The knife fighting can be basically devided into several aspects
- Knife to knife fencing
- Selfdefence with a knife against any kind of attack, except knife attack
- Selfdefence against the knife attack or threat
Knife to knife (or daga sa daga in FMA) seems not so practical, as the actual situation, where I can draw away my knife in response to the opponents knife exposure, is relatively seldom and quite unreal. Meanwhile learning the knife fencing teaches us to think as a knife fighter. If you don’t train to fight with a knife and against the knife, you will not be able to see and prevent the attackers actions in a real selfdefence situation.
Both fencing until the first touch and fighting until the finishing technic or a series of thrusts or slashes should be practiced, ’cause the first teaches us to play with the distance, control it and make a resultative attack, while the second type of the fight teaches us to deal with a violent assault, like if we would not have a knife, and even we would, one, even precise and powerful stab often can’t stop the outraged opponent, under adrenaline rush or any substances (drugs, alcohol).