We have been discussing various aspects of Defensive Knife Use lately. I don’t know about you, but I think of my EDC knife as a weapon of last resort. That being said, the only training I have from a defensive point of view is a year of Tai Chi Chuan (the “boxing” form of Tai Chi, not the interpretive dance for Senior Citizens – we actually sparred against the Kung Fu students). While advanced practitioners eventually progress to what is known as “Sword Form”, utilizing a broadsword known as a dao, Tai Chi’s applicability to a street fight in modern life is questionable.
There are many forms of DKU training, both knife specific and as a complement to traditional martial arts styles. One style of martial art that lends itself particularly well to knife use was invented by the Israelis – Krav Maga. (Technically, it was invented by a Hungarian Jew, Imi Lichtenfeld, pre-WW2, and refined following his eventual relocation to the newly formed state of Israel (h/t IvG)).
In a nutshell, the philosophy behind Krav Maga is that the practitioner meets a threat with sudden, violent force. You use strikes to vulnerable areas such as the neck, knees, and groin, seeking to immediately disable your opponent or to create an opening to either escape or deploy a weapon – any weapon, traditional or improvised (book, chair, tool, etc.).
I recently discovered that there is a Krav Maga studio in Knoxville. It is something I intend to look into more following the conclusion of the fishing season. You can never have enough training, especially when the safety of your family and self are concerned.
So my question is this:
Do any of you have actual training in Defensive Knife Use?
If so, I would love to hear details and suggestions for avenues of exploration.