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Shivworks/Chris Fry - Small Knife Skills (Integrated Skills Weekend)

The Small Knife Skills course outlines an effective defensive structure utilizing a small knife or knife-like object. This course follows a non-attribute based learning model presenting attendees with a methodology applicable to conventional edged tools and improvised knife- like objects common in our every day environments. A solid grounding in safety and fundamentals of defensive knife application are presented. A heavy emphasis is placed upon the student’s ability to access, deploy and manipulate the knife while multi-tasking or under the stress of close range confrontation.

Course Topics/Modules of Instruction:

  • Safety Considerations

  • Justifiable Use of Force Overview

  • The Knife for Personal Protection

  • Knife Selection- Folder vs. Fixed Blade Analysis

  • Understanding Criminal Assault

  • Practical Physical Defense Skills

  • Carry, Presentation & In-Fight Access

  • Conventional & Unconventional Grips

  • Anatomical Targeting Priorities

  • Edge & Point Driven Methodologies

  • Countering Close Range Assaults

  • Close Range Applications

  • Countering Grabs & Chokes

  • Personal Emergency Medical

Student Equipment List

  • Inert training knives will be provided for all training evolutions

  • Eye protection (some eye protection will be available)

  • Your personal folding knife (optional)

  • Note taking materials

*A knife is NOT required to attend this course. Various makes, models and designs from modern manufacturers of will be on display for those who may be deciding what knife they would like to purchase.

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This class is part of our Integrated Skills Weekend, and is preceded by Dr. William Aprill's Unthinkable. You must register for each class separately!