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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S. (Jan. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873645448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873645447
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2013
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This book is meant for people carrying and using a knife, it covers subjects such as legal considerations, mobility and balance, knife grip, hiding a knife in the hand without it being seen, stance, quick draw of knife and knife fighting tactics.

This is a theory book so don't expect much techniques.

Here in England carrying knifes is not allowed so the main purpose of the book is of no use, however it does cover two very important facts that are rarely covered in most knife defence material.

1) A lot of knife attacks are surprise attacks and the victim does not know they are even in a fight, let along a knife fight.
2) It shows some common ways knifes can be hidden in the hand so the victim does not see the knife until they are attacked.

These two points alone make the book worth the money, it is depressing how few martial arts tell you these things, Being able to spot the signs that somebody is hiding a knife in their hand is a vital skill and this book is one of the very few that even points this out.

A book about using a knife which contains a few vital bits of information for people wanting to learn to defend against the knife as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nuno Silverio on 24 Nov. 2009
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This but is simple, straightforward and powerful in the way it states its information.
The author basically explains the dangers of knife fighting and the way to do it if you really want to enter that world. More than everything the author takes quite some time explaining why you shouldn't enter a knife fight and rightly so!
For those who do want to use a blade, this book provides quite some good advices on what to do and what to be careful about, including the legal issues surrounding the use of a knife in a fight.
Overall a good read, in a small but purposeful text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean on 21 Mar. 2014
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Interesting read but there could have been more elaboration from certain chapters or just more topics covered. The book covers aspects such as identifying various methods of carrying a knife, stances, choosing a knife, etiquette and so on in an interesting and understandable style of writing (in his signature approach). Marc also talks about tactics/techniques such as counters and other things to watch in a knife fight.

The book is 118 pages, black and white images.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 1999
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Just like the other books from Marc Macyoung, in this book there are no specific techniques shown, but the psychic and emotional side of what is called a knife fight. This is the topic some other books I know lack about. Together with the chapters about stances and grips, this is the best base for realistic training you can get.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
IF YOU PACK A BLADE, READ THIS BOOK!!! 18 April 2003
By Tyr Shadowblade (TM) - Published on Amazon.com
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Granted, this is not the best book available if you want to learn fancy technique or dubious "sentry deanimation" tactics. However, I recommend this text to anyone who carries cold steel for the simple fact that, unlike nearly every other book on the subject, this one truly delivers actual information about REAL "knife fighting" as it actually occurs on the street!
You see, most of those other books give you really bad advice on dealing with confrontations, telling their readers to "slash his throat and stick him in the heart," or similar nonsense. Granted, if you happen to be in the jungle or the cell block, you probably want to "take out" your adversary as quickly and efficiently as possible -- but NOT in a crowded roadhouse full of hostile witnesses!!! If you shank some loudmothed drunk for no good reason -- even if he DID happen to be wavin' his lockblade around -- you will soon find yourself locked inside a dank concrete pit for several years with a bunch of weightlifting goblins who'd really like to get to know you better. Animal, however, gives you options.
First, he lets you know that there is a big difference between a knife fight and knife combat. First, in the typical knife fight, only one person actually has a knife! Second, in the typical knife fight, the unarmed fellow usually ends up retreating (although this is often to either call friends or get a gun). And, most importantly, even if you DO actually cut the guy, KILLING HIM IS UNNECESSARY!!! A slash across the forehead and a couple light jabs into his grasping hands will do wonders towards adjusting his bad attitude -- with no need to leave a body on the floor. Animal makes it perfectly clear that killing your attacker is usually a poor choice, considering the serious legal repercussions, and he gives great advice (learned from experience) on how to address your audience in such a way as to influence them to inform the authorities that you really didn't seem to have any other option.
This book gives sound advice on dealing with the cops, dealing with witnesses, and spotting a potential sneak attack. I recommend it highly.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Ask the experienced, not the learned 3 Oct. 2001
By Bibliophile - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are looking to live a long, enjoyable life and expect to have to deal with knives in order to reach that goal, then this is the book you must have.
There is a whole bunch of people who fancy themselves as knifers, knife fighters or whatever they wish to call themselves. But what they train for is vastly different from what one will see on the street. Sure, they can get in a ring with someone else with a wooden knife and beat them and feel real macho, but they will be the first to fall when they meet up with someone who does not flash a knife before sticking it in them. Boy, the ring really does not prepare you for that, now does it?
This book is about what people will see on the street, as well as the techniques that the author has found to work when your veins are filled with adreneline, your vison has gone tunnel and your hands are clammy with either sweat and/or blood. It is a reality far removed from the training halls of JKD or any other martial art.
One of the most valuable sections of this book is on common ways of hiding a blade that are used by street scum. It will help you to recognize such grips when used by others before they get a chance to get close to you. If you can not even do this, then all the fancy simawali drills or expensive fighting knives you have will not be worth a bucket of spit.
My only reservation is that this book deals mainly with things that are best conveyed in the written form. Things that are too complicated to describe appear on two videos he has made, but he never mentions the videos in this book. I do not know how he could transfer some of the stuff from the videos to the written word, but I would be amiss in not pointing out that this book, like all books, can not give the whole picture of an activity like knife combat.
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Wish I'd read this a long time ago 5 Nov. 2004
By L. A. Kane - Published on Amazon.com
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I survived two knife encounters through sheer luck and stupidity before I found this book a few years ago. As a knight in a medieval recreation group (sort of like a black belt of swords, shields and stuff) I thought I really knew what I was doing. Problem is, street confrontations are nothing like tournament competition.

I learned two essential lessons from MacYoung's book: The first is that there is no such thing as a knife fight as the author pointedly states (pun intended). It is really a knife ambush. Unless you are lucky or highly trained you'll never see it coming. Fortunately both punks I tangled with were rank amateurs who flashed their blades giving me enough time to react. The second is a comprehensive understanding of where, how, and why street thugs conceal their knives to pull off an effective assassination. The awareness is illuminating and very possibly life saving as well.

Knives are as ubiquitous as cell phones these days. Working in a stadium where weapons of all types are prohibited and bags are searched on the way in, I nevertheless pull knives off at least a couple of fans every game. Imagine how often you find them out in the street where they are more or less legal. This book is packed with stuff you gotta know!

My only complaint is that while it is long and deep on theory it is a bit short on technique. There are plenty of good sources to supplement this knowledge so that is not a serious detractor.

Lawrence Kane
Author of Surviving Armed Assaults, The Way of Kata, and Martial Arts Instruction
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Street View of Self Defense with a knife 30 Mar. 2003
By H. Row - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
MacYoung is the "young" (pardon the pun) stud - bar bouncer, biker, baddasss self defense writer of the group who write on the subject of using a knife to defend yourself. Marc has several books of this ilk out via Paladin Press, all along the lines of down & dirty street fighting. Most of the other writers are ex cops, military, bonafide and identifiable self defense study and the like.
Alot of chest thumping mixed in with good BASIC self defense here. But doesn't necessarily stand out as one of the best books currently out there. And I still suggest taking a Martial Bladecraft series of hands on "live" instruction.
John Row
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Informative, amusing and edgy... 11 Jan. 2002
By Eagle Kenpo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has outstanding information on the realities of an encounter with an edged weapon. If you want to avoid a situation in which you can be sliced and diced, this book is for you. This book is filled with profanity so if that is offensive to you, you may want to shop for another book. This is not a book about knife techniques, and in my opinion should be read in addition to books covering technique. I did not like the any of the stances or guards shown in this work, and would look elsewhere for an alternative. Regardless of what this book may lack, the information it does provide is very useful and enlightening. I also found it to be an edgy and amusing work, and a glimpse inside a different and somewhat scary world.
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