42 thoughts on “Paul Vunak Knife Philosophy

  1. Wang Guan Nan says:

    Kind of ironic in the sense that first he explains how the attackers doesnt keep the attacking arm out and locked, then when he demonstrate knife vs knife, the attackers arm is still out reached and locked. If the attacker could pull the knife back and cut him when he tries to block it with his arm, the attacker could very well do the same when he is defending with a knife, and the result wouldnt b the same like he demonstrated.

  2. Exhale Chemtrail says:

    In my opinion Vunak is one of the best instructors ever. In the 90s when everyone was putting out worthless self defense moves week to week video to video he had solid well tested techniques that were taught in a great manner. 

  3. Mark Allebon says:

    Well seems to make sense. But I was looking for what to do when we are at the disadvantage and dont have the knife. He is right everybodies techniques are based on expecting a thrust so arent likely to work. Well what if anything can we do?

  4. dennyreno says:

    Your a great guy paul! Thanks for putting up your videos and giving people a 5 dollar deal per video on your whole library at your website. Thanks for working with all the people so long! Give a hand to paul!

  5. holysoks1 says:

    A few thoughts I'd like to share but first I would like to apologize for the size of my comment.
    I would appreciate a response with anyone who would like to discuss the concepts I 'outline'(?) or help to answer question I may ask.

    As I don't honestly think I can say Paul Vanuk isn't skilled with confidence, nor authority, and based on the assumption that Paul Vunak is better qualified to instruct and teach such techniques and concepts than me, I hope some commenters see this and respond constructively (and maybe Paul Vunak could pop by and post…   😛 )
    Currently my Krav Maga instructor, is following the syllabus of KMG Australia(Eyal Yanilov aligned organization) while also taking into account some Special Air Services Regiment personnel's advice.
    Basically my class is being taught mostly defensive concepts/techniques such as;

    Simple blocking movements(drills)
    correct footwork for striking and grappling
    The centerline/central axis concept'(?)
    Breathing techniques
    A warrior mindset (or at least an introduction into it) 
    Learning how to recognize possible threats/red flags, both obvious and obscure. Street, club, police, military and security oriented.

    A technique I've had described to me as 'chest focus', where instead of looking your opponent/mugger in the eyes or gun/knife (will go over reasons for that soon), you focus on their upper chest, leaving peripheral vision to do what it does best and that is detect sudden movement and if you've drilled your deflection and burst techniques well enough the muscle memory defense responses kick in.

    Looking at the weapon (especially the barrel of a gun) being held in a threatening manner can induce panic(fear is the mind killer), the opposite of a clear head which isn't what you want , but sometimes locating the weapon in relation to the closest limb/means of disarm, also noting the location of the attackers eyes, so as to aim a well thrown wallet/set of keys/coins, all the while talking to the person (mid sentence, abrupt attacks are far more effective/shocking than simply making a rush for it) , also lowered eyes is a sign of submission[making ambush easier if the person thinks you are compliant, scared or weak] which means they'll hopefully underestimate you. 
    Looking directly into your attackers eyes can be dangerous but also a means of gaining trust, the biggest downside though is as you instinctively look at the points of contact at which you're going to try and 

    Muscle memory oriented drills^
    Use of improvised weapons, tools, furniture, doors, pocket content distractions (thrown/dropped)
    Third party protection
    Grappling holds, functional and anatomical, functioning being; pinning, pain compliance and submission holds where as anatomical holds including   choke holds, joint locks, compression locks.

    All of this and more while also covering situations in which an unarmed person faces a person wielding knife/baton(or stick)/gun in a manner of dynamic situations(including concealed knife attacks), so I have yet to move onto formal training in edged/blade fighting and don't think I will for a few years.

    I'd like to make a point that some blocks using your forearm in a kind of karate chop movement, away from the face/body(while stepping to their outside) should also allow you to maintain a sloth grip (4 finger grip on the wrist of the knife hand, with the thumb pressed against your own hand to stop it from being caught and broken in the sudden violent struggling movement) so that if the person swaps knife hands you can let go easier or even just push their fist, knuckle first, into their face (note: if they don't drop the knife, push their own knife into themselves instead of only their fist)

      also with a lot of  a stabbing or slashing movement to the body from 360 degree's worth of attack directions, whatever technique you use to nullify the 'out to in' attack, (I'm specifically excluding; centreline, mid-body-target downwards slashes/straight stabs) should atleast direct the knife at an angle in which it is more likely to hit the actual knife wielder's body's.
    As these reflexes are developed over time through training and drills, you must  drill extensively, as a knife attack may happen quicker than the conscious brain can even comprehend. 

    The next technique I'll try to describe is a first response in an intensely hostile situation  (this is not so much the defence needed to be used when you've already squared off with each other and have determined that it is a 1v1 fight that you cannot flee safely from, this attack is meant to surprise the would be attacker with extreme aggression and keep them on the back foot until you can fit the back of your foot into their open mouth without feeling any teeth. 😉

    A very efficient and aggressive initial defence would be to use a technique known as bursting, which relies on a muscle memory trained response to perform the basic inside defensive block in an explosive manner, smashing the muscular part of the forearm close to the wrist, I tell you from first hand experience that it hurts the attacker a LOT and if they don't feel the pain, they'll probably feel debilitating seizures in their forearm, (if you don't believe me, go smash your forearm/wrist on something hard like it means your life is at stake),

    While practically attacking the striking arm, the body should be moved inversely from the direction the attack originated in, this creates a gap that stops a possible blade(the presence of a knife in the fight is very often not even noticed until too late) from reaching the body, I've repeatedly dropped my practice knives when drilling this because the block hurts the forearm so much even when done very lightly , basically, drilling this will turn a conscious action into a reflex, bypassing the delay/lag inherent with conscious reactions. 

    I got really fucked up mid way through writing this so some of it may not make sense LAWL

  6. Branden Patten says:

    hate to be one of *those* guys, but a 220 grain .45 is a heavy round, and getting hit in the chest with one is like getting the wind knocked out of you with a baseball bat. just one will be enough to knock you off balance no matter where it hits you. HOWEVER, there is indeed a reason there is a "21 foot rule", with suggests that anyone within 21 feet can charge you with his knife before you have the opportunity to react. Each tool has it's place my friend.

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