This weekend, I’m taking a class that I’m really excited about – Insights Training Center’s Defensive Folding Knife 1 and 2. DFN 1 is a single day class which focuses on the use of a tactical knife as an emergency defensive weapon. From the course description:
In this informative and action-packed one-day self defense class you will learn to deploy and use your folding knife with great skill. The Spyderco Clip-It or similarly styled pocketknife is a superb stand-alone self defense tool and an excellent companion to firearms, pepper spray, and other defensive tools in your family’s layered personal protection plan. Most small pocketknives can be carried in any State and in most foreign countries. If you can’t have your handgun, have your knife!
One of the big reasons I’m excited to take this class is because whenever I take a shooting class, regardless
of how “tactical” or “defensive” it is, there is a part of my brain thinking “how can I apply this to winning shooting game”. It will be good for me personally to take a class that has nothing to do with competing, and everything to do with the serious business of hurting bad people quickly.
The other reason I’m excited for this class is to develop more skills for the toolbox or tools in the skillbox or whatever. In all seriousness, my knife to me isn’t a weapon. Or sure, I could cut someone with it in an emergency, but I don’t have any idea how to effectively deploy it in a self defense situation. To take a class that focuses on close quarters combatives and using the knife is definitely a great way to round out my skill set and make me better prepared for a violent encounter.