Applied section of Koi no takinobori ryu
The knife, a unique weapon of infighting.
There are plenty of tactical tasks impossible or hard to realize without a combat knife. The fact that we do not have any Russian methodical research in this field reduces the tactical arsenal of sub-units specialists, or makes them dependent on foreign research, which is not appropriate.
Here are some tactical tasks which are best realized with the use of the combat knife:
It is surprising that even considering all these tasks, the combat knife is still an exotic kind of weapon in Russia and is rarely included in training.
The modern Russian experts classify knives as criminal, multi-purpose, and fighting. This classification can explain the scornful attitude towards this ancient weapon among modern Russian specialists in the special martial combat. Until recent time knife as a weapon was mainly associated with criminal conflicts. However, classification of weapons should not have social, political, or criminal character. For a specialist the abstract technical side should be the most important. Objective weapon examination should not operate with unstable and subjective categories. The most appropriate, in our opinion, is dividing the knifes into fighting, developed especially for stabbing, and multi-purpose.
Like in the other kinds of fighting, a knife bout should be conducted within one sound impulse without involving any "tactical thinking". A real bout does not give time for considering and making decisions, so a skilled fighter should lean on previously trained reflects. Therefore, the "tactical literacy" includes the depth of skills training, and the ability to make spontaneous decisions based on intuition, tactical and technical system of skills and the possibility of their realization. Working on typical connections is important first of all to realise intuitively the regularity and inside relations of basic technical actions, and not to learn mechanically the technical cliches.
The use of a combat knife is based on the same principles as the hitting technique of "Koi no takinobori ryu" karate:
Since a precise (lethal) reach with the first and only hit is almost impossible, the following techniques are used:
The Philippine and Vietnam systems have either too free or rather unstable knife holds. And their outward effectiveness is tactically abstract. The tactic of "Koi no takinobori ryu" style is based on attacking actions. The technique of these actions is simplified due to reducing all feints and preludes. There are only real, defeating actions, preferably in the shortest possible period of time.
Choosing the knife is the most important and subtle stage of training. Knife's type and characteristics model the future hitting technique, and vice versa advanced technique leads to designing new kinds of weapons. The blade should not be too long to be able to stay covered. The optimum length is not more than 15 cm, and depending on construction peculiarities (mainly the sharpness of the blade) not shorter than 5 cm. The length of the blade is important when stabbing, but since the stabs are unstable in terms of reaching, they can not dominate. A deep cut of a forearm makes a person lose consciousness in 20-40 seconds, so without a paramedic aid the lethal end is unavoidable. However, the criminal news is full of reports of dead bodies with dozens of stabs in the chest, stomach and neck, which means that the victim had not fainted for a long time and screamed for help. The major vessels of hips, forearms, and neck are much more vulnerable than covered with clothes and ribs inside organs with their small sizes and hidden situation.
The modern fighting knives can be divided into preferably cutting and preferably stabbing, and even being unaware of the art of knife fighting one can easily distinguish between them. It is quite hard to give recommendations on knife choosing in a written material, because the most important factor is the subjective evaluation: whether it is comfortable or not.
In addition, we would like to persuade the instructors to avoid teaching throwing the knives, since there is not a more inefficient tactical task than throwing away the weapon of infighting, even if it is a special "throwing" knife. There are a lot of special silent and smokeless weapons to remove guards, but there are only few specialists who can commit a guaranteed homicide with a throw of a knife. Moreover, to develop such skills at least the resulting stage of training should be conducted in real conditions at real targets. All the other methods of training are much too abstract for this subtle tactical purpose. A knife is not a hand-grenade and it should not be thrown. It should be used to cut and stab.
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