What are some items you must have before leaving your house?
Is a knife a part of the check off list?
A knife attack can happen to anyone at any time. Carrying a knife can help to defend off attackers, but most importantly will you know how to draw your knife accurately if you ever need to? In this video coach Jeremy will show your how.
Episode 16: Knife Draw Against a Knife Attack
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This is Coach Jeremy Pollack from Inner Warrior Coaching. Watch how he masterfully teaches you about proper knife draw against a knife attack.
Problem is, the knife Jeremy is using is illegal to carry in many states.
A real problem is the knife is an overpriced penknife, which requires fine muscle control to deploy. You know, the stuff that goes out the window during adrenaline dump. Even a cheap fixed blade is much stronger, faster, and as a huge benefit…….. fumble free. Of course, in reality we are not talking about dueling at all, unlike all the martial arts crap. Controlling the other guys knife is bollocks unless you are injuring him. Running away, grabbing a chair/stool/plant stand/similar if available, and driving him back(think lion tamer, not the rubbish you see in the westerns) allows you to kick him to the ground and then finish him off, without ever bothering to go for his knife. Even better would be to run to create space, then draw your gun and stop pissing around. And for exactly the same reason, you wouldn’t shoot for the knife:). Check out Fairbairn, Sykes, Applegate, who trained people to “kill or be killed” in WWII. Fairbairn called it “the gentle art of murder”.
The biggest issue I have with videos on teaching knife skills for close quarter combat is that if you draw a knife, are you prepared to be cut? Taking on a knife wielding opponent is NOT like it is in the movies. If you have not been trained by a real person who is not just a professional (like in the military) but experienced in the real thing, odds are you will die. Not only will you be cut, but the shock of it all, seeing your own blood spilling out on the ground, feeling the pain of the cut, that will immobilize most people; do not presume that you will be any different. I carry a knife, but I am ex-military. Many years ago, I did Search and Rescue, and Recon. I carried a knife then, too. But I was trained in how to use it. I have seen too many people who thought they were good with a knife get sliced and diced by someone who either was better or luckier than the loser. Most of the time, nobody walks away with completely intact skin. For me, drawing a knife is a matter of last resort and means I am probably in a GFZ (gun free zone).
And don’t get me started on GFZ’s. In the old Ranger handbook (1969) it talked about setting up an ambush. You chose a spot where there would be maximum casualties and minimal resistance. In my mind, that describes a GFZ.