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5 knife fencing exercises you absolutely must do

5 knife fencing exercises you absolutely must do Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport

5 knife fencing exercises that you absolutely have to do is a complex post because the knife is lethal, the knife is fast, the knife is scary.

These I propose are some Knife Fighting exercises that you have to do if you want to improve in this complex and controversial aspect, a topic always covered in martial arts and personal defense, the knife.

attention!! I told you right away about Knife Fighting not of Knife Defense because knife defense is learned only as a consequence of learning to do Short fencing or knife fencing, the rest are legends for civilians looking for safety when returning home but none of the techniques explained really serve in the reality of a real knife attack.

If you want to learn how to defend yourself by knife you have to learn short fencing,the rest are all nonsense.

There is no knife defence, disarmament, stalemate, etc., they are like tennis smashes, because if one says otherwise he has never done knife sparring.

Disarmaments, defenses, stalls and various tricks are useful because they work and you have to know them, learn them but it’s how they are trained that makes the difference.

The disarmaments you have to know them because if you are in that condition you have to know what to do without thinking about it and you have to do it but it is NOT to be sought and above all it is not a robbery but a knife attack.

One who threatens you with a knife to the neck is not knife defense, you need to know what to do to get out of that situation but it is NOT knife defense and in that condition my advice is to give money to your attacker.

Robbery on the street

If you want to learn the “defense” by knife you have to study short fencing to understand BASE concepts such as the position of the body, hands and fundamental footwork.

You’re not defending yourself against a knife. but fighting with his bare hand against a knife, You have to earn the space and time to draw your weapon or find some object, protect yourself with a bag/backpack/chair/shoe, or find an advantage position such as a higher point, etc. but to do this you have to learn:

  • distances
  • the footwork
  • timing
  • checking the position of your body
  • center or center line control
  • controlling the circle
  • the principle of deviation (and I’m not talking about the knife) working outside and diagonally
  • the position of the knife (the hand holding it, grip, position, movement, timing)
  • level of aggression or intention
  • et cetera.

Knife defense 01

Why do I say that?

Because there is no hand knife defense but techniques to survive a knife attack derived from short fencing.

A knife expert against a man by hand naked the reality is that there is little to do but as one of my masters says if you work out a lot you become luckier.

But to develop the ability to survive one of the most insidious and complex aggressions you have to learn short fencing it is not enough to do static exercise and drills that, however useful and scenic they do not develop in you the ability to survive a knife attack.

When I see what most schools teach knife, I think they do incredible damage because what they do see doesn’t work and it’s not real.

The approach to knife must be totally different and I am pleased that many serious and professional instructors are realizing it.

To be “lucky” you have to train but with knife experts not those who know 4-5 techniques to sell themselves the internships of which you do not even know the meaning of biomechanical and motoring.

If you don’t know how to train you will hardly get the result you want.

5 knife fencing exercises you absolutely must do

A premise on the time spent on training

If you do knife once a week 15 minutes I appreciate your commitment and it is better than nothing but like everything to succeed and become experts it requires hours and hours of weekly training especially such a complex discipline as the knife where the speeds and the pitfalls of this weapon has exceeded millennia of history remaining always with the same characteristic.

A blade works tip and cut and even with small movements and without large loads does damage and deep wounds.

Dedicate specific sessions not lesson moments, at least 3 hours a week but if you want a council train for a few months every day to do an hour of knife.

You have to understand how YOU can operate a technique in a real sparring condition.

Often the people I meet know the techniques but do not know how to make them work.

Now let’s go on something practical because if you want to learn instead of reading theories you have to train.

You want to learn how to swim diving and swim there are no other methods because it is useless to talk about theories but simply if you have the misfortune to be in certain situations between knowing and not knowing certain things can make a difference.

If someone says it’s no use studying Knife Fighting then why do people train?.

Like everything does not mean that you give a certainty but a chance so is life so is sport but between do and do not I choose to do and if you read up here I think you also agree on doing.

5 knife fencing exercises you absolutely must do Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport


This exercise that I want to explain to you is very important and introduces the concept of “destroying the snake’s tooth“.

You and your partner must have an aluminum training knife and a hockey glove for your hand holding the knife.

Your partner moves first by stepping forward and attacking along a corner. Your goal is to cut the advance going to cut the limb (goal is the glove), while you’re backing down.

The game of legs is fundamental: not only stand in place and cut. If you happen to miss it with the knife and to stay planted, your next cut opponent will most likely reach a vital part of your body.

Perform the exercise at first slowly, then accelerate it more and more until it becomes real. Attack your partner with different lines of attack in a sort of order at first, but then at random.

Below are five basic angles of attack you can use and they are angle:

  • 1: Right or push shot, high (neck); angle down,
  • 2: Back to the neck, top; angle down,
  • 3: Blow to the neck front of the body; horizontal (thoracic area),
  • 4: Backhand cut on to the body; Horizontal
  • 5: Direct lunge to the abdomen.

Your partner should pull all five corners, then you have to do the same for him.

This is not a sparring exercise in which you and your partner try to attack and defend at the same time, and it is not a “flow” drills in that each person alternates an attack and a defense but instead it is an exercise where one person defends himself, while the other acts as a coach attacking the teammate.

An important thing for the coach after he has become familiar with the exercise slowly is to change pace, not always do the sequence at the same speed, but vary it very slow medium fast and if the companion does not “cut” attack immediately with another advancing angle.

This exercise is a “broad hand” drills because the defender is trying to stay out at long range where he can’t hit the opponent because he can’t reach it with his knife, but he can cut his attacking hand.

“Breaking the snake’s tooth”

As mentioned above, footwork is vital.

Take a step back, or in the area to the side, change the height, but keep moving, never stand still.

By exercising you will find that against certain angles of attack, some cuts work better while others cut you or expose you to a greater risk.

The important thing is to find what works for you.


This exercise is intended to familiarize yourself with the work with blades from close range.

This is not a combat knife method in itself to prefer,but it is a valuable self-refinement exercise to “sharpen” your body’s biomechanics, sensitivity and knife handling ability.

For simplicity, we always refer to the five basic attack angles.

Your partner attacks you with the five corners seen before and you defend yourself.

The control hand should ensure that once you cut off the opponent’s hand, do not return for another shot.

Example vs. angle:

  • 1: Cut your arm in attack with a forehand cut and control the knife your partner’s hand with your free hand. Release the check before your partner goes on strike.
  • 2: Cut your arm with a backhand shot and control the knife hand with your left hand.
  • 3: Pass the knife your partner’s hand to the right (through his body) as you cut your arm at a 3 angle.
  • 4: Pass the knife your partner’s hand to the left as you cut your arm at a 4 angle. (Note that hand passing is also your hand checking; it should be tracking which weapon your partner is doing)
  • 5: Move your body on both sides off the path of the knife as you cut the attacker’s arm with a corner 3. You will find that your ability to avoid being cut while at the same time cutting and controlling your partner’s hand weapon, can be greatly improved using your own mechanical body. Twist left when you cut it at a 1 angle, and twist right when you cut and swerv a corner 2. Imagine you perform this exercise with knives and thinking about what you could do to avoid being cut.


This is a very fun exercise but that gives you a great workout while pulling off your murderous instincts.

Your goal is to hit your opponent to tip or cut.

Ps. A lot of attention must be paid to your training equipment and your training partner’s protection.

Wide hand: Cut your opponent to the hand while he tries to attach toes or cuts.

Short hand: Cut or point to the opponent’s body or face.

The targets can be, the face, the body, the legs, the hands, etc. both tip and cutting, but it all depends on the equipment you have to train in this way and protect yourself.

Use to parry and deflect both the knife and the living hand or both.

Ps. An important thing is to define the targets and the shots, at the beginning to simplify you can use only cutting angles or avoid blows to the face, etc. but the ultimate goal is total combat.

Ps. To increase the difficulty you can also insert fist shots with the living hand or foot.

The difference from previous exercises is that no one is there to perform attacks to get you to exercise; you’re both there to attack and strike.

If a cut to the body happens to show up, attack immediately but do not chase the cut, do it if you have space do not force and you have to focus and fear the knife as if it were true.

Remember that the goal is never to be touched or touched only you.

All the time.

Try to create the spaces for cutting with feis and movements but do not insist do not force, even 0 to 0 is fine.

Try during workouts to experiment as for example at :

  • Stay in “relative safety” of long range, making your opponent’s hand your primary goal.
  • stick on the center line and that’s it
  • save attacks only with the knife
  • or parry attacks only with your hand alive
  • et cetera.

The play of legs and timing are essential elements, so be as fast as the light to stock up and with your feet.

Often the speed is given by the timing.

You can intensify your workout by adding gymnastics or plyometric exercises, such as squat jumping.


Sparring for three minutes, then do 20 jump-squats and again Sparring, this for more rounds.

This is used to simulate fatigue and lift lucidity.

You will learn a lot if you shoot sparring with different people, especially those who are more experienced.

A beginner is generally the easiest opponent, as he will probably use mostly simple direct attacks, but it is also unpredictable because it could make “strange” attacks but that surprise and work.

A veteran knife fighter attacks with combinations and, as a result, is harder to deal with. You will also notice the difference in shooting with opponent higher, lower, faster, more aggressive, left-handed, etc. learning to vary the distance, strategy, position of hand and knife, your footwork.

Be sure to always keep the correct distance and put together steps and your combinations.

Important never move the defense of your center line to the fakes you learn to have a correct bio mechanical answer does not discomponent your position by opening lines of attack.


This drills are used to develop perceptivity and peripheral vision.

The exercise is done as a group and consists of simulating a sudden attack in a crowd or brawl or a madman. It’s a very complicated exercise but you need it to have the correct posture and develop a reaction that is not broken down.


  • 1 — > In line on one side you walk and randomly one of the people in line attacks
  • 2 — > In line from two sides you walk and randomly one of the people in line attacks either on one side or the other
  • 3 — > all in a circle with one in between and randomly one starts with an attack. At the beginning, to simplify the exercise, you can use the attacks that you always randomly attack but set out.

The size of the circle and the distance must be at least 2 meters.

Ps. In all exercises the knife of those who are in a circle or in the row must be hidden because the aggressor must learn to do so and then develop the ability to extract and attack without being seen.

If you see one with the knife you don’t advance or otherwise walk away, or pull out your weapon, take an item to strike, etc.

The goal is to take the space to extract your knife or a makeshift weapon.



This drills consists of simulating an attack of extreme aggression where the attacker must perform a series of consecutive blows with a lot of aggression and strength.

The attacks to be performed for this exercise are the following angles of attack:

  • 1 in Ice Peak
  • 1 and 2 in Hammer shot Slash
  • 5 tip in Hammer

Since it is a crazy gesture, the main attacks are studied.

An important thing to do the exercise with knife attack to the right and left.

A little tip is to perform the exercise in slow motion and film it

Sudden knife attack defense from behind



What I’m explaining to you is one of the best exercises to learn how to defend yourself with a knife because it forces you to use an aluminum training knife or hard rubber to fend off one or more opponents.

It’s an unconventional exercise because it predisposes you to have a knife and use it to defend yourself if you get attacked.

The principle is, you have a weapon, then use it.

You may not have the opportunity to use it if you think you’re only going to use it if the situation gets harder because you may not have time to pull out the weapon or your attacker wouldn’t hesitate to do the same courtesy to you.

Also consider that it could also happen that seeing you so determined the attacker understands that it is better to avoid because you are not one willing to give up a step.

Although these speeches may seem extreme to you in reality they are not because the episodes of violence per se are extreme and do not reason with the mind of a polite and civilized person who works and in the evening returns home to his family but that of a thug, a violent or a murderer.

Surely it may be appropriate to consider notto escalate the escalation of violence and to try to leave if possible but if you cannot avoid it your state of alertness and violence must go from zero to 100% because you cannot get discounts.

Now after this brief premise returning to exercise, attackers must be protected with helmet with visor or grille, protective glasses, boxing gloves, elbow pads, groin protection shell and para tibie.

If you want you can also put the body protector.


It starts with a single attacker moving towards you with obvious bad intentions.

Attackers should emphasize aggression and intention to simulate and create maximum stress and adrenaline rush.

The goal is to never get touched in any way.

Attack the body part of the attacker who is closest to you, his arms if he is trying to take you, his body, his legs if he kicks, etc.

As soon as you get one or two good cuts or tip shots, the attacker has to pull back two to five seconds to simulate what would happen if he actually cut into a fight.

After the break, the attacker must attempt another assault for another attempt.

Continue like this for three minutes.

When you feel comfortable with an attacker, switch to two and add another attacker and so on.

Feeling comfortable means an attacker never touches you and is always hit which means he’s been hurt or killed.

An important thing is not to look for random targets, try in the “chaos” to be as precise and effective as possible, display the primary targets to hit.

Ps. I recommend protections and safety equipment, always use the utmost attention to the safety of you and your training partners.

Remember that the more you simulate real conditions and stress the more training can become dangerous.

It is important that no matter how many people are attacking you, both you and your “aggressor” must attack with conviction.

Training in this way creates an adrenaline rush that you have to learn to manage because its effect affects your fine motor movements that makes you lose control and precision but instead you need to learn how to manage them to make them effective and not random in a condition of high stress and charge of adrenaline.

Keep the following points in mind:

  • Don’t focus solely on your attacker.
  • Use your peripheral vision to determine if other attackers are approaching.
  • Look for a safe place to run and run.
  • Keep moving.
  • Use your footwork to keep someone sneaking behind you. Try to find yourself with a wall behind you if possible. Do not run in the middle of two or three attackers because they will be like a swarm of bees on you. Hold a position and create a movement that allows you to tackle only one at a time your attackers.
  • Look for a location that allows you to never be surrounded.
  • Don’t panic.
  • While the attack is happening, extend your awareness so you can tell where the attackers are without looking at you.

Good workout with these 5 knife and Knife Fighting exercises (possibly just training!!)

Stay Tuned!

Knife is not a game!

Street Fight Mentality


Ps. The joy of discovery

There is so much to say and do in the fight with the blade and I think it can not be presented with a few words in an article but it still opens up to have given you interesting ideas.

The exercises presented here could keep you busy for months or even years.

Remember that the purpose of cutting weapons training is not always necessarily to learn a lot of techniques with the knife but is also related to the concept of movement, location, timing and perception, as well as psychologically preparing to use a knife if necessary.

This is an often overlooked phase but before it happens and I hope for you and me ever, but if you decide to carry a knife for self-defense with you in addition to the principles and concepts of knife fighting that we study you are psychologically ready to use it in case of danger, it is not such a foregone conclusion.

A blade will give you a huge advantage in combat but also in other areas of your life.


Con una passione per la difesa personale e gli sport da combattimento, mi distinguo come praticante e fervente cultore e ricercatore sulle metodologie di allenamento e strategie di combattimento. La mia esperienza abbraccia un vasto panorama di discipline: dal dinamismo del Boxing alla precisione del Muay Thai, dalla tecnica del Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu all'energia del Grappling, dal Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) all'intensità del Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Non solo insegno, ma vivo la filosofia di queste arti, affinando costantemente metodi e programmi di allenamento che trascendono il convenzionale. La mia essenza si riflette nell'autodifesa: Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), Dirty Boxing, Silat, l'efficacia del Jeet Kune Do & Kali, l'arte della scherma con coltelli e bastoni, e la tattica delle armi da fuoco. Incarno la filosofia "Street Fight Mentality", un approccio senza fronzoli, diretto e strategico, unito a un "State Of Love And Trust" che bilancia l'intensità con la serenità. Oltre al tatami, la mia curiosità e competenza si spingono verso orizzonti diversi: un blogger professionista con la penna sempre pronta, un bassista dal groove inconfondibile e un artigiano del coltello, dove ogni lama è un racconto di tradizione e innovazione. Questa sinfonia di abilità non solo definisce la mia identità professionale, ma dipinge il ritratto di un individuo che nella diversità trova la sua unica e inconfondibile voce e visione. Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport! Andrea


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