Last Saturday I had the pleasure of taking the Hand to Hand Combat Knife 101 class offered by Razor Six Tactical and taught by Josh Long. The training took place at a beautiful piece of property in Oregon. Rob Hicks the founder of Razor Six Tactical was onsite as well and I had a chance to tour the impressive training facility with him and talk about an exciting product he has in development.
Once everyone arrived we did a quick meet and greet of the 10 participants and had a safety brief. We started with a 30 minute presentation consisting of slides and videos depicting the serious damage inflicted during a knife fight. Josh stated that the first rule of knife fighting is that you are going to get cut. Once you accept that fact you can move forward and take the training to heart.
After the class room portion of the course we went down to a covered pistol shooting bay for the hands on drills where we used Boker rubber training knives. Josh broke down the training into easily digestible points. We drilled the different parts which stacked on top of each other to allow us to have a simple and effective strategy to engage someone attacking with a knife.
The class lasted 6 hours with an hour for lunch. The gravel base of the training area reinforced the “train hard”/”fight easy” mindset which prepared us for real world situations. Towards the end of the class we had the opportunity to drill our moves with the use of a shock knife to get the adrenaline pumping and induce more reality into the training. The shock knife was set to low and wasn’t that painful. It was more of a mental hurdle that needed to be over come and made the training more realistic.
I went into this class with an open mind and not knowing what to expect. Overall I learned that you have to take the initiative and move with speed to take your opponent down. Being hesitant when put into a situation where your life is threatened can get you seriously hurt and or killed. There is no honor in a knife fight as your sole purpose is to win. I’m looking forward to taking more classes with Razor Six Tactical.