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Bob Kasper, the late internationally known writer and expert combat instructor, was a former USMC Military Policeman and USAR Cavalry Scout.  Bob got his first taste of combatives in the Marine Corps in 1969, and his interest never stopped.  While stationed in Japan for 13 months, he studied Tai-ho Jutsu from a Captain in the Japanese Defense Force.  After the Marines, he studied shito-ryu with Yoshisada Yonezuka for 9 years in Cranford, NJ and was promoted to Nidan in that style.  During this period, Bob met and trained with Charles Nelson, a WW2 USMC close combat instructor.  Nelson’s techniques cemented Bob’s commitment to researching, learning, and training in WW2 combatives.  During the ensuing years, he was promoted to Sandan, Yodan, Godan, continuing on to Shichidan 7th Dan in 2000, thus holding black belts and instructor ranks in several martial art disciplines.   

 Bob’s first training center was opened in 1979, a self-defense school called Personal Survival Tactics in Elizabeth, NJ.  He also operated the American Karate Jutsu Center in Lewisburg, PA in the early eighties, before relocating back to NJ forming the Personal Combative Tactics School.  

In 1992, Bob received AKJ Sokeship, IKSA and founded the American Karate Jutsu, a situational self defense art that was based on the practical application of Nelson’s Ju-jitsu and the power of Shukokai karate. 

 Also, in November, 1992, Bob founded the Gung-Ho-Chuan Association, a brotherhood of Marine Corps veterans who research, practice, develop, and teach WW2 based close quarters combat used by the elite Allied forces.  He wanted a name that Marines could relate to that had significant meaning.   Since his training paralleled the original Raider Battalions commando-type close combat training, he requested permission from the Raiders Society to use the kanji and name brought back from China by Carlson Evans, the first commanding officer of the 2nd Raider Battalion.  As Bob continued to evolve so did the GHCA into a brotherhood of combative skills instructors and an association which still remains true to its roots.

 An avid knife enthusiast throughout his life, Bob began his study of Western knife fighting also in the late 1970s while researching WW2 Close Quarter Combat.  The result was his creation of Kni-Com, a modern American program of instruction which utilizes principles, techniques, and tactics from Western military and criminal schools of knife fighting.  It is based on the reality of a violent knife attack and the body’s natural reaction to it.  Bob strongly believed every knife fighting program of instruction must include training in realistic knife assaults.  Like any other combative skill it must include a blend of defensive and offensive tactics designed to quickly end a confrontation without sustaining a serious injury.  Bob developed Kni-Com for the average person with average ability to learn combative knife skills in a reasonable amount of time.  He wanted to develop an aggressive system for all those who carry a knife for defensive purposes. He based its success on the fact it is now used to train Special Mission Units within the Department of Defense, several Special Operations Units, high risk diplomatic security details, and protective security personnel in high risk environments.  He also trained air marshals, police and sheriff departments, national and international.  Bob himself was deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Israel, Mexico City, and Bogota, Colombia to train protective security personnel in various hard skills.      

 As a Close Combat Subject Matter Expert and author of the close combat knife curriculum for the United States Marine Corps, Bob’s KNI-COM system was geared toward the personnel he trained and the time he was allotted to train them.  He couldn’t afford to have a complicated, time-consuming, hard-to-retain curriculum.  It has to be simple and effective. Kni-Com is Bob’s idea of what knife fighting in the street should look like.

 Bob designed his Kasper Fighting Knives to compliment his successful knife fighting system.    “A knifist (Bob’s word for a combative knife expert) has certain needs as to how a knife should feel, carry, and perform during close combat.”   Because Bob worked the knife more dynamically and realistically, he wanted his knives to feel as if a part of his hand knowing this builds confidence when doing his techniques. The Kasper Fighting Knives are a direct result of over two decades experience, research, and practice of combative knife skills.

 Bob, internationally known for his many knife designs, was an Honorary Member of The Knifemakers’ Guild.  He designed fourteen Kasper Fighting Knives to compliment his successful knife fighting system.     

 The Kasper Folder was designed by Bob to perform under the rigors of extreme, sudden violence.

He used his knife “The Companion” for the base design.  A deep finger groove, rounded pinkie hook, raised serrated thumb ramp, a heavy duty look and feel, a Persiah profile and aggressive blade.  “A Kasper Companion that folds in half.  A knife designed to do what its cousin can do with a little more flexibility.”

 During his prolific writing career, Bob was the Street Smarts editor for Tactical Knives magazine for over 5 years.  He also wrote close combat/knife related articles for Combat Knives, Modern Knives, Fighting Knives, Full Contact, Guns and Ammo, Soldier of Fortune, and Gung-Ho magazines.   In addition, he was creator and editor of SNAPPIN IN ,™  the Combative Journal of the Gung-Ho Chuan Association.

 In 2001, a special caucus of the Canadian Society of Arwrologists inaugurated the American Society of Arwrologists naming Bob, Founder and 1st regent.  He was in the process of writing a book incorporating Dr. Perrigard’s principles and techniques into the Gung Ho Chuan Association’s Close Combat Program of Instruction when he met his untimely death.

 By his loving wife Pat Kasper.



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