Knife fighting & Empty Hand are the same

There is a MYTH out there,

…that empty hand fighting is somehow different from knife fighting.

 A lot of folks assume that an empty handed attacker is less dangerous.

 Because poor quality training is so common they are often correct.

 But a skilled attacker…

 …one who’s had some quality training…

 …can do a lot of damage without a weapon and with very little effort.

 In much the same way an unskilled attacker with knife can do a lot of damage with very little effort.

If you let them touch you, there’s a very high chance they can do enough damage to be a serious problem to your health.

So if you respond to an empty handed attacker as if they are any less dangerous than an armed one, you are setting yourself up for failure.

This is why we respond as if the attacker is armed.

Even when we’re training empty handed.

Learn how this works with the Internal Combat Arts Course:

Oh, and this also works the other way.

Even when I’m empty handed I move as if I had a knife. But I’ll talk about that some other time.

In case you need another reason:

A large percentage of knife attack survivors will tell you they had no idea a knife was involved until well AFTER the attack was over.

So, assuming you will know whether an attacker is armed or not is a big mistake as well.