Knife Fighting Techniques for Self Defense



Knowing how to use a small folding knife could make the difference in a self defense situation. Especially if your attacker is bigger and stronger than you are.

21 thoughts on “Knife Fighting Techniques for Self Defense

  1. R Sch says:

    Hi guys yet another comment.
    I’m exploring a variant of this technique, but using a Karambit.
    And while still extending in a fencing style the strike is not downward but hooking upward.

    A Karambit has a much more acute angle and so can pierce directly, versus an oblique angle.

    The tip can pierce cloth easier.

    The tip of the blade makes contact first so gives a slight length advantage.

    Moving up from below makes it harder for the opponent to see it, blocked from view by their own arms.

    Attacks the inside of the arms and wrist, softer, and arteries exposed.

    If you don’t mind, what disadvantages do you perceive?

  2. R Sch says:

    Thanks Jason.

    Regarding your charming collection of trolls, this is a useful term to know:

    The Gish gallop is a technique used during debating that focuses on overwhelming an opponent with as many arguments as possible, without regard for accuracy or strength of the arguments. The term was coined by Eugenie Scott and named after the creationist Duane Gish, who used the technique frequently against proponents of evolution.

  3. Kevion Rogers says:

    Alfred Hutton's knife drills were my first introduction to knife defense from my sabre fencing instructor and that was in middle school and I fenced from 6 to 8 then my Junior year of high school and my junior year of college. It wasn't until I was a Junior in College that I learned the 3 of 9 Vital Template and learned to apply the cinco teros with a knife instead of a baton. I know the Balintawak 12 count since I was a in middle school, but I never applied it with a knife. It was through this experience that I was able to understand the context of karate blocks, wing chun techniques, and aikido technique that don't fit the unarmed context.

  4. Michael Schwenk says:

    Sifu, I believe you’re doing a book on counter grappling techniques. Please make this a priority. It would also be great to see more material on kicking, which isn’t covered in the online courses.

  5. Oniweeki says:

    Thank you for pointing out your NOT supposed to be trying to kill people. The point of self defense is to not die. I hate the states with stand your ground laws, which I feel, encourages people to kill instead of retreat or de-escalate the situation.

  6. Arthur Watts says:

    Ive only been chased by a woman with a long-bladed knife once, but she certainly didnt keep that weapon in her handbag. In what universe is this young lady carrying a blade, much less a blade of that size ?

  7. Steven Watson says:

    8:25 you can legally use lethal force under threat of great bodily harm or death or when attacked with a dangerous weapon for GOOD reason. It's too dangerous to try and spare their life when they're trying to take yours

  8. Walter Evans says:

    Lovely BIG FAN …….Have you had one blowing a lot of hot air around cyberspace recently Jason ? ….Oh dear, that won't do. Give everyone a migraine headache…Note the optional castors on it so you can wheel it off stage if it gets too noisy….Anyway, if attacked in the street with a knife best option – RUN LIKE HELL ….better to be a live 'coward' than a dead hero…..However, this might NOT be an option as you might have to defend someone else or there could be no escape route….So…..What to do if you find yourself in a street knife fight you can't get out of with no hope of rescue….CONSIDER HOW LUCKY YOU ARE THAT LIFE HAS BEEN GOOD TO YOU SO FAR…..If on the other hand life HASN'T been good to you so far (which considering your danger predicament is more likely to be the case) ….CONSIDER HOW LUCKY YOU ARE THAT IT WON'T BE TROUBLING YOU FOR MUCH LONGER ………lol

  9. Steven Watson says:

    3:39 she should cut angle, around, while stabbing at the throat after that cut. Move to the most vital closest targets as you close range. If someone attacks with a knife you have the right and should use lethal force, before they do

  10. Ex Pat USA says:

    Your knife defense videos are the best, most practical and realistic I have seen anywhere on the internet. Although requiring a good deal of practice, the simplicity of this philosophy is its strength, and does not require endless drills of the Kali / Escrima type. Simplicity and directness. You are perfectly exemplifying the essence of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, in my opinion. Most knife fighting videos on YouTube are almost guaranteed to get you killed. Please keep up your great work, sir, and ignore your internet warrior detractors !

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