Podcast Episode 61: Interview with Maija Soderholm

I had a great time doing an interview with Maija Soderholm for the podcast. We got to talk about Arnis and Filipino martial arts, knives, knife design, her books, her views on martial arts and self-defense, and of course, what it was like to train with her teacher, Maestro Sonny Umpad.

In the bonus episode on Patreon, she answers questions from my Patrons and she also shows us her new knife design.

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How to block a knife attack

As you know, I’m working on a book on self-defense against the knife. By the way, I’m still looking for people who want to share their story about that (anonymous if they prefer.)

What often comes up in my research is that people fall victim to some misconceptions and myths about the techniques you can use when somebody tries to stab you with a blade. One of these is that you should try to “block the knife attack”. I’m not claiming it’s impossible because I know people who’ve done just that but I am going to say that there are good and bad ways of going about it. Not to put a fine point (hahaha) on it, do you want to know how to block a knife attack? Not like this guy did..

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How to block a knife attack? Not like this...

 

The irony of this picture is of course the tattoo on his chest. Seems like somebody wanted to test that theory…

Back on track.

There are numerous ways of defending against a knife attack and they all have their value. Some are better than others. Some are worthless in my opinion. And then there’s everything in between. That said, however “bad” you may judge a technique to be, there is only one factor that determines its worth in the end: did it work or not? [Read more…]

The Tueller Drill and Self-Defense

Here’s an interesting interview: Lieutenant Dennis Tueller, famous for giving us the Tueller Drill gives an interview on the background and real meaning of his drill.

Take a look at the video with Mr. Tueller first, I’ll comment on it below.

 

Some thoughts on this excellent interview:

  • Lieutenant Tueller makes it very clear that 21-foot rule is not a rule at all. If anything, it’s a rule of thumb. [Read more…]

Knife Fight in Beijing

Dave sent me this video of a knife fight in Beijing. Take a look first:

 

Here’s what I see happening:

  • They’re having trouble trying to kill each other. There’s posturing, talking (to the other guy and also the girl who might be involved in the whole thing), pauses, etc. throughout the whole knife fight. More on this in a bit. [Read more…]