SHOT Show 2011: Waysun “Johnny” Tsai and Mr. Snake Blocker Show Off New Tactical Knives



Waysun “Johnny” Tsai shows off his new Cuma Evolution knife at SHOT Show 2011. Photo by Corey Graff.


I'm not sure which aspect of the annual SHOT Show is more entertaining: the people or the new products.


Two interesting characters who ambled into the Gun Digest/Tactical Gear booth putting that dilemma to the test were Waysun Johnny Tsai of the Cuma Ram self-defense facility, and Mr. Snake Blocker of the Blocker Academy.


Both masters in the martial arts, they were armed with new signature tactical knives from Tops.


Cuma Evolution

Waysun Johnny Tsai describes his fighting style as “Chinese Kung Fu” and CUMA stands for Combined Universal Martial Applications.

C.U.M.A. is a “Hybrid Fighting System” designed to develop a practitioner’s skills in the art of PRACTICAL martial art applications. It focuses on all ranges of practical armed and unarmed combat.

Tsai incorporated his many years of “tactical to practical” philosophy of teaching and fighting into the Tops Cuma Evolution Knife.



O/A Length: 10″
Top Blade Length: 4″
Bottom Blade Length: 4 5/8″
Thickness: 3/16″
Steel: 1095 HighCarbon RC 56-58
Handle: “RMT” Black Linen Micarta
Blade Color: Black Traction Coating
Sheath: Nylon
Desiged by: Waysun Johnny Tsai
Wieght w/ Sheath: 10.5oz
Weight w/o Sheath: 14.4oz


Learn more about the Cuma Evolution


Learn more about Cuma Ram Training


Apache Falcon

The Apache Falcon, designed by Snake Blocker, made by Tops Knives. Photo by Corey Graff.


Snake Blocker — yep, that's his real name — is a Lipan Apache Expert Knife Fighter and Knife Combatives Instructor for members of the Special Forces.


Like Tsai, he's the wrong guy to mess with.


His new Tops Apache Falcon is a beast of a knife at 12 inches, but its excellent balance and sleek Micarta handle fit so well it doesn't feel unwieldy.  This is, of course, by design. Blocker designed the knife for real-world fighting.



O/A Length: 12″
Blade Length: 6 1/4″
Cutting Edge: 5 3/8″
Thickness: 1/4″
Blade Color: Tactical Gray
Steel: 1095 High Carbon Alloy RC-58
Handle: Black Linen Micarta w/ Rocky Mountain Tread®
Sheath: Combat Ballistic Nylon


Learn more about the Apache Falcon


Learn more about the Blocker Academy

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Corey Graff is the managing editor of the <i><a href="">Standard Catalog of Firearms</a></i> and <i><a href="">Gun Digest</a></i> annual book. In addition, he is the author of <i>What's In Your Bug-Out Bag?</i> and <i>The Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Holsters.</i> His personal interest in firearms includes handguns for hunting and self-defense as well as bolt-action rifles for western hunting.


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