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Knife defenses, and fighting with a knife in general, are voodoo sciences. It is very difficult to train, with any sense of realism, how to defend against a knife wielding attacker. The reason that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is such a practical, powerful and useful martial art is due to how realistically the techniques can be applied in training. Striking arts cannot be trained as realistically as grappling arts. Weapons arts have to be trained even less realistically.

I am NOT saying any of this to insinuate that training in weapons or weapons defenses is a waste of time. Just the opposite: we have to exercise extreme discretion in how we train against weapons. Because there are so many variables to a weapon attack that must be estimated in practice, some practitioners tend to take a bit too much license in making up ways to defend and disarm an attacker. I have seen some dangerously ignorant approaches taken in this regard. Many disarms you might see floating around martial arts schools or videos online might feature an “attacker” leaving his weapon hand floating in space while the defender makes an elaborate series of strikes before stripping the knife away.

As I say in the video, statistically (for what that’s worth) most people who will stab you won’t reveal the knife until it is inside you. Don’t watch movies or most martial arts techniques to learn anything about knife attacks, watch prison videos. Survivors of knife fights go to the hospital; losers to the morgue. I do my best to research and pressure test everything I ever show or teach, and knife stuff is the hardest even though I have access to some of the most brilliant minds on the subject in the world.

Without further ado, here is a video of what I feel to be a realistic defense in to a potentially realistic knife attack. I hope you enjoy.

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I’ve been switching things around and showing more standing BJJ concepts and techniques in videos lately. Here is a nice chain of sweeps and submissions starting from standing position. I hope you like it. If you do, then please share and subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

These are a couple of favorite high percentage finishes off the arm drag. Enjoy!

DaFirma Black Gold Kimono

Back Story

I remember when there weren’t “BJJ ” gis. You had to train in a judo gi. Then manufacturers started popping up and making a change here or there; more form-fitting, grip-reducing gis became the standard. Then competition guidelines forced more changes in design and fabrication. Certain companies jumped out in front as the industry leaders, other companies followed suit, and today there are so many companies with comparable products it is difficult to tell where to purchase a gi any longer.

I was a die-hard Atama man, but after becoming dissatisfied with their service and quality, I began looking elsewhere. I found some brands I was really impressed with, and I started to see some trends I could actually get behind. And as is the case with our rapid-pace social media driven society, many gi companies began to resemble each other, making it difficult for one to stand out over another. And then I found DaFirma Kimono Company.

DaFrima Kimonos

When I created the moniker of Knight BJJ for use of seminars and such, I started looking not just for a quality gi company, but one that would create me a custom product. I happened upon DaFirma Kimono Company in its relative infancy, and honestly, I didn’t know much about them. After a couple of correspondences via phone and email, I was blown away by the careful consideration and professionalism exhibited by Ricardo Tubbs, the owner of the company. His courtesy alone made me want to give him my business. And then, when I saw the level of detail he put into his work, I knew I had made the right selection.

But I will be honest: because of the smaller scale and newness of DaFirma, the quality, while very good, wasn’t quite on par with the major names in the business. There were little odds and ends that the big boys pulled off a bit better. I mentioned a couple of things to Ricardo, because I saw the potential of his company, and before I even got out any concerns I had, he had already been working on these exact things. These days, anyone would be hard-pressed to find any details that don’t rival or exceed any gi manufacturer out there. Not only this, but the DaFirma line of rash guards and shorts are right up there with the gi quality now as well!

Some of the things that are most note-worthy of the DaFirma Kimonos are as follows:

IMG_3844 (2)100% Preshrunk Cotton
EVA Foam Collar
Contrasting Color Stitching
Reinforced at Every Stress Point
Triple stitched at all Stress Points

Preshrunk Ripstop Pants
6 Point Belt Loop System
Nylon Rope drawstring
Reinforced Stress Points
Triple Stitched Across all Stress Points

New flex panel material for pant crotch

And many more details I haven’t named here.

Each gi is crafted with careful precision to competition guidelines, making sure they are comfortable and fitting. And speaking of fit, check out the sizes offered and let me know anyone else who is this accommodating to the measurements of the customer:

Kimono Shop and Sizing Charts

In conclusion, I didn’t write this because there is anything in it for me. I wrote this to help people searching for a great gi find that great gi. I also wrote this, because I believe that business can be both professional and successful while being polite and courteous. It is a joy for me to see DaFirma Kimono Company grow and thrive without once sacrificing integrity and character. If you haven’t given them a try, you should!

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A technique I have had a lot of success hitting lately.

DaFirma Kimono Company

I’ve been doing Jiu-Jitsu for a couple decades, and in that time I have had many gis. I remember when bjj specific gis started really hitting the market and Krugan and Kikskin were all the rage. Howard Combat Kimonos were big for a long time. Atama was king and is still one of the big dogs. Storm, Hyabusa, Origin…there are so many incredible gis on the market that I can’t include in here. But it doesn’t matter, because I’m pretty much done with any brand other than DaFirma Kimonos.

I don’t fully believe that DaFirma is the best quality kimono on the market – just being honest. But they rival the top quality gis on the market for certain. And the difference is in the care, consideration and professionalism of the company.

Ricardo Tubbs, the president of the company, makes sure each and every order is handled with the utmost attention to quality and oversees every step along the way. Whether it’s a custom job, which DaFirma exceeds once again in doing, or a standard order of the company’s pre-designed awesome merchandise, every order is treated like it is the most special order. This is something rare to see these days – a company more concerned with customer satisfaction than turning a huge profit!

So how does the quality stack up? I know I keep harping on the customer service and friendliness factor, but make no mistake, these gis are comfortable, durable, and gorgeous. They are so competition-oriented in design that they are perfect for professional performance. I am happy to see more and more big and respectable names in the jiu-jitsu community catching on the the fact that this is the kind of product and service that should be the standard in jiu-jitsu kimonos. I recommend these gis to my friends and students, and my home base academy of Three Rivers Martial Arts uses DaFirma for our custom academy uniforms. Additionally DaFirma handled my custom KnightBJJ kimono designs too.

So if you’re looking to have your academy custom gis made up, looking for a premade and super sweet gi yourself, or in the market for shorts or rash guards, then I highly recommend DaFirmaBJJ.com for your next purchase. Here are some videos where I sport my custom Knight BJJ gi made by DaFirma while showing a cool technique, and I along with Amy Kilpatrick of Atmosphere Martial Arts show a slick sweep while wearing our DaFirma kimonos.