Countering High and Low

Keep it Connected

Invariably, the question of what a person should focus on is asked. Should you focus on countering edged weapon attacks that involve a forward or reverse grip, thrusting or slashing, high-line or low-line, a grab-and-stab, a blitz or a full on knife vs knife combat? 

All of them. (Of course, situational awareness as well.)

Don’t fall into the trap of cherry-picking a collection of one-off techniques or scenarios based on convoluted statistics or what crime videos someone can find on YouTube used to create an absolute standard. You can develop, benchmark and validate skills to survive and/or counter all dynamic attacks with one combat method of movement progressively in a short amount of time.

It's more simplistic than you might initially think.

Limiting yourself to one specific context over another is risky, and there’s no need to do so. On the other hand, too many disconnected variables of techniques, will overwhelm your mind. Instead, be free of cognitive overload, keep it integrated and strategically train to protect yourself from all edged/impact weapon attacks with one core combat system: PTK-SMF.


"Everything should be as simple as it can be, but not simpler."
– Albert Einstein


Breaking it down:

Mindset. Why? It should be pretty clear – knives, or edged tools in general, are plentiful and when wielded they're highly dangerous. At extreme close range, you can be unintentionally slashed or stabbed on the contracting movement of a strike if unaware. Understanding this requires that you develop an effective mindset from the start. Your fortitude will need to be rock solid when the situation arises. 

Developing a proper mindset is a circular and iterative process. Not only can you begin your mindset training on day one of your training, once made aware of the dangers that exist with weapons (or threats in general) as well as where and how they're used in society, you'll engage in training that constantly reiterates combat interactions. The process circles back around ingraining and improving your thinking in order to understand the who, what, where, when, how and why of protection. This, in turn, creates useful thought patterns and solidfyies standard practices.

Awareness. A critical element of training is about informing. The more you train effectively, the more you inform your awareness that drives your decision-making ability as well as reaffirming your conscious (and uncounscious) ability to actively observe your environment. Since actions begin in the mind, your cognitive abilities developed through training will include how your body will perform.

At the stage where your body performs actions associated with combat, a feedback loop is created and and enhances your thought process through experience. Thus, the circular process that influences your mindset.

Physical Skill. Dynamic footwork maneuvering, striking mechanics, and overall agility are effectively developed, validated and enhanced with PTK-SMF training methods. Along with mindset and awareness, physical skill and conditioning is highly critical for edged weapon survival. Using the correct training methods and discipline, you can acquire physical skill in a very short amount of time. This requires training more repetitions of a lesser number of effective inteconnected elements – not just more “what-ifs”.

Mobility. If you cannot dynamically displace your body far enough away from an incoming attack, you are at a severe disadvantage and increase your chances of being hit. You must sufficiently displace yourself away from the threat (which might include running short bursts/strides) to a position of advantage and regain the advantage of range and timing.

(If you don't move with enough dynamic intent in, around or away from your assailant with enough range (including running those short bursts), you will be at a disadvantage.) 

Core Tactics. Once you have fundamentals of dynamic maneuvering and striking, tactics (and techniques) are vital for protection and adapting to the attack. But here's the thing: one core overlapping methodology protects you from all attacks. Cherry-picking "techniques" because convoluted statistics conclude that most knife attacks are only certain scenarios creates a misinformed perception and the wrong mindset.

Training PTK-SMF, as a whole, you'll learn every practical way the human body can practically wield a weapon. More simply observed, strikes are executed from the forehand and backhand high, and forehand and backhand low – this also protectively covers the entire body. The underlying intent of how strikes and attacks can be executed are then put into more context. For instance, a blitz from a distance, a surprise attack, or an attack that happens by luring the victim in with a pretext, etc.

No matter the assailant's approach, aside from understanding the pyschology of the attack, the initial phyiscal study of counter-measures very simply utilizes diagonal strikes or the "x-factor". Why the "X"? The X, or diagonal strikes, will make contact and cancel out every other line of attack which give you protection at the same time, thus simplifying cognitive overload and faster learning. Not only are the diagonal attacks physically effective, the practical simplification of the X decreases cognitive load, thus faster decision making and perceptual speed – down to a fraction of a second – and faster overall reaction time. The choice is simple. Literally.

Sceanrio Training. Maneuver, strike or grapple, or all of the above – scenario training zooms in on the context and puts your skills to the test as well as serves as a way to learn more fluidly. Adapting tactics for each context may certainly be needed. You may have the opportunity to strike first during the engagement or you may not. You might be in an elevator or walking through a parking lot. No matter, the core mechanics used for edged weapon offensive and counteroffensive engagements in PTK-SMF are essentially performed the same categorically (as well as unarmed), which can be expanded at long range or contracted for close range. The speed, power and timing of the strike/counter will still be utilized in any range giving you instant versatility.

It's time to get moving.


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