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Asked about his preference, a straight knife or a straight razor, G. S. first replied, “Get lost.” When pressed, he repeated, “Get lost.” But finally being a good friend, he relented and said, “Knife.” Asked why, he said:
“Once I slashed a fellow, my razor got jammed in his mandible and broke. So there I was: Argument like hell, man is screaming, blood is flowing—and I have no weapon…. But a knife doesn’t break like that. You poke a fellow, he feels worse, runs away, doesn’t even know he was stabbed, and then drops.”
BTW, keep in mind that in this exchange, G. S. talked about a straight knife. In his demo on the DVD Self-Defense: Tools of Attack, G. S. shows pruning or hawkbill knives, very different tools.
For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.
To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Defend Against Weapons
To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …
To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.
Staying cool under pressure is more important for self-defense than being physically fit and technically skilled. If you can’t control your mind what can you control?
To learn mental techniques that let you calmly face any threat and act rationally in the heat of a fight, click here.
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