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Self-Defense Tip #89 — Knife in groundwork

Don’t you think there is something wrong with this book cover?

Considering that in addition to the point, the knife has a sharp edge or even two, which can cut forward and backward with little pressure, why use it as if it were a dull stake needing a lot of force behind it?

I don’t imagine the book’s author, Matt Larsen, doesn’t know that drawing a knife and then striking with a large windup is silly, especially while grappling. This is a posed photo, likely designed by a publisher’s artist to conform with popular notions of knife fighting on the ground, here to exemplify hand-to-hand combat. If the cover photo were showing an efficient technique of knifing in groundwork, hardly anybody would notice the knife, much less recognize that someone is in lethal danger–hence the cover would draw less attention and fewer books would be sold.

So now, to the proper mechanics: First, to get the knife in your hand you have to draw it, from its sheath or from wherever you keep it. You should cut on that first move out–do not draw the knife and then wind up to stab. Second, if your stab is blocked, you should not try to bypass the block or, even worse, to overpower it; instead, cut the blocking limb while pulling back.

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Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express.

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