Janich: The great thing about it is, if you are fighting somebody with a contact distance weapon, he’s got something in his hand with which he is trying to hit you. He is going to extend what ever is in his hand toward you, to try to hit you, stab you, or make some kind of contact with that weapon against you. He is going to literally extend the best target you could possibly hope for.

eJournal: So I cut the tendons. If I am in pursuit of stopping power, have I stopped him as quickly as possible? Am I going to wish I had attacked organs in the torso instead?

Janich: If you block and attack his torso as is commonly taught–stab, stab, stab, stab, and stab until he falls–you will still not have solved the primary problem. You have to wait to shut down the entire body structure for that arm to stop moving.

eJournal: With firearms, we face the same problem that there really is no instantaneous stop either, and it is harder to hit a moving target.

Janich: Accuracy is actually easier with a blade, because he is giving you the target. When you think of firearms, if you tried to shoot somebody in the forearm, delivering that level of accuracy is very difficult, but where somebody extends the limb toward you [extends arm], would it be hard for to you cut that with a knife?

eJournal: Oh, we have a larger target area than just the wrist above the joint?

Janich: Yes, literally from the flexor tendons to about mid-belly of the muscle. Maybe on the average guy and area of about 20 square inches and it is not that hard to hit. People in my seminars do that all the time.

eJournal: In Contemporary Knife Targeting, I noticed the illustration and explanation of flow drills from one target to another.

Can you tell us more about moving from one target to the next?


Janich: The basic targeting progression would be flexor tendons to break up the grip on the weapon, and then attacking biceps and triceps. So if you think of somebody wielding a weapon, being dangerous to you, if you take away the bicep, they can extend their arm but they can’t retract it to extend it again, so you’ve taken away that repetitive motion. 


If you take away the triceps they can’t extend their arm to be able to swing it on you. They may still have shoulder mobility, but they really can’t wield the weapon effectively without the ability to bend the elbow.

eJournal: If the assailant wears heavy clothing or is heavily built, how vulnerable is the upper arm to the smaller knives we carry?

Janich: It depends upon what he is wearing, but it also depends on how you cut. There are several styles of cutting.