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Knife Combat Training

10 Weeks
All levels
22 lessons
0 quizzes
3 students

A knife has always been one of the most important tools in any military combat situations. This course of knife combat is designed to cover stances, movements, strikes, blocks with the knife and most important part of knife combat – Psychological aspect of edged weapon combat and types of injuries and wounds that knife can inflict. Also, this course will cover lethal and less than lethal knife employment and techniques.

The goal of this course is to present the same or similar responses with minor corrections on a large number of different situations. To addapt the same technique and response to a large variety of attacks. It is extremely hard and almost impossible to learn and automatize different techniques for a different situation.

Today, most people don’t have enough time to dedicate to serious and long term training. That’s why we think that the key to modern man’s self-protection is to become efficient in the shortest time possible.  This course gives you exactly that! Using the number of techniques trainees can adapt to different attacks with the accent on using gross motor skills which are dominant under stress, students will learn how to survive and prevail anytime, anywhere with any weapon!

Don’t wait for something bad to happen to you or your family. Be proactive! Start now! Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones in the shortest time possible. You never know which day is going to be THAT day! Train smart, be ready!

A knife fight is a violent physical confrontation between two or more people. For these reasons, knife training is important for anyone more serious about self-defense and fighting. Even if you resolve to never use a knife on someone else, you still need to train in both offensive and defensive tactics because anyone can introduce a knife into the fight at any time.

“Use your knife, to save your life!”

In here you will see vital, life-saving, skill-developing tactics and drills in standing knife fighting situations.

  • Knife fighting or fighting with blade consists of many segments. We covered some of them in the knife defense course.
  • Learn and discover ways how to defend yourself with your blade against another’s blade or stick or unarmed attacker.
  • Here you can see several areas from Blade Fighting:
  1. Blade versus the unarmed attacker
  2. Blade versus another’s blade
  3. Blade versus another’s stick
  4. To fight using two knives
  5. Lethal and less-than-lethal knife fighting techniques
  6. Blade versus pistol threats
  7. Various skill-developing techniques with your blade
  • In this Knife Combat Course, you will be able to see knife techniques, which can fix your knife skills. All the techniques that are shown here will affect your development.
  • You can immediately incorporate all the techniques into your self-defense training at your home or in the gym.
  • Of course, the reason for training these techniques is also the knowledge of what a man with a blade in hand can do to the attacker.
  • Also, your self-defense skill with empty hand against knife will be better, because after watching this course you will have a greater insight into it.
  • So, your unarmed defense skills against an attacker with a knife, and your knife defense skills against an armed attacker (with knife or stick) will also be much better.

For someone who wants to know how to use a knife in a fight, it is necessary to learn to use different knife grips.  In the knife/blade – fighting course we have processed the following grips: Hammer knife grip, Saber knife grip, Filipino knife grip,  Reverse knife grip with edge out. You can perform each technique from this course with additional support hand strikes, or kicks.

We recommend you train all techniques here with a training knife, which can be fixed or a folding knife. You can use a wooden blade, plastic blade, or rubber blade in training. Do not use the real, sharp blade in training. Knife fighting training must be realistic, as far as safety conditions allow. Think about knife techniques, but also knife tactics, before you get into any knife fighting duel.

It is important to note that knife defense techniques can be lethal or non-lethal. It is wise to study the laws of the country you are in, to know how far you can go in self-defense. You can train all self-defense knife techniques from this knife fighting course with a training partner or alone, without a partner.

Who do we recommend this course to:

This knife fighting course is good for civilians who want to improve their survival skills, it is good for law enforcement officers, as well as for the people in the military service. The instructor who demonstrates self-defense techniques with the blade has many years of experience as an instructor in training and coaching special units and people who need knife fighting.

This training course is amazing!


Something about a knife or other duels:

We live in modern times, in the hand-stick-knife-gun world, and a stand-off duel of all sorts are not common. Still, we must practice a proportionate, appropriate amount of knife versus knife dueling because an uncommon event has and will occur. We always need to be skilled when wielding a knife and proficient in combinations, slashing, stabbing, support strikes and kicks, footwork, and many aspects of knife awareness.

De-escalations of conflicts and disengaging from unnecessary combat is of utmost importance. When facing an attacker with a knife, if at all possible, an orderly retreat is in order. Why are you still there? You better have a good reason to stay!


Two Target Profiles:

You will engage in knife combat with only two enemy types – soldier and the criminal.

Target Profile 1) Enemy soldiers

Target Profile 2) Criminals

The combat results in either lethal or less-than-lethal ends. Sometimes we must control, contain

and/or arrest the enemy. Sometimes we must kill them. How do you decide to conduct lethal or

less-than-lethal combat? You must plan your combat action on moral, ethical, and legal considerations of the predicament in which you find yourself.

Use of Force 1) Lethal

Use of Force 2) Less-than-lethal


Four Knife Assault Tools

You can use the tip, the edge, the pommel, and the flat of the blade to fight.

Tool 1) Tip for stabbing

Tool 2) Edges for slashing

Tool 3) Flats for impacts

Tool 4) Pommel (or unopened folder) for impact strikes


Four Basic Knife Grips

You will either be right-handed, left-handed, in a saber grip or reverse grip. The saber and

reverse grips have sub-categories depending upon the position of the thumb, the ball of the

thumb and the cant of the wrist.

Basic Knife Grip 1) Right-handed

Basic Knife Grip 2) Left-handed

Basic Knife Grip 3) Saber Grip

Basic Knife Grip 4) Reverse Grip


Two Ranges of Knife Combat

Dueling and close quarters are the two major knife ranges of defined knife combat. Throwing a knife, a possible third range, is a risky, really questionable strategy. Some systems worry enough to divide the CQC confrontation into more ranges of mere inches, but that is space covered in milliseconds of combat. Entirely too much knife training time is spent on dueling, a range least likely to occur in modern combat. Many knife fights begin and end on the ground, or inside places like cars, etc.

Range 1) Dueling range

Range 2) CQC range, where the limbs could be grabbed


Two Points of Knife Combat Contact

The enemy will either make first contact upon you with his knife, or make his first contact upon you with his limb with strikes, grabs or wraps, and then use the knife. Your combat scenario training should cover both of these basic possibilities.


Contact Point 1) Enemy knife makes first contact

Contact Point 2) Enemy limb makes first contact, then the knife contacts


Five Obstacles to Victory

Your knife must overcome the opponent’s mental and physical condition, plus the clothing he wears.

Obstacle 1) His size, strength and condition

Obstacle 2) His arms up and in the way

Obstacle 3) His sudden, explosive and reflexive body movements

Obstacle 4) His clothing

Obstacle 5) His adrenaline


Try to train in these ways, because that’s how you will improve and be more even more prepared.

  • Think about training in such a way that you always create different attack scenarios.
  • Be prepared that there are more attackers that you will see or that will be hidden and get involved in the conflict.
  • Train on different surfaces. Let the base be concrete, grass surface, sand and stones, mud, ice.
  • Train in different weather conditions: at higher temperatures, at temperatures below zero, while it is raining, while it is snowing, while a strong wind is blowing.
  • Train your techniques and tactics in different light conditions, in a lighted environment, in a dimly lit environment, in complete darkness.
  • Train imagining that you have an injury: your arm is broken, your leg is broken, you have a stab or gunshot wound somewhere, etc.
  • Train hard and non-stop testing your techniques and skills. Train with your partner’s resistance.


Do you want a good workout? Good preparation for a real knife fight? THEN THINK ABOUT ALL THIS.

Training allows you to KNOW your limitations and recognize when you are in over your head… Stay outcome, fundamental, and principle-based so you see when you are not capable of executing a technique. Refuse to violate principles that keep you safe to pursue a technique.

Knife Survival Quotes: 


“The big rules of knife fighting are (a) do not try it at home, and (b) the whole point is never, ever use the blade. It is there to distract your opponent. While he stares at the gleaming steel, you kick his balls to kingdom come–he’s all yours. Just a tip! ”  ― Keith Richards

A sharp knife is nothing without a sharp eye.   – Unknown ( da li da stoji ovo da je Nepoznat Autor)

A man without a knife is a man without a life. – Unknown

Sometimes person needs only a knife to survive. – Igor Grujic

“Rule number one: Always carry a knife for self-defense when you travel somewhere or go into the woods.” – Igor Grujic

A knife is only as good as the one who wields it. – Patrick Ness

“I think people need to learn how to hand, stick, knife, gun fight first, then dive into your hobbies, sports and arts later. Get the pure protection, combatives done as a priority. ” – Hock Hochheim

A blunt blade is more dangerous than a sharp one. “ – Ray Mears

“A survival knife is your most important tool when caught in a wilderness survival situation. ” – Unknown

“Knives are like credit cards; don’t leave home without ’em and always carry several” – Richard Marcinko, Red Cell.

I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I do know how to count. “ – Mickey Gilley

Remember, it is never the knife’s fault.” – Daniel Boulud

“Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil.”  – Rick Riordan

“I really feel like knife skills – not just in the kitchen, but in life – are really critical.” – Timothy Ferriss

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Founder and Chief Instructor of Soko Combat System
Born in 1975. Started practicing martial arts from early age. During the training I was searching for system that can develop individual to be efficient and operational in real situations in shortest time possible. From various systems I've trained I extracted the most useful parts and incorporated in system we today call Soko Combat System.

Instructor in several martial arts and combat systems, former bodyguard with extensive military and security experience. Works as an instructor with civilians, security personel, police and military special forces. Conducted several courses in counter terrorist units and ministry of justice. Participated in training as an instructor for CQC for members of peace keeping mission in Somalia (Maritime Security). Founder and chief instructor of Soko Combat System