Unentangled Bladework pt 2
By Ian Strimbeck | 6.13.2018
#Personal Defense #Combatives
The blade is one of the oldest tools man has created. Ranging from the ancient Samurai, medieval knights, to indigenous Amazonian tribes the blade has always been there in some form or fashion. In modern times where the idea of self-preservation is taboo and viewed highly uncivilized, how does one integrate the blade into an invaluable tool? The concept is fairly simple, utilize it with a point driven strategy. This will therefore allow you to look at anything in your environment with a point as a legitimate and lethal option. In the previous article I talked about stance and where/how to index the blade if at distance from your adversary. In this final piece, I will talk about effective targeting, movement and how/when to utilize an the actual edge of the blade to your advantage.
Unentangled Bladework PT. 1
By Ian Strimbeck | 5.19.2018
#Personal Defense #Combatives
This article is going to focus specifically on the tactics, techniques and procedures surrounding the use of a defensive blade while unentangled. This is a rabbit hole that can go extremely deep, but the goal of this piece is to understand robust and simple movements that will allow the practitioner to survive. In 2017, knife dueling is few and far between in developed first world countries. The majority of knife assaults occur within two arms reach and the victim initially not even knowing they’ve been stabbed. This is where the “fight” usually starts, from some type of entanglement. The goal for any type of knife problem is to hopefully work the opponent off of you and then at distance keep him off of you. The last thing you want to do is go through all the work of getting unentangled and have them crash back into you to get re-entangled all over again.
Combative Pistol, Part 3
By Ian Strimbeck | 2.19.2018
#Shooting #Personal Defense #Combatives
In the previous articles in this series, we have gone over the integration of a combative draw stroke with pistol use. The pistol is traditionally used with our target at distance but most violent encounters are unforgiving and chaotic. Therefore, we should understand how to utilize the pistol in a combative sense where we may not have the benefit of distance and need to create it, or we are forced to compress the gun due to situational or environmental hazards. This final installment will go over effective integration of off-hand fending techniques and the often omitted concept of safe re-holstering. As with my previous articles, the following information is credited to Craig Douglas and his efforts with Shivworks, the Shivworks Cartel, and my personal experience teaching these concepts to my students.
Combative Pistol, Part 2
By Ian Strimbeck | 1.4.2018
#Shooting #Personal Defense #Combatives
In part one of this article, I talked initially about looking at the pistol draw stroke more combatively and less about aiming for the fastest time on the clock. The following information will revolve around the continuation of the draw stroke as the pistol breaks from the vertical line of presentation and moves into the horizontal line of presentation from my perspective, as well as with heavy influence from my mentor Craig Douglas of Shivworks.