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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.

If you got into a fight tomorrow, what do you think would happen? What do you think the most likely attack would be? How would you defend against it?

Below is a video I shot with Funker Tactical for their new Martial Arts YouTube channel on how to defend against a sucker punch. Far and away, the most common attack on the street is someone trying to punch someone else in the face. Arguably, this is more difficult depending on the degree of indication someone gives you prior to the attack. A “sucker punch” is one that comes from someone who hasn’t given typical indication that his intention is to fight. It is exceedingly difficult to defend against something about which you have little to no forewarning.

In training martial arts, you will see a variety of techniques on how to deal with such an attack. The video illustrates my favorite, from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, using a non-threatening posture preceding the attack, moving into a clinch range to nullify his punches, then throwing him to the ground. I could have used more strikes during this, but when it comes to strikes I like to be selective, energy-efficient and not create unnecessary space. Also, after securing the clinch, a variety of takedowns could be used, depending on the posture of the attacker.

Why Grapple?

Grappling benefits the smaller, weaker person vs the larger and stronger attacker. The larger person can hit harder and reach farther. Preemptive striking as an alternative, would require the defender to be faster than the attacker. It is a mistake to ever assume you will be faster or stronger than the person attacking you…why would someone attack someone physically superior to them? Also, this situation, as I describe in the beginning, may not actually result in a fight. Just because someone is being aggressive and confrontational does not necessarily mean a physical fight has to follow. If you had a possibility to diffuse or avoid a fight, and you instead chose not to do so, then you have failed.

This Isn’t My Idea

I didn’t invent this technique. Let me make that clear. I was taught this technique by Royce Gracie, and I assume he was taught by another family member in turn. I think everyone has his own take or way of performing a technique once he learns it, based either on preference or ability. I mention this to pay respect to my teacher and to not misrepresent any concepts that are not totally my own. Having said that, there are millions of techniques out there, some better than others for certain people, and constant revisions and improvements. This technique isn’t perfect, but there is no such thing as a perfect technique. Martial Arts is a game of percentages focused on what can keep you safest in a fight. Training is the thing. So go do it.

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Funker Tactical, famous for putting out amazing gun & gear tactical training videos and the like are expanding to include more martial arts! The Funker Martial Arts channel recently launched on YouTube, featuring some awesome technique videos with martial artists such as Doug Marcaida, Fred Mastro, Ryan Hoover and yours truly. It is awesome to get to work with these guys! We have filmed several videos that will be released periodically. I hope you all enjoy the techniques as they come, as well as the sample below. Check out the Funker Tactical and especially their new Funker Martial Arts Channel!

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!

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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:

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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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