Friday, April 13, 2007
That's Not a knife Defense, This is a Knife Defense ...
I happened to catch a show on the Outdoor Channel the other night, in which the subject of knives was discussed -- in the context of when was it okay to bring a knife to a gunfight.
The man showing the knife stuff, a fellow well-known as a blade guy in MA circles, did some okay drills, and some demonstrations of how effective a knife could be in close quarters.
He did a few things against a guy coming in with a blade, using his own training knife, that didn't look terrible.
So far, so good.
Then he did a bare hands defense against an attack, which ended with a takedown, in which the knifer's arm and weapon were unsecured. I watched this, and I was thinking, "Hmm. He doesn't have control of that arm."
Sure enough, the attacker ended up on the floor, but as he went down, his extended arm slid through the defender's grip and the point of the weapon came to rest against the back of the defender's neck ...
Good Lord. What a wonderful way to get yourself killed.
I dunno who shot or produced the sequence, but that scene should have gone away. You don't want to be showing folks stuff that they can see won't work without putting their necks -- literally -- in jeopardy ...