7/13/12

Dealing with Opponents Armed with Small Objects / by Boaz Aviram


When dealing with an attacker armed with a small weapon like Kubatan, or a Filipino Knife assume your opponent is geared into defensive block and a vicious counter attack. 

Small objects serving as weapons could be a great motivational tools for students to put extra time in training drills to be used as play to hone hand eye coordination, and evasive body and foot work. In fact they often they are used substituting the need to generate impact on soft pressure points to poke pressure points and tear arteries.

However, just training with small weapons in the short range often cause a neglect of understanding the human body capabilities resulting in false confidence that the small object will protect you more than a cross or a David’s star you are might be wearing. 

The advantage of the small extension to your hand whether a blunt object or a blade creates an easier contact with the opponent pressure points and makes use of natural hand motions used in everyday life, and does not require you to train in the correct sequential execution of the body parts to deliver maximum efficiency and force. 

While a small blade is needed to be sharp enough to cut, poke and tear vital organs or arteries, usually the smaller the blade is, the lesser of reach it has to vital organs, and its users have to resort to searching for your veins and arteries close to your skin. 

If it is a small blunt object, it can serve as more of as a tool to apply pressure on sensitive nerves around your skin, or poking device to the same weak cartilage pressure points in your body that your hands can do the job just as well. 

But also if you try to block a kick with it in a direct force against the opponent’s kick, while you get a tremendous force on a small point and can cause severe pain and damage to your opponent’s limb, the likelihood of missing the opponents kick or hand strike is high. 

Think of a boxer that is using his fists only for training on a punching mitt, on a heavy bag, and on a real opponent in a match. He has a greater likelihood to hit someone in a street fight, than someone that is fighting a stationery paper target with a sharp blade or doing a slow motion hand eye coordination drill. 

But if the boxer will use a small knife or a small blunt tool, it would make it easier for him to execute a debilitating damage to his opponent. 

Of course a blade has a more of intimidating look, and can cause a psychological defeat, but so does any fast moving body that is hitting any of your pressure points. 

Remember, it is not the object you are using whether your hands, legs or a small extension weapon, but rather your fighting habits that result from your training time you put into it. Some training methods cause a false confidence neglecting essential areas and some provide well balanced whole picture training. 

The danger in relying on a tool instead of learning how to use it considering realistic scientific approach to your opponents possible capabilities can be threatening to your own life.

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