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Against knives, that's a terrible position. In bladed arts like kali, escrima, and penjak silat, you see it appear as the briefest of transition phases, usually if you have a blade yourself but it's not a position to hold. With your arms crossed over like that, it's easy to control and trap both arms with one hand, allowing your attacker's free hand (the ...


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My background is penjak silat, which uses a lot of kerambit. Yes, they're good combat knives...however, the way you're framing this makes them sound like magic super knives, which they are not. Right now they're trendy with the macho tactical crowd, which means they get painted as The Most Dangerous Weapon (TM) just like every other fad does eventually. ...


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If 1849 is recent enough, there's the Manual del Baratero. I've only found a partial translation available for free, but there are a few ones for sale such as this one. Excerpt from the free online translation: The instruction for wielding the navaja is divided into four parts. The first part contains lessons on the characteristics of the weapon and its ...


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To answer your question as stated; While, it is possible to carry a knife in your teeth without injury there is no method by which you can do it safely. The teeth are formed in such a way that they are remarkably strong and resilient to damage (reference). However they are also fairly fragile due to the brittle nature of glass-like dentin. Especially ...


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I have not encountered this strategy in seminars or regular training of Krav Maga. This involved personnel with extensive experience in law enforcement and military training as well as bouncers who actually have been stabbed. Therefore, I would say that it cannot be counted as "relevant strategy" taught in contemporary self-defence as far as my ...


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My problem with these internet demonstration videos is that they always feature at least semi-willing accomplices, who know that the purpose of the video is to demonstrate how effective the technique being used actually is. That being said, the techniques shown can be effective, but they assume a couple of things: Proximity - The technique presumes that ...


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There's no one "technique" here, there's a lot of techniques and principles and all of them are absolutely dependent on the situation and specific. Run Being outnumbered, and against knives, escape is the best option. If you cannot leave the vicinity, the next best option is to get something between you and your attackers - preferably walls and a locked ...


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The history to this is through the Apache "survival" and "fighting". The knife, tomahawk, bow and arrow, and then later guns were utilized as they served the needs of the people. The knife was a primary and savagely utilized weapon of Native American's in general, the Apache tribe as well (scalping, skinning animals, close combat, main tool in many tasks). ...


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Yes. Dozens. Probably hundreds. Tomiki Aikido regularly practices defense against knife attack; students are required to defend against knife attack at every test. Students are also required to defend against multiple attackers at every test. There are several kata that focus on defense against knife (Koryu dai san no kata in particular includes at ...


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Would this be a useful tool to carry in the woods, or just use as a utility knife? Yes and no, but mostly no, at least in my opinion. If your primary concern is going to be bushcraft and similar activities, you'll probably get more use out of a short and thick straight edge that can handle a beating. This short & straight edge will make the knife more ...


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The position in the video seems to presuppose that you can't avoid getting slashed but do have time to cross your arms into place and tuck your head down... that's a very bizarre supposition. If you've time to get into that position, you may have had time to move to dodge or block the knife, restrict the targets, angles and/or power, or preempt the attack ...


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A karambit isn't inherently any more dangerous than any other knife of a similar size. The biggest practical deference when defending against someone wielding a karambit (versus more traditionally hilted knives) is the ring. The ring will make the karambit somewhat more difficult to disarm than a knife without such a retention device. Generally speaking, ...


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Be Proactive Any "stance" against a knife gives the wrong idea about what you should be doing. Now, I'm sure the instructor here is not advocating standing there and shelling up. But he is not engaging the knife-wielding attacker. It is important to be pro-active versus a knife, not reactive, and the idea of this "stance" is fundamentally reactive. If ...


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The only effective stance against a knife attack is the Usain Bolt stance, i.e. run.


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Won’t it hit/stab the wielder if knocked/pushed in? If you are engaging force-on-force, you are making a fundamental bagua error. Circle walking and palm change training is all about changing these fighting angles so you do not have to oppose force with force directly. For the situation above, one example of applying this principle would be to slide a knife ...


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ANY level of protection in a knife fight is more apparent. Because those cuts hurt. If you ever saw the movie "Under Siege" Tommy Lee Jones and Steven Seagal enage in a knife fight, Jones' character sustains many cuts but a leather jacket kept serious damage at bay. A hard metal watch, jewelry, gauntlets, anything that can protect you


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As I noted above, I'm not a practitioner of Chinese martial arts, so feel free to take this with a grain of salt, but this fellow has a treatise on using the weapons that suggests they're not that dangerous to the user. The most common complaint about these blades is that they are more dangerous to you than your opponent. The danger of cutting yourself on ...


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The traditional kerambit was quite larger than the usual ones for sale. For most of the silat styles I've seen, the tool-usage was cutting rice stalks. The smallest sized kerambit-shaped blades were used for textiles - cutting fabric and twine. For general use in the wilderness, you can find a good variety of machete-style blades from Indonesia, Malaysia ...


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If you want to counter the karambit, you need to know its strength and weaknesses. Strength: It's really powerful and can easily cut through thick fabric in close range. (Some police forces are armed with cut-proof or slash-proof vests, which will be useless against a karambit) Weakness: It's really short, obviously. But more importantly, the user must put ...


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I once used an elastic pipe. It's extremely cheap, can be cut to the proper length and you can't accidentally hurt yourself with it, even without protective gear. http://www.fraenkische.com/portal/mdb_cumulus.php?id=26527 Another good option is a rubber or maybe wooden knife on which you put chalk along the edge. This way you will definitely notice a cut.


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