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#354565 - 08/08/07 05:29 PM Re: How practical is training weapons now days? [Re: Neko456]
JKogas Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 10818
Loc: North Carolina

Thats true and its been mentioned here. But in truth how often are you really going to or want to, have to fight knife to knife?

Thats a great question. In my opinion, knife vs. knife is as rare as it gets. Same with stick vs. stick. This is course not saying that such things don't happen, they're just very rare.


No doubt in that .005% chance when you may have to, it be nice to have the skills, but wouldn't it be best just to run while he is trying to beat you to the draw? And if he catches you knife fight with him?

It's ALWAYS better to run, imo. Most folks aren't going to chase you very far. Consider that criminals really don't want to work very hard to achieve their objectives. Someone pulls a knife on you and you take off, theirs a great chance that they'll think, "you know what, SCREW this chasing stuff...I'll find another victim that's slower".


Hell chasing you its a good chance he'll drop his knife or can't reach it.

Or just realize that chasing is too much like actual WORK as I mentioned.

Good points.


#354566 - 08/09/07 12:25 PM Re: How practical is training weapons now days? [Re: JKogas]
hedkikr Offline
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Registered: 02/28/05
Posts: 2827
Loc: Southern California, USA
Great thread...

I believe that weapons training is useful for the mere fact if you happen to have access to the weapon, you'll know how to use it. I started carrying a small lock-blade several yrs ago out of concern for my personal safety. Although staff are not allowed to carry weapons (@ the state mental hospital - penal code section), I was threatened w/ death by a large guy who was there for a number of forcable rapes (add to that an unproved murder - so-called friendly-fire in V.N.). The reason I'm still alive is not the knife but my awareness & precautions. However, I had another option.

How many of us keep a spare tire in our trunk that we've never used? That's how I see my knife. I've used it as a tool several times but never used it in SD. Training the template is also critical. I think about the scene in the movie "Cellular" (I think that's the title)...Kim Basinger is held captive in her attic & the captor attacks her after discovering she's been trying to summon help w/ her cell phone. She cuts his axilary artery (arm pit) & he's thinking WTF as he's ready to bash her. She then tells him that he'll be bleeding out within a couple minutes - she knows this because she's a bio teacher - & he does. (I know, it's just a movie but the concept is true).

#354567 - 08/10/07 03:08 PM Re: How practical is training weapons now days? [Re: hedkikr]
KJ63 Offline

Registered: 08/16/06
Posts: 128
Loc: Midwestern U.S.
Although I agree with you 100% hedkikr, there was a post in the Martial Arts forum a while back about carrying a knife and it seemed most of the people there disagreed.

Besides it coming in handy opening boxes, cutting knotted shoe laces, and cutting the security tap off of a DVD movie I've bought I have never had to use it in a self-defense situation. It is nice knowing I have an option, and that I know how to use it.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.

#354568 - 12/10/07 07:28 PM Re: How practical is training weapons now days? [Re: Neko456]
fileboy2002 Offline

Registered: 11/13/05
Posts: 999
Loc: Chicago, IL
Sticks, knives, swords--nuts!

I just carry around a long board with a nail in it.

#354569 - 12/17/07 08:46 AM Re: How practical is training weapons now days? [Re: fileboy2002]
Bunny_Warrior Offline

Registered: 12/03/07
Posts: 48
It's practical if you carry a sword or some other weapon around with you all the time

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