- Aug 3, 2015
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Yeah I agree with this completely. After my son learned his dagger form and it's applications, it became really clear to me that the majority of the knife defense videos on youtube are just going to get someone cut. There's one technique that literally peels the flesh off the arm like an apple but in bigger chunks and from what I can tell it appears to be something that would done when someone tries to seize the knife hand.Very sensible to be scared of knives to be honest, I wish more people were so they'd give then some respect and stop teaching this 'just kick it out of the hand' rot. There is an awful lot of bad knife defence being taught.
Out of everything that you said, this is your biggest problem. I don't know of any martial arts for self-defense that is a fast learning system. Martial arts takes time. Learning the Form or technique is actually fast. Learning how to apply it in a real fight requires a deeper understanding of the technique, of yourself, and of various types of attacks that you are most likely to have to deal with. The chances that you'll fight someone who knows the same martial art that you know is very slim, especially if you live in the U.S.I don't have a lot of time free either.
If you don't have a lot of time then definitely don't take a Chinese Martial art which will cover knife defense.
Sapphire brings up some good points as well. I always cared about Martial Arts from a self-defense perspective and when I went shopping around, I knew the martial art style had to be practical and not fancy and not used in a sport. Sometimes the martial arts schools that boast about trophies for forms, and point sparring are the ones that you want to stay away from. The ones that talk about continuous sparring and getting into the ring are the ones that focus more on applying the techniques in real life fight situations.