Tuesday, August 23, 2011


We are very excited to announce the line up for our 2011 Cold Steel Challenge.
Our new 2 day program of events combines our ever popular fighting and throwing events with a series of seminars by world class instructors.

Taking place in Ventura, California on October 1-2, this year's Cold Steel Challenge is bigger and better than ever - truly a celebration of the Warrior Lifestyle!

An excellent opportunity to test your skills against like-minded competitors from across the globe in a friendly and respectful environment, watch amazing fights and throwing feats, meet Lynn C Thompson and the Cold Steel crew and a chance to try something new and take part in a wide selection of seminars by some of the worlds finest exponents of their chosen arts.

With thousands of dollars worth of prizes, internationally renowned instructors, exciting and unusual events and competitors from across the globe this year's Cold Steel Challenge is an event not to be missed!

Competitions and Events

Knife Fighting
Spear Fighting
Sword Fighting
Stick Fighting

Knife Throwing
Tomahawk Throwing
Special Forces Shovel Throwing
Spear Throwing


Double Knife & Bowie - Lynn C Thompson and Ron Balicki
Sword & Dagger - Willie Laureano
Heavy Cavalry Saber - Jason Heck
Chinese Hatchet - Lynn C Thompson and Ron Balicki
Rapier & Dagger - Jason Heck
Stick Fighting - Troy Miller and Don McGuire
Double Machete - Ron Balicki
Small Sword - Jason Heck
Korean Short Stick Fighting - Russell Seveney
Spear, Torpedo & RPG Throwing - Lynn C Thompson
Walking Stick and Cane - Ron Balicki
Saber & Cutlass - Anthony DeLongis
Japanese Sword - Luke LaFontaine
Knife Throwing - Micah Posada
Indian Clubs - Willie Laureano
Spear Fighting - Luke LaFontaine
Tomahawk Throwing - Micah Posada
Kettlebells - John Spezzano

A full price list, further information and application forms will be launched on the Cold Steel website over the next few days.
An event not to be missed!


  1. If your own weapons are safe to use for practice and sparring, why use PVC wrapped in tape for this?


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  2. LOL for one there is just a small liability exposure if they don't control the weapons. I think you may need to define safe compared to others definitions. It is much easier to supply a standard set of sparring weapons than to try to establish the suitability of the homemade or store bought practice weapons on a individual basis the day of the competition. IMHO This system has worked for the last 7 years, I don't think it will change.

  3. Hi Jordan. The Cold Steel Challenge is an open competition. There are no weight categories and anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to compete. Safety is of course a very real consideration. We spar with a wide range of weapons here at Cold Steel (from the foam padded PVC pipe used in the Challenge to Polypropylene weapons, aluminium and even steel) we found - through a great deal of practise - that the foam wrapped PVC pipe was painful enough to demand respect whilst safe enough to use at a competition where anyone can enter. Anyone who has been hit by one of our "foam trainers" knows these things are still very capable and effective weapons. Also, as Scott rightly says we have hundreds of competitors and by producing our own weapons and providing them for the fighters on the day we can get straight into the fighting without assessing every weapon for every fighter.
    I hope that helps

  4. You won't go wrong with any of our Tomahawks. All are well made, well balanced (great for throwing) and very reasonably priced.
    Check out our site for more info and product videos:

  5. Still, why not use Cold Steel Training Rubber Knives? They´re great for sparring...

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