09 June 2016

Mindset, ability, and training is not transferable

I met a guy at the motorcycle shop the other day and the subject of guns came up.  Having never met him before, I gave him a card and told him what I did. During our conversation, he told me that his girlfriend was afraid to use a gun, so she asked him to get her a knife to keep under her pillow.  He said he gave her his K-Bar and showed her how he had been trained to use it in the military.  He mimicked having a knife in the reverse grip.

My question to him was, "Do you think that someone who is afraid to use a gun is going to use a knife in any way, much less in a way that only works if you have the mindset, ability, and training to push the fight?"  I kind of expected him to get pissed off, but he didn't.  I said let me show you something.  I pulled out my Sebenza and held it out in the saber grip and said, "This is the way most people picture a knife in someone's hand, but check this out."  I flipped over the knife so the blade was inverted and then closed it and put it back in my pocket.  I picked up a wrench laying close by and said, "Now imagine the top of this wrench is the blade.  I want you to rush me, reach in, and try to grab me."  He did and in the same motion I began moving backwards.  I first sliced the entire palm of his hand with my improvised training knife.  Then I told him to pick up a bigger wrench and swing it at me.  As I took a step back and put my left arm up to intuitively protect my head, my "blade" came up under his armpit and "cut" his brachial artery and all the other stuff that is in that junction of the body.    He had just received an impromptu Inverted Edge Tactics class.  I asked him, "Which way do you think would be more likely for your girlfriend to be able to retain and use, your way or my way?"  He said, "Your way."

See it is usually us, the Sheepdogs of the family, that feels the need to educate, equip, and train the people we love.   This often gets a luke warm reception. Sometimes it can feel like dragging random people off of the street and trying to train them.  Here is a great example.

Two years ago when my daughter left for college in York PA, only 20 minutes from our house, I was worried.   We live in Amish country, but York is a very violent little city.  Elizabeth had retained much of what she was taught in Judo and Ju Jitsu when she was younger and had helped me teach a couple of classes over the year.  At 5'4, 130 lbs, I knew that anyone who attacked her would probably be bigger than her, male, and intoxicated.  She went away to school armed with several Zebra 701 pens, and a Spyderco Dodo clipped in her waistband.  Prior to her leaving, we brushed up on her Inverted Edge Tactics and other things.  IET is simple and intuitive and easy to learn, which makes it great for sharing with people that are not willing or able to commit to ongoing training. It is the best option for those who for whatever reason only carry a folding knife to protect themselves.   It works well with slip joints which is great for places where you cannot carry a knife with a locking blade.

We know that you have three options when it comes to violence:  fight, flight, and freeze.  Most will freeze because they have not considered their options before hand.  The rest of the people will flee.  As a matter of fact, that is exactly what I want my wife and daughter to do.  Get away at all costs.  IET allows you to fight using the same movements that you are using to get away.  This gave me peace of mind.

They say the proof is in the pudding.  Get Inverted Edge Tactics, read it,  pick up a training knife, butter knife (or a wrench), and have someone come and attack you as you are sitting, standing, or on the ground.  Try to get away with the inverted blade in your hand.  Note where they are getting cut using default instead of intentional targeting.  I don't want my daughter to be a skilled knife fighter.  I want her to be able to use a knife to get away.

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