knife combat ice pick grip basics

knife combat ice pick grip basics.

33 thoughts on “knife combat ice pick grip basics

  1. Phillycop1976 says:

    Of all the videos on here, this guy has it right. How do I know? I've been in two knife "fights" One was against a knife armed person and the first experience was against an adult when I was a child. The two standard holds are very dependent upon your opponent and how close you are. Obviously I'm still here and they're not. I fell into this out of survival and by the time I was an adult and trained in the military it just reinforced what I had gone through. The best advice anyone can give in any fight is go straight to survival mode. Let your fear pump you into rage and be willing to do what you have to in order to survive. It's your God given right to live and don't let someone take it.

  2. GregTom2 says:

    So do you believe there is any advantage to using the forward grip against someone who uses a non-knife weapon or someone who doesn't use a weapon?
    Maybe it's my background in judo but I would instinctivelly want to wrestle if my foe has a gun, a longer weapon, or the intention to run away.

  3. Nestor Negron-Diaz says:

    Hey man, I think it's about time you do a follow up to the Knife Combatives video you did a while ago, discussing reverse grip in choke holds and some other stuff. That video was great but I notice you have matured very well the way you do your explanations recently. You seem to adress the audience way better than several month ago. I'll be waiting for that knife combatives update.


    great vid, hey I got a question im left handed and have been in many knife situations and the person is always right handed and its hard to do techniques because almost all knife techniques are for right handed people Iv talked to people an they just tell me to use my right hand so I tried sparring with my right got use to it a little but just not

  5. Sonny Fish says:

    Great video. I liked the advise on different grips (Forward & Backwards Grips) for different distances between yourself & the attacker. I think that a little advise or tips on swapping the Knife between grips would of been good! Do you ever experience dropping the Knife while changing grips? 🙂 Something an attacker would love!

  6. Daniel Hughes says:

    Great video! One thing my instructor teaches is when using the ice pick is when reaching bone or other snags we use the comma slash to get out of it. So if attacking angle 1 with ice pick in a stabbing motion we would then quickly carve a comma and continue down thru the angle 1 in a slashing motion. I like this because its quick. I would use the figure 8 as well I just wouldn't stand there for more than a couple of slashes. In and out and run.


  7. Odosmos says:

    I like the ice pick because I can avoid counter strikes better instead of trying to block with a combat knife.. If it came down to it I would avoid any strikes then move on close with the ice pick

  8. wmpyr says:

    I hear you bro, same here, those that are trying to take advantage of a single specific opportunity that may or may not come, versus someone who is trying to make the window of opportunity larger without focusing on specific technique.

  9. wmpyr says:

    exactly bro, for EDC or legal self-defense, you may not even carry a knife, but training with the knife, tactical knives, combat knives is so valuable, it builds the skills, confidence, body mechanics, knowledge etc.

  10. wmpyr says:

    I hear you bro! There are people that are focused on landing a technique on you, like bashing your head in, they are so focused on that, they can forget that your not trying to land your technique, but your controlling the range, and by doing that, it will open doors to land many techniques.

  11. wmpyr says:

    thanx bro! some simple basics with my concept thrown in at the start, probably should have flipped the order because there are some judgmental people out there 🙂

  12. wmpyr says:

    awesome bro, I have an Iaido book, and it starts with, yes this is a traditional historical style, therefore we are free from the limitations of "practicality" and I totally understood what they meant, many tactical instructors end up limiting themselves with their obsession of effectiveness. Many times the more you pursue something the more you won't get it LOL

  13. vikingssoul says:

    Thank you, the fact you recognize that means more than you realise. One of the reasons I chose Aikido over other styles present in my area is because of its tradition, lack of commercialism and non-conformance of techniques. I have never been a huge fan of if-then combat styles. Life, like combat is never linear. OSU!

  14. Greatbear1982 says:

    Great video, brother! This is exactly why I like to be able to switch my grips as needed. 🙂 (I know this is a little beyond the scope of the vid, I hope you will forgive me)One of the main advantages with this too is even if you only manage to trap the arm, now you can pull the arm in a way that opens them up more for more goodies! 🙂 But then again close range is my best and favorite range, because now I can use everything. 🙂

  15. wmpyr says:

    Thanx bro, because of marketing/consumer culture we live in today, some people view styles and techniques like a product, from your comments I can tell that you understand that martial arts is not really like that, you value the training, and there is never a guarantee. So if you find a technique you like or understand, and you proceed to practice that, whether it works or not, your heading in the right path, a self correcting path, a path that evolves, and nurtures.

  16. vikingssoul says:


    Your wording is vague my friend. If you have a knife and the other person is unarmed and chooses not to attack you…problem is solved before it escalates. Both people with blades in close will get injured, unless gross variance in skill exists, but unlike punches or kicks which are less effective if misplaced, a misplaced slash/slice/stab/poke can still cause gross physical and psychological damage, the better your training the greater chance of survival you will have.

  17. vikingssoul says:

    Excellent demo of knife technique sir! Love the escrima flow as it translates to tip speed on the blade, someone could incur several nasty slices in the blink of an eye.
    If I may add, we do no always chose our battlefields, but it is our duty to train for as many variables as we can. Close in blade play is always dangerous, you will get cut and you will need options to survive.

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