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38 - On Strategy

Fighting is of course more like a game of draughts (checkers)  - but what of that which comes before or "left of bang" ? Aspire always to to have the time and opportunity for chess. Jeth See also:

37 - LEGAL - Understanding UK knife carry laws

Basic laws on knives  The following is the wording from the UK government regarding the carrying and sale of knives. It is a stand alone post linked to my tutorial article on understanding the knife as a weapon which you can find here: The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is 4 years in prison and an unlimited fine. You’ll get a prison sentence if you’re convicted of carrying a knife more than once. It’s illegal to: sell a knife to anyone under 18, unless it has a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less carry a knife in public without good reason, unless it has a folding blade with a cutting edge 3 inches long or less carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife) Scotland In Scotland, 16 to 18 year olds are allowed to buy cutlery and kitchen knives. Lock knives Lock knives are not classed as folding knives and a

36 - VIDEO - Understanding the knife as a weapon

Most of the discourse about defending the criminal use of knives focuses almost entirely on just two aspects of the weapon: The point - in the context of stabbing The edge - in the context of slashing In this post I will be introducing to new trainees a more complete picture of the capabilities of the knife as a weapon and the issues that arise from them. Before looking at anything else it is key to have a good basic understanding of the different parts of a knife and also different designs. I will be looking at the martial aspects and not from a knife collector/ maker's viewpoint which is different and far more in depth. Generally, knives are classified as : Fixed - a typical sheath type knife. Folding - a pocket knife that has a folding mechanism whether locking or not . eg a swiss army knife or a lock knife. Example of Bowie design:   The Tip The point of the blade - needle sharp to enable penetration (stabbing). The edge Sharp along the full length (Tip

35 - On security

34 - RESEARCH: Closer threats inspire a more primitive kind of fear

Different use of brain circuits may help explain the tenacity of post-traumatic stress     Date: June 29, 2020 Source: Duke University   Your brain handles a perceived threat differently depending on how close it is to you. If it's far away, you engage more problem-solving areas of the brain. But up close, your animal instincts jump into action and there isn't as much reasoning, like when the guy at the haunted house jumps up right next to you. And that, according to a new study using virtual reality to make threats appear near or far, is probably what makes it harder to extinguish the fear of a close-up threat and more likely that you'll have some long-term stress from the experience. It has been shown that traumatic events that touch the body, like rape and other physical assaults, are more strongly associated with post-traumatic stress disorder than are traumas viewed at some distance. Now, thanks to a clever adaption that put research subjects into a 3D

33 - (VIDEO) Defensive concepts: Group attack on car driver with pitchfork

UK / July 2020 Video below. Unknown context (at time of writing) - very specific targeting by group of the driver. One attacker is seen breeching the windscreen and window with a pitchfork in order to stab the driver/ occupant(s). Attackers have added (apart from numbers) advantage of driver being seated and  restrained by seat belt and car cabin. The driver is not able seemingly to attempt to drive the car. There are also many comments in the press recently about just ramming people if you're attacked - this will lead to nightmare legal consequences. The fact that the window is breeched by the weapon would arguably give more justification for this action. There are videos being posted instructing on how to break car windows to access the driver of a car including cutting seatbelts in order to be able to drag the driver out and assault them. Consider keeping doors locked at all times. One inch rule for open windows - better to keep closed and use air con - ther

32 - (VIDEO) Context and Consequence

  Here's video (below) of UFC veteran Boston Salmon being illegally KO'd last night while down by a knee to the head from opponent Shawn West. In a sports context this shows pretty poor control by West - this tactic is completely illegal in MMA (*) for good reason. Salmon won this fight despite being unconscious as West was DQ'd. In a non- sports context the strike takedown and finish would have been identical (with the added risk of ground impact to the head) however, this fight would not have in all possibility ended here and would easily have resulted in the death of the unconscious individual from follow up kicks etc. The same fight in two different contexts but with two profoundly different consequences.  *The unified rules of mixed martial arts dictates that a fighter is considered 'grounded' if either of his knees or hands are touching the canvas, with knee strikes or kicks to the head outlawed from this position.