melee-weaponKilling Zombies - 05.29.2012
Zombies are attacking, your gun jams, you don’t have time to get to your knife – what kind of empty hand self defense tactics are you going to use?
In this video, one of the martial arts expert co-founders of the Zombie Prep Network examines the CQB tactics that are unique to a zombie survival situation.
It’s less about an unarmed combat style than about practicing skills and tactics which are most like to work against single or multiple pain-resistant attackers.
The video breaks it down, but here are the basics:
Quiz - 05.25.2012
Think you’re going long term after the ZPOC? Gonna stick it out holed up in your one bedroom apartment waiting for Big G to bring the troops?
Here’s a quick quiz you can take to see how long you’re likely to last after the zombie apocalypse – also see our video analysis below:
Training - 05.24.2012
We all know that the Zombie Apocalypse is going to be awesome. You know what else is awesome? Bacon. But I digress…
The balisong, commonly called the “butterfly knife” is also awesome, and as such, it’s a great tool for the avid Zombie Thrivalist (TM) to get acquainted with.
In this video, Raymond goes over a bit of history, the pros and cons of this knife as related to the ZPOC, and even flips out a little bit!
Reviews - 05.23.2012
You like knives? Oh, we got some freakin’ knives over here, buddy. In this video, Raymond discusses the SP-10 Marine Raider from Ontario Knife Co. Frankly, it just kicks all sorts of ass. (The knife. The video is just okay.)
The SP-10 is a classic American Bowie style knife, rendered in modern, high impact materials, weighing in at a whopping 1 lb. and 6 oz. , and it comes out of the box sharp enough to knock the head off a zombie like a big ugly champagne cork.
Reviews - 05.23.2012
We here at the ZPN are fond of our edged weapons. When the ZSHTF, blades don’t run out of ammo, jam or malfunction. Larger edged tools, like swords and machetes are great for standoff distance. However, everything has a trade off.
For this particular de-zombifier here’s what we liked and what we didn’t like so much:
Training - 05.04.2012
May the 4th be with you!
A simple physics lesson: Force = mass x acceleration.
Here are 4 ways that can help you increase the centrifugal force of the blow / strike against an approaching zombie. (NOTE: centrifugal force does not actually exist, according to physicists. However, it can still be applied… very Jedi, don’t you think?)
1) Increase your arm and shoulder strength so you can lift a heavier weapon for your strike. While it might be easier to swing a lighter weapon faster, a heavier weapon swung at the same speed will hurt more (think George Foreman’s cross punch versus Manny Pacquiao’s). The weight of the weapon should preferably be at the business end (the part that hits the target). We’ll cover more about this in the future.
2) Improve your ability to estimate spacing and distance so you can swing something long (yes har har), without hitting yourself in the face and hitting your target with the sweet spot of the weapon. By swinging a longer weapon, you increase the force of your strike. Stay tuned for future articles on this.
3) Increase your legs AND abdominal/core/back strength so you can swing a weapon faster. Contrary to what you might think, your arms do not determine the force of your blow. The force of a circular strike starts from the center, which is you, starting from your feet, through your core to your arms and weapon (which is an extension of you). If you watch a pro golfer or baseball player, you will see that their feet move before they twist their body. By starting your twist from your feet, to your core, to your arms and hands, you can maximize the amount of force you can generate. If you think you’re not that strong, improve your strike speed. Stay tuned for a future demo video on this.
Mass x acceleration = Force, 4 X 2 = 6 but so is 2 X 4 = 6.
4) Increase your grip strength (lower arm muscles and fingers). It’s no good to be able to lift a heavy weapon or swing a weapon fast or slow, if you can’t hang on to it. Unless you’re an avid climber or body builder, this is a weak point for most people (especially if you work on computers all day). We’ll address ways to improve your grip strength in a future post. While a strong grip may not massively increase the force of your strike, it will help you execute more than one strike with the same weapon. Good grip strength will also come in handy when you start to get sweaty, bloody hands and arms and your weapon starts slippin’ and a-slidin’.
P.S. being a person of smaller stature and weight, I’m a huge fan of the use of acceleration to increase force. In my opinion, there’s only so much mass that my skeleton can handle or that I can accumulate from body building. With acceleration, not only can you deliver a hard blow, you can also get more blows in when the zombies attack.
Image of zombie lego clone. Source: http://leg-godt.tumblr.com/post/2911814596/lego-zombie-clone-trooper-or-is-he-a-clone
Reviews - 05.01.2012
Want an edged (bladed) weapon with double the cutting advantage?
The Kris sword/dagger also known as Keris or Kalis, hails from 13th century Southeast Asia from around the Malay Peninsula. Its unique advantage is its blade is double-edged and wavy (flame-bladed), increasing your options for slashing and thrusting attacks and can be used against one or more zombies at a time.
If you’re looking for a medium length melee weapon for your arsenal, this is an awesome option to get before the post office is overrun by zombies.
Learn more details from this episode of our own youtube channel!
Reviews - 04.19.2012
Zombie Apocalypse Survival Weapon
Hey there zombie survivors!. This is our first ever product review. Today, we’re reviewing the Bear Grylls Survival Series Parang. A parang is a type of machete, and this carbon-steel beauty is made by Gerber. It retails for about $30 and is a nice tool for lopping off undead heads, or clearing brush.
In the video I use it to hack my frustrations out on a rather large tree-branch.