02 January 2013

On knife fighting

I don't do much with "knife fighting", I teach Edged Weapon Survival.  First with Spontaneous Attack Survival, SAS is based on my belief that you will likely never see an edged weapon before it cuts/stabs you.  It will most often appear as an open hand attack.  For this reason your initial response will be open handed.  The concentration is treating every attack as if  it is an edged weapon attack by controlling the attacking side of the body, moving to the outside, and attacking the Central Nervous and Structural Systems (bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons).

Then we move onto Inverted Edge Tactics.  IET is about using the economy of natural protective responses to target by default (instead of intentionally) the natural junctions of your attackers arteries, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.  IET works during standing free range movement, clinch, and on the ground.

My traditional knife training is extensive, and at times I do cover it, but do not dedicate much time to it because I believe it is very low on the list of skill sets that you will have time an opportunity to use.

SAS and IET are part of the Modern Combative Systems which also involved impact weapons and pistol work.

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