When I say “fast,” the attacker is going to speed up a notch. You’re just going to keep evading the knives, keeping the same calmness as when you were going slower.
The knives are wooden, metal, or plastic practice knives. No sharp edges here. The drill is just to evade the knife. It’s harder than you think, even though Sifu makes it look so easy.
My challenges are to keep calm, keep moving, keep my shoulders level, keep my center centered, keep my confront level from going out the back door.
Even when I think I’m doing okay, I’m really not. Knives, even blunt practice knives, represent a major confront issue for me. But the only way to deal with that is to do knife drills, constantly working to find and reinforce calmness in the face of the weapon.
I paired with Sifu Patty. She swung the knife wide and I ducked to evade.
Two mistakes: I shouldn’t have tried to duck under a swing at my midsection, and I didn’t have my arms up to protect my head.
I took a good smack with a metal practice knife right in the face, on the left side of my nose. It broke the skin and I oozed a little blood, but nothing serious.
I do have a black eye now, which looks pretty bad ass.