- Dec 19, 2004
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What does 'know what he's doing with a knife' really mean to you? Does it mean he's some high level, ranked and frocked grand mufti of some system? How about just a big, angry man with no formal training, and murderous intent, who's stabbed people before, and who's single driving desire is to run you through?Good comments from everyone. I suppose it depends upon what it means by close quarters, in other words how close, and if the gun is drawn and if the gun man has every intention to pull the trigger the moment you resist. I do believe it is obvious that a drawn gun outside the reach of someone is obviously more dangerous than a knife, than again that might not be considered close quarter. If the gunman has a gun to your back with every intention to pull the trigger the moment you make your move, obviously the gun would be more dangerous. But if he is in the process of drawing a gun within arms length, than I can agree that the knife might indeed be more dangerous, and I see your point. I would prefer to go against a guy with a knife rather than a gun in most situations, and it should be kept in mind that it is likely guns were not the primary weapon Fairbairn dealt with as a police officer, knives were far more common in Shanghai back than. But good comments all, and without a doubt a knife does give someone a tremendous advantage, I just believe that some guy who doesn't know what he's doing with a knife automatically becomes a 12th degree black belt is hyperbole, with all due respect to John Perkins.
Do you think some formal 12th degree black belt in knife-fu-do somehow trumps that? I think we do ourselves a disservice to believe that 'formal training' equals superior skill. The knife is a simple instrument, and it doesn't require complicated training to utilize effectively. Push the knife in, pull out, repeat as needed as rapidly and powerfully as possible. Here's a good example of how that really looks....
Oh, and this is a good wakeup call....<warning: not for the squeemish' Notice the REAL knife attack at the 1:45 mark......what style of martial arts do you think he was using?
Now, there are some who've commented on knife defense 'Oh yeah, i'd just use my kung-fu parry and then crush his trachea with my knife edge hand strike'.....ahuh.....
You should watch how REAL knife attacks occur, and train accordingly. Why do we show prison knife attacks? Because someone who has been in HERE is who you're going to run in to on the street if you ever find yourself confronted by a knife! It's as fine a 'dojo' for knife attacks as you'll ever see!
And keep in mind that the largest mass-murder in US history was committed with box-cutters......the human mind is the weapon, and it's ability to apply tools in violently destructive ways is only limited by his imagination, creativity and desire to destroy! Never underestimate the 'other'.
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