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This is a discussion on Knife Tactics - Black Belt Magazine within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Part one of a two part article on knife tactics is in the September issue of Black Belt Magazine (on newsstands now). It's written by ...
Part one of a two part article on knife tactics is in the September issue of Black Belt Magazine (on newsstands now). It's written by Michael Janich with a focus on the system he developed, Martial Blade Concepts.
Full disclosure...I'm an MBC practitioner and instructor so of course I'm pleased to see the system getting this type of exposure.
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One interesting thing I saw was the palm up use of the top arm to protect the vessels of the inner wrist and the flexors in case of ye olde porkchop when going in. I would certainly be interested in seeing some more of this method.
I bought Janich's book on Knife Fighting and appreciated it's straightforward approach.
I thought the section on anatomy could've been done better with a full page diagram of the body with major vessels, etc. However, his run down of where to strike and what would happen were much appreciated.
Today, I took an intro-ish class at a studio in the Chicagoland area that also offers Systema. From what I could tell, our instructor was using a Filipino system with elements from Al McLuckie.
It was an interesting class, lasted an hour, but don't really ask me to tell you what I learned there, 'cos I think I'd need hundreds of hours to really know this stuff well enough. It was a good illustration of how deadly a knife could be- I'm not very extensively trained, but I "killed" my partner with about two moves.
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Very nice. I like the way that moves so smoothly into the arm bar and take down.
I was taught to do an X block and disarm, then use the knife on the opponent, but I like the way this gives you the ability to move back for drawing the firearm.
Just read the article. Seems like a pretty straight-forward concept with strong background in the Filipino and Indonesian arts. I can certainly see learning a few good tricks and some excellent knowledge coming from a well-taught course of this system.
I've seen some short video clips of MBC stuff. Looks interesting. I'll have to take a class sometime.