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Cold Steel Staff Utilizing MDTS Designed Pocketshield

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by admin No Comments

The guys at Cold Steel are enjoying the MDTS designed pocketshield as much as we enjoy their knives!

Nice to hear the guys at Cold Steel are enjoying the pocketshield as much as I enjoy their knives! #Repost @coldsteelknives ・・・ The @mdts_training pocket shield is a handy way of carrying all of your gear. It enables you to just quickly grab all the stuff you carry each day and throw it in your pocket. Plus is doesn't "print" even in dress pants or slacks. This ain't the coolest or most tactical EDC pic, but it's genuine gear carried by one of our office staff each day. Pen, driver, flashlight, work knife, SD knife. I know a few guys who use the pocket shield to make mini bug out kits so they can just grab it and go. Others use it for concealed carry of fixed blades or firearms. Useful little gadget. #ColdSteel #EDC #DailyCarry #OfficeMallNinja #WhySoSerious #MDTS #PocketShield #ColdSteelKnives #picoftheday #mdtsconcealmentsolutions #whatsinyourpocket

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KNIVES: Spyderco Manix 2 

Posted on: September 2nd, 2016 by admin No Comments

A little look at an excellent every day carry knife for self defense or utility.

KNIVES: I'm liking the #spyderco manix2 for #EDC – the G10 handle and aggressive thumb, choil and handle jimping make it comfortable and secure in a variety of grips. Here I'm utilizing a modified Saber, sometimes called the Foil or Pinch Grip during a quick mirco-practice session (10min). This grip places the thumb on the side of the blade and with this knife I'm utilizing the patented spyder-hole. In this grip the blade is almost oriented horizontally in the hand, with the edge traditionally facing left. A very secure grip with small knives, especially ones with short handles, the pinching force between the thumb and index finger (hooked into the knife choil) isolates any movement of the blade when applying force to the edge. Inward slashing and especially thrusting are facilitated with this grip, though backhand slashing may be limited depending on the flexibility of the user. Perhaps this grip’s strongest attribute is the ability it offers the user to pick up and strongly thrust any small knife or pointed object such as a pen, a key or a micro-knife. #picoftheday #mdtstraining #mdts #practicalsmallknifeskills #foldingknife #defensiveknife #training #manix2

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Choosing a Neck Knife for Every Day Carry

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by admin 1 Comment

Choosing a Neck Knife for Every Day Carry


*Please note, it is YOUR responsibility to know and understand the laws regarding carrying a knife. This post is for information purposes only.


From time to time I have carried a small fixed blade neck knife. It isn’t by any means my go-to method of carry however there are situations such as extreme warm weather climates or certain dress occasions when a neck knife serves a specific carry purpose for me. Over the years testing and carrying a variety of neck knives I have come to a few steadfast and practical considerations when carrying via this method.

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Two different neck knives set up with two different lengths of cordage: Left, Emerson La Griffe set up for Long-Carry and Right, CRKT Wharncliffe Minimalist set up for Short-Carry.


For the purposes of this article the knife itself is meant for utility or as a defensive tool when the circumstances in which it may be deployed are a reactive, lethal force situation in which my life or the life of someone else is in jeopardy. The neck knife, for that purpose, is being deployed as a last resort. While it would be easy to spend time discussing what knife you should or shouldn’t carry, various makes and models; what is more important, at least to me, is how you carry the neck knife.

It isn’t as simple or easy as throwing it around your neck, tucking it under a shirt and thinking you are ready. Real readiness involves proper mindset, awareness and preparation. Consider needing this neck knife when your awareness has broken down and you are having to utilize it under extreme duress, in close confines and against multiple aggressors.


Accessing The Neck Knife

Accessing the neck knife can involve both hands, or, when set up correctly, only one hand. Similar to the draw-stroke when accessing a handgun, one hand may be required to clear a cover garment out of the way while the other hand establishes a final fighting grip on the knife. This is almost always due to the length of cordage used. If the cordage or chain is too short, as is typical with most production “neck knives”, the neck knife hangs at approximately the base of the sternum or low chest area depending upon the individuals body composition and dimensions.

This short-carry placement requires a two handed access method or the dominant hand alone must climb up and under the shirt a significant distance to establish a firm fighting grip. This, essentially either takes both hands out of the fight or traps the dominant hand under clothing. While there are some who have the discipline and time to practice accessing the neck knife rapidly and efficiently from this carry position it has proven, under opposition training at close quarters to be less than optimal when the aggressor is actually trying to punch you in the face.


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Clearing the cover garment with support hand while establishing a final fighting grip on neck knife with dominant hand. This knife, on a shorter cord, requires both hands to consistently access the knife effectively.


Cover Garments

Another problem experienced during opposition testing of the short-carry method was cover garment/clothing related. Stretchy t-shirts were not as big a problem but dress shirts, polo-type shirts and hoodies tended to catch on the backside, around the buttocks when utilizing a two handed upward cover garment clearing method.



Note how tight the cover garment is around the hips and buttocks. This tension limits how much the cover garment could be lifted to clear the neck knife for consistent access.


An alternative to consider is what I will refer to as long-carry for the neck knife. This is where an extended or longer attachment is utilized to hang the neck knife closer to the belt line. When set up appropriately this places the knife hilt approximately 1-2 inches above the hem of the shirt.


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Note how much lower this knife hangs compared to the one above. Hilt of knife is approximately 1-2 inches above hem of shirt.

This is where other common EDC defensive tools such as firearms or other knives are carried. So, congruency with previously established tool access is achieved. This long-carry position requires very little elevation of the dominant hand to index and acquire a final fighting grip. The support hand can be used to assist this process but is not required with a little practice. In confined space or in a clinched position or bear hug the dominant hand can still grab neck knife. This even works if the support side hand or arm is tied up fending, striking or grappling.


Choosing a Neck Knife for Every Day Carry

Note the locked wrist position when indexing and establishing final fighting grip. This makes fouling the draw stroke much more difficult.


Choosing a Neck Knife for Every Day Carry

Utilizing the support hand to better visualize the final fighting grip.


Lanyards & Attachments

Finally, consider some type of break-away connector or clasp for the attachment. Cordage around your neck during a struggle is a handle for someone to get ahold of and use against you. A break away connector will solve this problem.


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A simple break-away connector from will allow the neck knife cordage to disconnect when aggressively yanked on or pulled.


Defensive Knives And Stopping The Threat

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M4 transition Class Review

Posted on: December 8th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

Back in Nov. I had the great opportunity to offer my services to some of our nations real “warriors”. Men and women who have served multiple combat tours over the last 10 years and more during the global war on terror (GWOT). I cannot express what an honor it was for me to work with these soldiers who have sacrificed much to protect me, my family and and this nation. Thank you all for letting me work with you. 




The following is an AAR of that training event provided by SFC A. Hess USARMY

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MDTS M4 transition Class

On 3 November 12, 2013 MDTS conducted a seminar for a select group of Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division. The focus of the class was transition to a blade as a secondary weapon system. Many Soldiers do not carry pistols as their secondary and training for this transition is limited. Chris Fry had the solution to this problem.

I attended the MDTS Practical Knife Seminar this spring and found the training to be very valuable. I contacted Chris to see if he was interested in giving a seminar near Ft Drum for myself and some of my fellow instructors. Chris jumped at the opportunity and we began working out a focus. This class was military based and based on offensive movements.


Location: Training facility near Fort Drum, New York

Class size: 12


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Chris opened up with a quick bio and quickly moved into Mindset. This is vital to what we do. You would assume that Soldiers all have proper mindset, but that assumption would be wrong. The first question was “are you ready?” ready for your M4 to go down? Ready for someone to get ahold of you or the firearm? The room was quiet as these questions sunk in.


Chris then introduced his Pyramid of Willingness, Awareness and Preparedness. While many who would be reading this have heard this before, there are some who haven’t. Chris broke willingness down in several ways to insure that everyone had an understanding (Sorry, to get the full class you have to attend an MDTS event.) This was followed by awareness and quickly into preparedness.


Chris explained desirable blade length and style. He dispelled many myths about blade selection and the pros/cons of a few different styles. This was followed by a placement overview focusing on workspace, mission and blade deployment.  Once this was complete, Chris discussed Mobility, Transition, Disengagement and Angle (dominate position). This led into a discussion on our actions in the event of a muzzle grab upon entry. It was painfully obvious that we had not put a great deal of thought into our actions in this event. We then prioritized our actions with our mission in mind.  This block of instruction lasted around an hour and it was time to get up and get moving.


The first drill that we worked on was called the “Billy Goat” drill. Those that have attended and MDTS or a class from Southrnarc, you know this drill. I recommend everyone try it. This drill immediately identified those, myself included, that had little skill or knowledge in footwork and ECQ. We attempted to bully our way into a good position and quickly found that we were unable to do so.

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We worked our way thru basic footwork and simple movements to get into a position to not only deploy the blade but be able to get effective use out of it. We used the MDTS padded rifles to work out some basic strikes with the rifle prior to blade deployment. These trainers allowed us to quickly see how effective the rifle can be and to identify gear issues that can be prevented.


Excitement ramped up when Chris broke out the NoK training blades. After some basic handling instruction, we integrated the knives into the drills we had already been working.

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The intent of the day was not to end up on the ground fighting. This course was designed for offensive maneuver in combat environments. Being on the ground in a wrestling match during a kinetic operation is not a good place to be. Chris worked us in teams on a basic technique for reaction during a weapon grab on entry to a room. There are many thoughts on how to deal with this, so more realistic than others. The technique Chris outlined is teachable and usable. I am not going to go into the techniques and drills here but there are ways to learn it.



I contacted Chris with a basic intent of finding ways to improve our foot work and to find new ways to rapidly teach a fighting stance to our students. It was also a team building event with our instructors.

All intents were met with professionalism and beyond expectations. My team and I have trained over 250 this year with 240 on tap for the next year. We have combined nearly 20 years of combat experience. When I say that training with Chris is worth it, this is a truth based on the above. I highly recommend MDTS be one of your training stops.



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NY/NJ/PA State Knife Laws

Posted on: November 4th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

Some pretty decent info on NYS knife laws from KnifeUp online magazine.


“The determination of whether a person intended to use a knife against another may be left up to a jury, and a person still arrested and charged with crime, even though he or she did not intend to use the weapon unlawfully. In People v. Richards, the Court found that because Mr. Richards had not brandished the knife he was carrying, nor had he threatened to use it for any unlawful purpose, but told the arresting officer he had the knife for self-defense, he could not be said to have the intention of unlawfully using the knife. Because self-defense is a justifiable reason to use a weapon, it is therefore not an unlawful one, and Mr. Richards conviction for criminal possession of a weapon was reversed.”


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Pick your state here.

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General Defensive Framework

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Added a new page to the constantly evolving MDTS general student info guide (SIG). This page outlines the General Defensive Framework that we practice and espouse. See the full Student Info Guide.


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