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Understanding Self Defense Escalation Levels


Self Defense Escalation

Self Defense Escalation Levels

Self Defense Escalation Levels

It still surprised me today how many martial artists do not understand what self defense actually is. For some reason many glorify it in to some kind of epic combat or great battle. All the while saying they understand the difference between "sport" and "street." You see this most often in the form of bad questions and answers as to which art is superior for street defense. They do not know or understand Self Defense Escalation Levels.  Self Defense does NOT occur when 2 or more people agree to fight.

Understanding Self Defense Escalation Levels is critical for success on today's streets. Every day the streets become more intense, and more dangerous as more and more people become upset with the current status of their existence. From dissension to mental illnesses there is a lot going on today.

This is the reason I have updated and released our 3 Level Certification Courses called Humane Pressure Point Tactics.

Self Defense Escalation - Low Level
Self Defense Escalation Levels

Self Defense Escalation Levels

Seeing the warning signs of coming violence is a life saver! These skills will not just protect you but also anyone else in the area!

The first level of Self Defense Escalation we look at is the low level. This is the interview or prelude to violence. And this will occur 95% of the time. Being blind sided does happen, however it is not as common as most people think it is. Violence is a very psychological event, and the need for the attacker to dominate and scare is part of this picture.  This model applies to from simple assault all the way to the horrific mass shootings.

Low Self Defense Escalation requires a certain skill set, which includes a physical element. You need to learn and possess certain verbal skills, as well as physical skills to preemptively hand bad situations. That is what HPPT Level One is all about!

Self Defense Escalation - Medium Level

Now the term medium level may confuse you a little bit, so let me explain. At the Self Defense Escalation Medium Level the situation has now escalated to violence with the first punch or gab having happened. Once at this point the negotiations have ended and the physical threat must be met with "reasonable force."

However no threat of the taking of life has been made, no weapon introduced or suspected.

H.P.P.T Humane Pressure Point Tactics

H.P.P.T Humane Pressure Point Tactics

This is the level that most martial artists wrongly feel comfortable in. However many many times the martial artist overestimate their own skills or underestimate the attacker. Medium Level can go to High Level in heart beat and therefore there is much to consider! And many martial artists get in trouble here for "excessive force" as well! 

This level of Self Defense Escalation also requires verbal skills as well as physical skills. Humane Pressure Point Tactics Level Two Certification is designed for this particular level of Self Defense Escalation.

Self Defense Escalation - High Level

This is the "oh shit" moment when you realize that:

a) Your attacker is not alone.

b) That your attacker has a weapon

Both of these High Level Self Defense Escalation points are seriously life changing and life threatening! At this point the only thing that matters is getting out of the situation with your life still intact! There is no win or lose here, there is only survival! Plus there needs to be an understanding that a lot has gone wrong for you to be at this point! 

13 Misconceptions about Knife Attacks

Self Defense Escalation High Level Attack

Escape from this situation requires very special skills and a very special mindset! All of the "self defense vs weapon" dreams do not apply here! That is fantasy! This is reality! One such example is the countless misconceptions of what happens in a knife attack, or the believe that somehow you will disarm the attacker and save the day!

No you need the skills to get out and get out fast! You also need to understand why you are still alive and how to proceed from that point!  Humane Pressure Point Tactics Level Three Certification is to give you these skills, skills to understand, and deal with a life threatening situation. 

Currently I am offering the 3 certification courses at a substantial discount! However this cannot continue forever! Very soon the prices will be increased to the regular pricing levels for the information provided.

These are not only courses to teach you these skills need for Understanding Self Defense Escalation Levels but also to certify you as a teach so that you can with confidence bring this important information to the general public!

If you follow the link below it will explain how these courses work, and let you get started today with the process! Don't miss the price either! Sometimes when opportunity presents itself you have to seize the moment!

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

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Kyusho Close Quarters Combat [Self Defense]

Kyusho Close Quarters Combat

Kyusho Close Quarters Combat

Kyusho Close Quarters Combat

I will tell you from the beginning I am not a fan of the term "combat" when it comes to self defense. It in my mind can be somewhat misleading. The majority of people who will read this post are not military men and women. They are civilians like me. What is the difference? Combat is a different mindset. Self Defense another. But, for the sake of the way people view things, lets talk today to see if there are Kyusho Close Quarters Combat solutions.

For the get-go I will state emphatically YES, there are Kyusho Close Quarters Combat Solution. We also have to remember that in the science of pressure point self defense, Kyusho Jitsu is implemented into a martial art style or system to enhance it! So depending on the style you train in, will come the direct techniques to handle close quarters fighting. 

Now my root art is Hapkido, and so there is a lot of in close techniques we have for use in these kinds of situations. But today I am going to address a question I saw on Quora about Kyusho Close Quarters Combat. The question is "Which fighting style is best in enclosed spaces such as in buses or planes?"

​​​​​​​Kyusho Close Quarters Combat

My own personal experience teaching this comes from a law in Ontario which greatly restricts the right of self defense to "public servants." People in this category are teachers, firemen, civil servants, ambulance paramedics etc,etc.  In their great lack of knowledge, understanding and common sense and because of a fear of "law suites" the government of the province implemented a course called "non violence crisis intervention." 

Kyusho Close Quarters Combat

Kyusho Close Quarters Combat

A patient turning violent inside an ambulance is one of the most dangerous situations a medic can face. They deal with many different potentially dangerous situations such as drug abuse and serious mental disorders. Are you in a similar job?

Humane Pressure Point Tactics offers real solutions!

Not only is this non violent crisis intervention total garbage, but it is dangerous to the defender! Yes I have seen the course! But someone, someday will get killed because of it! I can certainly understand the idea of reasonable force, but this is ridiculous! 

I was because of the program asked to teach a class of people who were in school to become paramedics. Now there is a "hole" in the law because when the patient is in the ambulance and turns violent the government regulation no longer applies! Therefore I was able to teach them "real" Kyusho Close Quarters Combat techniques to defend themselves.

This leads to the question, "what did I teach?" I taught them the Level One and Two Humane Pressure Point Tactics [H.P.P.T]

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Kyusho Jitsu does not teach techniques. It does reference them, and demonstrate using them, however it assumes martial arts training. HPPT is different. This is a from the ground up training to handle the 3 main types or escalations of attacks. 

What are the "escalation" points I am referring to?

  1. Before a physical attack! Handling and hopefully deescalating a bad situation or disruptive person before things go bad. This includes preemptive measure to control the situation. All while remaining within the laws of self defense
  2. Dealing with thee situation once the attack as begun. This includes a grab or a punch. Close quarter self defense is naturally a part of this.
  3. High end self defense. This is when a weapon has been seen or introduced. I also teach skills to effectively deal with multiple attackers.

Back in 2010 I certified in all 3 Levels of Grand Master Steve Stewart's HPPT Courses. It is an amazing courses. However I have updated the information I have learn to deal with the ever changing situations of today's streets! 

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

If you follow the link below you can read more about these 3 Levels of HPPT Certification as well as watch a short video on the type of things taught in Level One!

If you enjoyed this article I have one on 6 Different Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips you may enjoy! Also one on the very serious topic of Knife Defense

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Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips

There is an old saying, "everybody wants to go to heaven but no one wants to be dead." This is not just a reference to a way in which people think, but a reflection on society! People want a result, but without having to do the work or put in effort! So today I am going to offer some Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips to help you get past this curve!

But before we get into Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips I need to lay some groundwork.

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips - RIGHT to Self Defense

Everyone has a god(s) given right to defense themselves from attack! However the understanding of this does need to be clear! Today in the western culture everyone is screaming for more "rights." But there is a BIG issue with this?

Right to Self Defense - Know the Law!

Right to Self Defense - Know the Law!

Do you know the issue? For there to be "rights" there must also be responsibility! But in today world this is just NOT the case!

With "rights" comes responsibility, and the citizens must be responsible! Looking to "authority" to deal with your problems is creating a prison in which you must live!

It is your Right to Self Defense, and your responsibility to be prepared!

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips #1

You cannot cherry pick pressure points! I see this a lot in self defense. "Well when this happens I will...."  Sorry guys life does not work that way! An attack, or a fight if you will, is a living entity unto itself! And this entity is also not stupid. 

Often times I see so much in the self defense world the idea of "groin" strikes. Yes they can be very effective. And yes they should be trained for! From a Kyusho Jitsu standpoint this can be a strike to Conception Vessel 1, which is devastating!

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips - Conception Vessel

But self defense is not premeditated, it needs to be responsive. Also not reactive.

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips # 2

Knockouts are king! The very best way to end any kind of attack or fight is when you knock them out! You must know the systems that cause this, why they work and how best to apply them! 

How do you know when you are really understanding this important aspect of the science of pressure point self defense? When I was teaching on the floor full time in my Canadian school I would often be explaining something, or showing something and knockout the student by accident. 


Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips #3

You need to know a lot of different pressure points on the body! The larger the number of pressure points you train with, the greater your chances of being able to hit one when you need to! 

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense - Tips Know the Points!

Yesterday (Friday) released a new video, which is going to be part of a series called "10 Best Pressure Points for Self Defense". In this video I breakdown what I consider to be the 10 most important pressure points for self defense. Where they are located, how to strike them. And what the effect of the strike will be!

Plus I am even giving people charts to find them correctly!

Now I really value my time! However right now I am almost giving this video away.  You can grab the video and the charts right now for under 10 bucks! You are crazy not too! The link below will take you there for more details.​​

You gotta do the work, if you want the results!

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips #4

You have to feel the effect! In order to truly be successful with Kyusho Jitsu you need to do this! You must have felt the effect of a pressure point strike on your own person! 

Now I have strict rules about ages for knockouts. I do NOT like doing knockouts on anyone over 35 really. This is because we never know the underlying medical conditions that can exist.

However, and am more than willing to tap ST-05 with reasonable force and ring someones bell! This "internalizes" the understanding within the mind, and this leads to success! All victories in a person life are link to your internal psychology. There are no exceptions!

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips #5

Ask questions! If you are learning from someone who does not like to be asked questions, or ridicules the question then it is time for a new teacher! Being a teacher is a gift! And I honesty do not see very many good ones out there!

Great Teachers Inspire

Great Teachers Inspire!

Great Teachers Inspire Students to new heights! 

There is an old saying, "do not seek to be like the master, but seek what the master sought."

Every person learns differently. There are 3 different major type of learning. There is visual, auditory and kinetic! Each person has different strengths. The teacher should be able to spot the type you are in order to lean towards and alter his or her methods of teaching on the fly!

Also run from those who tell you there way is the only way and the other ideas are useless. These are instructors, preaching a doctrine of their own making! You need a teacher who is flexible and has ideas! Run like hell from these other guys!

Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips #6

I was only planning on doing 5 Kyusho Jitsu Self Defense Tips but here is number 6! Keep looking to learn new things! As you grow and develop in the science of pressure point self defense, learning new things helps to solidify the knowledge you already have! 

In self defense or anything else for that matter, the mind is everything! And this is not a surface understanding either! Science cannot even explain why the mind is everything or how it works. 

Associate Memory - Understand how you learn

Associate Memory - Understand how you learn

However the path to success is very clear. Therefore the more you learn, then train the understanding both physically and mentally, the better the results! The brain works by "associative memory."  So the more you learn, the more associations there are, the greater the success!

Some totally new!

With all this in mind I am launching on July 1st 2018 something totally new! It is called Quantum Kyusho Jitsu.  On July 1st the first video in the series will be released. As always right now I am giving a discount for anyone who preorders the video.

Quantum Kyusho Jitsu

Quantum Kyusho Jitsu

But, head over to the page and watch the short video. It will give a basic explanation of what Quantum Kyusho Jitsu is all about. There will also be more information coming this weekend too!

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Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Let's talk today in depth about Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense. First I want to break up the term and clearly define it.

What is Kyusho Jitsu?
Referencing Kyusho Jitsu

Referencing Kyusho Jitsu

First and foremost, Kyusho Jitsu is NOT a martial art in of itself. It is the study of the pressure point system of the human body and how best to take advantage of the weaknesses of this system. It exists in every martial art but the information is either not taught, or not taught properly. This will result in ineffective self defense techniques. Here is the link to an article with more details on Kyusho Jitsu and its definition. 

What are Pressure Points?
Large Intestine 18

Large Intestine 18

A pressure point is a place on the body where a nerve ends, branches off in a "Y" shape or crosses over another nerve. There are 350 plus pressure points on the human body. The actual size of a pressure point is that of the head of a pin. However the area of activation is the size of a Silver Dollar or Looney in Canada. Here is an article to Pressure Point Basics to help detail this information more for you. 

What is Self Defense

Here is a definition that many martial artists seem to have a problem with. So now lets look at the role of Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense and a real definition. 

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

Young man being mugged in a dark tunnel by a violent man

You will see a lot of negative comments from tough guys about the effectiveness of martial arts in general in a self defense situation. Why is this? Because for some reason these men believe that combat and a combative lifestyle are somehow linked to their manhood. 

When you have been in "more fights that you can remember" you are doing something serious wrong. This is NOT self defense. You have chosen to live a self destructive combat oriented lifestyle that will ultimately lead to your death. This can also be linked to several serious mental disorders.

But they are correct, martial arts will not work for them, and perhaps rather then die by the sword, they should seek some help. Unless you are police or military you should not be doing this! 

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense is about protecting yourself and your family from ATTACK by someone who wishes to do you harm. It is not an engagement in a bar, but it can happen there. And it is NEVER about you bragging about your skills and getting in a fight. 

Self Defense is the use of reasonable force to end a conflict, and then turn the issue over to those who are mentally and physically prepared to deal with things, LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Defend yourself with the idea of getting out of dodge. It is NOT about ULTIMATE victory! Showing your amazing skills and doing untold damage to someone, then dealing with the legal repercussions of doing so. And of course retribution.

That is childish high-school thinking!  I know 3 men from my High School now gone because they were this stupid and believed they were tough guys. 

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense

So what is it I am teaching when I refer to Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Self Defense? Obviously I am teaching the correct way in which to attack a pressure point on the body to get the best possible result. Therefore ending the THREAT

Understanding Self Defense Today

Understanding Self Defense Today

However at Kyusho Jitsu University we are doing more than this. We have course coming that assume no martial arts training and teach specific techniques to help deal with threats. 

But also these courses will...

  1. Teach you to identify a potential threat before it escalates.
  2. Use verbal skills to defuse the situation before the first punch is thrown.
  3. Situational awareness, understanding and using the environment to help keep you safe.
  4. And a lot more!

This is what self defense is! The best self defense is never using it! As the quote goes "chance favors the prepared mind."

Humane Pressure Point Tactics
Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

This leads me to our new course at Kyusho Jitsu University. To my mind this is one of the most important course we have ever produced.  It is for the martial artist and non martial artist who wished to develop skills to deal with the chaos of today's increasing violent word.

For the martial artist this is very important.  As this is a certification course and I encourage the graduates to go out in the real world and teach the content of these 3 courses. 

H.P.P.T Humane Pressure Point Tactics

H.P.P.T Humane Pressure Point Tactics

I encourage those not in the martial arts to learn and develop these skills to help assure your safety in this crazy violent world! Right now I am offering these courses for anyone who preregisters for an incredibly low price.

Upon speaking with my mentors and family these courses upon release will be $249 each! However if you preregister NOW you can get each course for $29! Follow the link below and learn all the details of the price and how it works!

This offer can and will end without notice! Don't wait!

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Self Defense Techniques Using Pressure Points

Self Defense Techniques

Self Defense Techniques

Self Defense Techniques

When it comes to Self Defense Techniques using Pressure Points you can get a very solid result. That is providing you understand how things work. Often time I will see martial art teachers made big mistakes when it come to teaching self defense techniques, and adding pressure points to it.

Recently I watched part of a seminar for local law enforcement in which pressure points were badly misused. The 1st issue I had with what was being taught was the defender stepping forward into the punch. BAD IDEA. There is a time to step in and this was not the time. 

Next a "neck pressure point" was grabbed, however the teacher did not know the name of the point, nor was it attacked correctly. The pressure point in question was SI-16 [small intestine 16]. This is best a strike point. Yes the technique hurt! But under adrenaline this would not have been anywhere near as painful, because it is the wrong way to attack the point. 

Small Intestine Meridian

Small Intestine Meridian

Second and most important! The attacker has 2 hands and you are now within grabbing range, and no options to get out!  Perhaps this man could pull this off himself, but my issue is it is begin taught as "correct."

There are many things I can do, but I would not teach these as some kind of "fact" of self defense.

Proper Pressure Point Usage

When adding pressure points to self defense techniques you gotta do it right! As an example let's say you are teaching a center lock. If the student knows the center lock, and you wish to add Kyusho Jitsu knowledge to it. Then it takes time to change the understanding. If they have never seen the lock before, it becomes easier obviously.

Next you need to make sure you understand the pressure points "universal effectiveness." What percentage of people does this work on? 

Here is an example of adding pressure points to a "lock." This is a "Z" lock in this case.

There are also variations of this. But you will get the result! However, the technique itself must be fully understood and internalized. Then you can make it work. You also MUST understand the escalation level for such a technique!

Self Defense done RIGHT

There is a lot of information out in the wild on self defense. But in my view a lot of it falls short of getting the job done! And a lot of it will just get you killed! There are things you need to understand, and then ways in which you must proceed!

What you must know!

  1. You must know what the THREAT level is for the incident at hand. This cannot be an "I can handle it" moment in your life. This can get you killed!
  2. How to position yourself to cut the threat! The high percent of attacks begin with an "interview." You need to see this happening and respond to it! 
  3. How to preemptively handle the situation before it becomes life and death. Making 100% sure you are safe while doing this!
How to Start!

There are stages to all this. What I am referring to above is stage 1!

The situation could turn bad, but it has not yet done so! Today this is the most common stage. This stage is so prevalent today because of the current political climate and all the special interest groups of people thinking they have been "hard done to."  They are angry and looking for someone to take it out on! So be cautious!

It used to be more commonly an interview for a robbery or some such event. 

Here are the 3 Stages

  1. Confrontation not yet become violent
  2. Dealing with the confrontation that has become violent
  3. A weapon is produced during the confrontation. 

You need a handle of all 3 Stages!

What are the Solutions?
Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Humane Pressure Point Tactics

Yes there is a solution! No matter what your level of self defense training, or how good your self defense techniques are this will help you! 

I have a new 3 level certification course coming this summer to Kyusho Jitsu University. This is called Humane Pressure Point Tactics. This is a 3 level certification course for both student and teacher. And is vital information on dealing with our current levels of street violence and confrontation.

Follow this link and learn all about this new course!
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Self Defense Today


​Self Defense Today

Understanding Self Defense Today

Understanding Self Defense Today

The world has gone crazy and Self Defense today is taking on new meanings. I do mean also the world has gone totally NUTS and there are reasons for it. As an example the recent shooting at YouTube, which I have to admit I saw coming, is a prime example. Why did I see this? Because the world is OBSESSED with extreme political views and YouTube/Google are great examples.

I was demonetized by YouTube because of my "right-wing" content. Since when is the right to self defense political anything? It cost be a whopping $1.75 per month too! One missed coffee. But for some ​people YouTube ha​s destroyed their lives! These people made a living on their content. Then they are shocked at reprisal. MORONS. I am not justifying what happened. But when you keep pushing people this is the result. Wrong or right. If someone threatens my ability to feed my family there will be consequences.

Canadian Example

Once a beautiful city London Ontario is now a sewer of crime. There are robberies, shootings (how can there be gun violence when guns are illegal? Yes that is sarcasm) stabbings, rape, you name it! Why? Because today there are too many selfish extreme view points. There is a do as I say, not as I do mentality. They say money is the root of all evil. But that is not true POLITICS is ROOT OF ALL EVIL!


What is the solution? Self Defense today means you need to be more vigilant, learn more, training harder and protect your own. This means those ​people who matter most! Plus, do not think any longer that the "legal" system will protect your right to self defense. In our surveillance age people end up on the wrong side of the law because something looks "improper" to a political authority. 

One thing is certain, you need the knowledge and skills to end a conflict quickly and get out of dodge. ​Also you need to do this under many circumstances without excessive force. The solution is the the "one hit" neurological knockout. 

I have a book called Understanding Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts which has been called the Grey's Anatomy of Kyusho Jitsu. Read more from the link below!

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13 Misconceptions about Knife Attacks

13 Misconceptions about knife attacks

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks

The 13 Misconceptions about knife attacks, what you don’t know can kill you… Below is a list of misconceptions people have about knife attackers. This article was written by retired police officer Kara Borshuk. Kara served on the OPP, Windsor and Detroit Police Forces.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #1

Surviving the Threat -Misconceptions about Knife Attacks

Surviving the Threat

You’re going to have time to draw your own weapon

In all the times I have been assaulted with knives, only once was I able to pull my own weapon. I had repeatedly practiced speed drawing. I could, in a crisis, draw in just over one second. And yet, despite this incredible rate of speed, when attacked I didn’t have time to draw my gun.

That’s because by the time I realized there was a knife involved, I was already being attacked.

Most knife “fighting” training is predicated on the assumption that you have somehow managed to get a blade in your hand.  If you are attacked by either a young punk, a total incompetent.  Even someone who was brandishing the knife in order to get you to back off then there is a chance that you might have time to draw you own weapon.

However, if you are dealing with anyone with any experience, street savvy or cunning, you will not be able to draw your own weapon when you are attacked.  Against such a person, there is just not enough time. He won’t show his weapon  before he attacks. That’s because those who are foolish enough to brandish weapons  in places where weapons are common don’t live long themselves.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #2

It’s going to be a knife “fight”

Not to be the bearer of bad tidings.  But the reason someone uses a weapon on another human being is to stack the deck in their favor. People don’t use weapons to fight, they use weapons to win. The absolute last thing any attacker wants to do is to fight you with equal weapons. If he was looking for a fight he wouldn’t have attacked you with a weapon in the first place.  If he knows you have a weapon he is going to attack you with a bigger and better weapon! This is to keep you from winning.

You pull a club and he pulls a gun. There is no fighting involved, you use the superior weapon to disable your opponent. And you do it before he does it to you. As far as your attacker is concerned this is not a fight, it is an assassination. He is not going to want to stand there with you and hack it out.

Unfortunately, this is exactly the fantasy that many so-called knife fighting instructors promote. The absolute last thing you want to do is to try to “fight.” There is another reason that you need to chase the idea of “knife fighting” out of your head.  In many states there is this attitude that “consensual fights” are best resolved by throwing both of the morons who participated  in jail. Contrary to this belief, you have the right to defend yourself.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #3

But what if I’m cornered?

Common sense tells us that knife fighting is dangerous. And yet, many people who train in knife fight have the same torn desires. One of the biggest issues goading these people is “Do they have what it takes?”.

Human beings have the ability for self-deception and rationalization. Such people strongly resist the idea that knife fighting is a bad place to go. It is literally as though they are seeking to find an excuse.

One of the strongest indicator of this fantasy mindset is the reaction when they are told to flee instead of fighting with a knife.  literally the next words out of their mouths will be “But what if I am cornered and can’t run?” There are many such similar excuses that they can use.   They all start with the word but: “but what if I am with old people or children and can’t run?“, “But what if I am out of shape (or in-firmed) and can’t run?” In all cases, of the millions of possible options  available they always seem to focus on the one that requires them to engage in a knife fight.


The truth is, it is incredibly difficult to “corner” someone who is determined to leave. Basically because he will use your face as traction or squirt through the smallest of holes.

However, if the person’s desire to engage in physical violence is stronger than his desire to leave, it is very easy to corner someone. If you ask any experienced  Law Enforcement Officer, or mental ward orderly which they would rather face.  Ask them, a person who wants to fight them, or someone who will pull a weapon? They will tell you the former. They know the latter will hurt them more. Plus be harder to defeat. That’s because that person is fully committed to a course of action.

Whereas a person who has allowed themselves to be “cornered” will still be of a divided heart and therefore not able to fight at full capacity. And that is exactly what it will take in order to survive such a “no win” situation that they have put themselves into. That is the true danger of this kind of thinking. Because part of you does want to know if you have what it takes and “can do it,” you can unconsciously trick yourself into not taking appropriate precautions and ignoring danger signals. Your pride and ego will blind you about what you are doing until it is too late.

Don’t fantasize about being in a situation where you have to use your knife fighting skills, because you can end up tricking yourself into just such a situation by blinding yourself to possible escape routes.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #4

Kyusho Jitsu Knife Defense

Kyusho Jitsu Knife Defense

He’s going to attack you a certain way

It’s always better to presume that you will be fighting a trained “knifer.” The problem with that assumption is that not everyone attacks the way that someone trained will attack you. This is problematic because the counters maneuvers against how people trained “knifers” will attack you, with these kinds of attacks, the counters work don’t always work effectively.

The bottom line is, in the Western culture, someone who is attacking you with a knife is attempting to murder you. They are not going to be hanging back cautiously in fear of your weapon and your fighting skill. Instead they will usually attempt to overwhelm you and quickly kill you by whatever means necessary. Such an attack is totally different than the well balanced training. Understand it is totally different than how someone trained or a gang members will attack you with a knife.

Also consider training techniques from all over the world Asia, Germany, South Africa, China, Venezuela, Best to study different knife fighting systems and techniques.

Just because you know how to handle one, doesn’t mean you know how to handle the others. Each are different, and each are equally lethal. And those differences CAN kill you.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #5

The Perpetrator is going to passively stand there while you attempt to disarm him

What few people realize is that a wild perpetrators have intent He/she previously orchestrated the plan ahead of time, their intent is to rob or murder to get away. They want to commit the crime intended leaving no witnesses and leave as quickly as possible. Defensive flailing while holding a knife, is just as dangerous and damaging as an intentional strike. Even more dangerous because the attacker is unpredictable, his defensive moves can hurt you badly you will either get mauled, if not killed.

Fights are never static and his ability to move is his ability to hurt you. Your best defence first and foremost is distract by conversing with the perpetrator, and observing any window of opportunity to react effectively.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #6

Trapping and stripping

Disarming is something that is commonly taught at higher levels. Subtle and complex moves are drilled into the advanced students so they can either knock the knife out of their attacker’s hands or carve the knife out of his hand. They have very little to do with actual knife defense and very much to do with keeping  the student involved in the system and keeping up with changing times.

The thing is even the older masters tell you that these moves are purely opportunity and chance. In truth, unless an attacker is drunk or pathetically slow the odds of successfully catching his hand and doing all these marvelous joint locks or controlling moves are very, very slim. Furthermore you are not going to be able to effectively control a wildly struggling opponent’s arm with only one hand. Odds are that he will be able to wiggle free of it and cause you some degree of damage.

While there are things that you can do that will give you momentary advantage, what you can do is create an opening, enter and then prevent him from countering. If you are able to disarm an opponent whether by leverage or your own blade, a quick knockout or break will disable him.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #7

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks. Young guys fighting in the street with knifes.

Understanding the Laws of self-defence vs Weapons disbarment

I have seen this idea seriously misinterpreted and bandied about by those ignorant of the laws, precedents and legal nuances regarding use of lethal force. And the only time you are justified in using lethal force in most states is when you are “in  immediate threat of death or grievous bodily injury.”

In other words, if it is bad enough where you have to use a weapon on someone, ask yourself, is it bad enough to kill them. If you are at a point where you are just trying stay alive are you in enough danger to justify using a weapon. People would shoot an intruder and then tell the police that they were only trying to wound him. This left them open to all kinds of criminal charges and civil litigation from the person they had shot.

There is a natural hesitation to take another human life. However, when this manifests in seeking to “wound” someone in order to make them “go away” you end up in a very dangerous legal grey area. And the fact that you were even in a situation where a weapon was used is going to make that grey area more dangerous.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #8

Stick-fighting means you know how to knife fight

“People claim that a stick is an average weapon. That it has similarities to all weapons. This is true, it does. But then they claim that if you know how to use a stick you can use all weapons. This is not true. What they don’t understand is that the differences are just as important as the similarities.”

Just because you are proficient with one type of tool doesn’t automatically mean you can translate that skill to another weapon. The simple truth is that different weapons handle differently. The have different weights, different sizes, different timing, different requirements and different uses. There are indeed certain similarities, but unless you want to end up kneeling in a dark parking lot trying to hold your guts in, you had better stop telling yourself about the similarities and start looking at the differences.

Sticks Don’t Have an Edge

To begin with a stick doesn’t have an edge. A blade with a the point and the edge are critical components. Edge control is pretty much the indicator between someone who knows how to use a knife and a stick jock trying to tell you that he knows knife work. If you know what to look for you can spot the difference with just one move even if it is a fast one. In fact, the faster the move, the more obvious it is.

The physics of a stick do not require this exactness of edge control. This is because a stick is an impact weapon, were as a blade is designed to cut, slice, stab and sometimes, hack. Therefore if you do not have your edge on target, then you create a totally different set of physics and reactions other than the one you want.

If you are learning stick fighting then accept that you are learning stick fighting, that is a legitimate pursuit. So if you are learning knife work, then you are learning knife work while there are similarities there are radical differences. The differences especially become manifest when your weapon encounters flesh.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #9

Grappling with a knife

The myth of grappling is that it works everywhere. The fact that it proved so successful in martial art Dojo has blinded many people to the fact that there are critical differences between fighting barehanded and fighting with weapons. While empty-hand fighting might easily turn into an endurance marathon, where size, strength, physical shape and ability to endure punishment  significantly influence the outcome of an altercation, that is not applicable to weapons work.

What makes you think you can keep on fighting with that kind of damage being done to you? All a guy has to do is cut you a few times to seriously reduce your ability to move and then wait while you bleed out. Now the really bad news, being pumped up on adrenaline is going to make that happen faster,  the higher your heart rate, the faster you bleed out and lose strength. All he has to do is out wait for your strength to fail before finishing the job.

Do NOT Grapple

Do not attempt to “grapple” with a knifer. Once on the ground, you are not guaranteed to be able to control his knife arm well enough to prevent him from carving you up. If it were a barehanded fight, then you can often prevent him from being able to generate enough power to effectively strike you, but a knife doesn’t need power, it just needs to touch you. And if you are attempting to control his arm while on the ground, he will wiggle free and repeatedly cut you until you can no longer continue to resist.

I know of a small knife being manufactured that is called the “clinch pick.” It’s a small concealable and easily accessible knife, that can be rammed into a grappler’s guts and chest three or four times before the grappler knows it is there. Where it is carried makes it nearly impossible for the grappler to prevent its deployment. When you realize he has it, it is too late.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #10

Knife Attacks

Knife Attacks

The knife is an extension of your hand

This is a lie most often promoted by empty-handed stylists who insist that they can teach you how to either defend yourself against a knife or to use one. Unfortunately, many people who started out in such systems have transferred over to supposed blade arts and continued promoting this often misinterpreted saying.

Empty hand fighting is not the same as weapon fighting it requires different body mechanics, different ranges , different timing and most importantly an emphasis on movement that is not found in most kicking and punching arts.

The problem is that most empty handed fighters lack the understanding of how to generate force from a moving state, instead seeking to generate force from a stationary stance. While this works for barehanded fighting styles, it fails to address the needs of weapons fighting.

In these circumstances your not being cut relies on you speed and reflexes, rather than more reliable means. Basically, because you might not be fast enough to counter, parry or block what he is doing.

Misconceptions of this thought process of empty handed fighting into a field where it does not belong, or work. The only thing the knife is an extension of is your will, everything in between  my will and my knife will be likely to move to achieve my ends. And that is far more effective for staying alive

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #11

Expect to get cut

A knife is going to do a shitload of damage, people can talk about the damage that a knife can do but unfortunately they know little about the real confrontation outcome. It’s a real ordeal “expect to get cut” they talk so casually as though  getting cut were only a minor inconvenience.

You can’t fight an armed opponent in the same way that he would an unarmed opponent.

If you are cut in a blade altercation you must not to panic!  When it happens know  that you must continue to the best of your abilities. This in order to increase your chances of survival.

Hanging back and trying to catch this fast moving blade so you can safely enter. This  is one of the best ways to make getting cut minimal. Use distraction by continued communication all while exploring your surroundings for escape routes and possible resources to your disposal.

Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #12

Drills teach you how to knife fight

Drills teach principles mostly used as a map, not the territory.

One of the most unrealistic tendencies that drills teach is they do not teach you proper ranging. The object of an attack is to stab/slash your partner. However, often in training you will see people standing back. They are ranging their attack against their partner’s stick or their training knife. They are falling at least a foot short of their partner. Furthermore they are not attacking with the same commitment and force level that a real knife assault will occur with. Therefore the training drill, while important is missing several critical components.


Misconceptions about Knife Attacks #13

You can successfully fight an armed attacker

This is a lie.. you cannot “fight” an armed opponent. You can survive against one! You might even be able to successfully put him down before he causes you any major damage.  However whatever you do, it must be fast, effective and brutal. If it isn’t, then you will not stop him before he causes you major damage. You cannot stand there and engage in a long, drawn out contest with an armed opponent. If you try to do so, you will lose. It is not a matter of if, but when.

If confronted with an assailant!Or find yourself in situation know if the blade touches you.  Know  any knife he will cause serious damage. How can you hope to launch a long drawn out retaliation against him? How can this happen when every time he touches you he causes damage? You are going to bleed out!  Hence cease to function long before your strategy comes to any form of successful escape.

In conclusion please keep in mind

The problem that I have encountered with bullies is that they are very selective on who chose to bully. I have seen individuals who have savaged weaker opponents / victims. These individuals may have taken blades away from intimidated kids. But somehow they never seem to be around to try it against someone who is an experienced and able to handle themselves.

If you think that knife attacks look anything like those typically seen in martial arts classes or favourite movies you are dead wrong.

Real attacks, by people who are familiar with a knife’s properties and true potential. Their stabs and cuts that are practically impossible to stop.

An attacker, with any idea of what he or she is doing, will overwhelm you with a hail of cuts.  These will start at the nearest body part and end in a vital target. Within a second you may lose your fingers!  Have severed tendons of your arms, and be finished with a stab to your eye, or throat, or trunk.

Get as  much knowledge as you can prepare yourself on techniques of weapons fighting is to your benefit.  Observe prison inmates and knife experts practice knife fighting. See what really works and what doesn’t against a knife attack! Stay safe and use proper judgments when leaving yourself vulnerable in the streets.

Kara Borshuk


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