- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Paladin Press (November 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581605641
- ISBN-13: 978-1581605648
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Master Of The Blade: Secrets Of The Deadly Art Of Knife Fighting Paperback – November 1, 1999
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IF you research the "reality" of knife violence, most victims are not even aware that they are "being stabbed" until after the fact. As far as they are concerned, they are being punched or grabbed, and they are reacting accordingly.
Any system of knife defense that assumes the following is a system that is based on consenting violence, the duel. It does not adequately address reality based self defense, and focuses most of the science on the wrong thing, or at best "the least probable" scenario UNLESS your goal is to get into knife fights.
FIVE CRITICAL and UNREALISTIC ASSUMPTIONS MADE IN THE BOOK
1. You are aware that your opponent has a knife
2. Your knife will already be drawn and ready for action
3. If your knife is NOT drawn and ready for action, then you will have time (translation: LUXURY) to deploy your knife and therefore follow the techniques of the book.
4. Unarmed combatives don't need to be integrated in strategies regarding knife fighting / defense, and therefore are not needed as part of this manual.
5. Assuming "integrated" unarmed combatives are addressed (which they aren't in the book), getting your folder blade out under stress is not a difficult thing to do (it is a fine motor skill and as we know we lose those skills when our body experiences fear and the a-dump ... need to consider this as part of training)
I kind of wish all the thugs out there and kids carrying knives would read it and realise how horrific it is to be in a knife fight, maybe then they'd change their ways.
Well, maybe not the thugs, but at least they'd be more likely to rob you with skill and not hurt you than rob you with no skill and probably kill you in a mad frenzy of stupidity and fear.
In brief, chapter by chapter it shows you:
the blades and advantages
how to cut
how to defend / counter
strategies (longer term tactics)
mistakes you could make that could be deadly
concealment (not just for you to conceal, helps you learn how others might conceal the weapon)
There are more chapters than this but those are the main topics.
The stance he suggests is very good, it might seem completely bananas for unarmed combat but makes great sense when wielding / facing a weapon.
I recommend this book and hope you never need the skills in it.
Is this guy for real?
If you begin with a false premise, you can only get better and there are some relevant material in the book--if you can get past Ryan's flaming ego, which doesn't take long to become a smoldering ember.
But with all the useful information which, by the way, you can get elsewhere in far more entertaining ways, Ryan rapidly becomes tedious to read. The truth is, man has always been the most dangerous creature roaming this planet. Even cave deptictions show groups of armed men taking down creatures much larger and faster than themselves. And did anyone notice that most of early man wore fur and leather footwear.
It wasn't only weapons that made man dangerous, it was his resourcefulness and, did anyone say fire? Given to mortal man by the immortal Prometheus, it made man almost as powerful as the gods. Soon Greeks were putting sticks into the ground and mathematically figuring out the circumference of the globe. Then Persians, Greeks and Romans were making war using horses and elephants, and bronze and leather weapons, marching in formation and boldly claiming dominance over the land. Pathetic? "Walking sacks of meat?" Oh, and let's not forget in God's image.
The bottom line in knife fighting is, if someone wants to kill you with a knife, he probably will if he's smart enough and committed enough.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No one style, system,teacher has all the answers to the blade. The author spend more time trying to build himself up by bringing others down, than standing on his own merits. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JW
This book covers a lot of tactical aspects of knife fighting and has tons of food for thought, this author knows his stuff, the material is geared towards winning a duel. Read morePublished 21 months ago by B. Visher
Best book I've read on knives ... Worth the price .. And great to recap on after trainingPublished 21 months ago by Jim
This book was recommended to him by a friend. When it arrived it was in the condition as stated and arrived with in reasonable time. He was very pleased with it. Read morePublished on March 1, 2014 by D. W.
Lot's of braggin, lot's of superhuman concepts. Lot's of "killing machine" ideas.
Nothing to do with the real idea of the use of a knife as a weapon for... Read more
I found this book to be a waste of time. It covers very little of the skills or techniques that I was hoping to find. There are too many, too small chapters. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Jeffrey A Bradley
First off, I do not agree with Mr. Ryan's personal knife fighting style. However, his book does have some important and valid information on the use of the knife and knife counter... Read morePublished on August 6, 2009 by Joseph J. Truncale