Knife Fighting

Written by Sierra Rein
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Most people know that the reality behind knife fighting is a dangerous one. It takes incredible skill and discipline to understand how to properly wield and utilize a knife during a fight. Even professional self-defense teachers, when caught in the adrenaline rush of an actual knife fight, can find themselves feeling untrained in the art.

Of course, few people actually try to get involved in knife fighting. However, others (including professional soldiers and members of the Marine Corps) take the time to learn how to hold, thrust, and fall with knives in order to be completely prepared just in case a knife fight breaks out. This training includes how to fight against a knife-wielding assailant when the individual himself is unarmed.

There are several different basics to knife fighting, the first being the person's grip on the knife handle. One can choose from a variety of different grips, including the reverse, fencer's, ice-pick and hammer grips. The choice of grip depends on which type of slashing or thrusting maneuvers will be utilized.

Other Fundamentals of Knife Fighting

Keeping a well-balanced combat stance and learning how to keep the knife between you and your opponent are the next lessons. Understanding how to use the other hand to shield vital areas, such as the neck and heart, is essential for defensive moves. Ultimately, learning where the best targets of an opponent's body, and how to use the knife effectively against them, will round out one's beginning training in knife fighting.


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