Slashing with a small knife in a Defensive situation,no matter how good an idea it is, the idea can become unrealistic if you don't take the environment into consideration. The Philippine Islands are a tropical environment. So, what is really effective there might not be so effective in another environment where people wear more clothes, or heavier clothes - like winter clothing, padded jackets, coats and multiple layers of clothing. All of which inhibit (to some degree) the lightning-fast slashing movements that we all admire from some of the most popular Filipino Martial Arts. This is why thrusting with a small knife is generally preferred. This is important to think about as Winter sets in for most of us, and the temperatures start dropping and people start wearing heavier garments and layered clothing. This includes the bad guys as well.
So, if you don't take this reality into consideration, you might be surprised then that the art of slashing can become..well... not as effective as one would hope for. This is not merely my opinion, go make a "training dummy" and put real clothes on it (not old dry-rotted, torn clothes you were going to discard anyway, that's cheating̷) and slash at it. Slashing, cutting and hacking into the target are all distinctly different methods of using the knife, just as thrusting is. People that discount this are either not paying attention or they are not test cutting on realistic targets. Yes it would be more effective to thrust with a larger blade but if all you have is a smaller blade, and unclothed exposed targets on an individual do not present themselves, don't underestimate the thrusting power and penetration ability of a smaller blade to stop an unprovoked attack from the criminal element...Just something to think about.....There is a natural human reaction to retract from anything this is going to puncture the human body, be it a tack you might step on, a pin prick, a thorn from a rose bush or even the point of a knife...you must think how you can use that natural human response to your advantage, especially during the Winter season.... Doc
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