Grabbing the Blade of a Knife – James Williams




James Williams, from the System of Strategy, explains the concept of working with the blade of the knife and gives an example of an application that could have …

33 thoughts on “Grabbing the Blade of a Knife – James Williams

  1. Integrated Body Health says:

    I was a paratrooper. We trained shooting targets, practiced scenarios against friendlies, practiced warfare and different platoon weapons and many other drills without an enemy. And when we got deployed and experienced the real thing, we kicked arse of the enemy, and this was in the height of apartheid South Africa, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Check out 44 Parachute brigade and 1 parachute battalion  history in South Africa and see what we have done  How many of you critics have had a knife lunged at you. I've been shot at by AK47s, attempted stabbing by gangsters, guys pull machetes, seen riots and a man being hacked to death, gun to my head. At 12 we were learning about terrorists/ Freedom fighters who wanted to kill us, Limped mines and potential street bombing and machine gun attacks, because of the old stupid arrogant Government. So you know what, me and all the guys I served with would rather have our hands cuts and know that most of the times you have to practice against friendlies to take on any enemy.

  2. joe troll says:

    Let us not forget that Mellish was in control of the situation in the beginning, and the way he used that control had a vulnerability that allowed the German to flip him on the bottom with the knife.

  3. All Aspects says:

    The scenario presented in the movie had one of the US soldier's hands trapped meaning he couldn't grab the blade. Also note how is demo partner, ingrained to facilitate any technique James shows, is not actually trying to drive the blade into him, does nothing to resist the disarm and actually begins to fall backwards and away for no reason????

  4. Ratiug163 says:

    This would probably work when you got two hands to work with. Yet, in the scene, Mellish left arm is forced to the ground, and that´s a very determinant difference to the instructional video. It´s not relevant.

  5. Emanueljaundavid AKA Manne says:

    This is not even related (yes a bit) to the scene of saving private ryan, the german soldier is forcing Mellish arm (which is not the arm that Mellish is using to trying to push away the soldier with) to the ground so that he cant do this that this guy is showing at the video. Fuck this, RIP Mellish

  6. DevilMatt777 says:

    everyone can be smart on the training floor , once the adrenaline pumps youll remember max. 30% of the techniques youve learned. That may work but it will always provoke a response from the attacker and grabbing the knife can be fatal too , it will injure you (well its better to get cut on the hand than on more vital points).

  7. Azurel777 says:

    Would you be able to get a hold on the opponent's arm in the first place? I always see these techniques against knives, but they never represent a real knife fight. What I mean is that the attacker will not make one big strike (like simulated in most of those techniques), but 10-15 small fast ones, with no intention of forcing his way through. I realise this was not the point of the exercise, just curious.

  8. EINabiIo says:

    Imagine youre benchpressing. Would you let one hand go off the force? Lets keep it realistic: Removing one of your hands while your opponent is pressing with everything he has to then TRY to turn around the knife..sorry but this is suicide. Oh and I love the fact that the guy actually falls to the side. And even if youre into turning the knife around, your opponent can easily pull the knife back to his body in which he will suceed. Not much reality to this ../watch?v=fP9hxsl1zLo

  9. sameoldmason says:

    also you want to peel the knife tward the thumb,any grab move against the thumb side, but respetfully i have to say that drill while fun to run is probly bad, i train with prison gards and ill ask them if the have something better, sorry if i sound like an ass i should have just bit my toung

  10. sameoldmason says:

    first off im sorry the way that came out, bad day,heat of the moment,i know better and i feel bad, reading it now feels like i was talking trash, that being said i have been trailing and in a "dojo" for 22 years and im an instructor, muscle memery is key but people are reactive, not many men will let you do something to them unless you sneak it up on them, the muscle mem should be a visceral reaction that happens fast and hard thats why we train,faster than fast is right.

  11. AaronAlso says:

    Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Martial arts are taught in a slow methodical manor for a few reasons. 1) we don't want to hurt each other. 2) the muscle memory developed from training slow will make fight or flight movements second nature (faster than fast)
    To an outside observer it generally looks like actors playing their parts, but to the trained martial artist it is nothing short of intensive training. Spend a few years in a dojo and then comment on unrealistic martial arts training.

  12. sameoldmason says:

    once again unrealistic martial arts training only works on people that don't fight back and people that stand there and let you do it to them, train at the speed of life with your boots on…

  13. Herb April says:

    Interestibg "last ditch" technique. And the grabbing of the blade version actually appears to be "easier to pull off" than the wrist grab and twist version. It would take hours and hours of slow and meticulous repetition in order to get the technique perfected…beginning with a rubber knife, then on to progressively more solid devices over time in order to negate the "fear factor," and condition the CNS.

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