kung fu moves · 06/07/2023

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In short-knife fighting, why use techniques that can only bully kittens? What happens when you fight real opponents? Think about that, and then keep reading!

Hold the knife

Regardless of the method of gripping the knife, hold the knife as firmly and discreetly as possible so that it does not break away when attacking.

Icebreaker pick

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Pictured: Icebreaker pick

This grip is very useful when you poke someone from behind. However, if you can stab him from behind your opponent, then how you hold the knife is no longer very important!

Clench your fist and hold the knife, the edge of which sticks out from the bottom of the fist (like holding an icebreaker).

Unlike martial arts novels, icebreaker grips are uncommon in standing, frontal attacks, and they are neither common nor effective in defense. Some popular short knife fighting textbooks devote almost half of their time to fending off an opponent who uses the ice-breaking pick method to hold the knife high above his head in a frontal attack. If you only need the telegram-like monotonous blow of the embankment, it is too easy to deal with the short knife.

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Pictured: The over-the-top icebreaker is another short-knife fighting fallacy that has pervaded television, books, and martial arts.

Fighting grip

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Pictured: Fighting grip.

This is a very common grip in magazines and books. However, this is just wishful thinking on the part of those who do not practice it.

In this grip, the thumb is not wrapped around the fist, but rests on the top of the hilt. Holding a knife in this way may be comfortable, but it is not practical. It’s not as safe as a percussion grip because it doesn’t use your thumb properly – to hold something tightly, you have to use your thumb. Try both grips and make your own trade-offs.

Hit the grip

The strike grip is mainly used for piercing. If you want to move the real thing, it’s best to use this grip.

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Pictured: Strike grip.

The hand wrapped around the hilt and clenched into a fist, the blade sticking out from the palm of the hand, between the thumb and forefinger. Your thumb is the key to gripping.

Short knife fighting stance

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Figure: Correct short knife fighting posture.

The right fighting posture can provide you with a solid foundation. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, your knees bent, and leaning forward above your waist. Your front hand is outstretched, ready to hit at any time. Your knife wielding hand is tight and close, and opponents cannot disarm you unless they are within range of your strikes and stabs. Keep an eye on your opponent at all times – As mentioned earlier, short-knife fights tend to end in seconds. Keep this in mind as you choose your pose, practice footwork, and more.

Two-stage attack

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Figure: This and the following illustrations show how to practice a two-stage attack with a hand target.

There are two basic and effective frontal attacks, the first – and the basis of all frontal attacks – is a two-stage attack, also known as a combined attack. Two-stage attacks are made up of separate techniques that quickly follow each other, not separate blows – you have to hit with your bare hand first, followed by a stab. Every movement should be effective, and there should be no delay between hits.

It’s easy for a soccer goalkeeper to block a shot, but if the second or third balls come at the same time, there may be more than one goal. The same is true in unarmed and armed combat. For experienced fighters, a single hit is too good to block and does not tear the opponent’s defenses.

Front (empty) hand strikes

In a two-stage attack, you first have to start with your empty-handed attack. The eyes are the main target. The disturbance to vision is much more serious than the real damage to the eyes. This will force your opponent to close his eyes, lose his balance, or cause him to overreact. Any one of these will cause his instinctive reaction to your first blow, and you will get the opportunity to hit him continuously.

Empty-handed attacks should be fast and hard, using full body strength rather than individual arms. Boxing and palm punching are both effective, but palm strikes are usually better. You can use palm strikes to grab him and control him (see “Control the opponent’s left side” below) followed by an empty-handed strike (or an effective false move), and the retracted knife holder immediately stabs at the opponent. Never give your opponent a chance to resist.

Note: If you are attacked empty-handed by someone with a knife, the first targets of the blow are the testicles, eyes, and throat. Hit as it gets.

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Figure: The first action of a two-stage attack when attacking the forehand on the eye.

Three-stage attack

The second basic frontal attack is the three-stage attack, also known as “spoofing”. Again, don’t put your weapon in front of you within range (the distance you can be hit). A safe distance is outside where the opponent’s straight limb can land.

The only significant difference between this method and the two-stage attack is that in the three-stage attack, you deliberately use a knife to shake a false move outside the strike distance to trick the opponent into attacking arbitrarily, which will destroy his defenses. Quickly retract the knife into the strike area, then perform a basic two-stage attack.

Keep stabbing your opponent until you knock him down, wherever you get punched, kicked, stabbed, over-the-knee, or whatever. Once your opponent is knocked out, be sure to take him out. Make sure he’s dead.

Control the opponent’s left side.

For several important reasons, the opponent’s left side is the primary target of your knife. If you control your opponent’s left side (or right if he’s left-handed), that’s your easiest target – his left kidney, lung, etc. are exposed, and it’s hard for him to protect it. This is even more useful if you can turn him around once you’ve taken control. After all, grappling happens from time to time in short-knife fights. Study the pictures well.

Effective attack combination

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Figure: An effective combination of attacks. Start on the previous page. The attacker uses a two-stage attack and then controls the defender’s left side by grabbing the opponent’s arm and twisting him. The attacker then stabs the exposed, unprotected area.

1) Start in a short knife attack stance, quickly advance forward (raise the front foot first, heel the back foot), shorten the distance, and hit with the front (empty) hand at the same time.

2) Quickly stab with a tightened knife holder.

3) Grasp your left hand (or jacket sleeve, collar, back of neck, hair) and turn your opponent to your left so that his left side is exposed.

4) Keep stabbing any exposed area of the other party, the more times the better.


Exactly where the lethal target is depends on who you want to defeat. For most opponents, even the most innocuous blow can knock him down. For others, however, you can’t stop him even if you hit him hard, especially if your “lethal” goal is according to martial arts theory. Remember, the most critical thing is will. Some people you can beat them away with just a solid arm to them. The will of your opponent is crucial, and it will determine whether your attack can stop the violence or only bully the kitten.


Two-thirds of people’s hearts are located on the left side of the chest. If you aim your hand right in the chest, your knife will most likely bounce back through the chest plate. Remember, dojos are not battlefields, and karate theory does not apply to actual combat. Unless you’ve actually been in a knife fight, everything is just theory.


The neck is a lethal target no matter what angle the attack is. The best place to attack the spinal cord is at the base of the skull. If you can attack your opponent from behind, pull back with your hand by the throat or mouth and stab the knife in. Try to stab the knife out of the front of the neck. Please use the strike grip and stab as hard as you can.

While there is no such thing as a “silent assassination” with a knife, piercing an opponent’s skull with a sharp piece of metal is still the sharpest way you can choose. However, because it is difficult to attack opponents from behind, this is not the most practical target for striking.

Some experts may tell you not to put your hand to your opponent’s mouth because he may bite off your finger. In real combat, if you can cover your opponent’s hand with all your strength and stab it down immediately, I guarantee he will not bite your hand. With a knife in the back of his head, he would never think of biting your finger.

Cut the hamstrings

Warning: This technique is not a basic attack technique – it is a more advanced move.

This goal is most effective when combined with deceptive potentials. Outside the strike range, use the knife forward stance to induce the opponent to attack recklessly, lowering the knife holder and extending the arm. Then grab the opponent’s leg instead of hitting with your bare hands. Once you’ve controlled your opponent’s leg, cut the hamstring slightly above his knee socket, or stab him in the torso if your knife doesn’t have a blade.

This is one of the many ways you can control your opponent’s legs. Once you control your opponent’s legs, you can attack them whether they are standing or lying. It is also easy to fall on him after controlling his legs.

Throwing stabbs

The purpose of throwing a stab is the same as hitting with your bare hands. The goal of this action is to interfere with the enemy or blind the opponent, making him unable to defend against the next blow.

Unlike unarmed strikes, you use your forehand to throw something in the opponent’s face and then quickly stab it. What you throw can be shirts, sand, ashtrays, chemicals, shoes, cigarettes – anything. This trick is also effective when defending against knife-wielding attacks.

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Pictured: Throwing a towel with a towel.

Stab your knife

The interval between bare hand strikes and stabbing should be as short as possible. Then keep stabbing him until he falls or dies, depending on the situation.

When life or death is at stake, stab him whenever you can get it, the more times the better!

Attack with other weapons

Fighting with other weapons is similar to fighting with a short knife. The same principles apply to any weapon, including Police Sticks, hammers, screw wrenches, car antennas, sticks or steel pipes. Never take a weapon in front of the strike range and use an unarmed attack (or false move) to start a weapon hand attack.

Attacks with weapons should be similar to unarmed attacks. An effective combination attack should smoothly attack one target after another while maintaining balance, defense, and strength, just as a right swing should be followed by a left hook, a truncheon should be concentrated on the left side of the opponent’s head and a wrist should be twisted to the right side of his head, and so on.

These are basic, effective, natural techniques to maximize your strength and balance. If you can’t understand the above “scientific” analysis, or think it doesn’t work, keep hitting your opponent on the head until he dies!

Your physiology will make some moves seem simple and straightforward in fighting, but that doesn’t necessarily turn them into practical fighting techniques. The crosshand stall is an example – you can do it easily, but it will bind your hands, and you definitely don’t want them to be tied down. You learn to distinguish between techniques that can be done in battle and techniques that are practical. There’s a big difference between that!