Knife fighting in close combat- A.C.T. – Armed Combat and Tactics

This video shows fighting with the knife in close range. Close range fighting can be forced ON you or BY you and one should be able to fight in any range …

41 thoughts on “Knife fighting in close combat- A.C.T. – Armed Combat and Tactics

  1. ACTdirector says:

    Much appreciated indeed. Of course controlling the knife holding hand is paramount. But it does happen that you loose that grip , trying to give as much much punishment to the attacker is very important. Knock him down if possible and clear away.Especially with improvised weapons.
    And Mexico :). Yes it does look a little like it but I actually am going to Mexico to teach a knife combat seminar this October, so I will have an opportunity to compare :).

  2. ACTdirector says:

    Thank you for your kind words. And yes learning knife combat will raise your awareness and will improve your self defense capabilities. It is not a substitute for empty hand skill set of course! But a great compliment to your tool kit.

  3. Ne'huatl Chango says:

    This is one of the few videos that show knife fighting for what it is, and not the whole extra moves like in Hollywood. Great video! When I teach my lady friends on self defense I always tell them to grab the wrist and not just slap it away… for control. I'm defiantly going to show them this video. P.S. Yeah it does look a little like my Mexico 😛

  4. Nurul Shakirin Abdul Hakim says:

    looks more realistic -some of the foot work is off balance on the new guys but thats normal –but its more real to a real knife fight -were its hard to control someones arm trashing violently -so ya its a no no nonsense approach for sure !

  5. ACTdirector says:

    Right here :

    Thanks for your kind words. Yes , I actually happen to know people who have done so. I trained some of them :). But I prefer other techniques and the disarms are not what one might think, nothing complex and only if it "happened" to be there.

  6. epic0wnag says:

    I have been doubtful, about the effectiveness of realistically controlling the opponents knife with blocks and grabs but this video removed my doubts. Still questioning the validity of disarms though. Have you or do you know anyone who has pulled of a knife disarm in a knife fight?

  7. MrWarSpoon says:

    Definitely appreciate your video showing full speed. Keep hearing arguements about "what if's" and "I could have done this" scenarios by people who don't understand how fast and devistaing knife fights are. 90% of the time you're going to get cut, regardless if you come out on top. Just need to learn how to minimize the chances of serious injuries and know when to aggresivly and violently go offensive. They need to understand that it's literally a life and death situation. Great work guys.

  8. ACTdirector says:

    @VkyleV Thanks for the kind words!Agreed, if the knife is out, it is on to the bitter end. There ARE several techniques that allow you to survive and not to kill. But you will gravely injure the other guy.Power slashes to the face/eyes will give you a chance to disengage. If that is just one opponent. But, as you see in this video if the other guy is serious about getting on the inside – control his hand and just dish out all the punishment you can. Hurt him enough and he'll go down.

  9. VkyleV says:

    When I was play knife fighting with my dad I realized how dangerous knife fights can be if both fighters are armed with knives. Knives are very dangerous, easily concealable, lethal weapons that should not be underestimated. In my opinion it's best to simply avoid a knife fight either by reasoning with the person or running away. If those two don't work then just fight to the death and hope to survive. I would rather kill than be killed. Anyways great video!

  10. ACTdirector says:

    @battousai555 My pleasure. With smaller knives,almost you have to attack. You can redirect or parry with your live hand and immediately counter as shown, but with a small knife, better chance to get in fast. Shut him down , cram in his hand, get him on the back foot, get him off balance and keep pressing with multiple hits.
    Like here:

    Controlling the dominant hand is practiced in our school ad nauseum. 🙂

  11. battousai555 says:

    @ACTdirector Thank you very much for your input! Would you mind answering a few more questions?

    Do you think with smaller knives it's legitimate to let your opponent think that there's an opening and then completely absorb a stab with your off-hand and counter-strike? I see that you almost always control the dominant hand while striking, but it doesn't seem like you ever touch the blade. Are you just so good that you don't ever need to do that?

  12. ACTdirector says:

    @battousai555 Reverse grip is great to inflict maximum damage at astonishing rate especially in close or confined quarters. Plus,with certain types of disarms, or some kinds of a draw it is a must. No time to switch the grip, so icepicking is the preferred option. The forward grip is great for long range and for quick jabbing motions cuts to face, throat, eyes and thrusts to the torso, face and neck. The footwork will be a bit different with the two.E ach has it's uses,pros and context. Cheers!

  13. ACTdirector says:


    Thanks for the praise. Different context – different weapons. It could be a great back up weapon or a primary if you can't get your hands on a gun. Many countries make it very difficult to own or even get one. I live in one.
    But I know what you mean.

  14. ACTdirector says:

    @inpugnaveritaas And one last thing – there is TWO guys in white shirt here:). One was filmed ion the CLINCH situation. the other one was caught mote on the counters , closing aggressively on his opponents with multiple stabs and with slashes to the eyes. Hope that helped:)

  15. ACTdirector says:

    Since the guy survives – and against a lot of others – it works. We check everything in rigorous sparring as you can see. And We also are training on MAKING the other guy to go for a block and then to re target the strike on the fingers , you see? It is a strike designed against a block. And we don;t use shock knives because our simulators hurt enough:) believe you me. Just not enough to really cut off the fingers, but you WILL feel it! That is the whole point of our system.

  16. ACTdirector says:

    @inpugnaveritaas In no way is he encouraged to do JUST that but in this clip we showed what worked in tjis range. CLOSE range = risk. It can be imposed on you so might as well know what will happen, so I don;t see any problems there. My students are NOT trying to slap the blade away but mistakes do happen :). Don;t confuse a mistake which happened in combat with a training mindset. Look at the MIDRANGE clip – you;ll see plenty successful blocks caught on tape.

  17. ACTdirector says:

    Dude you have got to understand – it is only 1 of the clips in this knife series. Taken from sparring sessions. That means HERE we showed what happened in close combat. And the successful combinations went in the clip. We are NOT condoning double kills. In fact you can see the guy in the white shirt constantly performing a very simple thing – invite the attack (set up) – block/redirect the incoming strike and deliver a counter combo to take the opponent down .

  18. inpugnaveritaas says:

    @ACTdirector The guy in the white shirt invites lung/liver punctures, and carotid thrusts just to get his "Techniques" in, and some guys try to slap a blade away with their hands. Any comments on how to modulate the psych of a student to avoid this sort of terrible outcome?? Have you used a shock knife?? I have been thinking about getting some because of the realism factor but want to work out whether the cost is worth it.

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