HOW TO FIGHT WITH an AXE: Combat Lesson 7 – WAR 360°

HOW TO FIGHT WITH an AXE: Combat Lesson 7 – WAR 360° || Dmitry Tamoikin Weight of the Axe: 1.27 KG Watch: HOW TO FIGHT WITH an AXE: Combat …

16 thoughts on “HOW TO FIGHT WITH an AXE: Combat Lesson 7 – WAR 360°

  1. Dannie Tuggle says:

    I practice wit an axe handle to get the muscle memory first. Well I’m right handed. So when I tried with the left I ended up throwing the handle. Do you have tips on how to improve grip?

  2. Georgio / eBaron says:

    Hi Dmitry and thanks. One question. Why to use that figure 8 attack and not the "rotor" that you teach us on video No1? Without being a pro I think the "rotor" is more tactical, deadly, and safe for you…let alone that by using both hands on the rotation it magnifies the effective space of your attack.

  3. Richard Sabo says:

    Great video! I thought I had responded to it shortly after release, but it appears that I was mistaken – my apologies.

    Like you said at the outset, footwork is of the utmost importance. A screw-up could mean a blade interaction with the shin. Just like wood, bone has a sort of grain to it, usually running lengthwise with the long axis of the bone. With the blade coming downward and oriented to this grain with a solid hit, the bone should fracture somewhat similar to the way a small log would split. Nobody wants that. Without proper medical attention, there's several ways that such an injury could potentially result in a delayed fatality.

    I'll add my comments for the last axe fighting video on this one, since it reveals more of the footwork and direction changes.

    Of course, conflict avoidance and de-escalation are preferable to combat. The best kind of fight to be in is the one that never happened. Nonetheless, there comes a time when it is necessary and right to stand and fight. But that's a topic for another day.

    Obviously, one's options for defending themselves from the figure-8 attack are going to depend on what weapons (if any) are available. I think that those options are all in two primary categories: standoff range outside of the blade's path, and close-in past the blade's path.

    Either way, the target areas are roughly the same. The difference between them is that with close-in tactics, once you've committed to the counterattack, you must end the fight quickly. The more the close-in fight is prolonged, the more likely it is that the fight will end in favor of the one who is physically stronger. I have to keep this important point in mind, as I am not a big guy. For instance, in a hypothetical scenario of myself vs. Dmitry, I would estimate that if I failed to achieve a decisive position or wound within about 10 – 15 seconds of closing the gap, I would be unlikely to survive. This is where I'll begin my discussion, since fighting from standoff range is such an incredibly broad topic. If we were to go /that/ route, the discussion would be over with "just shoot the axeman." But I digress…

    First off, timing the counterattack to the rhythm of the figure-8 attack is extremely important, but you also have to account for change in distance. If the axeman jumps back after you've committed to the counterattack, that could catastrophically alter your timing and put you directly in the path of the blade. Conversely, if the axeman charges into your counterattack, he may be able to take you off balance before you can adapt, and drop you to the ground, hit you in the head, or lock you into a grapple (or maybe all three). Ending up on the ground against an axeman usually does not end well, despite what Hollywood would have us believe. This is the tactical strength of the figure-8 attack; it seems to be harder to defend from, than it is to attack with.

    During the figure-8 attack, the axeman's off-hand is up in similar fashion to how a boxer guards. A counterattack that gets past the arc of the blade (in the axe-hand) is naturally going to be responded to by the off-hand.

    When the axe drops to the axe-hand side, the rest of the axeman's body is clear from the passing blade. However, the axeman's off-hand also has momentary clearance to block, strike, or grapple; as well as the leg of the same side is clear to kick with. Also during this time, the axeman has time and option to change from the pattern, for a different kind of follow-up strike with the axe.

    It is far more ideal timing to counterattack when the axe is crossed over and dropped down to the off-hand side. The off-hand's range of motion and reach are more limited, and the axe-hand side of the abdomen and upper leg are momentarily exposed. A piercing attack to this area while circling past around the axe-hand side would be my preferred method, at least initially. Of course, if it fails to disrupt or change the pattern, the returning axe blade will be chasing you, so you had better move!

  4. Alik says:

    Great video series Dmitry, looking forward to seeing more! I have to say, that taiga is one hell of a good looking axe. Can't wait until you start selling them

  5. marcus revil says:

    Yeap at that speed no regular Dude will dare to enter your zone. It will be an instant gaping wound if that axe touches any part of your body. Good vid kudos! This vid helps everyone to have a semi realization on what you might encounter if you get into an axe fight. Keep it coming!

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