate sexual contact to get you arouse. Once that happens, they win.

Assume they have superhuman physical and mental attributes.

Cannibals

Cannibals are usually normal humans that eat human flesh. However, there’s a line that separates cannibalism and human flesh consumption. You have to remember that cannibal is a term for “meat eater.” In science class, you learn about the three classes: carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore. Herbivores eat plans and omnivores eat both. There are omnivores that eat plants and human flesh.

To be cannibalized is to be eaten alive. Being dismembered while you’re still alive is pretty close.

You have your cannibals that act normal and your cannibals that act insane. Keep in mind, there’s nothing normal about cannibalism.

Since they’re usually normal living breathing humans, any martial art move will prove to be effective, but don’t let them surround you. It doesn’t hurt to be armed as well. If they are like any typical human, their fighting skills are as refined as yours. Don’t pull your punches if and when defending yourself against them.

If any of them are armed with a chainsaw, run. However, you can make use of your environment and manage to take control of the chainsaw. In that case, Kenjutsu training works nicely. If they are the lightweight chainsaws that you can hold with one hand, Kali, Silat, or Krabi Krabong moves work nicely.

Masked Killers

These are normal killers that wear masks. Still, be on your guard.

If you are going up against someone like Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise, use something like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, or Sambo. Myers is tall killer; going force on force isn’t going to work. Going for a Wrestling-style takedown is too risky. Pay close attention to the knife he has in his hand.

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Then, take him to the ground. Keep moving around maintaining the superior position. Do moves like triangle chokes, omoplatas, gogoplatas, ankle locks, kneebars, armbars, etc. Myers is human just like you and me, hopefully. However, that’s up to debate all thanks his creators John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

Striking is out of the question because he doesn’t feel pain. If Myers is human, use these techniques: index knuckle strike, open toe groin kick, and the carotid strike. Make sure you strike certain parts of the human body like the pressure and vital points. Myers won’t feel most of them, certain points will knock him out when struck.

In the case of a killer like Ghostface from Scream, any martial arts move will do. You don’t have to kill him. Just hurt Ghostface enough that s/he can’t move and call the cops. You can claim self-defense.

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In the case of a masked killer like Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, get the chainsaw out of his hands first before you do anything else to fight him! After that, get Leatherface on the ground and away from the chainsaw.

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If you need to, soften Leatherface up with Muay Thai roundhouse kicks to the legs. If you are a Tae Kwon Do or Jeet Kune Do user, side kicks to the outside of the knee caps work. Kick as hard as you can and dislocate Leatherface’s knee caps.

Even though we’re discouraged from taking a life, Leatherface is an exception. If you don’t kill him, he will kill you.

Depending on what martial arts you train in, there are many solutions to kill Leatherface. If you manage to get Leatherface on his knees, a well-placed front snap kick or side kick to the head would work. A Muay Thai roundhouse kick to the side of the head works just as fine. Make sure you kick Leatherface in the head a couple of times.

In the case of Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th, run! If you have no choice but to fight, get the machete out of his hands. This is a masked killer that is no longer a human. Normal attacks won’t work on Jason. No matter how badly you hurt Jason, he will heal and regenerate from damage. There’s no killing Jason Voorhees.

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Best way of dealing with Jason, don’t deal with him at all. STF away from Crystal Lake if you know what’s good for you.

In the case of dealing with Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, you need a partner or two. If not, Freddy’s going to win. Freddy exists in your dreams; if you are in Elm Street, his dominion over your dreams are strong. You need to first go into the dream world and lure him out. Dealing with Freddy has to be carefully timed and planned. Your partners need to wake you up after a certain amount of time or when there’s a signal. Make sure you have a hold of Freddy when they wake up you.

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Once you wake up, you drag Freddy with you to the real world, where he’s mortal and powerless. He does have his clawed glove though, be careful of that. Other than that, Freddy can be dispatched by a number of martial arts moves like a butterfly kick, spinning hook kick, meia lua de compasso, axial kick, tornado roundhouse kick, double leg takedown, suplex, hurricanrana, Kani Basami, DDT, uppercut, double elbow slash, Muay Thai roundhouse kick, etc.

Zombies

No need to explain. Watch The Walking Dead on AMC.

You don’t want to deal with zombies hand-to-hand. You want to at least have weapons when dealing with zombies. Firearms can effectively deal with zombies, but the sound of the shots attract them to your location. Many resort to melee weapons instead of firearms with the latter being used as a last resort.

It’s very dangerous to engage a zombie in empty-handed combat. That increases the risks of you getting infected. Once you’re infected, you will turn. In the case of Resident Evil, there’s a vaccine for the infection. Most other cases, you turn. If you have no choice but to fight hand-to-hand, make sure you have protective clothing. You don’t want to get bitten or scratched as that’s how one gets infected.

They feel neither pain nor emotion, only the eternal need to feed. Dealing with a few zombies is all right, but dealing with a large crowd is far from it. Since they don’t feel pain, trying to hurt them is futile. Strikes to the head are what counts. Also, rigor kicks in making them very durable.

In order to put a zombie down, you have to destroy the brain. Decapitation won’t kill the zombie as the brain is still functioning. Make sure you slice the zombie as if you were going to give it a lobotomy.

There are moves to use, though they won’t kill zombies, that can be used to make things easier to you.

Kicks to the joints work perfectly as they will slow down zombies. If rigor is very bad, then more power to you. Then, you can get a zombie to its knees and go for the head shot. If a zombie grabs you, then Judo works fine. Throw the zombies to the ground and destroy the brain. If the situation goes to the ground, use bone breaking submissions to break their joints. Be familiar with your guards and sweeps. If your Wrestling is good, suplexes and DDTs are very effective as you have a good chance of destroying the brain.

If you’re a Tae Kwon Do expert and you’re feeling confident, fast and relentless kicking combinations to the head works wonders. Make sure your legs are protected first.

If your Hapkido is very good, you can tear the arms off a slow very decomposed zombie.

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Don’t let the zombies bite or scratch you. Refer to Stephen Kesting’s YouTube video called “Jiu-Jitsu for the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Don’t bother dealing with freshly turned zombies. Rigor hasn’t kicked in, yet. Those zombies, without the need to breathe, will run after you relentlessly.

Witches

That all depends on the lore and mythology. If they are normal humans, get close enough to them to attack. If magic is all they know how to do, then they suck at hand-to-hand combat. Be careful though, witches usually have minions to do their bidding.

Evil Psychic Children

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Evil psychic children, like the ones from Village of the Damned, are a legal gray area. Hurting children is frowned upon. You are in this predicament: hurt the children and survive only to go to jail if caught or let the psychic children mind control you into committing. In most cases, it is a no-win situation. If need be, you may have to make an example out of them.

Be careful though, they can mind control other adults into killing you. If that happens, either have to incapacitate or kill those adults. Preferably, we want to incapacitate. The most dire circumstance requires you to kill.

If there are no other adults around, the evil psychic children are ineffective against the strong-willed.

Refer to the tenets or code of your martial arts training. Use that to construct a mental barrier. That won’t be enough, make sure you have anything you can use that would block their telepathic abilities like a metal helmet similar to the one Marvel Comics’ Magneto wears. Without their psychic powers they are normal children.

Diplomacy could work, but they have all the leverage. Ideally, avoid the evil psychic children and let someone else deal with them. If you do kill the children, you have the legal stuff to deal with. You’ll be thrown in prison and you can imagine what happens next.

Spirits

They’re mostly intangible. You cannot hurt what you cannot touch.

Cenobites

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If you’re a fan of Clive Barker, you’ll know what they are. You can’t fight these things hand-to-hand, it’s suicidal. All you have to show for it is getting killed and turning into one of them. Should you come across something that remotely looks like the Lemant Configuration, leave it alone. If you find yourself dealing with the cenobites, the Lemant Configuration is the only thing that’s going to save your skin.

Should the cenobite you’re dealing with happens to be Pinhead, their leader, don’t bother trying to fight him hand-to-hand. You need the Lemant Configuration to deal with Pinhead. If you need to, you can offer sacrifices to Pinhead. There’s no shame in doing so, there are many bad people in this world that deserve Pinhead’s wrath and torture.

Demons

That depends on lore, mythology, and theology.

There’s no universal way to take on demons. In hand-to-hand combat, superior technique is key. Look at how the demons fight in CW’s Supernatural with the overhead punches which can easily be blocked and countered. Don’t engage in a hand-to-hand fight with demons unless the situation absolutely calls for it.

Using Weapons

Be smart about defending yourself against the denizens of the night. Engage in hand-to-hand only if that’s the last resort. Other than that, use weapons when dealing with them. Remember, weapons are simply extensions of your body. Anything can be used as a weapon. You have your typical martial arts weapons and your improvised weapons.

Wooden Stake

In order to kill a vampire, being armed with wooden stakes are a must. It doesn’t hurt to carve religious symbols onto your stakes to give them that boost. To be on the safe side, let those stakes soak in holy water. Make sure the vampire you’re dealing with isn’t an atheist.

Silver Weapons

In horror lore, pure silver is said to be able to vanquish evil. When dealing with most monsters, going silver is the way to go. Silver can be forged into different weapons.

  • Silver Stake. If you are an expect in knife-fighting, the silver stake makes you a threat in the eyes of most monsters.
  • Silver Karambit. This is a blade that’s short and compact. If you have the proper training, the silver karambit is effective against monsters. Should you get grabbed by a vampire, use the silver karambit to slash the arms and work at the joints.
  • Silver Blades. Any sort of martial arts training with blades make you lethal to any monster. Blessed pure silver blades in your hands will make most monsters hesitant to mess with you.
  • Silver Punch Dagger. Effective in the hands of any martial arts expert.
  • Silver Claws. Effective in the hands of any Kung-Fu expert. There are Karate and Tae Kwon Do moves, in kata, that involve scratching the face and eyes.

Peach Tree Wood

Peach tree wood is one of those certain things that will dispatch a jiangshi. You can carve weapons from the wood such as kali sticks, jo staffs, nunchukus, three-way staffs, bokkens, etc.

Zombie Killing Weapons

Any martial arts weapon capable of destroying the head is useful. Make sure the blades or points are constantly sharpened. Time is of the essence when killing zombies. You don’t want the blade or point of your weapons to be stuck in the zombie’s skull. What if you don’t have access to martial arts weapons?

There are useful tools that can be made into weapons.

  • Pickaxes. Think of a pickaxe as a double-edged sword which you can swing back and forth. It’s an ideal zombie killing weapon because of how it’s shaped. Applying proper martial technique allows you to inflict more damage while conserve energy. Remember, head shots are the only things that matter.
  • Axes. Axes of any sort are effective as long the blades are sharp. Apply proper martial technique when wielding an ax.
  • Spiked baseball bats. Good for penetrating the brain multiple times with one strike. Exercise proper martial technique.
  • Shovels. Sharpen the sides for better efficiency.

Makeshift Weapons. Put a bunch of items together for one effective makeshift weapon. Look at Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3 for example. If you’re good with your hands, you can make weapons that increase the damage of your hand strikes like a pair of brass knuckles with spikes attacked or a set of “bar ‘n nails.

Be Smart, Be Prepared, Be Safe

Only engage monsters only if you have to. Ideally, keep your distance. Make sure to keep a gun or two around with plenty of ammunition. In case of dealing with werewolves, keep a stockpile of silver bullets. Certain lore says that silver bullets also work on vampires. There are so much lore about monsters that there is no exact absolute solution in dealing with them. Not all denizens of the night are out to make you their next meal. There are plenty of good monsters, make sure you tell the difference between them and the baddies.

Go out and have a happy Halloween, but be safe and responsible.

DISCLAIMER

Don’t take this seriously, this is just getting in the spirit of Halloween.

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