Knife Fight: Myths and Reality

The knife is a melee weapon. In some cases, namely at distances up to three meters, it is superior in its effectiveness to firearms, which loses in the speed of pulling out and preparing for use.

Another important advantage of a knife is its compactness and noiselessness.

Although professionals can cope with an ordinary household knife, mainly special combat knives are used for knife fighting. In addition to humans, opponents can also be animals, for example, service dogs.

The knife fighting technique includes various pricks, cuts, blocks and blade grips, as well as throwing techniques.

This knife fight is a terrible, quick and bloody act, and in fact is a rather rare phenomenon. Sports knife fight (SNB) is very widespread, because of which many and very many fans nourish the illusions, believing that the duel with the use of knives is a beautiful and interesting duel.

In this regard, there are a lot of tales and tales, among which we have identified the most popular. We got 13 myths about the knife fight (and some turned out to be facts!). Here they are:

1. Having learned the technique of knife possession, it will be easy to resist the enemy armed with the same blade

Unfortunately, this is not always true. Therefore, experienced instructors try not to instill in the souls of students a sense of false confidence that, having obtained certain skills in training, they will be able to fully control any situation. So if there is an opportunity to avoid a fight with an opponent who is armed with a knife, you should certainly use it.

2. It is best to resist the enemy, armed with a knife, while in a certain rack

A rather dangerous mistake, especially if a low and wide stance is assumed, which does not at all contribute to an increase in the speed of movement. It should be remembered that it is precisely mobility that is the most necessary factor in a real battle, because, according to experienced experts, a rack that is ideal for all moments of a fight simply does not exist. But the ability to choose the best way to move in certain combat conditions is really important.

3. Knife sparring is like a fencers bout

This is not true. Indeed, in a real brawl, various objects that came to hand (stool, table lamp, etc.), used to knock down the enemy down and get a certain advantage, are used. Capture, successfully carried out the block or fall immediately change the balance of power, forcing opponents to use completely different techniques to protect their lives. Therefore, an experienced instructor teaches how to fight at different distances and in any position.

4. The main thing in a knife fight is sliding blocks that help to divert the blows of the enemy

Some Asian technicians attach the passes and strikes of blows of extremely great importance. Indeed, such techniques help develop sensitivity, coordination of movements, increase the speed of the fighter. However, practice coaches claim that at a short distance it is more effective to capture, rather than withdraw, the enemy’s armed hand. The sliding block should be used only in the case when it is not possible to capture.

5. There is an ideal grip, the most dangerous in combat. It is by the way your opponent holds the knife that you can determine the level of his skill.

Wrong opinion. In each combat situation, the fighter uses exactly the grip that is most effective for a particular case. Sometimes a single-blade blade has to be rotated in order to locate it in one or another plane necessary to achieve the desired result. Because the grip used at the beginning of the battle, can not be a sign of the level of experience of the enemy. Much more important is the ability to apply this or that grip with maximum speed depending on the situation.

6. The most effective grip of the knife, in which the thumb is pointing up

This kind of position of the hand (with a bulging thumb and index finger) is sometimes encountered in some Filipino teachers who have considerable, and deserved, authority. The mentioned position of the fingers is used in grips, hooks, and is absolutely indispensable when working with certain types of Indonesian cold arms (for example, Kris sapucal is a dagger with a straight blade). But, in the first place, the masters themselves say that in a real fight, this kind of grip is never used. Secondly, it should be taken into account that it is more than half of the thumb that ensures the effectiveness of gripping the knife handle, if it is pointing up – the enemy can easily dislodge the weapon from the hands of the fighter, having obtained a considerable advantage and all the chances of winning the fight.

7. A knife from the hands of the enemy is easy to kick.

For a novice fighter this kind of blow can end up quite pitifully, since an armed opponent is quite capable of cutting his leg without making any effort – it will be enough just to position the knife at a certain angle. The more experienced fighters use this technique more effectively, but they do not overestimate its importance, since they use the whole body and the whole arsenal of knife fight methods they know during defense and attack.

8. The first successful strike with a blade will plunge the enemy into shock and neutralize him. Therefore, one should not hold, but push aside the wounded opponent as far as possible.

Unfortunately, this is not the case, especially if you are dealing with an experienced adversary. It should be noted that only beginners or people who do not have a strong will, the kind of their own blood can plunge into a state of shock. The rest continue to fight for their lives, sometimes even in an unconscious state. Therefore, experienced instructors teach the skills of self-preservation, which are necessary even after a successful attack, arguing that in no case should one repel a wounded opponent — you give him complete freedom of action. The best solution is to disarm and block the enemy until you are sure that he is incapacitated.

9. When blocking and disarming the enemy, there is a high risk of injury.

Yes it is. But if there is no possibility to retreat, you have to fight for your life by all known methods. One of them is disarming and blocking the enemy. And it is precisely the inexperience of a fighter in this situation that can serve a good service, since his behavior is completely impossible to predict. In such a situation, the blocker may be injured, but significantly increases his chances of staying alive.

10. Knife combat is a beautiful sight.

Yes, fights in films sometimes look interesting and quite attractive. However, the reality looks completely different. In the fight with the use of cold weapons, people inevitably suffer, being injured of various kinds, sometimes fatal. And those who are going to apply the skills acquired in training, in practice, should be prepared for this rather unattractive spectacle.

11. The ability to wield a knife in a real modern battle helps little

Wrong opinion. Training not only allows fighters to master knife fighting skills, but also makes people more collected and serious, improves reaction speed and coordination, the ability to navigate in space and to own their own body. The importance of these factors in real combat conditions can not be overemphasized.

To achieve the best results, you should prefer a knife with a blade of a certain shape. The effectiveness of actions in real combat is determined by the skills and skills of the fighter, and the shape and size of the blade play a secondary role.

12. Mastering the basics of knife combat can be a couple of months.

Some information about how to handle cold weapons can really be learned quite quickly. But in order to obtain real combat skills, you will have to spend at least six months stubborn regular training.

13. If a man with a knife attacks you, the main thing is to have time to get your weapon.

There are techniques that allow you to dodge an opponent’s knife in order to get time to remove your blade from its scabbard. However, according to the results of tests conducted in England, in order to have time to repel the attack of an enemy armed with a knife, a fighter should reach for his weapon when his opponent is about 7 meters away. Otherwise, the chances of surviving an unarmed person are sharply reduced.

Knife Fight: Myths and Reality

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