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When you realize he has it, it is too late. Lie 11 The knife is an extension of your hand This lie is most often promoted by empty-handed stylists who insist that they can teach you how to either defend yourself against a knife or to use one. Unfortunately, many people who started out in such systems have transferred over to supposed blade arts and continued promoting this often misinterpreted saying.

Empty hand fighting is not the same as weapon fighting -- it requires different body mechanics, different ranges , different timing and -- most importantly -- an emphasis on movement that is not found in most kicking and punching arts. At least not in how they are taught in Westernized countries. This emphasis on the hand largely stems from the sports influence of modern martial arts. While this works for barehanded fighting styles, it fails to address the needs of weapons fighting.

It is my personal belief that the idea that the "knife is an extension of your hand" encourages a lack of bodily movement, instead relying on the hand to do all your work for you. In these circumstances your not being cut relies on you speed and reflexes, rather than more reliable means.

Basically, because you might not be fast enough to counter, parry or block what he is doing. I further believe that this lack of motion largely stems from attempting to extend -- whether unconsciously or intentionally -- the thought process of empty handed fighting into a field where it does not belong, or work. For reasons beyond the scope of this Web page I prefer the more encompassing and flexible term: The knife is an extension of your will. What I will say is that if it is an extension of my hand, my body may or may not move.

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And that is far more effective for staying alive. Lie 12 There is such a thing as a master knife fighter Despite all the fantasy self-defense scenarios so-called "knife experts" concoct in their minds and are always talking about -- where they would be justified in using a knife on another human being -- the flat-out truth is that in Not to burst anybody's bubble here, but those famous challenges and death matches that the old maestros engaged in were wildly illegal -- both in the United States AND in the Philippines.

Now having said that I will be the first to point out that hot-headed, young bucks looking to prove themselves will often engage in extremely stupid, dangerous and criminal behavior in the name of pride or anger. But you know what? If they live, they often wind up in jail, if not prison. The law tends to frown on fights, much less duels.

Something Brian Curl, the cameraman on my knife videos and ex-SEAL said to me that I will always remember is "There ain't no such thing as a professional knife fighter. Nobody gets paid for knife fighting. On top of this, you don't survive multiple knife fights without getting carved up pretty badly yourself.

But most importantly, long before you stacked up enough murders to be qualified as a "master knife fighter" you would have found yourself on death row. So look long and hard at anyone calling themselves a blademaster, knife fighter or knife fighting expert And if he were such a master knife fighter, how come he ain't got more scars and isn't in prison? Lie 13 That this is a "fight" at all If you want to live, you don't go in with a "fighting attitude" to any altercation involving weapons.

And if you aren't ready to go there, there is no shame in that. But don't let your pride or anger push you into there, because the rules are totally different, and if you don't know that, then you are the one who is going to get hurt. If you see a weapon deployed, run.

If you stay, don't even think of fighting. It left that three counties back Now the question is, will it be him or you? Or both? Lie 14 Expect to get cut Remember that thing called bio-mechanical cutting? I said the major problem with it is on the legal front, but, on the "a knife is going to do a shitload of damage to you" front there's a lot to be said for it. What amazes me is that some people can talk about the damage that their knife will do to an attacker, but at the same time blurt out the old clich?

Where I really hit the roof on this mindset is when I see someone who comes from a empty hand fighting system attempt to "fight" an armed opponent in the same way that he would an unarmed opponent. The thing is, these same people are the ones who often talk about "expecting to get cut. I have literally seen such people wade into a cuisine-art.

Now who ever came up with that term originally was speaking about a very important idea. That is that you will be cut in a blade altercation and that you need not to panic when it happens and that you must continue on to the best of your abilities in order to increase your chances of survival. To that intent and meaning I say "Amen! However, like the idea of biomechanical cutting has been bastardized by people into a dangerous misconception, so has this one.

In fact, from having watched people who study so-called "blade arts" many of them have apparently taken it to mean allow yourself to be sliced up, making no effective defensive moves in order to try to get in one good hit. Apparently, if you nick him once to his twenty seven slashes, it is an acceptable exchange rate.

The other side of the pendulum swing is however, overly focusing on trying to control his knife arm before entering.

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Hanging back and trying to catch this fast moving blade so you can safely enter is one of the best ways I know to make getting cut a self-fulfilling prophecy. It simply just does not work. Would you like to hear our philosophy on this subject? When it comes to knife fighting, they are all fucking dangerous.

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There is no "sun source" of knife fighting. There is no land of ultimate knife fighting arts. There is no race who hold the monopoly on the "right way" to use a knife. As I said, I have traveled around the world and seen knife fighting systems from even more places and what I will tell you is that each of them will make you just as dead, just as quick.

What I will be the absolute first to admit is that the FMA have done wonders for organizing and explaining the ideas behind how they do what they do. And for that I take my hat off to them. And I salute and respect the skill and prowess of their eskrimadors, kali gurus and arnis masters. But I draw the line at even sitting quietly when someone tries to elevate one group of fighting skills above all others so they can swagger around saying that they study the ultimate "knife fighting" system.

This above my immediate gag reflex when someone -- who has never faced a knife in the hands of someone who wishes him ill -- swaggers around and tells me that he knows everything there is to know about knife fighting because he studies under fill in the blank.

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There is no right way, one way or only way to use a knife But if you have only studied one system, the odds are against you being able to come up with something that works. And I have to tell you, although Western practitioners like to claim that the FMAs do, those arts don't cover all the ways a knife can be used on you.

There is literally a world full of differences out there. The whole of the subject is just too big. Everybody has a slice of the pie. And learning what they have to say about it and how they do it where they are from is the best way for you to increase you chances of survival. Lie 16 It's easy to disarm an armed opponent Every time I hear someone say this, I cringe. Because A they have just told me that they have never dealt with someone intent on trying to kill them. B Odds are that they are a bully and braggart.

And C If they are teaching people this nonsense they are going to get someone killed. In a very real sense, someone standing there brandishing a knife is not trying to kill you Now I will admit that it is often easier to overwhelm such a person because he is not in attack mode, but it is never easy. Such people can be surprised and often they cannot react in time. And promoting this lie is literally begging to get someone killed - especially if they encounter a committed attacker.

The problem that I have encountered with bullies is that they are very selective on who chose to bully. I have seen individuals who have savaged weaker opponents -- as if by magic -- disappear when trouble starts with true hard-cases. These individuals may have taken blades away from intimidated kids, but somehow they never seem to be around to try it against someone who is an experienced and hardened streetrat or former convict.

So again, proving that the exact choice of words is important we are left with a small, but important modification of what is commonly taught and what needs to be said: The concepts behind disarming an armed opponent are simple, they are not, however, easy -- and neither is the actual disarm itself. Lie 17 You can successfully fight an armed attacker This entire page has been dedicated to disproving this lie. The main reason it is a lie is that you cannot "fight" an armed opponent.

You can survive against one and you might even be able to successfully put him down before he causes you any major damage If it isn't, then you will not stop him before he causes you major damage. You cannot stand there and engage in a long, drawn out contest with an armed opponent.

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If you try to do so, you will lose. It is not a matter of if, but of when. Simply stated, every the touches you with the knife he will cause serious damage. How can you hope to launch a long drawn out retaliation against him when every time he touches you he causes "biomechanical cutting" on you? You are going to bleed out and cease to function long before your strategy comes to fruition.

Lie 18 Drills teach you how to knife fight Drills teach principles.

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They teach ideas. They are the map, not the territory. Unfortunately, many people mistake the map for the territory. One of the most unrealistic tendencies that drills teach is they do not teach you proper ranging. However, often in training you will see people standing back ranging their attack against their partner's stick or their training knife falling at least a foot short of their partner.

Furthermore they are not attacking with the same commitment and force level that a real knife assault will occur with. Therefore the training drill, while important is missing several critical components. Lie 19 You can use a knife on another human being without legal repercussions I have seen videos by so-called "knife fighting masters" who actually show the fool encouraging his students to slash someone with a knife for trying to slug the student.

I have also seen videos where after disarming their attackers with several slashes to the arm, these knife killers proceed to slash their -- no longer armed -- attacker to ribbons. I have stood in a convention hall and seen a martial artist doing a demo, leap back while slashing the weapon arm of his attacker, and then.. Later, when I asked him about if he understood that any student doing that move would be committing manslaughter instead of "self-defense" his eyes bugged out because he'd never considered how that move would be viewed in court.

As such, don't even get me started on the bozo's who insist their students cut a person multiple times because "one cut may not stop him.

Now, this once upon a time attacker has been slashed many times after he was disarmed and is slashed more on his back while attempting to retreat A knife is considered a lethal force instrument If you use one another human being you had better damned well be firmly within those parameters Before you even think of picking up a knife for "self-defense" go out and take a course on Judicious Use of Lethal force.