training against knife attacks is important in martial arts.
training knife will minimize the chances for injury and enhance training.
There are the common rubber and wooden versions. The rubber knife has the
disadvantage of a blade that swings from side to side thus making stabs at a
point target haphazard. The wooden knife has the disadvantage of being
stiff and unsafe for stabbing soft areas of a human target.
counting the unintended burn mark on the exposed skin from a slash with a
rubber knife or the bruise mark from a stab with a wooden knife, neither
provides the critical feedback of undeniable cut locations. The writing
color marker often is used as a knife to mark cuts on the defender.
However, simply by how it is held, the marker is more suitable for stabbing
rather than slashing. Another disadvantage of the color marker is that the
resulting stains on clothing can be difficult to remove even after repeated
washing. To compensate, students often wear an old disposable white
T-shirt for marker knife training. However, with this arrangement cuts to
exposed arms, where the majority of cuts would occur, generally do not show
well. Using the Dobok with long white sleeves and easily washable blood
is the better choice.
thoughts on knife training and ideas for an improved training knife are sought
in this forum discussion.
Bob Borja Taekwon-Do Central Germany