Defensive Knife Class Redlands, Review - Pic Heavy

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    Defensive Knife Class Redlands, Review - Pic Heavy

    On June 23-24, I taught the Martial Blade Concepts based Suarez International Defensive Knife Course.

    The group was small with only four students, which allowed me to work closely with each of them. On day one, we started out with a discussion of desirable characteristics for fighting knives.

    The palette of knives we had for a show-and-tell went all the way from a Spyderco Mouse all the way up to pocket sword size in form of the Cold Steel 2XL Voyager.

    Anatomical charts came up and we looked at what we needed to cut in order to accomplish the fastest possible end to a lethal-force altercation. At this point it became clear how relatively simple the MBC approach is: disconnect critical muscles, nerves or tendons and the opponent loses his ability to wield or control his weapon or simply the ability to come after his intended victim.

    With this map of our targets in mind, it was time to get practical. Grip, stance and basic movements patterns were discussed, before the students formed two training teams and started working basic cuts.

    During the initial drills we improved targeting and technique. How well would those actually perform? To answer that question, we brought a proven training partner into play: Christened "Porkman" by MBC-Founder Michael Janich, it is a pork roast, butterflied, affixed with twine to a suitable core, wrapped with some healthy passes of twine, (covered in ceran wrap for a full-version) and finally covered with any piece of fabric that is handy to simulate clothing.




    The Blackhawk Be Wharned that was used for the test in the above pictures left some devastating deep gashes that went all the way to the simulated bone. Fabric and twine were absolutely no obstacle.
    Uli Gebhard
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    With a group of students that's both small and safety-conscientious, there were enough spots left on our training dummy for them to take a swipe at.



    Particularly devastating was the downward pressure cut that takes full advantage of body mechanics:

    This one nearly cut things in half .

    With the techniques proven out, we continued for the next day and a half to develop defenses for various angles of attack. All of them with the goal to ultimately take the attackers mobility and the the living daylights out of the area....

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    We had started with responses that would get us to the attackers' outside where we have the advantage that we are out of his immediate reach. Next were techniques that would allow prevailing when stuck on the "inside"




    ...finishing off with the "mobility kill"...
    Uli Gebhard
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    More work on the "inside"


    Also for the second training team


    The basic principles behind MBC also allow for very efficient empty-hand responses


    Overall, it was a great teaching experience and I am glad to know that i have several students who are now quite a bit more dangerous for the bad guys....

    My thanks go to them for their dedication to safety throughout the whole course and to the way that they made each new technique their own.

    Uli Gebhard
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