Your knife fighting instruction is brilliant as it is practical. I love it. In the army we have a acronym called K.I.S.S or 'keep it simple stupid'. The fewer moves the better in a knife fight. As my grandfather used to say, "the first guy to die loses".
You should get a military contract for this, or put in for one as we don't practice this form of combat in hand to hand.
Master Sergeant Ryan Meeks
United States Army
Hey Trav I just wanted to thank you.
I'm a correctional officer that works at a super-max for the criminally insane. I'm a team leader of four guys and basically all we do is fight. these guys are adjudicated insane, so even though they're convicts they're treated as patients we# have no pepper spray no handcuffs no batons and they just let them wander around loose on the compound and basically do whatever they want, and they attack each other and staff all day long. Your knife video completely reset my thinking about knife defense, or at least everything I thought I knew.
Two weeks after I got your course and had been practicing it, I got jumped by an inmate during a cell search, and he had a nasty shank. (read more)
I just wanted to offer feedback on your knife defense mastery course. It's excellent. As usual your courses are based on reality and practical application.
I must admit from what I have seen so far I will be changing how I teach knife defense going forward and it has opened my eyes to the potential brutal consequences of ineffective techniques taught by well intentioned instructors, inside laboratory conditions, who in reality are not equipping their students for a real life confrontation.
Hopefully you have opened people's eyes as to how the other martial arts moves and catches don't work. I don't think there has been anybody else who is doing what your doing and for that I salute you, well done. What motivated you to do all of this testing, and put this together? It's excellent.
Once again keep up the great work.
I’m really amazed by this knife defense course so far. I actually quit training in a traditional knife fighting martial art a few years ago when I realized that none of the stuff worked if the other guy didn’t play along, but my sparring partners and I practiced some of your techniques and they actually worked, even when the other guy really didn’t want them to work.
Good stuff man! I'm really impressed."
Just purchased your Knife Defense course.
Totally impressed by your (scientific) approach to determining what REALLY works from what doesn't. You, sir, are a national treasure.
Thanks for all your hard work and for sharing your knowledge and skills. Well worth the investment.
Awesome Old Guy
Just wanted to drop a line or two to say thank you: the course is amazing and you guys did a huge job. I especially like the way you approached the problem with a lot of empirical testing.
I’m a total newbie in martial arts but very committed in order to get the basics right enough to defend my family and don’t get murdered in case of need.
For non-experienced people like me, these courses are just great! Same holds true for the head movement program, which I completed last year (dude, I lost 17 Kg and got finally battle ready during the last 12 months and you were a very relevant part of this, I cannot say thank you enough!)
Take care and keep up with the amazing work!
Newbie Martial Artist
I've trained Krav Maga with a very highly ranked guy out of the LA Krav Maga Alliance (which is a zombie cult) The reason I bring this up is I asked specifically about a 'Sewing Machine' Defense and none exists in Krav. I then asked an Israeli IDF Krav Maga guy the same question and he elliptically referred to the Military versus Civilian Krav, and basically said we teach that you WILL be cut, no matter what, blah blah blah.
I'm just getting into the course and it's way superior to ANYTHING I've seen. Hopefully, others pick up on what you've been doing, and you get the credit that you deserve for what you've accomplished.
Keep 'em coming, if you want some kind of endorsement someplace, let me know where it needs to go."
Krav Maga Practitioner
This is hands down the BEST freaking knife course I have ever watched. I actually understand what is happening and what to expect. It’s like when I sat through all four hours of Kenneth Branagh’s full unabridged production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Long yes, but it moved really fast because I understood what the hell was happening. Nothing important is left out.
(Note: I have watched a lot of knife fighting lessons on Funker Tactical with Doug Marcaida. Those left me feeling mystified. Your course leaves me feeling like, Yes! I can do this.)
Now I am excited to practice what you have taught. Well worth the purchase.