Put ‘Em Down – Take ‘Em Out

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An important work (in .pdf) on real-world use of blades and pointy stuff.

H/t The Trainer.

4 responses to “Put ‘Em Down – Take ‘Em Out

  1. Good find! The hard copy on Amazon was going for over $400 new and used ones were going for $200+.

  2. This is a tremendously useful document. I studied Filipino Martial Arts for several years, which are almost entirely blade-based, and was referred to this book by one of my mentors. I do periodic one hour training blocks for training groups in knife concepts and what I teach is mostly from this book. Why?

    1. Simplicity. For people who train several hours a day, learning new techniques, most go back to the simple because the simple is most executable. Master 2-3 techniques and learn how to apply them in any situation and you will be formidable.

    2. PRACTICE these techniques with a partner and you will be awakened. No special background required. In fact, the less nonsense you bring to the table, the better. You will ask yourself, “but what about contexts x, y, z?” Well, this simple book explains why in the text, and practice will illustrate the same reasoning through experience.

    3. Footwork is conceptually very simple, but hard to explain in text. I believe that this book teaches it in an extremely practical way.

    4. In the modern West, knives are a force multiplier for disparate use of force scenarios. I allude to this in 1 and 2 but what I learned from FMAs is that high technique is great but the vast majority of situations in which blades are deployed successfully are where you are armed and your opponent is not. Or, you are both armed but your opponent isn’t aware that there is going to be a fight. :). Dueling belongs to the past and very specific third world situations where a gun may still come out anyway. Dueling training will teach you a LOT but you should focus on training against an unarmed person because that is where the knife shines. Ruses, tricks, and surprise are what it’s all about, and you take what you can get, which slows them down and makes them vulnerable to more critical strikes. Build, build, build to finishing strikes that ensure that the job is done. You generally won’t learn that in a formal class unless you are at the highest levels. This book gets right to it.

  3. Grenadier1

    AMOK with Tom Sotis..Look him up. Very nononsense approach based on FMA and some other styles. Very condensed down into what works.

  4. AMOK is great, Sayoc Kali is great. All but the most tamed-down FMAs will have the same thing lurking in there, so long as you have a knife-centric instructor/training partners.

    This book is great because, in my opinion, you DO NOT WANT to burn a bunch of calories on FMAs and martial arts in general – that time is better spent elsewhere – get with a friend or two, having read this book, and work through the drills. AMOK is fairly duelist. FMAs are duelist. Sayoc is less so, but very arcane and involved. Two or three “templates” and practicing the shit, spending your time on drawing from concealment, surprise, etc is where the knife time should be spent. Not dueling and practicing forms, unless you simply enjoy doing so.