I Hate Tactical Knife Training and Tactical Knife Training Videos That Are Not Based In Reality
You know I have been laying down posts on all kinds of subject matter that comes to my mind and I have been resisting lying this one down, but I felt I really have to since this is an article about tactical knives in all its forms. I have been writing a lot lately about tactical knives as I love to survival trip and consider myself a knife enthusiast and I have also been doing posts on sharpening and other areas of knives. I did say though in my intro page that I will address Tactical Knife Training Videos misnomers and myths and things that I consider to be just general B.U.L.L.S.H.I.T.
Well, this week was an interesting week at work as generally they are. I meet people from all over the world with different likes and dislikes in knives. And differences in tastes as to the tactical knife they carry. And of course I meet tons of people both men and women who “train” in one form of blade work. Or another as bladed martial arts have become quite popular in the last decade or so. This is something that I understand as I got involve in Pilipino Kali Escrima some fifteen years ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was not really into it; it just grew on me because of a friend I have who was into it. So, I got some training from a man name Jimmy Tacosa who was a popular trainer at the time and he travel around the country teaching seminars and private lessons.
Why I Hate Tactical Knife Training and Tactical Knife Training Videos?
He was one of the first doing the seminar thing and now today it is all the rage! His form was Serrada which uses a smaller stick than a lot of the Pilipino styles out there. We used escrima’s that were 18 inches long, versus other styles that used 21, 26 and longer escrimas. I felt suited to it as I am consider short and therefore using a shorter stick was fine with me. As other training I had in boxing teach me how to close the gap and get close to my opponent or assailant.
This is the most deadly part of any martial art is closing the gap. When it comes to using a best tactical folding knife the most important part is getting close as well. Lots of people like to fight at a medium distance. And this is what separates the men from the boys especially when it comes to using a tactical knife. You can’t take someone out with a blade at four or more feet apart. You have to be close.
Anyway, that is just a little of my background with tactical knives and the training only suited the fact that I have been in this business for a long time. So, when you are lucky enough to train with quality people and learn quality technique. You hopefully learn the truth of the martial art of whatever defensive style you are learning. Many forms of martial art taught today are taught in a tournament format. And when it comes to learning how to apply the techniques you are learning it is done in a sparring environment. This is fine, but it is not real world training. That is why I hate Tactical Knife Training Videos That Are Not Based In Reality.
Need for Tactical Knife Training Videos That Are Based In Reality
There are people out there that do teach real world, but they are hard to find. Many people out there teaching people how to use a fighting knife are only teaching people how to get killed. It’s hard to find a really good trainer to teach someone the real inn’s and out’s of the tactical knife. Of course over time hopefully you will learn them. This is what brings me to this rant. Let me tell you a little story.
Last Saturday a guy walks into the shop that I manage and he was looking for a tactical knife with a fully serrated blade. Naturally, I suggested the Spyderco Endura 4. I showed the man why I suggested this tactical folding knife. Besides the fact that the folding knife is flat and comfortable to carry. It has a no slip polycarbonate grips and jumping at the back of the blade with the new Boye dent in it. It gives one of the best grips in the business and that fact of the matter is that this tactical knife and Spydercos. In particular is the only brand that offers a quality steel, VG10 in a fully serrated blade at an excellent price.
So, the man told me that he would take it. Great! This was a man over 60yrs old and so I think to myself to ask why he want the fully serrate tactical blade. I know that when the PBR (pro bowl rodeo) comes to town I sell lots of Endura’s to the cowboys. And they use the fully serrated tactical folding blade to help get out of roping accidents. I have seen guys’ loose fingers in roping accidents.
What I did and why I did so?
So, I asked the man why he wanted a fully serrated tactical folding knife? He told me that “We were watching a training video the other day that had two guys in leather jackets and they were involve in a knife fight. One man had a fully serrated tactical knife and the other man had a plain edged tactical knife. The man with the serrated edged tactical knife won the fight”. I thought to myself for a minute, do I really want to get into this cause I already knew this guy no matter how old he is or what his experience level is/was did not know what he was talking about.
Well, if you ask my boss or the other people I work with they will tell you. That if you don’t know what you are talking about when it comes to tactical knives. And self defense that I am going to jump your shit. Needless to say I jumped this guys shit. That is why I hate Tactical Knife Training Videos That Are Not Based In Reality.
Anyway, the only reason I am talking about this is because so many times people learn things about the tactical knife. And how to use one that is not totally complete and will make a person more of a danger to themselves. As the ideas expressed in some of these “training videos” can give the viewer the wrong idea. And incomplete information which in turn leads to incomplete training.
To Sum it up:
That is why I hate Tactical Knife Training Videos That Are Not Based In Reality. All I am saying is that if you are into learning how to use the tactical knife in a self defense capacity or a combative capacity. Please take the time to seek out qualified people to teach you in the long term. And in my opinion stay away from weekend seminars unless you already have years of quality training. And know what you are looking for and at in the training. Stay away from videos unless they are highly recommend and use by military and law enforcement. And have a partner that you can trust to work out with you. In the long term to learn the techniques.
Just be aware of the crap out there and do your due diligence to truly find quality training with no B.U.L.L.S.H.I.T! Be safe and thanks for stopping by!