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Contemporary Knife Targeting: Modern Science vs. W.E. Fairbairn's Timetable of Death Paperback – January 1, 2007
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About the Author
The late Christopher Grosz was a decorated Littleton, CO police office with extensive experience as an instructor in armed and unarmed and unarmed combat skills, including certification as a PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense Instructor and FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor
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This book does not attack A.E. Fairbairn, but explains the psychology he used, in attempting to "instantly" turn "ordinary" men and women, into fighters/killers, with little to no experience, to enable them to kill their enemy. The exigencies of "The Service," and coming from behind, preparedness-wise, necessitated such measures... Psychology, applied to necessity, helped turn the course of the war, WWII, as well as the war in the shadows that has continued from the Cold War, to today...
Grosz and Janich, along with recognized authorities In the martial arts and medical fields, took the subject head-on, and have introduced informed, scientifically based system of applying edged weapons in the arena of mortal combat.
I believe that Fairbairn, Sykes, and Applegate would not only approve this magnificent work, but heartily endorse it as well...
Do I recommend this book? Without reservation, and with enthusiasm! Especially for those won't allow themselves to become victims... This book must become a part of your understanding, and training, to enable your safety and survival...
Five out of Five Stars...
Previously, the only real resource for martial artists, law enforcement or military was Fairbairn's table, which is incredibly flawed. Law enforcement, EMT, military and videographic evidence show that his table is incredibly off. This book dives into the scientific research behind physical incapacitation relating to knife attacks. In the first section, they go into the background of the authors, some of the experts they consulted and the studies and medical texts they referenced and how they took allThey create modern, scientifically accurate tables which more closely reflect reality.
The next section goes into other anatomical targets, what damaging each one does, and how it effects a person physically. They then go into recommendations for immediate incapacitation of assailaints via the use of your own knife, and what targets are essential to defend from edge weapon attacks.
Overall, this book is excellent. EVerything they say is backed up by modern medical research, and is referenced in the final 20 or so pages (many times with the actual referenced material copied into the book). It gives solid recommendations.
The only con was the graphic pictures. They include pictures of actual knife and edge weapon attacks on real people. These pictures are graphic and all accompany a short narrative on the story behidn them. Many, while immense cuts and slashes, turned out to not be life threatening. While eye opening for an adult and serious student of edged weapons defense, it's not something you want your young children to see.
From Fairbairn's writings we could get the idea that a single cut to the carotid artery would incapacitate an attacker. But what about the attacker's heart rate? His size? The amount of blood his body holds, and loses?
Simply put, an attacker whose heart rate is low may take several minutes of bleeding from an effectively lethal wound before the attacker loses enough blood to be affected by the wound. (And once he's lost that much blood, the EMTs and Emergency Room folks end up dealing with a major blood loss situation.)
Grosz & Janich advocate instead attacking "structural targets" like ligaments, tendons, & muscle tissue. Comparatively speaking there's less blood loss, less chance of killing, and a greater chance of incapacitating an attacker immediately and thereby surviving than trying to slash particular arteries & veins to bring the fight to an end through blood loss, shock, and unconsciousness.
Paradoxically Grosz & Janich advocate knife fight targets that destroy an attacker's mobility, stop the fight quicker, minimize blood loss (comparatively to cutting major veins & arteries), and give the attacker a good chance of survival... Blessed are the merciful, if I have to lose a fight, I hope it's to one of them.