Me too Dawg! The dang brain is swirling with garbage sometimes...oh well.
The branding of names "Apache and Geronimo" never does the fierce people and warrior/shaman any real justice. But it happens...Licerio Geronimo (was he really in any way like Geronimo?). Did Licerio Geronimo embrace the kill, pillage, and burn tactics of Geronimo? Maybe...
But my favorite story is Carlos Hathcock and the "Apache Woman", a vicious VC sniper hunter, who brutally skinned and tortured our men. Carlos put an end to her antics, saving a lot of lives and morale.
But what is good is "Apache" and "Geronimo" will always be remembered as warriors defending their homes and land from outside invaders. I wish Cherokees would have had some more backbone to resist the Trail of Tears, it would've been a different story. Goes to show you that compliance and trust is not always a good philosophy, and can often end in tragedy (ie holocaust, etc).
Back to Apache, Snake's book is great. It has many historical facts, Apache culture, quotes from Geronimo, and good knife training. Snake properly orders knife use with "throwing" low on the priority of training in general. His 5th Rule is to have 2 knives. Some exercises include using double knives. The knife carry locations vary from head to toe. From outline in the book, Snake's knife training is based on very fast and direct lethal slashes to arteries and throat, sentry kills, and stabs to heart etc, no different than what Hock is teaching us.
I think Snake updated his training methodology to fit the modern weaponry and tactics, but you can clearly see the "animal form" which warriors embraced in the system. It does not appear to be "made up" by Snake or any other "comic book" instructor. Nothing cartoonish about "piercing, hacking, sawing, chopping, scraping", it spells certain Death with a capital D.
Thanks Snake for the information!