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Small Knives for Self Defense

Posted on: October 1st, 2016 by admin No Comments

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


Small Knives for Self Defense video with considerations for utilizing smaller edged weapons for self defense.




Small Knives for Self Defense


The goal of any defensive knife usage is to effect disengagement by the attacker as quickly as possible; to get an attacker(s) off you and keep them away. To STOP the threat.


What can be accomplished with a 6 plus inch field knife is different than what can be accomplished with a 3-4 inch small fixed blade or folder. Larger blades have more mass and weight thus requiring less power to inflict fight stopping wounds. The small knife, while dangerous, requires more power due to its reduced weight and blade length.


Other factors may inhibit its effectiveness in a defensive situation to include heavy clothing, subject drug usage, movement, aggression and determination of attacker. Small knife techniques when applying power to thrusts, slashes and hacks will closely resemble empty hand boxing. The small knife simply acts as a sharpened, pointed, extension of the hand.


Once knife mechanics have been learned techniques are practiced with speed and power to effective target areas and then integrated with tactics.


See also Defensive Knives and Stopping The Threat




Random Violence: Walmart Baseball Bat Attack

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by admin 1 Comment


Random Violence: Walmart Baseball Bat Attack Study

Random violence baseball bat attack on 18y.o. girl in Walmart. Attacker stated he watched movie where someone hit person with bat and wanted to try it. Also stated victim was in wrong place at wrong time. Attackers family stated Mosley (attacker) has mental issues.




1) Random/Spontaneous Attacks- we can’t know what’s going on in someone else’s head. Awareness of those around us, especially in public areas like stores, public gatherings and transitional zones like mini-marts & parking lots must be practiced and applied constantly no matter how safe you “think” you are in local environment.

2) Individual walking in a store that probably sells baseball bats isn’t that odd but should get your attention. ANY unknown person in immediate environment with possible contact type weapon should be noted and observed.

3) For armed citizens, if awareness allowed would going for gun, at that distance, from side, have been an option? A gun/knife won’t solve all potential problems.Have other skills, study and gain defensive physical skills. We live in a weapons based environment. Have ability to counter a contact weapons in close quarters.

4) Physical Defense- IF awareness allowed, would retreating and creating distance or attack & close distance be best solution for attack like this against long weapon? Danger is in mid range (at end of bat). Distance favors armed & trained shooter IF distance can be achieved without taking punishment. Attacking the attacker gets inside arc of long weapon and allows application of physical defense tools or lethal force tools. Consider: Cover-Crash-Contact-Control and/or apply force.

5) Reactive Movement: train & practice live fire reaction to flanking threats at 90 and 180 degrees. However, this threat is very close. Would your carry location of gun allow fast and efficient access and do you understand proper extension & compression of pistol based on distance from threat?

6) Note attack from blind spot, he wanted a victim not a fight.

7) Girl took blunt force blow to neck/head and wasn’t out. Human animal can sustain enormous punishment.


Awareness is number one skill set. Can happen anywhere at anytime. It’s not over till its over. Keep fighting.


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MDTS Defensive Small Knife

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by admin 1 Comment

MDTS Defensive Small Knife Skills

MDTS Defensive Small Knife Skills outlines a method for utilizing a knife or knife-like object for personal defense. In this class information on selection, safe carry, manipulation and application for justifiable self defense is presented. An emphasis is placed upon the attendee’s ability to access, deploy and manipulate the knife while under pressure and stress of a close range confrontation.


MDTS Defensive Small Knife Skills Topics/Modules of Instruction:

Safety Considerations
Knife/Fixed Blade Analysis
Practical Physical Defense
Equipment Set-Up, Access & Presentation: In-Fight Access
Conventional & Unconventional Grips
Anatomical Targeting Priorities
Edge & Point Driven Methodologies
Edge & Point Driven Applications
Countering Close Range Assaults

Equipment List:

MDTS provides all training knives for this class. Please bring eye protection (some eye protection will be available), mouth guard, groin protection, your personal folding knife (optional) and note taking materials

*A knife is NOT required to attend this course. Different folding knife and small fixed blade  makes, models and designs from modern manufacturers of will be on display. This is an opportunity for anyone deciding what knife they would like to purchase to handle and discuss options prior to buying a knife.

CONTACT us today if you would like information on hosting a defensive small knife skills class at your location.

Is Your Family Ready to Defend Themselves?

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

Is Your Family Ready to Defend Themselves – defensive considerations for those who have multiples firearms and multiple family members.

Who are you preparing to protect and have you given THEM the tools to protect themselves(wife,husband,son, daughter,significant other)?

NOTE-all of these thoughts and considerations are age dependent for children.



Family readiness considerations:

1)Gradually introduce the concepts of personal protection to family members vs. forcing it upon them.

2)Speak with everyone about awareness and how, as a family, you can better pay attention to what’s going on around you. Recruit kids to be “look out” for you when you have to check a phone message or direct your attention to a task in public. Kids find this game fun and you’re helping to develop their awareness skills early on.

3)Talk to them about guns, why you carry one, safety, the dangers associated with them and make it clear to them that it’s not to be discussed with others unless at the range or a shooting event.

4)Are family members familiar enough with the guns you own to operate them in a time of need both at home or in public, possibly grabbing your CCW firearm if you are down or injured.

5)The simpler the manual of arms of a handgun the faster they can learn & adapt. A striker fired handgun can be put in the eye-line, sights aligned and trigger pressed with minimal practice.

6)Do you frequently switch between “carry guns”? YOU may be familiar with and have the ability to quickly and accurately shoot every gun in your collection but can they? Switching between guns thus requires everyone be familiar and have the ability to operate.

7)Do they know where you carry your firearm(s) on your person and where you store them at home? Do they have access codes to gun-safes? (age appropriate)

8)If firearms are staged at home for protection make sure the guns they are familiar with and can operate are separated from all others, are ready and accessible to them. Having a safe full of multiple guns looks good to you but may be detrimental to them during a bad situation.

9)Disengage ego from the idea that YOU will always be the primary protector. Consider yourself team leader not sole protector. Finally, you may be the first killed, injured or not even there.


See also Home & Family Defense Skills

Self Defense & Random Assault 

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

Self defense study and considerations based on July 6 random assault of man in Brooklyn Heights.

STUDY: July 6, Brooklyn Heights, 65y.o. man randomly attacked. Considerations: 1) Note who was and usually is targeted, older people. These guys don't want a fight, they want a victim. Make family and friends aware of this. 2) Spontaneous attacks are difficult to defend against. Recognizing a credible threat is present can be difficult walking down a street filled with seemingly benign people. We can, however, be "wary" or attentive of FAM's or fighting age males between 18-40. This is a large group of people but the most likely to commit crimes such as this. 3) Awareness and spatial relationships- we have the ability via verbal and physical boundary setting to control the space around us. The issue is determining when a credible threat is present and acting accordingly. Note how the attacker starts to move faster and angle toward the victim. If in today's society an unknown FAM starts to move rapidly toward you take that as a possible threat indicator and do something. As seen here, due to the spontaneity of the attack, this can be very difficult if not alert or aware you are being targeted. Start regularly integrating a reactive gap between yourself and FAM's and others you see as possible threats in your environment. 4) Don't ask "WHY?" and hesitate from acting. It doesn't matter why this individual (you don't know) is closing space rapidly on you. What matters is controlling that space and not allowing them into it. You can ask why after you have dealt with the problem. 5) Don't count on help from others. You need to be ready to take care of yourself and those you're responsible for without relying on any outside assistance. 6) Do you possess a good enough level of awareness, threat recognition and physical defense skill to protect against a spontaneous attack? If not, considering the world today, perhaps it's time to fix that. #mdtstraining #studytrainpracticetest #physicaldefense #awareness @immediateactioncombatives @paul_sharp_sbg @pointdriventraining @southnarc @aprillriskconsulting @pfc_training @crossfitmohawkvalley @matt_hajdasz

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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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Use of Force Case

Posted on: March 30th, 2014 by admin 1 Comment

LOUISVILLE, KY – TARC bus stabbing that occurred on March 14, 2014.


Grand jury declines to indict man accused of stabbing


Conrad said there are “going to be people in our community that don’t agree with this decision,” but that a person can use force to protect themselves.

“This is the way the criminal justice system works in our country,” he said. “The law does allow the use of force, including the use of deadly force, to protect your life.”






-Allen, acting erratically and who was verbally abusive according to witnesses has the right to self defense when confronted with physical force

-Allen attempted to retreat/flee and get off the bus but was unable to do so

-The group of six teens then attacked him

-Allen responded to this force by utilizing a knife to fight off his attackers




Did this group of six teens have the ability to cause Allen death or great bodily injury? Did they create the opportunity to do so by closing space and attacking him? Was this intent and/or place Allen in jeopardy? Did Allen attempt to preclude having to use force by retreating?

Could the altercation have been avoided? Did Allen have to utilize the level of force that he did?  Could the six younger attackers have killed him? Did Allen attempt to verbally and physically diffuse or prevent the teens from closing space? Was Allen’s use of force reasonable and necessary to prevent or terminate force being used against him? These are questions to consider.


Practical Physical Defense 2

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by admin No Comments

The MDTS practical physical defense skills series is an outcome based series of course work focused on countering spontaneous criminal assault. Following a non-attribute based, modernized combative framework, the principles and skills taught do not require extended attribute development to apply effectively. Through the proper application of tactics and physical skills, clients will learn to survive, counter and escape close range criminal assaults.


Course topics and modules of instruction:
Grappling Engagement Model
Stopping the Vertical Attacker
Survival Positioning
Escape Tactics
Dominant Positioning
Application of Force
Grounded Weapon Access
Return to Vertical Position & Escape

Equipment List:
Comfortable clothing or duty uniform, mouthpiece, groin protection, note taking materials. During this coursework clients may experience mild to moderate contact, be prepared.


**Contact us today if you would like to host MDTS at your range or come to us here in the Mohawk Valley region for one of our Practical Physical Defense Courses. We have range and classroom facilities available that can accommodate large groups (12+), semi-private (2-4) or private training (1 on 1).

Practical Awareness & Defense Seminar

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by admin No Comments

Practical Awareness & Defense Options

This 3 hour interactive seminar focuses on recognizing threats in your environment and defining what practical defensive options are available. Not everyone has the time to dedicate to self defense training or a martial art. However, with good awareness combined with verbal and physical distance control skills many situations can be avoided or prevented. Other options such as effective physical defense skills, pepper spray and even small handheld flashlights will also be discussed. These options can be extremely effective at deterring and or stopping an attack. This course is suitable for anyone regardless of age, gender or physical capabilities.

Topics include but are not limited to:

-Violence, Crime & Criminal Analysis
-Personal Defense Mindset
-Environmental, Situation and Personal Awareness
-Your Threat Analysis
-Recognizing Threats & How To Manage Them
-Legalities of Use of Force Overview
-Practical Physical Defense Skills for Anyone
-Alternative Defensive Options
-Skill Demonstration & Drilling

Required Equipment:

-Stable footwear
-Note taking materials


3 hours

*** Contact MDTS today if you would like to host a class at your range or facility. You can come to us in the Mohawk Valley region of N.Y. for one of our Practical Awareness & Defense Options seminars. We have range and classroom facilities available that can accommodate large groups (12+), semi-private (2-4) or private training (1 on 1).

Check the MDTS Course Schedule for a class near you.

Home+Family Defense Seminar

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

The MDTS Home and Family Defense seminar is a four hour interactive lecture based course providing attendees with knowledge, skills, and information to properly prepare an effective home defense. Understanding the mindset you need to have, the mindset of potential assailants and common home vulnerabilities is key to an effective home defense. It is strongly suggested that you attend this seminar with a spouse, partner or other family member since they will likely be the only “Help” you will have until authorities can respond.


Seminar topics include but are not limited to:
Home Defense Mindset & Family Preparation
Mindset of Home Invaders vs. Burglar
Layering Security Measures for Home Protection
Common Home & Apartment Vulnerabilities- Security Systems, Locks, Doors & Windows
Response Planning, Individual & Team (Spouse, Son or Daughter) Tactics
Communicating with Family, Contacting & Communicating with Authorities


****Contact us today if you would like to host MDTS at your range or facility or come to us here in the Mohawk Valley region for a Home & Family Defense Seminar. We have range and classroom facilities available that can accommodate large groups (12+), semi-private (2-4) or private training (1 on 1).


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.


Knife work, because that’s how ninjas do it

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by admin 1 Comment

Paul Sharp is a veteran LEO, SWAT cop, MMA fighter, MMA coach and a friend. I am re-posting his most recent blog post on knives, knife carry and practical defensive application because we share many of the same ideas. The info below wasn’t gleaned from a book, DVD or even a martial arts or Combatives class. It was developed through hard work, experience and training against resistant opponents. -Chris



By Paul Sharp-  Sharp Defense

I’ve been asked a few times about my approach to using an edged weapon. Before we dive into this let me throw out this disclaimer; I have a series of drills I teach during MDOC that will help the student optimize the skills they learned during EWO. For the student that has not taken EWO the drills will still help to develop their edged weapon skills however the contextual framing that is foundational in EWO and ECQC won’t be there. This is something that is incumbent upon the student to rectify as soon as possible.  I know, disclaimers go at the end but I’m a rebel like that.

I teach a simple approach to using the knife or small edged weapon. Let’s start by talking about gear. I define small as less than 12″OAL. This covers most fixed blades that can be carried in a concealed manner and just about every folder on the market. If you are trying to carry something bigger than that on an EDC basis, just carry a Claymore and be done with it. Folks are overly concerned about the size of the blade and much like firearms, guys will fall for the bigger is better sales pitch. In some situations a bigger blade is better and gives the one wielding the blade more options with regards to slashes, thrusts, parries and such however, if the blade is so large you have difficulty concealing it and as a result never carry it, it’s pointless…, no pun intended. As with anything in the realm of self-protection, this is something the individual user will have to work out. Regardless of what blade you purchase, I recommend a kydex sheath for carry as the sheath doesn’t collapse when the blade is removed making it easier to re-sheath the blade. This is a big bonus when we consider the realities of a criminal assault we find that most often the display of a weapon is a deterrent. If we think about it that way the ability to re-sheath the blade quickly and efficiently is fairly important when we need to move quickly out of an area….

Placement of the blade on our body is the next thing we have to think about. I prefer a position that puts the blade on the left side of my body, accessible with either hand. There are a number of reasons for this not the least of which is pistol retention. Nothing says let go of my pistol quite like a blade punching a hole in the bad guys chest. This positioning also works really well when we are entangled with one or more opponents and the force disparity is such that lethal force is necessary. Those that have attended ECQC, EWO or MDOC can attest that the pistol is not always the best option in that situation, sometimes a blade is actually a more viable option. The ability to access your blade with either hand as dictated by the entanglement is a key to your successful resolution of this unpleasant situation. One thing to bear in mind when it comes to entangled work, a blade can not malfunction due to your opponents grabbing it, and there is no muzzle to avert. Even if your opponent manages to avert the blade a simple wrist movement gets the blade back on line, much easier than a pistol at this range. For these reasons and more I greatly prefer a blade for entangled work which is why I prefer to have my blade accessible with either hand. If we consider our center line/navel as 12 o’clock, I like to have my blade positioned somewhere between 10-11. Wherever you end up carrying your knife make sure you can access it with one hand because if you’re entangled with one or more opponents you won’t be able to clear your cover garment with one hand while accessing your knife with the other. One handed access is an absolute.

What knives do I carry or recommend? My favorite knife is the Hobbes by Ian Wendt, I also carry a Clinch Pick from Shivworks and the large Ka-Bar TDI as well as the small Ka-Bar TDI. I’ve done a lot of work with push daggers in the past but over the last 2-3 years I have moved to a more conventional knife simply because the majority of students I’ve trained do not carry or use push daggers. The TDI knives are pretty close to the push dagger concept so I’ve adapted and teach a few things specific to push daggers for use with the TDI knives.

Once we decide on what knife, sheath and position of carry we are going to use, our next objective is to train up a simple and robust presentation method. I’ve been asked about forward grip versus reverse grip. I don’t have a preference. Typically if I’m presenting the knife with my left hand it will be in reverse grip and if I’m using my right hand it will be in forward grip. My knife work is point driven, I’m not a fan of slashes so regardless of the edge orientation my goal is to punch deep holes in my opponents.

My structure for using the blade is identical to my boxing and wrestling structure…., which is also fairly similar to my shooting structure. Think about the structure and posture you would adopt to withstand impact. You would probably have your feet shoulder width or maybe a little wider, if you’re right handed you will probably have your right foot back a bit with your weight distributed fairly evenly with maybe a little more weight forward putting your nose over your toes, shoulders up to assist your hand and arm structure in protecting your jaw. From this position you can move quickly forward, back and sideways as well as circle. You can also throw some heavy hands from this athletic posture, add a blade to one of those hands and the shot you throw will be extremely heavy. We use the same posture and structure while entangled and utilize our dirty boxing skills to bang in the clinch except the hand that is throwing shots has a blade in it. This streamlines our training, making efficient use of limited training time. Rather than have a completely separate approach to using an edged weapon which would mean a separate training session, we simply plug an edged weapon into our boxing and clinch game. Every time we box we are also working our edged weapon game. Every time I’m entangled and I work my way into a position where I can control my opponent with one arm while hitting him with the other I am training my entangled knife game.

As with almost every aspect of the self-protection skills we are seeking to develop, the fundamentals of the skill are simple, it’s the execution at a high level against great resistance that makes the skill advanced. We are always looking for depth not breadth.