Most traditional martial arts, such as Kung-Fu and Karate, have weapon training. To the casual observer, it appears that the leading role of weapon training is to add the benefit of developing some footwork, coordination skills, movement, etc. as well as preserve the traditions and history of the art. However, weapons training does have a modern application and role in reality-based self-defense.
One of the significant boasts of reality-based systems, such as Krav Maga, is that they teach students to defend themselves against an armed assailant, whether they’re armed with an improvised weapon, a stick, a knife, or a gun. In many cases, students are trained to deal with weapons, such as how to disarm an attacker with a knife.
Once the disarm has been performed, in many training scenarios, the incident ends as the student is deemed to have accomplished his goal. However, in a real-life situation, the fight may continue. The attacker might get back the knife from you or decide to use an improvised weapon, such as a belt, chair or similar to even the odds.
If you are not trained to use a knife against armed and unarmed opponents, you’ll find yourself in a very unfamiliar place. Proper use of a weapon is as important as weapon disarming. A student needs to feel comfortable in using the weapon so that he will know exactly what the best thing to do with it when the attacker tries to get it back. Otherwise, thinking what to do with the weapon may consume several seconds, which usually you don’t get in this situation.
Understand the Consequences of Using a Weapon
If you have trained with a weapon, you will begin to appreciate all the different ways it can be used to your advantage. After successfully disarming your opponent and you have the control of his weapon, you need to consider if it is suitable to use in a particular situation. If for example, it is a weapon that fire projectile, you may be better using it as a cold rather than a hot weapon in close quarters to deliver concussive strikes to your aggressor and avoid collateral damage.
When it comes to the knife, you need to decide whether to use the blade or the hilt. There may be times when it is faster and more effective to use the hilt, which gives the aggressor concussive blows. The use of the blade can lose consciousness of your attacker from blood loss, but it will take time.
With any weapon, it is vital to learn the different ways it can be utilized. At the same time, you need to understand the consequences. You could shoot the attacker after disarming or stab him a knife but be sure you know the consequences knowing that both are lethal reactions and you could kill your aggressor.
Weapon Training For Self-Defense
The adage “it is better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6” is often practice and teach in reality-based self-defense. In a survival situation, you should not hesitate to use lethal force because there is no time for hesitation in a fast moving, dynamic confrontation. When you start having moral and legal doubts, you will slow down. However, if you are not comfortable killing somebody without hesitation in your self-defense, you need to consider using a weapon after disarming and use it as a cold weapon for your fast disengagements, striking/punching to shut-down the attacker.
Weapon training should also involve weapon on weapon scenarios. If you disarm somebody of a tire wrench or a bat, he may have another weapon, such as a knife. If you don’t work with a baton against a knife, you won’t be able to use the weapon you got to your advantage in this new phase of the fight.