Most skilled fighters are knowledgeable enough to flee—or pick up a makeshift weapon—as soon as a blade is drawn. In reality, however, 70% of real-world attacks are launched from extreme close quarters —a distance at which many skilled fighters will be cut. This advanced class will address attacks from close-quarters, a distance known as Ojo-a-Ojo in Spanish edged weapons culture. 80% of street attacks last thirty seconds or less, and attacks average 5-7 in five seconds.
We will understand the basic physiological responses to bladed attacks—flight, fight, or freeze—and their inherent flaws; and will look at knife distances, kinesics, blade trajectories, and the role of the off-hand during an attack.
Required Equipment: Rubber training knife, notebook, and pen.
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced