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Knife Wound Considerations

Knife Wound Considerations

A few Knife Wound Considerations up on the MDTS Blog, link in bio.

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Knife Wound Considerations from this video:

A switch is a target that causes immediate stoppage (brain & brainstem). A timer requires a period of time, in which the aggressor can continue to attack, before stopping (circulatory, respiratory & musculoskeletal system). With defensive edged weapon usage switches MAY include the eyes, heart and brainstem. All other targets fall into the timer category requiring blood loss and sufficient blood pressure drop before the attacker stops aggression. Psychological and structural/mechanical damage i.e. musculoskeletal stoppage is possible but cannot be relied upon.

The use of drugs such as methamphetamines, bath salts and others create altered mental states that have demonstrated subjects disemboweling themselves, burning themselves and sustaining injury that conventional thinking and martial dogma would consider guaranteed “fight stoppers”, but were not. The human animal has proven time and again that it can sustain massive amounts of trauma and continue fighting.

Could this individual continue to fight, pull a trigger, cut or stab?

Are you prepared and do you have the depth of knowledge and skills to deal with it when the techniques you train to defend yourself with (gun, knife, physical, less lethal) do not work? Relying on one tool or skill set to solve all problems and stop every person is poor preparation. Train to be proficient in multiple disciplines of interpersonal conflict, not just to be good at one or “lucky”.

If stabbed and knife is still in place it is not advisable to remove the knife. The knife, like in this video, is acting as a plug. Leave it until medical professionals can remove.

Don’t get stabbed.


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