Take a knife and hold it on the flat of the blade and lean the tip of it on a wall or any hard object like a tree. Slowly increase how much you lean on the blade and when it makes sense release the tension and repeat in a different hold. Play with different holds and lean toward all directions as you place the tip and than the edge as well on the wall. Let your body relax and find how you can support the pressure without tensing up more than needed.
Now move to stab the resistance and as you feel the pressure change directions and glide on it to find how you can keep moving without trying to force reality into something else. This is not always the case in a knife conflict but it can serve you to remember you are moving yourself and not others and you are moving your hand rather than propelling the blade.
For example if you are stabbing from above and out of fright your partner is blocking with his forearm you can simple continue to move your elbow down and slash his forearm and than as your body moves forward his face and so on. Another example is when you slash from side to side and your partner is trying to deflect you downward or upwards. Simply relax your arm as your body moves and let your shoulder roll and than you will not enact the tension in your partner and simply move where you want to slash. Relax your eyes and face. Making a tough face does not help much in stopping of bleeding.

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Sharon Friedman

Student and teacher of movement and Martial art. Husband and Father. I can rebuild you, I have the technology :)

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