A few students asked me what my go to deployment method is…gravity, wave feature, assisted openers, autos..etc.. I like the hat technique.

Basically were I work and train civilians; hand guns and the permits to carry them are impossible to obtain if you want to be able to protect yourself. Naturally this leaves very few options for most. I teach unconventional edge weapons work, meaning I teach people to use knives and improvised weapons in manners not very many people think about. Criminals do…..good guys don’t.

I usually teach my students to be aware of there surroundings through atmospheric study and exercises. I try and cultivate the way of thinking in them in every class or live drill. All of the material I teach with a blade is based on concealing your weapon before you use it. Our mantra is “the opponent must feel the blade before he sees it”.

One method of hiding a blade is by actually carrying it in an open position inside of a baseball cap as you walk along a place were the atmospherics are on the red side (dangerous area).

If the need arises you can actual stab through the hat and in to an opponent before he even knows there is a knife present. Or you can flick the hat at his face and work targets on his center line to give him something to deal with as you run out of there.

Not very elegant I know, but this isn’t meant to be pretty or fair.


Author – Ed is a security specialist and combatives instructor with over 10 years experience in public safety along the northern border area of Mexico. He runs seminars and private training specific to anti-abduction, escapology, free hand and unconventional edged weapons work. He is also director of Libre Fighting Systems in Mexico.

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