Whip Master to the Stars : In this rare Master Class at COMBAT CON, De Longis shares the secrets he’s learned from decades of training with Fencing Master Ralph Faulkner, Martial Arts great Guro Dan Inosanto, Japanese Shinkendo Master Toshishiro Obata and Sensei Mathew Lynch to create his unique DE LONGIS ROLLING LOOP SYSTEM OF BULLWHIP ARTISTY & ACCURACY, an on-going year intensive study of the whip to learn and refine its secrets at multiple ranges. He often refers to the whip as a super-sonic telescoping blade. His method utilizes structure and alignment to produce explosive energy with a minimum of effort. He applies the bladed weapons principle of proportionate movement so the whip always operates within the physical dimensions of the wielder making it extremely difficult for an adversary to close. His method is safer, more efficient, more accurate and more visually pleasing – a huge plus for film, stage and television work. His technique safely generates and focuses the 700+ mph velocity of the whip to literally stab the intended target rather than merely slashing, applying the explosive power of the whip with pin-point accuracy. At the heart of it all is the martial principle of maximum return for minimum effort. De Longis considers the bullwhip one of the most versatile weapons in the world. He applies the bladed weapons principle of proportionate movement, always operating the whip within the physical dimensions of the wielder making it extremely difficult for an adversary to close distance. Should that occur, the whip offers many mid-range and close range defensive options. He trained and shared these methods with Harrison Ford for Indiana Jones in KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, Angelica Houston in BUFFALO GIRLS and Ellen Barkin in WILD BILL, DOUBLE DRAGON’s bullwhip action and the whip fighters in THE RUNDOWN as well as a legion of professional and amateur whip performers and martial artists. Moost recently he trained and choreographed the Actors and Stunt Doubles for Director Walter Hill’s western DEAD FOR A DOLLAR. BULLWHIP MASTER CLASS will include exploring the eight angles of attack including vertical, horizontal, ascending and descending diagonal strikes on both the forehand and backhand sides. These will be explored in both simple direct throws, as well as compound figures and flowing combinations so the whip virtually never stops moving. Precision Targeting and Body Envelopments with a partner will also be examined. He will be assisted by his wife, the lovely Dr. Mary De Longis, who handles a whip with the same deadly accuracy and precision. Beauty, brains and danger in one explosive package. Please visit the WHIP MASTER Reel : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EGtXziroq0 to see De Longis cut the wick from beneath a candle flame, slice effortlessly through a hand-held wine glass and sever targets from horseback at full gallop from the fingers of an opposing rider.