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Knife defense useless?


As you know, at my school, Club Kozak, I teach realistic and very simple knife defense techniques. We practice and train with resistance.
Yes, defending against a knife is not the same thing as defending against a punch or an MMA match. It is a lot harder and can have some serious consequences.

It blows my mind when I hear or read of MMA/grappling instructors say that learning to defend against a knife is useless, you’ll get hurt, and just run away. Of course, that is what I always teach my students, if one doesn’t have to engage, then don’t. Also, there are times that its not always for the money, it could be a disturb person just wanting to stab someone., and there are situations where we can’t just “run away!”

As a report from the CBC, knife attacks in Canada are at a rise. We do have very strict gun control laws here, making a knives an easier weapon of choice. Just think of it, we can buy a knife anywhere these days.

My final point is, I think its ignorant to say training in knife defense is useless, or will get you in trouble. There are some very bad and potentially dangerous (to one’s self) techniques out there. But if one trained, as we do, with simple and realistic training methods, learning to deal with a knife attack could help one out should the day happen( hopefully never!)


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