Peter Honigmann

 

In 1984 Peter Honigmann started his journey into martial arts training in Kenpo Karate at the age of 15, under Granmaster John McSweeney who was a master at self defense techniques in the 80's. John was one of Ed Parker's first black belts believed that self defense should be simple, fast and powerful, so he focused teaching his students key powerful strikes to the most vulnerable targets on the body. Just like Peter John didn't believe in belts or ranks, he believed in providing his students with the basic knowledge they needed to survive a dangerous confrontation. Peter training in Kenpo lasted 12 years under John, and subsequently under John's student Tom Saviano, and Mr. Saviano's student Steve Rigitano.

 

Peter came to realize that while Kenpo provided excellent fighting skills against unarmed attackers, Kenpo provided limited defenses for dealing with gun and knife attacks.  These limitations led him to study Krav Maga for about three years, during which time he learned some new and effective training methods and a few new self-defense techniques.  However, what he quickly realized was that Krav Maga offered a number of excellent techniques for dealing with weapons, specifically: long guns and hand guns, clubs and knives.

 

Still looking for a system that would provide even more practical defenses for dealing with knife attacks, Peter eventually learned about the Filipino art of Kali/Escrima, which he has come to believe provides some of the best practical knife defenses available.  However, it is not only the knife work that makes Kali so practical, but also its training with single and double sticks, single and double knives, application of these skills to the use of the cane and walking stick, and its own brand of brutally effective empty-hand fighting called panatukan.  Peter was first introduced to Kali/Escrima by Randy Siordia, and now currently studies under Scott Gave, while also finding time to learn from Keith Jennings and Michael Janich.