We have been working with Inverted Edge Tactics for just over a year and it is gaining popularity especially with those people who want to know how to use a knife to defend themselves but don't care to study cultural martial arts and knife fighting. It has also proved popular with those who carry a knife as a back up or in support of a firearm. In 2005 we began to do MCS on the Beach every year at the Ramada Inn in Virginia Beach. The host is Gary Mah and I got to know Gary and Dwight McLemore from attending Bowies on the Beach every JAN. Eventually I was invited to do my own course every OCT. Beginning with the first course we did we attracted lots of knifers from various different backgrounds. What we found was that when force on force took place at conversation distance in confined spaces the "trained" and the "untrained" responded the same way when the drill started with them being attacked. Even students who would say that they were going to stab ended up slashing wildly. Because they were well within arms reach the attacker would usually take cuts to the outside of his arms and his back. When people slash wildly like that they loose their economy of motion and the knife travels way outside the silhouette of their attacker. This increases the chance of the weapon being blocked/wrapped and leaves the defenders center exposed. If the defender is pushed/knocked backwards the results only increase since our natural response to losing our balance to the rear is to put our arms out to the side to steady ourselves or break our fall. Using the inverted grip creates cyclic cutting that leads to the default targeting of the back/side of the neck, armpits and groin. Secondary targets usually accessed on the ground include behind the knee and Achilles tendon. Here is an excerpt from the lesson plan where some of the scientific reasoning behind IET is discussed. Ø The human body is very well protected from the head down, but from the ground up it is very vulnerable. Ø Any motion outside the silhouette of your attacker is wasted movement. Ø The natural human reaction to pain is to pull away. This only increases the trauma caused by an IET cut. Ø Task fixation increases the effectiveness of IET by using cyclic cutting. Ø The three primary targets of IET: the neck, armpit, and groin are natural junction boxes for arteries, veins, nerves, muscles, and tendons targeting them all at the same time. Ø IET takes advantage of the fact that the hardest attacks to defend against are those that come up and to the center by continually using the same line of attack. Ø Cutting using IET is 30% stronger than cutting away from you. Ø The IET grip does not allow you to overextend yourself taking you off balance. IET requires no specialized knives and can be effective with the blade of a muli-tool. Less lethal IET can be employed by females with hard plastic combs. For this targeting of the face/neck/eyes is emphasized. I have also found that when training females with knives who could not see themselves "going after" an attacker in defense, they had no problems defending themselves with IET. Most say because there is no decision for them to make once someone is that close or on top of them. You just set the hook and rip. Here is a short video clip of IET in action. http://www.mercop.com/docs/video4.htm Wanna kill these ads? We can help!