AMERICAN KANG DUK WON KARATE
Mr. Keith Sixberry
Black Belt Instructor
Karate Camp - July, 1998
American Kang Duk Won Karate
SCOPE: To help students prepare for survival situations.
THE WILL TO SURVIVE
With training, equipment, and the will to survive, you will find you can overcome any obstacle you may face. You will survive!
Two things that you can do to help you prepare are:
1) Train for survival in different environments
2) Learn about the area where you are going (Topographical maps and hiking & camping guides)
S - Size up situation
Size up your surroundings.
Size up your physical condition.
Size up your equipment.
U - Undo haste makes waste. don't move just for the sake of taking action, plan.
R - Remember where you are.
V - Vanquish fear and panic
I - Improvise.
V – Value living
A - Act like the natives, animals require water, food, and shelter, by watching them you can obtain the necessities you require.
L - Live by your wits but for now learn basic skills.
Survival planning is nothing more than realizing that something could happen that would put you in a survival situation and. with that realization, taking steps to increase your chances of survival. In other words, survival, planning is being prepared! Being prepared means you have survival items with you, and know how to use them. Remember the "Will to survive". Until you face a survival situation, however, you can only "think" rather than "know" you have that will to survive. But you can train, practice, and prepare for any survival challenge.
Survival kits should be water repellent, easy to carry, durable, and large enough to hold items you need. You should have, first aid items, compass, signaling device, water and/or means to obtain water, fire starting items, food and/or items to obtain food, and shelter items.
- FIRST AID KIT
- WIRE SAW or FOLDING SAW
- SPARE COINS
- FISHING LINE, HOOKS. SPLIT SHOTS
- SPACE BLANKET
- POCKET KNIFE
- SIGNAL MIRROR
- BEEF BROTH TABLETS
- WATERPROOF MATCHES
- WATER PURIFICATION
- LIP PROTECTION
- MAGNESIUM STARTER
- RAIN PONCHO
- NYLON TWINE
- ALUMINUM FOIL OR COLLAPSIBLE CUP
Water is one of your most urgent needs in a survival situation. You can't live long without it, especially in a hot area where you lose so much through sweating. Even in cold areas you need a minimum of two quarts a day to maintain efficiency.
- Snow and ice.
- Brooks & streams.
- Ground water.
- Heavy dew.
- Rain water collected in clean containers or on plants are usually safe for drinking.
- Placing 5 drops of 2% tincture of iodine in a canteen full of clear water, if the canteen is cloudy or cold water use 10 drops. Let stand for 30 minutes before drinking.
- Boiling water for 1 minute at sea level, adding 1 minute for each additional 300 meters above sea level, or boil 10 minutes no matter where you are.
- Water purification tablets.
(Remember. you must purify water from lakes, ponds, swamps, springs, or streams, especially those near human habitation or in the tropics.)
- If water is muddy and foul smelling, you can clear it by placing it in a container and let it stand for 12 hours.
- Another way to filter water is to make a filtering system. To do so place several layers of sand, crushed stone, and charcoal (from fire) in a hollow log or a cut off pant leg tied on one end and run water through it.
A fire can fulfill several needs: It can keep you warm; it can keep you dry; you can use it to cook food, to purify water, and to signal for help.
Modern starting methods.
- Butane lighter.
- Waterproof matches.
- Convex lens.
Primitive starting methods.
- Flint & stone.
- Fire plow.
- Bow & drill.
Fire building methods.
- Teepee fire.
- Lean-to fire.
- Cross Ditch fire.
- Pyramid fire.
A shelter can protect you from the sun, insects, wind, rain, snow, and hot or cold temperatures. It can give you a feeling of well being; it can help you maintain your will to survive. The equipment you carry with you and your environment will determine the type of shelter you can build.
- Lean-to made of dead fall.
- Rain poncho or tarp.
- Natural shelters (caves, a fallen tree, rocky crevices, clumps of bushes, etc.)
FIELD EXPEDIENT WEAPONS
One of the most important tools you should have in your survival kit is a knife that is sharp and ready to use. Imagine being in a survival situation without any weapons or tools except your knife. It could happen! You might even be without a knife, so it is important that you know how to improvise.
- Simple club; A simple club is merely a staff or branch short enough and strong enough to damage whatever you hit.
- Weighted club; Any simple club with a weight on one end. The weight may be a natural weight, such as a knot on the wood, or it may be something added, such as a stone. You will need some type of lashing for a weighted club.
- Sling club; A sling club is another type of weighted club. However, the weight suspends from the handle. A blow from this type of club has more force than other types of clubs.
- Wooden knife.
- Bone knife.
- Stone knife.
A bola is a weapon that is made for capturing running game or low flying fowl in a flock.
A rabbit stick can be used to kill small game. It is a flat 45 degree club resembling a boomerang.
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