There is a lot of false information out there about knife fighting. Most of this can be figured out with a little smarts. Some of the stuff is going to take a bit of learning in a martial arts system that utilizes real life knife self defense techniques. Check out the video, then I’ll tell you more.
One concern is whether a person is going to be able to get his knife out in a fight. This one, like so many concerns, depends on the situation. Thus, there are several good answers.
Be aware, see the knife attack coming, and you’ll have time to get out a folder, especially if you have practiced a bit. A better solution would be to carry your knife on your waist in a holster, this can be pulled out fast. The key, however, is to avoid dark alleys, choose your terrain carefully, and just generally be aware of who and what is going on around you.
A big falsehood is that when you practice a knife defense your attacker will slow down after the first strike so that you can do your defense. This is so silly it is absurd. In a real fight everything is in a constant flow of motion, so you’d better practice in a martial arts system that, in addition to any beginning self defense moves, has drills in which motion is really happening.
One of the biggest concerns people have in this matter of fighting with sharpened steel is that you are going to get cut. Well, maybe, but then again…maybe not. Obviously, you can lessen the chance of getting sliced up if you practice, practice, practice–in any fight, in life itself, the first rule is to always be prepared.
One of the things you have to be careful of is these systems that show people grabbing the knife (or gun or whatever) away from the attacker. This is only after years of experience, and even then, the martial arts instructor involved will probably do something more damaging or careful to protect his body. Simply, you don’t have time to mess around when somebody tries to slice and dice you with a sharp edge.
Don’t think somebody is going to come at you in a particular way. Yes, he will probably attack you with the cutter in his mitt, but not necessarily. If he’s carrying a sharp edge in the first place, he’s probably got a sneaky mindset that will begin with a distraction, and then do something you don’t expect.
You know, one of the strangest things I do in teaching, if students want to learn how to handle knife attacks, is make them understand that using the knife must be as natural as picking up a spoon. I have them fasten a knife to the back of their hand, blade extended in front of the knuckles, and then I have them do common things like brushing their teeth, tying their shoes,and that sort of thing. It’s educational, they might actually poke their own flesh, but the awareness process will start up.
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