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Put 'Em Down, Take 'Em Out!: Knife Fighting Techniques From Folsom Prison Paperback – November, 1988
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This book is common sense applied to knife attacks, the author cuts through the B.S of commercialized "Knife Fighting" and cuts to the chase. Most strip mall Karatekas and Brazilian jujitsu enthusiasts will be skeptical but it's a heavy dose of reality. It's a small book not much bigger than a pamphlet size, However it's geared to telling the absolute truth about matters concerning the use of knives as weapons. For anyone who doubts the material in this book, I have a challenge
Find a Teenager with an attitude and bet them for "$100" they can't simulate a life threatening cut with a red magic marker, unless you're well versed in combatives you won't stand half a chance. Now consider what a sociopath with a blade could do...
NOT FOR THE FAINT Of HEART!!!
From the theoretical standpoint, I think this book is lacking alternate strategies. If there is any transferability from the left jab / right cross in boxing to the left lead / right stab espoused in this book, then, theoretically, one would be setting oneself up for a counter if one ONLY used the technique recommended by this book.
But what do I know? I have not been in a knife fight. My only experience can be based on unarmed combat (street and dojo), supplemented by theory. If you can rely on your right cross to get you through your unarmed fights pretty much of the time, then you probably will like this book, and you may very well be effective pretty much of the time because it's based on the "right cross" / "big gun" principle ... set 'em up with the lead hand, and attack with the rear power hand.
BOTTOM LINE: I'd probably resort to this approach since it is based on realistic experience, the technique is VERY BASIC, and I believe in the author's experience. BASICS are usually the most effective, and it would take a very extremely trained and experienced "sophisticated" fighter to beat a very extremely trained and experienced BUT BASIC fighter.
I gave it three stars because it was average as a book, but as another thing to add to my arsenal, I would give it a 4
Unfortunately, there is no substitution for real, hands-on training. The photos are there, but there is nothing to prepare you for a determined attack by a stinking mullet head that has been awake for two weeks and has little to lose.
While this book might make a good "outline" for a seminar, there just isn't enough room here to cover the essentials. Better off buying Hatsumi Maasaki's gun and knife fighting book. Still better off enrolling in a class with someone that has actually been in tight situations ( and not worried about making rent next month ).
I've had some experience with knife "fighting" (attack and defense) and this book boils it all down to very simple techniques. If you just pick up a sharp tool (knife or shank or piece of metal) and suddenly need to use it as a weapon, this book tells you how. What's taught in here works, and while it's hard for the print images to convey the level of violence and speed they're clearly using, I think the text part conveys it well enough to the reader.
Might be expensive right now, but it's the meat and potatoes of what you need to put someone down.