The Top Ten Errors of Martial Artists Defending Against a Blade


  • John McCurry Independent researcher
  • Eliot Lee Grossman Independent researcher



There are ten deadly errors which make most empty-handed martial-arts techniques against a knife ineffective. The principal error stems from the fact that few present-day martial systems teach the blade. The premise of this article is that to effectively defend against a knife, you need to know how to use one. The purpose of this article is to motivate martial arts instructors to analyze more critically their unarmed knife defense techniques based on a clear understanding of the use of the knife, and to reawaken interest in the blade arts in the martial arts community.


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How to Cite

McCurry, J., & Grossman, E. L. (2012). The Top Ten Errors of Martial Artists Defending Against a Blade. Revista de Artes Marciales Asiáticas, 2(1), 56–73.