There are many so-called "experts" who claim to be able to teach you either knife fighting or defense against a knife. The problem is that most of them are just teaching regurgitated martial arts, usually from the Philippines. While I have lots of respect for the martial arts of other lands, the truth is that you live where you do. Odds are you are not in a "knife culture." And that means that whatever you do regarding knives must:
A) Work to keep you alive against how you are likely to be attacked by a knife in your homeland
B) If it does work, not put you in prison for murder or manslaughter
While B is important, it only becomes an issue if you survive A. Unfortunately, based on a lot of what I have been seeing taught with my own eyes or encountered while working with the students of these self-proclaimed "knife experts" getting past A is going to be a whole lot tougher than you think. Quite simply, most knife assaults are assassination attempts...how they occur is significantly different than how one "knife fights." While I express my opinions on other knife instructors elsewhere, what this page is for is to help you avoid some of the more common pitfalls with what is being taught out there.
Oh yeah, one more thing, always remember...it's your ass on the line out there, so don't let *anybody* tell you that you don't have the right to ask about these things or think for yourself.
Michael Janich has trained SF vets, police and street fighters in the techniques of knife fighting for years. Now this highly successful, comprehensive instruction is available to the average soldier,
martial artist or defense-minded citizen who is interested in developing the practical skills required for today's combative streets.
don't remember who said it, but "One of the greatest tragedies of this century is that a man can live his entire life without ever knowing if he is a coward or not." Unfortunately, that statement rings all too true for people who are trying to prove something to themselves with reality based self-defense or by learning the ultimate knife fighting system.
I know the fear, I know the gnawing self-doubt that can eat away at you. I know about doubting if you are a man because you are scared of violence. Gawd damn it, you should be scared of violence. It is a horrible, traumatizing, life altering experience. One that had I known what I know now when I was younger, I never would have been so quick to engage in.
.I also know the sweet sounding lies that seem like the answer to these painful motivations. Lies that we tell ourselves to keep from looking in the places where we really could get help. Lies that are told by organizations that are pandering to you fears instead of providing solid, reliable information. I assure you like siren calls of drugs, alcohol or other addictions, these lies are not the way out.
I'd heartily recommend that you take a look at the Tough Enough, the Hollywood Macho and making you tough pages and do some serious reflecting on why you think being a knife fighter is such a great thing.
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