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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Knife Defense

This was brought to my attention by a fellow FaceBook friend. Here is a video of Grandmaster Keith Kernspecht demonstrating some knife defenses. This FB friend actually asked us for our thoughts (keeping it respectful) and it's no surprise that the majority of the comments did not agree with the tactics demonstrated here.

Here's what I think of the video - i think it's not the most effective methods for knife defense, in fact very different from what I've been exposed to by my instructor (who's Sifu is Kernspecht himself). In fact, it's probably very dangerous to try pulling these moves against a weaponed attacker.

That said, I do think that the exercises he's showing are great for making your tan-sao, bong-sao, etc more effective. It emphasizes complete relaxation, compromised positioning and ideas of attacking. it's hard to say if he's teaching this as a method for knife defense, or simply using the knife as a practice tool to train bong sao/tan sao and has explicitly told his students that these are not knife defenses.

anyway, what are your thoughts?

for the video, click here.

until then.

1 comment:

Hertao Self Defense said...

Hey Grasshopper,

I just watched the video, and I think the majority of those moves would get you killed. Aside from the fact that none of them were shown at full speed/power, the majority were defense first, followed by a lame counter. Anyone who knows how to use a knife would either strike with their free hand when all you do is tan or bong on the first beat, or pull back with the knife, slashing your blocking arm.

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