Take a strip of sand or another type of soft earth and walk over it. Look back and trace your steps minding the gap between strides, the depth of the heel and toe and the drag if any of the earth in the direction of the walk. Next cover your path with leaves or soft branches and walk again over it. Squat and follow with a knife or a thin branch to follow your tracks as you are projecting from what you have seen before and following to disturb the cover as least as possible. Follow this by removing all signs of your track in any way you can so that another person will not know you were there. Think that when you follow someone you can be followed as well and the more you stay in one place the deeper and harder to undo the track is.
Stand or sit with a knife in your hand and have your partner move around you and near you with the goal of coming in close so he can control you without being hit with the knife. You let him move as close as he can and only strike him when you feel aggression from him or when you recognize an attack. This is a good drill to learn to recognize the aggression in the early stages and take care of it and to also learn not to place yourself in the path of the blade so if you are with no other option you will still be able to survive against an armed assault. This can also be a crowd drill with all walking and one has the knife hidden and only takes it out when he or she has to and remember that in life we will move so don’t defend the spot you are on, move so you can keep moving and do the least amount of harm to get the job done. Start from a standing or sitting position to learn to move yourself as little as you can and learn small movement with the knife and on the approach and later in moving it will pay off in efficient movement and in keeping free to move.
Take a number between one and ten and add one hundred to it. Now take as many steps as you decided to and with every step both change your direction with your body and add a hand strike to it using the leg you stepped with. Note to keep your eyes with the direction of your body and to always keep your legs under your hips. Avoid falling onto the stepping leg by moving from the body first and letting the legs simply keep you off the ground. This is a good drill to prepare yourself for mass work and to always remember to work calm and with yourself in mind.
Have a few partners together and do any of the basic drills (push up, sit up, leg raise, squat) very slowly (60-120 count) as you move start saying the numbers one at a time and every seven divider you say something else instead of it (it can be boom, go and so on) As long as everyone is aware and relaxed you continue but if one misses a divider such as saying you start from the start again. Have fun and keep all your faculties aware when you work.
There are many kids games where you work to read your partner and avoid being read yourself. Fore example you have the game where you place your hands on the palms of your partner and he has to try and slap the back of your hands without you puling them back. You can adapt this great drill yourself and include your pistol and knife in the mix.
For example you can sit back to back and check how to move without triggering your partner as you draw. You can walk hand in hand (or push each other or wrestler) and check how you can control your partner so he is unable to draw without you redirecting him and one of the best drills can be looking at a partner’s reflection in the mirror or his shade and reading that to survive. Avoid limiting your actions and senses by looking for big signs. Everything starts at the breath.
Take a knife and place it on yourself in a way that suits your carry purposes. For example if you are a tour guide to the forest you will hang it in a dangling loop on your belt and if you are a lawyer you will place a small Swiss army knife in your back pocket. Now have a partner stand at a comfortable distance from you (you decide for yourself what is comfortable) and at his will start walking toward you. You move and take the blade out and ready it for use if need be and mind how close your partner got to you while you practice this. Do this several times from all directions and while standing, sitting, leaning and note the differences in the work and what you can do to get the job done without getting hurt yourself.
Next do the same thing as your partner runs toward you and follow this with work in uncomfortable distances and locations as walking side by side and sitting alongside each other. A knife is just a tool. You decide how to use it and it is a very small shelter even when used well.