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The cut is a completely natural action of the arm. The Gospel of the Knife. Be advised that most wounds result in a weakness in the legs, arising from the body's natural response to loss of blood. But you might. If you have no means of escape, allow him to close with you.
Despite the student's colossal strength he actually lifted me above his head with the greatest of ease , I knew, Immediately I drew a concealed knife and made a few passes near his face, that I could, by means of a knife, bring him down to my own weight and strength.
One might say "you could hear his shoulder blades click" as he jerked himself backwards out of reach. On several of these encounters as many as twenty Policemen and criminals were fighting from room to room, etc.
Members of the Force, when questioned as to why they had not immediately re-loaded, could not offer any reason for failing to do so. Could it be, that under such circumstances, it is a mental as well as a physical impossibility to do so? The fact remains, that no one re-loaded. Note - So that the reader will not think that the reason for failing to re-load was owing to the lack of proper training, let me here state that the Shanghai Municipal Police had the most upto-date IN-door Pistol Range in the world.
Their quarterly Pistol Practices were conducted under conditions as near as possible to those they had to contend with whilst on duty - firing up and down stairways, over roof tops, from and in to windows, sometimes in very poor light or with no light at all. Twelve shots in all, which necessitated changing of magazines , with point deducted if caught with an empty pistol. I have a very high opinion of the fighting value of the Tommy and one-hand-guns. This is based on my 40 years experience of these weapons, which includes not only armed encounters with armed criminals but the responsibility for instructing large numbers of Police and Soldiers, etc.
Fairbairn, Lt. The situations you are liable to have to contend with are very seldom of your selection and frequently they may vary with every step you take. You may be running; going up or down a slope or stairway; up to your ankles in a mud patch, or up to your waist in water.
In fact, the situations are astronomical in number. Under such circumstances all the student can do is to remember that, as far as possible, he should try to achieve a crouching stance, with knees and waist as flexible as possible. Hold the knife in the right hand, the thumb full length along the back of the hilt, the knife resting on the index finger, between the first and middle joint. Close the three remaining fingers over towards the fleshy part of the tumb.
Note - The position of the thumb and fingers will vary according to their thickness and length. To find the most suitable grip for yourself, grip the hilt firmly, and if necessary allow allowing the tip of the thumb to go forward on the back of the blade. See Fig. At all other times, the grip should be mainly with the fingers and thumb. At all other times, the knife is mainly held by the fore-finger and thumb, with the fingers only maintaining a loose grip.
Note - This closing an relaxing of the grip will become automatic after a very little practice. The manner in which edged weapons are initially grasped by the wielder governs the manner in which they are carried and withdrawn, and influences both weapon design and the dynamics of initial maneuver. We therefore observe that the foundation of every knife fighting technique is grip.
The knife is controlled by the thumb and forefinger. The former provides power and the latter precision. The placement of thumb and forefinger is thus the foundation of grip. Precisely how the thumb and forefinger are placed is a function of weapon design, culturacy idiosyncracy, personal preference, and a host of other factors.
The above factors hold true regardless of whether one employs a prison-made "shank," or a fencing foil; they are a function of the motility of the human hand, and reflect mind-body interaction norms. Holding the knife in the right hand, arm shoulder high, forearm bent, back of the hand up, knife over the left shoulder.
Whip the forearm out towards the right, to the full extentent of the arm. Arm shoulder high - reverse the hand - back of the hand down. Whip towards the left, allowing the arm to bend to the original position, as in Para.
Now reverse the hand back to the original position.
Note b Remember that your opponent is liable to attach from your right, left, or even from behind. Practice changing your position quickly, to cope with this. Assuming you are fighting with a knife against a knife, it is wise to never lower the arms below the navel or raise them above the shoulders.
Holding the knife as in Fig. Gradually increase the length of the "whip" from 12 inches to as far as you can reach. Whip the knife to the left and then continue as in Para. The other fingers should only be loosely on the hilt. Particular care must be paid to this otherwise the tendons of your wrist or arm may be strained.
NOTE - Even although you put all your strength into your grip and carry out your the RIGHT "whip" with the utmost speed, you will not strain the tendons of your wrist or arm.
Between "C" and "D" reverse the hand to its original position, back of hand UP. Having mastered the technique of turning the hand over, gradually increase to the fastest possible speed.
Now repeat the above, with the arm fully extended, ocassionally changing to a bent arm or trying to touch the ground with the knife. Note - An expert Knife Fighter keeps his knife always on the move - making it dart in and out like a snakes-fang and occasionally changing his position and the height of attack.
Suspend a vegetable from a tree, etc. Hold the knife as in Fig. STand slightly less than arms length and to the right of the object. Make a slashing cut to the left, by a circular inward motion of your arm and wrist, cutting the vegetable in half.
Hold the knife as Fig. Make a slashing cut to the right by a circular outward motion of your arm and wrist. This permits you to carry out a "follow-through" motion of your arm. Cutting the vegetable in half with the Left Slash and then cutting the falling piece by means of a Right Slash, before it reaches the ground. Note - This calls for the utmost possible speed if you are going to catch the falling piece of vegetable before it reaches the ground.
This is a precautionary measure during the initial training of a recruit, in case he should loose his grip of the knife. It should be noted that when the "COBRA" Fighting Knife is held in this manner that it is a prolongation of the arm and the point is in alignment with the tumb. Bring the left foot forward directly back of the right and make an instantaneous forward lunge by stepping off with the right foot, accompanied by a gliding thrust forward with your forearm. Danger of one's knife becoming entangled in the clothing or equipment of an adversary renders the thrust into the throat advisable.
The reason for this is obvious. When making a "Thrust" you are in a lunging position, with your arm extended forward to its full length, leaving you "wide open" to attach by one or more of your other opponents.
The Circular-Backward slash is a continuation of the slash to the Right and is usually made from shoulder height. Knife held as in Fig. On the command GO, make a right slash, the full length of the arm, simultaneously jump and twist the body as far around as possible, aiming to strike your opponent's face. Note - Provifing this slash is made with the utmost possible speed and strength, the momentum of the right arm will considerably help in twisting the body around.
The remainder including the Instructor, must be at least 20 yards in the rear. This is a precautionary measure and should be strictly adhered to, until such time as the students have shown that they can retain their grip upon their knives. In the event of insufficient room, Tap Dancing is a good loosing-up exercise.
Our answer to that is: This, we contend, is full justification for the soundness of our unorthodox methods. Fairbairn's professional reticence prevented him from fully disclosing the precise character of his most celebrated students: These individuals and their exploits were the ultimate test of Fairbairn's methods and the greatest testament to his success.
Part "A". In open country Warning - For obvious reasons, only one student should be exercised at a time. The remainder should remain in the rear "at ease" and told to provide "off stage noises". The student should be briefed, somewhat as follows a.
You are making your way in the dark through the ENemy's Lines and are liable to be attacked from all sides.
On the command GO you will draw your knife and advance at the run in the direction indicated. You will be given the direction from which the attack is coming and will immediately counter-attack with a slashing-cut or thrust as the imaginary enemy. In the event of being tripped or falling down, you must continue fighting, getting up as quickly as possible and advance until ordered to stop.
Instructors Note: Each student should be given a ten minutes "Rest" after completing the course. Part "B". Down a wooded slope. Note - Where possible select a slope with second-growth trees.
Where they permit, these trees should be grasped with the disengaged hand, permitting you to make a leap downward of several feet. Students not taking part in the exercise will be "At Ease" on the top of the slope and instructed to provide the "Off stage noises".
The Student should be briefed as follows: You will be given the direction from which the attack is coming and will immediately counter-attack with a slashing-cuts, etc. The Instructor will direct the attack from the top of the slope - using a megaphone if necessary and insisting that the attacks swiftly and with full strength. Note - The commands should be given somewhat as in the previous exercise.
In , the above was considered unorthodox and, unkindly, a trifle foolish. Today we know a good deal more about the power of pre-visualization exercises. We have also relearned what we once in an era gone by knew about physical conditioning for edged weapons.
Any exercise that tends to lend strength and agility to the Latissimus Dorsi, Fascia Infraspinata, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Teres Major, and Serratus Anterior muscles of the back and arm is to de desired as it is these muscles which serve the fighter fighter best in the darting thrust and slash attacks.
At that distance, or less, he is a very dangerous man. This is not so difficult to understand when you realize that the length of a man's arm, plus the knife, is approximately three feet, thus leaving only two feet to be covered to make contact with the knife on your person. There are two ways of dealing with such a situation 1st. Note - Fear will most likely give you that additional speed to out-distance your opponent.
An individual of average 5'8" stature, throws a snap-type strike extending approximately 2' 7". The strike terminates before the arm is fully extended, thus exploiting maximum speed and guarding against the possibility of a "locked joint," in this case, the elbow.
You are the one who is attacking with a knife. Approach to within the required distance, right hand on the hilt of your knife not drawn , your left forearm covering your right hand.
Note - By covering your right hand with your forearm, your opponent is not receiving advance "information" of your intention to attack. Having decided to attack - spring forward, simultaneously drawing your knife and make a LEFT slash at your opponent's face. In the event of a near-miss, your opponent will be back on his heels, off balance and wide open for the return RIGHT slash. Note - A near-miss at an opponents face, with any weapon, always produces the same results.
He instinctively throws his head back, which sets him back on his heels and off balance. In close-quarter fighting there comes a time when weapons have to be re-loaded. This is the time when a well balanced fighting knife, in the hands of a man trained to use it scientifically, becomes the most deadly weapon it is possible to have.
In the accompanying diagram Fig. They vary in size from the thickness of one's thumb to that of an ordinary pencil. Naturally, the speed at which loss of consciousness or death takes place will depend upon the size of the artery cut. Don't bother about their names so long as you can remember where they are situated. The psychological effect of even a slight wound in the stomach is such that it is likely to throw your opponent into confusion.
The sheath has been fitted with a canting loop, which brings the hilt of the knife within comfortable reach of the right hand and permits you to run or sit down in a car, etc. There are other positions in which the knife can be carried but it is essential that the position selected brings the hilt of the knife within easy reach of the drawing hand.
Paratroopers find, owing to the nature of their calling and the additional equipment they have to carry, that the knife is best carried in the top of the boot or strapped to the leg or thigh. WHen carried in these positions, it is essential that the sheath is firmly secured, so that it will not "ride" in any direction. We are frequently being told of Judo Experts who claim that they can dis-arm a man attacking them with a knife without the aid of any weapon - in other words - with their bare hands.
Also we have a copy of a Military Training Bulletin, in which the author lays down how the recruit should be instructed to do the same thing. It is apparent that neither the Judo Expert nor the writer of the Bulletin have ever seen an expert knife fighter in action or even at practice, otherwise, they would know that had they attempted to dis-arm him, they would, in a matter of a split second, be minus a few fingers or an ear - that is, if they were so fortunate as to be still alive.
The Sabre Stance 1. Face your opponent at attention. Notice how easily you are able to advance and withdraw-forward and backward. Movement to the left or right is more difficult. In practice, a knife, bayonet or stick may represent the sabre. To assume the knife duelist stance from the sabre stance 1.
Move rear foot to left. The sabre stance. In this position there will be no lead with your shoulder and knife betraying the nature of your attack. Blade drives into target. In sabre fighting the arm can be safely extended because the weapon is long and the handle is equipped with a hand guard.
Your shoulders face your opponent squarely. Left arm free. Place a sabre or a rapier in the hand of an experienced duelist and he will immediately snap into the guard position with a reflex action almost as strong as drawing the hand from a hot surface.
Free arm snaps back 2. This may be difficult to understand at first. The guard position. In knife fighting you have a lightning-fast blade but there is little protection for the hand. The guard position will become a natural reaction. Draw the arm which holds the knife BACK. Knife arm drawn back The thrust.
Keep your feet at about a 90 degree angle.
The blade is drawn in. Your blade points directly at your opponent's throat. The arm on hip should swing free. Torso and head are held erect. Shoulders face the opponent squarely.
The side view of the guard position. Major portions of the body will not be extended into an opponent's range. The torso pivots on axis of spine. He won't see it coming. Thepoint is your bullet. On the thrust. The upper portion of the body has pivoted forming a straight line from your blade point back along your arm. The straight thrust. From the front. He won't know what hit him. Instead of the full spread of the shoulders and chest which had been exposed to your opponent.
Your attack should be instantaneous. The blade is snapped directly to the target. In executing the thrust. This is true in professional boxing. If an opponent is open and in range of a left jab. The attitude of your blade. If the target is your opponent's throat your point should strike in a direct line to the throat. But here's a hint: If the enemy attacks. Simply explained. Simply said. It is the conviction of the writer that the Bowie-shaped blade was scientifically designed by James Bowie for the control of this natural whip.
If an opponent tries to make an underhanded attack he will come within your range but you will still be out of his reach Your advantage over your opponent is a range of eighteen to twenty-four inches. Do not be too anxious to draw the weapon back prematurely. If your opponent tries an overhand stroke he must come in close. Only in a well-executed thrust which does NOT strike home. When the point reaches its target. An enemy's overhand stroke leaves him wide open for your thrust.
With the thrust you take your knife to the target. If a FULL thrust does not strike the target the natural whipping action will take place. Whip down.
The blade. All tissues. Where a stiletto or narrow pointed knife would penetrate like an ice pick and leave a puncture wound. The natural whipping action of the thrusting cut makes the blade drop An extended extremity.
The movement has been completed in one ninety-fourth of a second when recorded by a highspeed camera. If nearest target is hand or forearm. The blade is cocked in preparation for a wrist action to supplement the natural whip. Keep full thrust's distance from opponent's nearest extremity.
Vertical thrusting cut ends with the blade biting down. The horizontal thrusting cut. Slightly cocked blade assists whip action. A full thrust is directed to right side of your target.
The blade will whip across its target automatically when the arm is fully extended. Try for cuts on enemy's head or face. After mastering the cut as directed. The blade whips back across target. A whip-like snap of the hand will take place. This practice will be valuable if you are ever confronted by an opponent when you are unarmed.
From the hand of a skilled knife duelist this cut. Master the whip of the HAND and you will develop a better understanding of the action of the blade.
The hand is thrust out vigorously. A deeply sliced hand will greatly reduce the strength of your opponent's knife hand.
The finish of your horizontal thrusting cut. This sharp wrist-snapping cut is of utmost importance when tiir target is so close that it must be reached without fully extending your arm.
Practice These cuts may be practiced with an actual or simulated weapon. When the hand alone is used. The tendons in this area will feel the strain while you're learning the thrust and cut. The in-quartata or out-of-line starts from the guard position.
The cut is a completely natural action of the arm. From your guard position. Keep the blade pointed at the throat at all times except when making definite attacks to other targets. Later when you understand this natural action.
These circles are the result of forced action of the wrist or forearm. When learning the full extended cut. The blade must avoid making circles at the full extension of the arm. Continue your practice until you work out the stiffness in the elbow joint. Begin your practice with the hand so that you may better understand and control the whip action. Draw the blade back to the guard position immediately after the cut is made.
Your entire stance should now look like a full sabre thrust from a sabre stance. When opponent rushes into range. Your opponent's momentum will carry him over your original position. Your rear leg swings around in an arc and lands on the opposite side.
There will be no need for you to withdraw your blade from your opponent. Your rear leg will push off and swing to the right. The full pivot out of line. Retain your full thrust. And maybe he knows how to use them. And that's only half the scoop. Immediately draw the knife back. Up to this point you've learned three basic principles: If you attack an enemy from the rear or flank. He'll kill you if you don't do something immediately to discourage him.
He'll stop in his tracks and think things over.
If you are confronted by an opponent who displays these errors. You will be amazed to find that. A Keep yourself out of range of your opponent's full thrust.
You have won part of the mental duel. The guy's gonna kill me if I don't do something to stop him! If he attacks. A bucketful of his wild zest will drain from him when he sees you plant yourself in the guard position and DEFY him. With practice. If your opponent assumes a skille'd knife duelist's stance you will recognize it immediately. A Above picture shows your opponent in the same position as in A on opposite page.
If you are pressing the attack aiul arc advancing.