I am sorry I brought M.J name into discussion but I couldn't possible realize who am I dealing with.I agree with Darby, it's a disgrace to trash someone just because you have different ideas.Twenty years or so I spent several years in prisons (during a psicho-social program not as a convict ) and spoke with a few of the most feared long-timers about using a knife in self defense or atack(the real ones rarely speak about that) and I learned a few things about the subject,Usually ninja mall can't put their money where their mouth is....
That's cool. Five years or so ago I spent several years in prisons, too. Not a psychosocial program, either; maximum security. You don't actually get to have any knives in prison, so I'm not sure why you think inmates would be specially qualified to talk about knife fighting. What was your point?
Regarding the "ninja mall" comment: here
are pics of the one time I got cut. The attacker tried to slash at my throat, I blocked with my upper arm. Felt the impact but no pain, figured his hand had hit my arm; later I found that my entire tricep was severed. Who was the mall ninja? The guy who can prove that he's done what he's talking about (me) or the guy who has made a career out of providing dangerous advice (like "use knives for self defence") to scared people who will probably harm themselves if they ever try it? As you point out, mall ninjas can't put their money where their mouth is. I've put my money (and my blood, life, freedom) where my mouth is, so obviously if someone's a mall ninja here it isn't me.
Knives are great for making people not want to attack you. But they're not effective at stopping an attacker. During the event where I got cut, I was being attacked by two guys; one of them was the uncle of the other. Only one of them had a knife. During the fight, the other one tried to grab my knife off me (black 7" Kabar fighter, because edge retention doesn't matter for fighting knives) and got his hands absolutely slashed to ribbons. Seriously, I slashed his hands over half a dozen times. During the trial, 18 months later, he gave evidence that he still couldn't type or use a pen to do more than sign his name. But at the time, he was unaware of his injuries and continued to attempt to attack me.
At the time when I got my cut tricep, here are the injuries of my attackers:
One of them had lacerated hands, a broken jaw (not from a knife, he ate a heavy MT knee while standing) and a stab wound which went through his calf and into his thigh, missing his femoral artery by under an inch (I was thrown down the stairs, he tried to stomp on my chest, I stabbed him in the leg and missed the femoral).
The other (the one with the knife) had a severed quadriceps tendon (at the top of the patella) and a deep laceration to the abdomen which penetrated the intestine and which caused part of the intestine to protrude by the time they got to hospital.
None of these injuries caused them any distress during the fight, they barely slowed down. My injuries caused me no distress during the fight, I didn't slow down. I was unaware of my injuries, and I think that so were they (obviously the severed quadriceps tendon caused him to fall forwards, but in a fight you don't understand why things are not working.)
I am really not telling you guys this in order to impress you or make myself sound tough. I'm telling you these things because it's a matter of public record that they happened and because even in a really serious knife fight where all three participants are crippled and one later dies from complications, NOBODY got stopped, NOBODY got even slowed down. The damage of a knife fight only becomes apparent when the adrenaline runs out. Don't use knives for self defence.