Baraw – Knife
The Filipino martial arts are regarded as been among the most practical systems for edge-weapons defence and have developed edged-weapons training to a very high scientific level, however most would recommend that if faced with a knife the best option is to run and the second option is to find an equaliser with the third option being to defend your self with empty hands. The characteristics of the weapon make it a very dangerous tool to defend and to have any hope in dealing with such a deadly weapon you need to acquire the right mindset, awareness, and appropriate set of skills. Training drills, designed specifically to deal with the characteristics of the knife are used to install the appropriate and correct response while understanding the journey through reactionary, reflexive and conditioned responses which give an in-depth understanding of the mental interpretation of what’s happening within an unconscious response along with a developed and trained response which still may not be correct which then all lead to the final correct response.
The progressive and structured techniques taught to deal with none linear or committed attack progress firstly through attributes such as tactile sensitivity developed through pit-al followed by counter for counter attack and defence which include disarms, locks, arm wrenches, chokes and strangles but to name a few.
Despite the horror, tragedy and outcome of a real-life knife attack, practitioners often find knife drills a highly enjoyable activity that combine high-speed reactions, survival skills, deceptiveness with the potential danger of a knife but the actuality of a safe training dagger, consequently the acquired skills developed from edged-weapons directly translate to empty hand along with the speed, agility and a great sense of urgency created during edged weapon training.