Tuesday, November 13, 2007
No Matter How You Slice It
This post, written by a LEO and trainer of other police officers, is one of the best I've read on knife defenses. Read it, and learn.
A while back in our silat class, we spent the better part of a year training basic knife stuff, we focused on it every session. (This on top of doing it now and again for years before that, and the fact that pentjak silat is a blade-based art.)
At the end of that intensive training we were all pretty much convinced of one thing: If you go barehanded against a guy with a blade who knows squat about how to use it, you are in deep shit. You will get cut, and only the questions are, how bad, how many times, and where. Even having a knife of your own and some expertise in its use is no guarantee you won't spend some quality time in the ER being stitched up. In fact, that is the choice you might have to make -- as opposed to being entubed in the ICU, or pushing up the daisies at Forest Lawn.
The old Javanese proverb: In a knife fight, the loser is ashes -- but the winner is charcoal ...