I have just returned from a very enlightening workshop on Ray Floro's approach to defence against the knife.
My good friend and BJJ coach John (Will)had brought Ray over to teach the NZ Police Ray's approach to knife defence and I was given the opportunity to assist.
Ray began the workshop with a frightening reality check for all participants on just what can be used as weapons and how lethal any bladed weapon is. This was demonstrated extremely graphically on a large chunk of topside beef hung from a rope, from a 6inch wide, 3inch deep gash with a craft knife to what would have been the equivalent of decapitation with a small shovel that some of us take with us on a tramp.
We were then instructed in a very systematic manner, for which I was the crash dummy, in Ray's structure based method of dealing with the knife with and without a weapon of your own.
The maxim "Keep it Simple Stupid" was strictly adhered to by using strategies of crashing, with cover, to the grappling position to control the knife arm or striking the weapon arm then launching striking attacks to bring the opponent down, depending on the situation.
I came away from the experience with a wealth of new ideas and a very robust methodology for dealing with the knife that I feel I can use and also instruct my students in, should the need arise.
Some of this methodology will be included in the upcoming Knife-fighting workshop at the Academy of Combat, on Dec 2.
Till next time
For more information on Ray's approach you should check out his web-site http://www.florofighting.com/