While forming a¬†cooperative relationship with John Benner and his instructors at Tactical Defense Institute (TDI) for the show Personal Defense, I got to have some discussions on the use of folding knives for self-defense.¬† I’ll be completely honest in that my many years of martial arts training and professional gun carrying experience, I had very little formal training in the edged weapon¬†department.¬† My training mostly centered on dealing with an attacker using a knife against me or someone else.¬† Funny enough, I always carried a knife with the idea that I¬†might have to use it as a self-defense tool.
Though I always carried a knife and considered its use, training was definitely not a priority at the time.¬† These discussions at TDI got me thinking and led to some self-reflection where I noticed some tactical hypocrisy on my part.¬† Here I am, an avid preacher of training and I hadn’t really trained with these knives I carry.¬† I did have some opinions about knife training in that I thought Knife vs. Knife training¬†was a little hokey–at least as a self-defense measure–but using a blade in certain context was definitely a personal defense¬†option.¬† I in no way dislike the knife fighting martial arts (they are quite neat and beautiful), I just felt¬†self-defense training can be better spent somewhere else other than learning to use a knife against another guy with a knife.
In my forming opinion (I am open to influence), knife training should focus on fundamentals similar to that of firearms.¬† Safety,¬†stance, draw,¬†proper effective deployment, target areas (whether they are vital “blood cuts” or wounding “mechanical cuts”),¬†¬†use-no-use situations (like shoot no-shoot)¬†and most definitely legality.
Keep in mind, different jurisdictions view possessing knives and their use very¬†differently.¬† Just as with firearms, it is important to know your legal rights and the possible consequences of bringing a knife into a situation.¬† In the end of the day, it’s about protecting yourself, so be smart and train hard and consider the tactical folding knives if you do not already. Happy cutting.