The Popular Romance Project has a post up featuring the ladies of Attacking Page at the New York Romance Writers of America national conference. The video is a short snippet from our Kick Butt Heroes workshop where we discuss knife fighting. Check it out if you’d like to see Kathy repeatedly stab me with a knife. – Melinda Leigh
Today’s guest Blogger is Linde Belt. Linde is a 7th degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate, 4th degree black belt in ACE Escrima, 2nd degree black belt in KenShinKan Shorin Ryu, 1st degree black belt Matsumura Shorin Ryu. She also practices Hindi Andi Gung Fu, Hapkido and American Combatives.
As you can immediately tell I am not a writer. I am a martial artist among other things. One of the styles I train in is knife and sword fighting. I like blades. Today’s post contains my random thoughts, facts and opinions on various aspects of the knife and training. They are in the order I think of them. In no way is this to replace self-defense training. These are just ideas that may assist you in your creative writing.
- The knife is not the danger to you. The person wielding the blade and their intention is. A knife lying on the floor never hurt anyone (unless you stepped on the upright blade). When in a fight where a weapon is involved, do not become fixated with the weapon. A weapon does escalate the situation, however, you should concentrate on the person behind the weapon whose intent it is to do you harm. The weapon is the tool the attacker is using. The attacker is the force that needs to be controlled. You will control the weapon when the driving force is controlled.
- If a blade is involved in an attack, you will get cut. Don’t focus on the cut.
- If a blade is sharp, you will not know you have been cut until you see the wound or the blood or someone else’s reaction to it. The most you may feel is a sting like a paper cut (on a slash).
- A slash normally is not fatal unless on an artery. Thrusts can kill, especially if it is to a vital organ. A good knife fighter will end all techniques with a thrust.
- People will tell you that a blade has to be a certain length to kill someone. Some of stewardess on 9-11 were killed with a box cutter (razor blade).
- Committed: Once you start defending yourself, you must be committed. Don’t stop until the threat no longer exists or you have died. As long as there is an ounce of life within you, continue to fight.
- A person who attacks you does not think the same way you do or they would not have attacked you in the first place. For example, if you need $25.00 do you think about robbing a liquor store or convenience store? How many times have you randomly picked someone walking down the street to beat up because it is “fun”? How many women have you raped?
- Intent: A person whose intent is to injure or kill you will pull a weapon and cut you before you even see the weapon. The second they move, you must act and follow through until the situation is controlled to your advantage. Attackers who show their weapon want something from you before they kill you. Such as control over you, fear from you, your money, sex, information, etc. Many attackers have little control in their lives or feel that way. They want to control the situation, control your reaction to it or they want to feel powerful. This gives you, as the perceived victim, a chance to access the situation, take control and end it to your advantage. Slow the situation down. Talk to them. Ask them what they want. If it is your money, then tell them where it is, such as in your purse or wallet in your pocket. For instance, if they say, “Give me your money.” Say, “Ok you want my money. I am reaching into my purse to hand you my money” or “I am taking my purse off my shoulder”. Most of the time they will look at that object. Now is your chance to attack. Be committed. Don’t stop until they are not longer a threat to you.
- Once the attacker is no longer a threat to you (in any way) then you must walk away. At what point they are no longer a threat to you depends on each situation and only those involved really know when that happens.
- There are several ways to hold a knife.
Some competent knife fighters will hold it in a reverse grip. Most of their attacks will be slashes, though it is possible to still thrust but only at a short distance. This is an infighting style. Most untrained people will hold the knife in an “ice pick” grip. (Think of holding your ice pick and stabbing a block of ice to break it up.
- The most effective way to hold a knife is the modified hammer grip. Picture yourself holding a hammer. Now, move your thumb next to your index finger (not on top of it) on the handle. Your fingers will be in line one after another, no finger or thumb covering another one. This is the modified hammer grip. It makes good use of the length of the knife, but makes it more difficult for the knife to be taken away from you.
- If someone displays a knife (as in going to attack you), put a barrier between you and the knife; a purse, book, towel, tree, shoe, car. If it is something like a shoe, a towel or a piece of clothing, keep moving it and attacking them with it.
- If running would get you out of a situation do so. Run erratically, zig zagging, changing directions. If they throw a knife, it will go in a straight line.
These are just some of my thoughts for the purpose of assisting you with your creative writing. They are not a replacement for self-defense training.