5. Don’t Overestimate Your Knife
I’ve had some realistic medium training in the past and I found that there were sometimes where my knife would not cut the flesh deep enough or would not puncture the flesh easy enough. During those sobering moments, I realized that it was hard enough to stab, puncture and cut where you want to, it was even harder to make sure that the damage is deep enough.
Tip: Always make sure that the knife is razor sharp. A dull knife can set you up for missed opportunities in damaging or critically wounding your opponent.
6. Cuts are Overrated
While slashing moves are instinctive and natural for us – especially for those who aren’t so used to wielding a knife for combat, it’s the stabbing that does the real damage. Slitting someone’s throat records a higher survival rate than we are set to believe. That’s because usually, the damage is not deep enough.
Tip: Stabbing someone in the femoral artery, brachial area, neck, lungs, groin or anus, however – that ensures death for your opponent. Plus it’s easier to stab someone than to cut someone deep enough to kill.
7. Human Anatomy Is The Key To Victory
There are only a handful of places where you can stab someone and make sure that the person ends up dead or permanently incapacitated. The brain stem and other areas I mentioned in the previous tip is a good example. Femoral artery, for one, ensures immediate excessive bleeding. Stabbing someone in the stomach can mean a long way off from death and he or she has a high chance of stabbing you back.
Tip: Better to strike once and strike lethally than to do ten stabs in non-critical areas and risk the person fighting back and wounding you.
8. Hitting Them Between The Eyes Is Almost Never An Option
That said, the eyes are extremely hard to hit. Even if hitting the eyes will cause the fight to immediately end, it’s not worth trying to hit the eyes and risk getting stabbed yourself. Human beings have the ultimate instinct to defend the eyes ferociously.
Tip: If you can make your opponent blink by faking an eye attack, that is a thousand times better than actually trying to hit the eyes.
9. Deception is Everything
But you can only use it once. In my opinion, the best way to use deception is to try to make an exit. Whether you drop lines about not knowing the problem, not knowing the person or not wanting to fight – use whatever means necessary for you to get out of the situation.
Tip: Some people even go so far as to say that they are blood-related in some way with the opponent. While it may sound funny, in a dire situation, it may just give you a few critical seconds to land a lethal blow or to run away.