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Got Training?

Jun 29, 1999
Recently someone brought up the question, in another thread, of how many of us here have the training to properly employ a knife in a self defense situation. So, how many of us do?
I have spent several years studing knife fighting, both the Eastern and the Western styles, and I train on a regular basis.

I've studied Ed Parker's Kenpo for over four years now. Though Mr. Parker was quite proficient with the Nunchaku, the primary weapons of Kenpo are the knife and stick.
His belief is that, at any given time, you will have a stick or knife available to you.

The Kenpo techniques are naturally adaptable to the knife, including the ones involving contact manipulation.

I am also open to other influences as well, reading books and watching videos from others like James Keating and Michael Janich.

I always strive to maintain my skills, learning something new every week!

"May you live in interesting times"

AKTI - A000389

My "Knife Specific" training comes from James Keating...love that Riddle. General "edge weapon" training from a combination of Kang Duk Won (mainly) and Arnis over the past 10 years.

[This message has been edited by C Rushing (edited 20 September 1999).]
what training knives do you use? Are they cheap rubber ones like Boker's model, or crafted from aluminum after your real knives?
Just got back from Kali class, three times a week.

Balisongs -- because it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!
I do not know.I went to the best schools and chewed the covers off of the books.I`d guess that I`m a fair hand.I can write this.

No formal knife training for me. I visited a ninjitsu school once, to see how they teach weapon techniques, but it was a laugh. I guess it was because of a very immature instructor. I only have regular formal jiu jitsu training. I practice knife defense with several friends after class, during so called free training sessions. I find that most jiu jitsu techniques are easily adapted to knife defense techniques. Ofcourse we have to be creative, and we read and evaluate any literature that comes our way. But, I have the feeling that there aren't many arts that teach knife techniques in my country (the Netherlands). And schools that do teach them are probably located far from my place. But we have the feeling that with a solid foundation (jiu jitsu) and some imagination and a great deal of trying and testing, we have 'come up' with some nice techniques.
As with Mr. Blonde, I have no serious formal training in knife fighting. I have studied various styles of Kung fu and Tae Kwon Do and have also practiced with individuals who have both training and experience with weapons(staff, nunchuks and knives) and continue to work on speed, accuracy and dexterity.
I am by no means any kind of expert, but I figure when the chips are down I can probably hold my own. Something I hope never to put to the test.

"Worst of all my foes, I fear the enemy within"
*John Wesley*

Romans 10:9-10

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I've been learning Wing Tchun off and on for the last few years. Joined a new class this year and we do weapons dis-arms occasionally which the unarmed style is quite readily adaptable to.

I'd like to learn their butterfly knife form (12-14" blades), but it's unlikely I'd ever be carrying one of those around.

Sadly there's no Escrima classes nearby. I went to a class once which is taught by Bram Frank (when he's in England) where they used plastic replicas of Spyderco folders! It was really very good, and very compatible with the Wing Tchun.

2nd degree black belt in Parker Kenpo.

Train with knives though hopefully the encounter would be over before a knife could be drawn...

Knife and stick wise, learned Latosa Escrima under Rene Latosa.

Currently learning Wing Chun and playing with different weapons with a senior student/instuctor that I learned with while taking escrima.