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Extreme testing of the Battlefield Kali Knife defense. Lots of sparring and technical work to be able to pull off the techniques during hard sparring, against a skilled opponent, and with painful consequences when hit. The techniques are explained fully in the BK Knife Program- Sparring Based Distance Learning.

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Comment by Burton "Lucky Dog" Richardson on March 1, 2011 at 11:43am
Raul,  the shocknife is extremely well-made with top-quality materials. I am not sponsored by them, but I endorse that product 100%.
Comment by Raul Marquez on March 1, 2011 at 8:20am
That's more of a plus since every time you get a shock, it correctly indicates that the edge connects. Another question, can it endure violent drops on pavements or even matted floors? All in all, it looks like a great training tool. Excellent clip, btw!
Comment by Burton "Lucky Dog" Richardson on February 28, 2011 at 9:51pm
Raul, one problem with the shocknife is that it does transmit the shock even if you touch the side of the blade. But, better to err on the side of promoting a more cautious approach.
Comment by Raul Marquez on February 28, 2011 at 8:54pm
Any part of the knife can transmit shocks or just the edge?
Comment by Burton "Lucky Dog" Richardson on February 28, 2011 at 7:03pm
Glad you appreciate it Zach. Craig, you can go to to get one of their amazing training tools.
Comment by Craig Sira on February 28, 2011 at 6:49am
Nice clip.  Where can we get Shock knifes?
Comment by Zach Jenkins on February 27, 2011 at 11:42am

Great video! It takes guts to train with intensity whether it's with the shock blade or all out full-contact with the baston.  Too often we see fancy empty hand against knife techniques from individuals that seem to care more about style than practicality.  I've seen many video demonstrations on other websites where the individual defending against a knife, almost totally ignores the knife hand once the initial contact is made and when the technique is finished, the assailant is still holding or has easy access to the knife. 


It's a relief to see someone who still keeps training as close to reality as possible without sacrificing safety.  Keep up the good work.



Zach Jenkins


It is this reason that I believe the FMA may be the last martial art where practitioner still has a fighting chance against a real knife attack.

Comment by Burton "Lucky Dog" Richardson on March 26, 2010 at 2:44pm
John, thanks for the comment. I agree that biting is valid. The problem is that it in many, many cases that I have studied, the bite just angers the assailant. I have talked to people who have used the bite, and to those who have been bitten and it didn't make much of a difference.
Could an assailant "chomp my trap muscle" in that position? Yes, but what is the positional alternative for me? The number one priority is to control the knife arm. The bite won't kill you, but the knife will.
Marking knives are good, but they don't put you in a state of fear. You can see where you got cut, but a real knife altercation includes a large dose of fear and being able to control your emotions while under severe stress. The shocknife gives that sort of stress. If you have a chance, give it a try and see how it changes your performance.
Enjoy your training!
Comment by terry joven on March 26, 2010 at 1:52pm
Very valid observation.
take a bite spit it out than go back for more!
but the shock knife does give you something to think about! lol
Comment by john machera on March 26, 2010 at 1:05pm
I am not a fan of the shockknife .I think a marking blade works best .
I also would have taken a nice bite out of that arm while it was so close to your face .How would you simulate that in your studies ?I think it's a valid defense if your life is on the line .
gnaw away! Also if I was the guy with the knife, I had opportunity to chomp your trap muscle ,what about workboots and footstomps ,shinkicks.You are someone whose work I highly respect and don't mean to pick your work apart ,just wanted to make some observations.Just my 2 cents for what its worth.

Thanks for all you have done...keeps me thinking.

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