Brian Kagen pick: Fighting Strategy and Paradigms: “Don’t bring a Knife to a Gun Fight!”

“Here is a topic that comes up alot in Threads on various martial arts Website Boards. “my (enter art) does not do well against (enter art). How do I use “My art” to defeat the other art?” Well I think there is a huge problem with this way of thinking as all “arts” are simply training methodologies defined by a set of training parameters that someone or some group established and identify with to teach us how to do the same thing “fight”. Why would you limit yourselff to the constraints of that methodology,? Lets hope you have a good match of methodology to the situation presented!”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. Worth doing the whole article for the last clip. Looked a bit like irimi nage.

    Actually did take a knife, two actually, to a gun fight once upon a time. Whatever anybody tells you about extension in pinning techniques, if you have a chance to grab the barrel, grab the barrel. After that the knives became more of a liability than asset. These days I carry pepper as guns aren’t allowed to law abiding San Franciscans.

  2. Hey Brian,

    Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and for posting it here on Aikido Journal. I appreciate it.

    Kevin Leavitt

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