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Talaban MOrenae Gaidin
Up Close and Persoal
Fri Sep 1, 2006 16:33 (XFF:

Talaban waited patiently as the students gathered their blades and returned slowly to him. The session on throwing had been informative for most of them, the trainees discovering that not all the styles worked for each of them. Calling them closer, Talaban started on the second and final part of the lesson.

“I’ve noticed that most of you are getting better with the throws as you practice. This is good because the vast majority of situations wherein you use a knife by choice, it is to hurl it. The only times you will actually prefer it for close combat are probably in places where larger weapons would be too conspicuous or unwieldy. Before we go on further, I will reiterate again. A knife, even a pair of knives, rarely makes a good defence against a larger blade or any weapon for that matter. Within close combat situations, larger blades possess the twin advantages of longer reach and a heavier blow. Against this, is the knives’ lone superiority in speed. The odds are stacked against you. This is of course unavoidable in some situations but care should be taken to avoid such a position where possible,” the Sei’Tar warned his students, watching as some of them nodded. A few faces seemed to blatantly disagree. Maybe they were good enough with knives to keep themselves alive but he doubted it.

“The next thing to consider when learning knife work is this. There are three classes of knife fights, if you can call it that. The first is with a single knife. The second is with a pair of knives. The last is with two weapons, a knife and a heavier weapon, be it sword or mace or something else.

In general, fighting with knives is a largely mercurial art there are few practical stances and only a few necessary moves, quite unlike what you are taught for the sword. The rest is improvisation. First, I will cover knife fighting in the first two situations outlined before.

Knife fighting is all about balance and positioning. They are the crux to winning any confrontation. The proper position is an open guard, relaxed, balanced feet shoulder width apart. Knives used here are precision weapons. A cut or stab must be properly inflicted to maximize the minimal contact time you want with an enemy.”

“The first thing I will cover are parries. With knives, it is usually more effective to redirect a blow, pushing it off its intended target, than to perform an outright parry with brute force. This is because your knife is, firstly, liable to snap if impacted by a heavier blade. Secondly, a straight parry is easily overcome if your opponent slides his weapon along yours. You’ll likely run out of steel before him. Another thing that you could do is evade the blow and try to get within his guard. For those with two knives, the final option is a cross-parry with both blades. This is not advisable as anything but a last ditch move since it traps both your weapons for no discernable gain.”

“Secondly, offence with a knife as a primary weapon. The human body is well protected by bones in most critical positions so cuts are rarely useful for more than hampering movement. To wound or kill, one needs to pierce or stab. The best places for this are at the joint tendons and the waist portion. For the waist portion, upward thrusts will usually gain you something. Another place which is vulnerable would be the temples and other portions of the head which one can target with both blade or hilt. It would be much better for a knife fighter to study hand-to-hand combat as well since most of the attack points in open-handed combat are the same ones you want. The forms are all but useless because fighting with knives is so different from what the forms were originally meant for.”

“Now, fighting with a knife as a secondary weapon is another kettle of fish altogether. If you are pairing a knife with another weapon, it becomes the second choice in attack. More often, it will function as a parrying blade or the blade that slips beneath the opponent’s guard when he is occupied with your main weapon. In this case, the knife either parries or slices to hamper. Here, cuts are fine. Your aim in offence is to distract mostly, rather than inflict real damage, although if both main weapons are locked, it can be used to deliver death blows.”

“Now, we will practice. I will issue scabbards to all of you as you switch your throwing knifes for blades which are more suitable for close combat situations. Pair yourselves up and practice. PRACTICE. Not kill. I will come round and give you pointers or even spar with some of you. There will only be knives available, so you will be fighting with either one or two. Lets go.”

OOC: Ok, heres the third portion. Just pick yourself an imaginary partner, have a go at him and we’ll call it a day :)

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