Cutting Edge Self Defense



I'm not an expert on the subject, but I know it's a knife, not a one step attack.

Hold on. What did you say? Did I hear you say ... 

... you are a martial arts black belt master-lever instructor but you're not an expert on this subject? What does that mean? 

Well, I'm not all things to all people. I'm a good guy, but I spend my time unpacking my traditional system for unarmed combat. Of course the experience you get from the encounters we often work are an analogy for other engagements. However, ... hand on my heart ... I've not seen enough action in Special Weapons and Tactics that I could say I've got any real experience. 

Every so often we do dabble. So it does get interesting when we dust off the training knives.

Now, just because I'm a traditional martial artist, doesn't mean I've got my head stuck in the 1970s. That's that comment about knowing this isn't a one step attack. As a progressive traditionalist - yes, a legit combination - I am on top of the plethora of divergent ideas on knife defence training. I'm also familiar with what RBSD and FMA groups propound.   

I don't know what you've seen online. What you're impressed with. Or how much experience you've got training people. But my assignment as an instructor is often to teach doable skill that can be replicated consistently to the lowest common denominator in a short amount of time. Yes, I don't always teach young, well coordinated black belts. And, whatever little I know needs to match the situation and threat assessment.

Aside from the general preamble on dealing with a bladed opponent, Knife 101 at JDK is two things. 

The first is Police Services International 'Check & Stun' Knife Defence Course. Designed by Law Enforcement Trainer Sifu Tim White, 'Check & Stun' is used within the scope of Police Defensive Tactics courses offered by Sifu White. It is an "initial contact system" which means techniques are kept simple to provide a 1-2-3 step approach, and further striking or immobilization techniques can then be integrated as needed or as able to by the user. 

The second is our gap closing tactic to control the weapon arm in order to slow down the engagement, and to trap and immobilize the attacker to reduce further threat. This part of the training is highly integrated with the application framework that JDK uses in our training methodology.

We run. And when we can't ... we destroy the weapon arm, or we take control of it. 

This is reasonable, tactical, and pragmatic. And it is a solid response against a dynamic opponent with a live blade.  

I'm not opening my guard up to anything but Questions. 

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