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New Sponsor: Bayani Warrior Group LLC

bayaniYesterday, I published the profile of Mike Pana of Bayani Warrior Group LLC.  Today, I am very pleased to announce that Bayani Warrior Group LLC is the latest sponsor of Texas Gun Show Review.  I’ve enjoyed training with Mike both in a private lesson and in group sessions with the BWG.  I’ve already blogged about the basics of the training program and the FMA in a prior post, so I plan on doing something a bit different with the BWG in terms of converge.

Approximately once a month, I’ll provide a detailed post on my training sessions, so that readers may obtain both in-depth coverage on the Bayani Warrior program and see how the training progresses from session to session.  This will also be useful from my perspective as a student since documenting what I learned in training serves as great mental reinforcement.

I hope you consider joining us in Addison (you get a free one-time practice session).  Contact Mike Pana at bayaniwarrior [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.  If you are a CHL holder or work in the security business, then I highly recommend the Edged Weapons Survival course.  I also want to reiterate that sponsorship of TGR is by invitation only.  It is not possible for anyone to pay any amount of money to be advertised or promoted on Texas Gun Show Review.  I must use the vendor’s product or service and believe in it enough to warrant an invitation.  I think this makes a great statement of value regarding the Bayani Warrior program.

I would also like to thank you for visiting Texas Gun Show Review. If you would like future posts delivered to you directly, then click on the ‘Follow’ button at the bottom, right-hand corner of the blog or direct your friendly, neighborhood feed reader to this link.

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Posted by on April 24, 2014 in Vendor Reviews

 

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Vendor Profile: Mike Pana of Bayani Warrior Group LLC

Texas Gun Show Review publishes profiles of gun show vendors in an effort to get them ‘out from behind the table’ and in front of the public.  Profiles are published free of charge and all text is provided by the vendor.  Comments and views expressed are those of the vendor and not necessarily of Texas Gun Show Review.

Company: Bayani Warrior Group LLC
Owner: Guro Mike Pana
Web Site: http://www.bayaniwarrior.com/
Contact: bayaniwarrior [at] gmail [dot] com

mikepana “I knew that various cultures had martial arts associated with them, but I knew of nothing associated with my native culture, so I asked my father about it. He recommended Arnis (which is another name for Kali). I was instantly intrigued, and began to learn everything I could about it.”
   – Mike Pana, Bayani Warrior Group LLC

My martial arts journey began as a child.  I was picked on quite often by bullies and there were not many athletic venues I was drawn to. At the time, my younger cousin had a heart condition and she died at a very young age.  Since we grew up very close to each other, this left a void in my life – I wasn’t sure what to do or how to make myself more productive and valuable.  To build self-confidence and help with the bullying problem, my parents suggested martial arts training. Of course, everyone at my age watched and was influenced by the TV program, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”, so I was immediately interested.

I began my martial arts journey in a hard-style of Japanese Karate known as “Shukokai”. Upon receiving my yellow belt, I fell in love with martial arts. After my Karate phase, I became interested in Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do.  I had read a lot about Bruce Lee and his style and since I felt karate was too rigid, I wanted to explore JKD further. I really liked the fluidity of the style and its dynamic nature.

I knew that various cultures had martial arts associated with them, but I knew of nothing associated with my native culture, so I asked my father about it.  He recommended Arnis (which is another name for Kali).  I was instantly intrigued, and began to learn everything I could about it. I sought out books and videos on the subject, and happened upon a coupon for a local Jeet Kune Do and Kali school that opened near my home.  My mom signed me up and since there was no kid’s class, I had to train with adults. I was 12 years old at the time.

This training continued until my freshman year in high school. Due to my mother’s job promotion, my family and I moved to Thailand. It was there where I began to study Muay Thai there under at different camps. During holiday breaks, my parents would fly me out to visit the Philippines, where I continued my studies in the Filipino martial arts.

When I was about 16 year old, I moved back to my hometown in New Jersey and returned to my Jeet Kune Do and Kali training. Then, 9/11 happened. As a New Jersey native, it hit close to home for me, in more ways than one. I saw the smoke from the towers in the horizon from my neighborhood. Many of the kids in my area had relatives who were directly affected in the attacks. I started thinking about what I would do if I were on one of those planes. So, I wanted to train in something designed to be more effective against real attacks with and without weapons.  This led me back into the sphere of Filipino martial arts. I began to focus 100 percent of my efforts on learning as much as I could about the Filipino martial arts.

Upon entering college, I became acquainted with the an executive board member of the university’s Filipino cultural organization. He asked me to share my knowledge of the Filipino fighting arts with the organization as a cultural art form and resource. I began to teach Kali at the college recreation center. At this time, my college friends and I were training and we did not have a formal class system or name – we were just a collection of friends training in martial arts. During the Winter Break of my sophomore year, I went back to the Philippines to participate in a  volunteer effort building homes in the mountains for poverty-stricken families. The local kids for whom we were building homes for called us ‘Bayani.’ I began to learn that the word Bayani means ‘hero.’  The name reflected what I wanted our training group to become: training people to become better at defending themselves and protecting our community.

It was around this time that I learned about a Kali system known as Atienza Kali. Atienza Kali is a very realistic FMA system which started in New York City.  It had a more contemporary, modern, and tactical feel.  At this time I began studying under Daryl Atienza.

My current instructor is Tuhon Carl Atienza, the current head of the Atienza Kali system. Along with his brothers Tuhon Allain Atienza and Tuhon Darryl Atienza, the Atienza’s have used the art in real combat situations.  I am now an associate instructor in the Atienza system.

In Summer 2011 I was fortunate to became ambassador for Sayoc Kali, a system that has had the biggest impact and influence on the Atienza Kali system. It is also the strongest and best-organized FMA system on earth.  Pamana Tuhon Christopher Sayoc is the head of the system.

As far as my firearms background is concerned, I am learning as much as I can about firearms and their combative use. I’m from New Jersey (not the best state for 2nd Amendment rights), so I began my study of firearms during my trips to Texas. I believe my skills are not complete unless I could handle firearms. A good friend who is a detective and street cop offered me private lessons on conceal carry techniques. In terms of personal training, I think the next level is mastering the complete circle of force from empty hand to firearms.

I offer an edged weapons course through Bayani Warrior – it’s called the Edged Weapons Survival Education course. It is designed to educate those involved in security, law enforcement, or concealed carry the reality of edged weapons attacks. Individuals benefit from the course since it teaches the reality of edged weapons on the street. We teach it from the perspective of the attacker, and demonstrate basics as to how to defeat an edged-weapons attack in a variety of means from open-hand to transition to a firearm.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Vendor Reviews

 

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Kangaroo Carry Air Marshal 3 and Big Guns

I really like meeting and talking with people at gun shows.  Not only is meeting new people enjoyable, I often learn something new or am asked an intriguing question.  At a recent gun show, someone asked me an interesting question about the Kangaroo Carry Air Marshal 3 holster.  What’s the largest gun it can carry?

One of the interesting features of the Air Marshal 3 (of which I had to be recently reminded) is the sacrificial seam.  The holster ships in a configuration that works for a variety of standard-size firearms ranging from H&K to Glocks. I even wore my Air Marshal 3 rig with a Glock 31 and extended barrel right out of the package.  Safety pins may be used to fine-tune the fit, which is low-tech but effective and low-cost.

The sacrificial seam may be removed to increase available holster width, which is especially useful for large-frame handguns or firearms with optics and tac lights.  That’s fine, but the question still remains.  How large can we go?

Well, let’s find out.  If you read the second installment in my Sig P227 review, you probably saw this image.  A Streamlight TLR-1 HL light is attached to the rail.

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I practiced drawing and dry-firing from my car at Fusion Tactical range several weeks ago.  The draw is smooth and there were no hangs.  The only issues I had were dealing with the seat belt and my hiking vest.  For those reasons, and the amount of time I spend on the road, I practice this draw quite frequently.

Sigs are pretty tall as handguns go, so how about something on the long side?  How about my Gen-4 G20 with BOTH a tac light AND an extended, threaded barrel (5.4″)?

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And, here is the fit.

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Now, how about long and tall?  The best example I could obtain is my FNX 45 Tactical (5.3″ bbl) with a Trijicon RMR.

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The fit is very snug and the draw is smooth every time.

My best example and actual use case for carry with the Air Marshal 3 is a short-barrel Smith 629.  That’s an X-Frame revolver.

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This one fits deep and very close to the body.  The Air Marshal 3 holds up well against sweat during the Texas summer, but you do have to consider the exposed portion of the grip and frame in such an environment.  The tennis grip tape does a great job of absorbing sweat and protecting the revolver grip from hand oils.

So, is there a limit to what the Air Marshal 3 can carry?  Well, I was not able to fit my Ruger SRH 7.5″ bbl. There are limitations to any holster, but the Air Marshal 3 offers a very wide range of options to suit any environment from packing for the bad guys to the Zombie Apocalypse.

For more information, visit the Kangaroo Carry web site.

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Posted by on April 21, 2014 in Product Reviews

 

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