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In a knife fight, why use techniques that will only stop a pussy? What happens when you have to fig hi a real opponent? Think about it, then read on!


With all knife fighting grips, hold the knife as securely and lightly as possible to make sure it never leaves your hand during the aliack.

Ice Pick Grip

This grip ean be used effectively in rear attacks, when stabbing someone in the back. If you are able lo hit your opponent from I he rear, however, it is not terribly important what grip you use!

The knife is held with a clenched fist, with the blade extending out from the bottom of the hand (like using an iee pick).

The ice pick grip is not common in frontal assaults from a standing position, contrary to martial arts literature, and it is not common or effective when defending oneself. Some popular knife fighting books devote over half the pages to defense against overhead.

The Ice Pick Knife Grip
Ice pick grip.

ice pick grip, frontal attacks. Defending against a knife would be much easier if all you had to worry about were such telegraphed, single, overhead blows.

Fighting Grip

This is a common grip found in magazines and books It is. however, "arm-chair warrior" theory.

With this grip, the thumb does not wrap around the hand but rests on top of the knife handle. The blade extends out from the thumb at the top of the hand. You might feel comfortable using this grip, but it is not practical. It is not as secure as the hit grip because the thumb is not used properly—to grip any objcct firmly, you must use your thumb. Dry both and make your own evaluation.

Hit Grip

The hit grip is primarily for penetration. It is the pre ferred grip for serious business.

Aikido Knife Defense

The overhead, ice pick grip knife attack is another knife fighting myth perpetuated by TV. books, and the martial arts.

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Fighting grip.
Hit Grip With Knife
Hit grip.

The hand is wrapped around the handle into a fist, with the blade extending from the top of the hand, between the thumb and index finger. Your thumb is the key element for a secure grip.


A proper knife fighting stance starts with a solid foundation. Your feet should be about shoulder width apart; keep your knees bent, and lean forward at the waist. Your lead hand is extended and open, ready to strike. Your knife hand is retracted and close to the body so your opponent cannot attempt to disarm you without bringing himself into your striking and stabbing range. Keep your eyes on your opponent at all times—as mentioned earlier, a knife fight is often over in a matter of seconds. Remember this when assuming a stance, practicing footwork, etc.

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A proper knife fighting stance.

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The photographs on this and the following page show a one-two attack drill using a focus glove.

There are only two basic, effective frontal attacks. The Hrst—the foundation of any frontal attack—is the one-two strike. Also known as a combination, one-two blows are individual techniques applied in quick sequence. This is never a single blow—you must first lead with an empty-hand strike and then follow through with a knife thrust. Each technique must be effective and there should not be any hesitation between strikes.

It is not difficult for a socccr goalie to block a single shot, but if a second and third ball were shot at the same time, at least one is likely to get through. The same is true in unarmed and weapon attacks. For experienced fighters, single blows arc too easy to block and do not create openings in the opponents defense.

Lead (Empty) Hand Strikes

In a one-two attack, you first strike with your empty hand to create an opening. The eyes are the primary

Knife Fighting Strikes

target. Actual eye contact is not as Important as general vision interference. This will force your opponent to close his eyes, lose his balance, or cause him to overreact. One of these will be his natural reaction to your first offensive strike, and your opening will be created.

Empty-hand strikes should be quick and hard, and utilize the entire body, not Just the arm. Fist or palm strikes can be effective; however, a palm strike is usually best. You may also use a palm strike to grab for control (sec "Control of the Opponents Left Side." below). Following the empty-hand strike (or a convincing feint), the rctracted knife hand thrusts Immediately for the opening. Never allow your opponent time for a defense opportunity.

Note: If you an; unarmed when attacked by someone with a knife, the primary offensive targets for you are the testicles, eyes, and throat. Go for them.


The second basic frontal attack is the three-step attack, also called a "deceptive lead." Again, never lead

Savate Palm Strikes

A lead hand strike to the eyes, the initial movement of a one-two attack.

with the weapon in the eritieal zone (the distance at which you can be hit by a particular individual). The safe distance is further than the opponent's outstretched limbs.

The only significant difference between the one-two attack and this method is that, in a three-step attack, you intentionally feint with the knife while out of range, luring your opponent into a premature strike. This will open his defense. Immediately enter the critical zone with the knife retracted and apply the basic one-two movement.

Stab the enemy until he is down, regardless of where you are punched, kicked, stabbed, elbowed, or whatever. Oncc your adversary is down, you must take him out. Make absolutely certain that he will die.


Your opponent's left side is a primary knife target for several critical reasons. If you have control of your opponent's left side (or right side, if you're left-handed), it is difficult for him to protect that area which has

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An cffcctlvc attack combination. Starting on the previous page, the attacker performs a one-two attack, then gains control of the defender's left side by grabbing his arm and spinning him. The attacker stabs the exposed, unprotected area.

Income your most convenient target—his now exposed left kidney, lung, etc. It is even more, effective if you can actually turn him to the side once you have control. Alter all. grappling does occur in knife atlacks. Study the photographs carefully.


1) From an offensive knife stance, quickly step forward (lead foot first, rear foot following), closing the gap while simultaneously striking with the lead (empty) hand.

2) Immediately stab with the retracted knife hand.

3) Grab the left arm (or jacket sleeve, collar, back of neck, hair) and spin the opponent to your left, exposing his left side.

4) Continue stabbing the opponent in any exposed area, as many times as possible.


A vital target is relative to who you are trying to stop. With many opponents, even the most meaningless blow will put them down. With other individuals, however, your best shot to a vital target will not stop them, especially if the "vital" large! is based on martial arts theory. Remember, the key word is determination. You can hit some people hard enough in the arm to make them run. There is a difference between what will stop a pussy and what will stop a violent, determined opponent—a big difference!


T\vo-thirds of (he heart is on the left side of the chest. If you aim for the middle of the chest, your knife is apt to rebound off the sternum. Remember, karate studio theory and laboratory conditions arc not real-life situations. Unless you have actually been in a knife fight, it is all theory.


The neck is a vital target from any angle. The optimal entrance to the spinal cord lies at the base of the skull. If you are able to attack your opponent from the rear, put your left hand around his throat or mouth and pull him backward and down as you thrust your knife. Attempt to push out through the front of the neck. Use the hit grip with maximum force.

Even though there is no such thing as a "silent kill" with a knife, a sharp piece of metal through the neck at the base of the skull is one of the quickest killing methods at your disposal. Unfortunately, it is not the most practical target since it is difficult to attack someone from behind.

Certain "experts" might tell you not to put your hand over an opponent s mouth because he could bite your finger off. Tills Is nonsense. In a violent attack, if you put your hand over the opponent's mouth as hard as you can and immediately follow with a knife thrust, I guarantee he will not bite your hand. If he is getting a blade pumped into his back, biting your finger will not enter his mind.

Hamstring Cut

Warning: This technique cannot be included in the basic attacks—it is a more advanced move.

This target is most effective when adapted to the deceptive lead. Lead with the knife hand outside the critical zone and lure the opponent into a premature attack. Hold the knife hand low, with the arm extended. In this case, grabbing the leg will substitute for the empty-hand strike. Once you have control of the leg. cut the hamstring just above the back of the knee, or stab the torso if your knife does not have a cutting edge.

This is but one of many situations that would enable you to gain control of your opponents leg. Once you have control of his leg. you can attack him either while he is standing or on the ground. It is nut difficult to put him on his back after you have control of his leg.


An object jab serves the same purpose as the empty-hand strike. The objective is to confusc or blind the opponent so that he will be unprotected for the follow-up blow.

Instead of an empty-hand strike, use your lead hand to throw ari object into your opponent's face, then immediately thrust the knife. The object can be a shirt, sand, ashtray, chemicals, shoe, cigarette—anything. This technique is an effective defense against a knife attack, as well.

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An objcct jab using a towel.


An objcct jab using a towel.


The time between your empty-hand strike and the knife thrust should be as short as possible. Continue to pump the knife into the opponent until he is down and/or dead, depending on the situation.

In a life-threatening situation, get whatever you can, when you can. as many times as you can!


The stance for lighting with other weapons is similar to knife fighting. The same fighting principles also apply regardless of the weapon, ijc„ police baton, hammer, tire iron, car antenna, stick, or pipe. Never lead with the weapon within striking range, and use the empty-hand strike (or feint) to set up the weapon-hand strike.

Weapon strikes should be similar to hand strikes.

Effective combinations should move smoothly from one target to another while maintaining proper balance, defense, and power. Just as a right cross should be followed by a left hook, a baton strike to the left side of the opponent's head should be followed by a backhand strike to the right side, and so forth.

These are basic, effective, natural movements utilizing maximum power and balance. If this "scientific" approach fails or is not instinctive enough for you. then hit him in the head until lies dead!

Your anatomy permits certain movements that can appear simple and direct In a fight, but that does not necessarily make them practical fighting techniques. A crosshand block is an example of this—you can do it. but it might tie your arms up. a position you definitely do not want them In. You must be able to distinguish between techniques that arc physically possible to apply In a fight and techniques that are practical. There is a big difference!

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