Okay anyone who knows me knows that I work with bladed tools quite a bit. One focus of IRT training is being able to improvise and use any tool that comes to hand. Blades certainly make up a significant part of our training and when dealing with blades it is absolutely important to have edge awareness.
So what is edge awareness. Well simply put it is knowing where the edge on the blade is and in martial skills it means knowing how to place your edge on something and move it for ultimate efficiency. The point of your knife also falls into this edge awareness as well. Now one thing that I am keen on is making sure that transitioning from tool to tool does not effect how I orient myself for this edge awareness. A good rule of thumb is that your second set of knuckles starting at the tips of your fingertips provides where your edge will be when gripping a blade. This is basic orientation and something that every true martial practitioner needs to know. Once you get that down then you have to understand that with a blade you can A. Penetrate or Puncture and B. Cut or Slash. To puncture all you need to do is thrust through something with the point. That is it. To Cut or Slash you need to slide the blade edge along whatever you are using it on. That sliding motion creates the cut. Sure you can get a cut without the slide by just hacking into something with a good blade but this is just not as effective as if you hack and then slide or pull. It will be a deeper more effective cut and there is simply very little doubt about that. In IRT when training with a blunt object like a stick we also maintain edge awareness so that the transition to bladed tools is easy. This is something that is vitally important in how we operate! Too frequently I have practitioners looking for advanced training come to me who did not learn this skill set. Once we train for a bit however they go quickly to the next level and this becomes engrained in their skills. Always remember edge awareness as this will help your both defensively and also offensively and it will make you have a sharpened mind!
Let the blade due the work!
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Brian R. VanCise
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