KNIFE: "What is your favorite knife grip, forward or reverse?". Fact is we may not get to decide which grip to take on the knife during a defensive situation. It may be a steak knife grabbed off a table or picking up an attackers dropped knife. Under that kind of reactive duress if you can "grab and go" you're doing well. Of more importance is possessing the ability with either grip to ACCESS and apply the knife or a knife-like object (screw driver or pen) to STOP the personal threat to you or someone you're responsible for rapidly and effectively. Good sheathing (for small fixed blades), placement on the body and gear setup allow us to stage defensive knives a specific way for consistent, rapid access. However, during a close range robbery, rape, kidnapping or assault, accessing and deploying the knife can still be problematic unless thoroughly practiced. A few considerations: 1) keep the defensive knife as close to the natural "dangle" or hang of the hands. This limits the distance your hands have to travel to acquire grip thus limiting the amount of visual telegraphing you display to an attacker. 2) keep the knife as close to the centerline of the body as possible. This allows access to the knife with either hand even when one or both arms may be confined, grabbed or in an odd position. 3) Get the point of the knife into the attackers face as soon as possible. This sends a clear physical and psychological message to GET AWAY, stop doing what they are doing and STAY AWAY. 4) Differentiate between defensive or reactive knife implementation and offensive or proactive knife implementation. Legally, drawing a knife and being proactive is going to create numerous legal problems and will be extremely difficult to defend, post-fight. Consider this carefully during your defensive knife training. #mdts #training #knife #defensiveknife #practicalsmallknifeskills @pfc_training @shivworks_and_alumni @aprillriskconsulting @llindenman @sharpdefense @immediateactioncombatives
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