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ARTICLES - Edged Weapons
 
  Article written by George Matheis, founder of the Modern Combatives System.  
 

 

CAT Theory
Edged Weapons
Preparatory Movement
The Pistol Against the Spontaneous Attack
Spyderco Rescue Knife for Personal Protection
The Ground
The Stick
CQB Pistol Panic Push
Carry VS Deployment
Folder into the Fight
Are You Training for Personal Protection or to be a Bodyguard?
Keep the Light Moving
Knives I See on the Street - LEO and Security Personnel Awareness
Deadly Force is Deadly Force
Police Defensive Tactics
Combative Anatomy
Offensive Defense for the Wounded Combatant
Accessing / Deployed / Attacking
Individual Protection Program
Bag of Evil Contents Revealed
Office Space Survival Volume #1
Root of Excessive Force
CAR/IPD Course Review
Five to Survive the First Five
Which Knives Work Best with the Mercharness
MCS Doctrine as it Relates to Appendix Carry
Musings About the Defensive Use of the Pistol
Edged Weapons - Good Guys vs Bad Guys
Evolution of Combative Anatomy
   

Edged weapons have been used by people for thousands of years to increase their survival chances. These days it is no different. Whether you were attacked by a caveman with a crude knife back in those days or a crack head with a screwdriver today, the angles of attack and the mechanisms would be the same.

As a student of blade work and a full time police officer the biggest mistake in defending against a blade that I see is retreating straight backwards as soon as a weapon is pulled. For most what this leads to is falling backwards and still getting cut or killed.

Some will tell you to be an arms distance plus six inches from those you encounter. This in my opinion is the very worst place you can be. The only two places you want to be if someone spontaneously pulls a blade is 100 yards away or right on top of them.

The majority of people are right handed. To access a concealed weapon they will have to move their hands fervently in the area of the weapon band. I refer to the weapon band as the six-inch imaginary band that goes around the waist.

This is where most weapons are carried. If movement is made towards that location during an altercation you are in a good position to trap it against the body before it deploys as long as you are within conversational distance.

If you are outside of conversational distance your response is more prone towards trying to get to that 100 yards away we talked about when you are only a foot away from the second best place to be.

The blade is a dynamic multidirectional weapon. Once launched even if blocked initially it will move like an angry yellow jacket and will not run out of ammunition. The only chance you have is to trap it against the body and explode with overwhelming violence.

 
 
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