Knightly Knife Defence

I came across something that frightened me the other day.  A certain Western Martial Arts school was offering a workshop on Fiore’s dagger plays.  That isn’t the worrisome part.  No, the part that gave me pause was that they were advertising it as being conducive to modern knife defence.  Now don’t get me wrong, the grappling system as taught by Fiore d’ei Liberi in the 14th century is an excellent art.  If taught in the right way it is an invaluable tool for self defence.  However, there are a lot of traps you can easily fall into that makes teaching irresponsible.  Continue reading