"My Knife Defense For The Street program is the result of two decades of pressure testing. Drawing from my nearly 40-year martial arts background in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino martial arts (Original Dog Brother, “Lucky Dog”), MMA, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Indonesian Silat, wrestling, Krav Maga, and other arts...If you are interested in functional knife defense, I highly suggest you invest in this course." Burton Richardson
Imagine you’re about to board a flight that will take you to a dream destination. Just before you walk down the jetway you glance at the aircraft and are surprised to see a radically different shape. The wings are very short and the cabin is slanted. It looks pleasingly exotic.
The captain greets you as you are about to step onto the plane. You comment about the interesting shape of the vessel and ask how it feels in the air. The captain shakes his head and says, “I don’t know. But all the computer models say that it will fly faster and smoother than normal jets.”
What is your next question? Mine would be, “Haven’t you ever flown it?” The captain says “No one has actually flown it. This is its maiden flight. But I really trust the people that came up with the design. It should work very well.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m not getting on that plane! I wouldn’t have faith in an aircraft until it has been thoroughly tested. But too many people have faith in knife defense techniques, which could mean the difference between life and death in an actual attack, that have not been pressure tested.
Pressure testing is when you out in protective gear, use a relatively safe training knife, and let your partner come at you all-out. 100% resistance, intensity, and intent. That’s what you are going to face in most knife attacks so that is how we pressure test. We just use protection and a padded knife to keep it as safe as possible. Let’s be clear that demonstrating or drilling with a cooperative feeder is not pressure testing. It’s not even testing. Testing means adding non-choreographed resistance. Pressure testing is when that resistance and intensity are at or near 100%.
My Knife Defense For The Street program is the result of two decades of pressure testing. Drawing from my nearly 40-year martial arts background in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino martial arts (Original Dog Brother, “Lucky Dog”), MMA, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Indonesian Silat, wrestling, Krav Maga, and other arts, I decided to employ my science education (I majored in Biological Sciences at USC) to methodically pressure test a wide array of knife defense scenarios. I used the same approach that I did when I worked as a scientist in the Harbor UCLA medical center laboratories. I created a hypothesis (a theoretical technique that I thought would yield good results) then took that theory into the laboratory of hard sparring to see how it held up. We regularly geared up and went all out. My instructions to my partner were always the same – “stab me as many times as you can!”
Most techniques crumbled under the pressure of real resistance. Some gave a favorable result. And some of those, after years of sparring, were shown to have holes. So I made adjustments and continued the testing and adjusting process until we got good results. After two decades of testing, we have closed up most of the holes.
Let me be clear, it is never easy to deal with a committed knife attacker. You are at a huge disadvantage. But, these methods give you a real fighting chance so that you may be able to go home without debilitating injuries.
People sometimes ask me why I don’t teach all the spectacular knife defense methods that I have learned over the years. Here's my answer: I bring more of a professional fight coach philosophy to self-defense training. Just as when I train an athlete for a UFC fight, my aim is to prepare folks for combat. We keep the training as fun as possible, but I’m not there to entertain. My job is to help you win a fight.
As far as knife street self-defense goes, I figure that at some time, one of my students will actually have to use his or her skills in a self-defense situation. That means I have a great responsibility to give them the most functional training possible. I want to be sure that I prepare them for an actual life-and-death situation instead of just dazzling them with flashy techniques that only work against a cooperative feeder. Since I teach a large number of people across the globe, the likelihood that a student will face a blade is much higher. I decided on this approach a long time ago, and I’m glad I did.
To date, I have had three students actually use these empty hand methods against real knife attacks. A soldier in Afghanistan, an immigration officer in Australia, and a police officer in New York city were all able to defend themselves while incurring minimal damage. I’m very thankful that it worked out for them. I can’t imagine what would have happened if I had prioritized looking cool over being effective.
The program will help you develop functional self-defense. Whether you are in law-enforcement, security, the military, or really want to protect yourself and your loved ones, this course will prove very valuable for your training.
Currently available only via online streaming. Physical DVDs to be released in the next few months.
We also offer Battlefiled Kali Knife, Battlefield Kali Single Stick, Battlefield Kali Sword.
Our self defense certification courses are suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced martial artists.
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The complete series includes 4 parts
63 video clips total. Click on last image thumbnail to read the Table of Contents. Each section corresponds to an instructional video.
- Part 1- 53 minutes
- Part 2- 59 minutes
- Part 3- 52 minutes
- Part 4- 1 hour 3 minutes
Due to high demand, we will be working on making this a certification program. Sparring logs and testing procedures will be posted when they are ready.
Burton Richardson is one of the world's leaders for teaching effective realistic self defense. You can read his full bio here.
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