Real Knife Self-Defense

Since Knife self-defense is such a popular topic these days–and for good reason–I plan on doing more posts on this. Most training in knife self-defense is very poor and actually quite dangerous. Most of the videos you’ll find online are a joke, and will very likely get you killed if you attempted any of that nonsense in a real self-defense situation. I’ve been trained in knife self-defense (both unarmed against a knife, knife against a knife, knife against other weapons and against multiple assailants, stick versus knife, etc.) from masters in northern and southern Kung Fu styles (including Wing Chun), from masters in Aikido and Aikijujutsu, from Filipino stylists, as well as from my synthetic American karate instructor who has taught knife self-defense (and knife techniques) to members of elite and special forces across the world (Germany, France, Israel, UK, U.S., etc.).

There are two very good videos, however, I’d like to share with you that I think will helpfully bring some realism to your training, or at least to your expectations. The first is a clip of the famous Filipino (and other) stylist Jeff Imada, showing Aikido stylists the real dangers of a knife. No one gets hurt, but you see how a well-trained knife fighter is a force to be reckoned with: Check out the clip here.

The second clip is of self-defense expert Dean Lawler teaching knife self-defense. You can see that clip here. Watch carefully. Contrast 0.20 to 0.42 with the segment from 0.50 to 1.20. What you’ll notice is that 0.20 to 0.42 is very much like what we find in training, and is very unrealistic. 0.50 to 1.20 is far more realistic, and terrifying. No one gets injured, but this shows you what a real serious knife attack can look like. This is for real, even though it’s not real.

For safe realistic knife self-defense training I highly recommend purchasing the eva foam training knives, like the one pictured at the top of this post. They are a little more expensive than your run of the mill rubber knives, but will do less damage to your body. Anyone going full contact with rubber or plastic knives knows the bruising your body can get. These are excellent training knives and much safer to use.

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Real Knife Self-Defense