Below is a video of me illustrating the 8 angles of attack using my custom, handmade Bowie from Meherrin River Forge & Knifeworks. Kenny made me one heck of a devastating tool.
I do a fair amount of live cutting with Bowie and tomahawk. When I’m not doing live cutting I use a 10″ crescent wrench on the heavy bag.
The world is full of people who claim to be proficient with various martial arts weapons — without doing live cuts and/or without using mock weapons of realistic weight. Training with lightweight wooden weapons and never actually hitting or cutting anything isn’t martial arts — it’s martial-themed ballet.
I love to watch Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and I respect the athleticism and artistry. But I don’t expect the dancer who plays Nutcracker could pick up a real sword and fight his way out of the theater if a terrorist attack broke out. You’re welcome Hollywood for the premise of your next blockbuster action movie.