second of a two-part interview conducted by Mark V. Wiley of Hunter
B. Armstrong, HIS Director.
interview was initially published in “Martial Arts Talk” by Mark V. Wiley, Tuttle Publishing,
India Field Trip - see ARTICLE
the 2003 HIS India Field Trip, the IHS shot video to record various
systems. The following video clips show Dr. Manickavasagam, Moses
Thilak and Karunakan demonstrating varmam. Varmam is an Indian system
of body energy points analogous to the point and meridians utilized
in Chinese acupuncture and fighting arts. Dr. Manickavasagam is a
history professor who did his doctoral thesis on varmam. video
demonstrating a neck strike and leg trip on Karunakaran.
2. Manickavasagam demonstrating varmam
face strikes on Karunakaran.
3. Manickavasagam demonstrating varmam
elbow lock on Karunakaran.
4. Silambam wrist-lock defense against an overhead
5. Silambam joint lock and reversal.
Clubs by Purpleheart Armory: John L. Sullivan used
Indian Clubs for training. These are beautifully
designed by Christian Dance and available on line.
HCSA Shusko HBA
Defensive vs. Protective
Harmon, SSgt Burke
close in on Nick Nibler.
the Third Recon Marine Battalion in Okinawa
The ICS has developed a new training course in
conjunction with the Third Recon Battalion, USMC. The two-week
program - “Stalker
Training” - was rolled out at the end of October this year at
Camp Schwab on Okinawa, where 3rd Recon is located. Nick Nibler and
Hunter “Chip” Armstrong were invited to lead 25 selected
members of the Battalion in a specialized course of instruction designed
to provide each individual with a better understanding of natural
human combative capabilities based on humans’ early evolution
as hunter/stalkers, and how to implement those capabilities in the
Marine Recon’s already high level training. The course of instruction
included both classroom lecture and considerable “on the ground
training,” including work on trails through heavy undergrowth... read
Stick Fighting in the British Raj
In 1923 Mr. H. G. Lang, a British Officer of the Indian
Police wrote a manual describing Indian Stick Fighting.
The manual is now available as a pdf file posted courtesy of The
Exiles. It is an interesting look at a fighting system from another
time, place and social context. "Few men are seen nowadays
without a stick of some kind in their hands..." Thanks
to member Stu Kelmm who sent us the information. ..
at ICS site