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 very restricted so the main purpose of the book is of limited 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.
on 24 November 2009
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.
on 21 March 2014
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.
on 30 April 1999
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.