Karambit Basics: Figure Eight




The following video demonstrates the figure eight knife fighting drill for a knife held in the reverse grip. In the video, I’m wielding a karambit, but any type of blade …

29 thoughts on “Karambit Basics: Figure Eight

  1. Teh Cube says:

    I know I'm super late to this party but just wondering, aren't most karambit knives double-edged? In which case, why the need to turn it around (knuckles down motion) when you could just execute downward/upward slashes with the exterior of the blade?

  2. karatefox says:

    In terms of training with a partner, you could switch off between your opponent attacking (in a controlled and predictable way), while you counter the attacks with the training blade. For example: opponent throws a left straight punch at your upper body. You counter by side-stepping to your right, away from the attack, while simultaneously slashing their wrist. This drill is good because you can practice moving to evade attacks, depth perception, and timing. Good luck with your training.

  3. karatefox says:

    Greetings,
    The horizontal slashes can be effective against targets such as the throat, eyes, or right above the eyes (they'll be blinded by their own blood). The diagonal slashes can be effective against the opponent's neck or against your opponent's wrists or arms. For example, if your opponent punched towards you, you could pivot your body to the side to avoid the attack while slashing their wrist in a parrying movement.

  4. karatefox says:

    In this context, 'basic' means simplicity. This tutorial depicts a simple method of using the karambit. These basic movements can be the foundation of more complex knife maneuvers, regardless of whether the figure eight pattern has any connection to a 'traditional' set of basic movements associated with karambit fighting styles.

  5. karatefox says:

    @hadiyasa
    The origin of the knife does not matter. A knife is a useful tool that can be used in many contexts, inside and outside of the culture it originated in. The only thing that matters is whether or not the person using the knife can effectively protect themselves.

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