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Caine on Combat

November 16, 2010

My friend Josh recently pointed me to mystery writer Matt Stover’s blog, where his character Caine offers pearls of wisdom on knife and unarmed fighting and tactics, including these:

  • A knife is not a little sword. A knife is a sharp fist.
  • Knives are not for fighting. Knives are for killing people who don’t know you have knives.
  • The best way to hit someone is by surprise. The best way to surprise someone is to hit him before he knows you’re there. Second best is to hit him before he knows he’s in a fight. As a last resort, hit him while he’s talking.

There are more at the links above, but these are my favorites. Sounds like what my knife teachers and various guest instructors, especially Michael Johnson, have been trying to get across to us!

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