May 16, 2016, Israel
This is a real knife, it cuts, it kills, do not play martial arts games with it. You have been warned.
I just viewed a brief clip labeled "Knife Defense", what I saw greatly upset me. Of course I was very familiar with the technique. Back in the 1980s I trained endlessly with this technique. I was even tested on this during my black belt test. I recall one of the other students, who tested before m, she said... "Of course it was all choreographed, we each played into the hands of the other, we made an agreement beforehand. We practically leaped into each other's defense to make it look good."
The only problem with this approach is it will not work with a terrorist, or a criminal. My fellow students put on a show in order to impress and earn their black belts. I can understand. And that is precisely how students pass martial arts tests. Everyone knows very well what part to play.
It took me a while to realize that the chances of this knife defense technique working in real-life encounters are about the same as...actually I cannot think of an example where the odds ae so slim, so unlikely.
How can anyone still actually be teaching this techniques???
This technique involves perfect timing, being "one" with your opponent, side-steeping in a perfect semi-circle, and grabbing and controlling the opponent's wrist while all this is happening. Like I said, I have done this thousands of times, in training. I dropped it over twenty years ago.
Anyone with real life experience should know this will never work. We at IKI Krav Maga certainly never approve such technique, Never! They are too risky and your life is too valuable.
Easy, Simple, Gross Motor moves: that is it, nothing more. Fancy footwork, precision timing, rapid hand movements, speed, strength, no, never - We do not advocate that.
We are dealing with real people, we are dealing with real knife attacks, so let us not do "Fantasy Martial Arts". This is not a martial arts show, an exhibition. This is not a competition or a demonstration. This is real life we are preparing for.
Such techniques must never be included in our curriculum. Old style fancy jujitsu is not part of Krav Maga. I simply do not trust those techniques.
I treat your life as I do my own. We keep it real.
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