Janich: Why would there be so many stab wounds that are all active bleeders? You had a bunch of stab wounds that were all clustered close together. The explanation is that the employer was pretty preoccupied with what he was doing, and that stab wounds didn’t register immediately.

eJournal: That underscores the need for solid education to counter erroneous conclusions from authorities. Do you have a website about your classes and DVDs? Earlier, you mentioned the lady who learned through your videos. If you were to recommend one of your many instructional videos to the average gun owner who also carries a knife, which one should we study?

Janich: Martial Blade Concepts the Enhanced Version from StaySafe Media or if you go to my website http://www.martialbladeconcepts.com it is on the book and DVD page. It is the first volume of what is now a five-volume series on my knife system. It lays out the logic that we talked about here. It talks about fighting with the knife you actually carry. It talks about a knife’s destructive power, stopping power and all the basics you need to know. If you studied that and practiced those techniques it would give you all the critical skills with which you need to equip yourself.

eJournal: Outstanding! I think that people are better at getting in their firearms practice because they enjoy going to the range. I’m afraid a lot of people carrying knives don’t even know how to get started acquiring the knowledge and skill or do skill maintenance to use a knife well in self defense.

I really appreciate the excellent introduction you gave us today on why to focus defense with a knife on the assailant’s extremities. It is a relief to hear that these methods are effective in terms of getting through the attack AND in explaining your actions in the legal aftermath.

Janich: If you will go with that targeting, not only is it more likely to incapacitate the person, but also in articulating your actions, you can say, “Look, I could have cut his throat. Instead, I targeted his biceps.” If they say, “You cut his arm, you tried to cut his radial artery,” you say, “No, I tried to cut the muscles to make him drop his weapon so he would not be dangerous to me.” If you cut his quads and they say, “You tried to cut his femoral artery,” you can say, “No, I didn’t. I cut the quads to take away his mobility because I needed to get away from him because I was in fear for my life and I had to defend myself.”

You could argue that during all of those actions, you had access to life threatening targets you could have used to kill that person. You could have stabbed him in the heart, face, eyes, or the throat, whatever. You can say, “All those were accessible to me, but I purposefully focused on the limbs to stop him.”

eJournal: I really appreciate your clear understanding and explanations of our need for good defense tactics that are court defensible. Thank you so much for the time you have given us today to increase our understanding.


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