VER­SA­TIL­ITY

Black Belt - - SCREEN SHOTS -

A knife can serve nu­mer­ous pur­poses in ev­ery­day life, but be­cause this is a mar­tial arts mag­a­zine, let’s fo­cus on per­sonal de­fense. In that vein, the knife can be a stand-alone weapon, as well as a re­ten­tion aid de­signed to dis­cour­age or stop an at­tacker from grab­bing your gun. A blade some­times can be pos­sessed in places where you can­not legally carry a hand­gun.

None of this should be in­ter­preted to mean the edged weapon is al­ways Plan B. There are sit­u­a­tions in which a blade is the bet­ter re­sponse. Re­mem­ber that you should al­ways have al­ter­na­tives for self-de­fense. The con­tin­uum of force, which be­gins with ver­bal com­mands and pro­ceeds to deadly force, de­mands this. po­nent. Even with a train­ing weapon, there’s al­ways an el­e­ment of dan­ger, but it’s con­trol­lable and, for most mar­tial artists, ac­cept­able.

Con­sider ac­quir­ing a train­ing blade that’s nearly iden­ti­cal (weight, size, mech­a­nism, etc.) to your carry knife but dif­fer­ent enough (blunt edge, a

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