They Bite!


At times, people forget the nature of the weapons with which we train. Moreso in the “martial” community I think than the tactical, folks sometimes treat edged weapons without the requisite respect deserved – of note here is how often I see folks defending against a knife during a grapple and grabbing the blade – which they can do safely with a rubber or plastic or wooden or even metal training knives with no edges or points.

This nice little owie was a blade “AD,” an accidental deployment: I slid my hand into my pocket to check for some change with the VERY sharp Emerson waved Kwaiken  clipped there –  something I’ve done many times before – and somehow managed to open the blade enough to slide my hand right down onto the point. I’ve carried this knife a lot, and this is the first time this has happened.

A reminder to respect the dangerous nature of the tools we train with, even – perhaps especially – in those moments in between. If we carry weapons for a living, or simply for protection, they can in fact bite us.

Other lessons:

  1. This occurred on a shopping trip, just outside a store. I had a first aid kit readily available (in my truck) and quickly accessed the materials to staunch the blood flow and wrap the wound. I don’t carry a kit on me when I am not working, and would have had to improvise if this happened where I was not close to my vehicle. Something to think about.
  2. My teenager got a little nervous. Hand and head wounds are bleeders and look kinda bad, especially if you haven’t seen many of them. It was clear to me that there was no urgency in dealing with this injury, but she started going a little frenetic in trying to be helpful. I reminded her to practice her breathing and stay calm as she called my wife and looked for the closest facility near us for treatment. I was not going to do the ER for a few reasons.
  3. Manage your own emotions. These kinds of things are just practice sessions for more serious situations, either with yourself or with others.
  4. With any live weapons training, firearms of course but to include edged weapons in a martial context, such as Japanese shinken, it behooves the serious practitioner to have a first aid kit on hand which includes tourniquets and other packing and wrapping materials. They are readily available now, as is training in their use.

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