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MDTS Debrief: Knife Fight Vid Footage

Posted on: January 28th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Video footage from a knife fight outside of Hillview High School, Newlands East, South Africa.


Study of criminal assaults shows us that here in the U.S. during robberies, rape, kidnapping or assault one individual has a knife (or other weapon) and the good guy has nothing or the weapons they do have are concealed. This is what Craig Douglas (SouthNarc) described back in 2006 or earlier as “Unequal Initiative & Disproportionate Armament”.  They have a weapon out and ready, I have a weapon/s, however they are concealed and I have to catch up to them in order to equal the playing field or dig myself out of this initiative deficit.


One of my friends and knife mentors, Tom Sotis of AMOK! likes to say that if you have a knife and they have a knife it can very easily become a knife fight (paraphrased). Its just a matter of whether you have the skills to get the knife out and utilize it to protect yourself, in time. Thats a big part of training with the knife.


This vid is of a reported gang related incident far and away different from criminal assault most law abiding citizens here in the U.S. may encounter. Regardless, this  video demonstrates an actual knife vs. knife encounter and demonstrates many elements:


1) Dynamic movement, when space is available.


2) Both combatants, whether trained or untrained assume a reverse grip on the knife, attacking and counter-attacking with strong overhand downward thrusts or  in an attempt to plunge the knife into the other.


3) Note the use of the off-hand or support hand for ranging and in an attempt to attach and get ahold. Once attached an aggressive attacker can repeatedly make contact. Movement is a survival skill.


4) Note the use of other techniques such as the younger mans kick toward the end. Fighting with a knife is not just fighting with a knife, it’s a fight and a knife happens to be present making things a little more serious.


5) Heavy downward slash/stab to younger mans right quadrant was enough to cause him to disengage, he is now in ICU fighting for his life with puncture damage to liver, lungs and spleen.


6) Finally, note the size of these blades that are being used. 5+inches in length or more.


Link to full story here  with video if you cannot access Youtube vid due to age restrictions


Practical Small Knife Seminar

Posted on: December 11th, 2013 by admin No Comments

This Small Knife Skills seminar is designed for the lawful folding knife or small fixed blade owner who carries a knife as an everyday tool or last resort defensive weapon. This seminar follows a non-attribute based learning model presenting attendees with a methodology applicable to conventional edged tools and improvised knife- like objects common in our every day environments. A solid grounding in safety and fundamentals of defensive knife application are presented. A heavy emphasis is placed upon the student’s ability to access and deploy the knife while under the stress of close range confrontation.


(2-4) hr. Course Topics/Modules of Instruction:
Safety Considerations
Justifiable Use of Force Overview
The Knife for Personal Protection
Knife Selection- Folder vs. Fixed Blade Analysis
Carry, Presentation & In-Fight Access
Conventional & Unconventional Grips
Anatomical Targeting Priorities
Edge & Point Driven Methodologies
Countering Close Range Assaults
Close Range Applications


Equipment List:
Inert training knives will be provided for all training evolutions, eye protection (some eye protection will be available), mouth guard, groin protection, your personal folding knife (optional), note taking materials


*A knife is NOT required to attend this course. Various makes, models and designs from modern manufacturers of will be on display for those who may be deciding what knife they would like to purchase.

*Attendees may be subject to moderate to greater than moderate contact. Be prepared.