Knife Fighting 101: Weak-Hand Deployment Part 4
This goes without say, but weak-hand development cannot be underestimated or ignored. The final part in the series is a summary of what we’ve learned from parts one, two and three. If you fail to develop the fine motor skills in the weak hand your attacker is on a level playing field, which should never be the case. Our goal is to turn the table in our favor every chance we get.
I could only further expound or build on the fact that individuals must learn to shoot the primary weapon, your firearm, with their weak hand because if something should go down or happen to your dominant hand you have a backup.
We’ve discussed the idea of two is one and one is none. This is the driving force behind this entire mindset in self defense or in a self-defense application. Well, that is the driving force, but making it out alive is the end goal.
There is no downside, there is no downside to non-dominant training to develop you into maintaining proficiency with your weak hand. You become a more versatile and versatile warrior.
There is a great deal of benefits in gaining different applications. The thoughts that I want leave you with concerning weak-hand development is exactly how I started, which is the idea that you give yourself options. Remember, a little weak-hand training goes a long way to out maneuver your adversary.
I get asked a bunch where I carry. How you train is where you should carry for your weak-hand deployment. There is no downside whether you decide to carry IWB, in the pocket or carry scout.
Most folks believe and expect what you carry determines the outcome, not so fast. These are also the same individuals that believe that if they add more means that betters their odds. That is their silver bullet. They rely solely on tools to get the job done rather than focus on the training and repetition. No, the reality of the fact is, it’s not the hardware, it’s not where you decide to put your so-called silver bullet.
It’s the software side that makes the difference, that is, it's how often do you train. You know you got your gun, be honest with yourself how often do you put rounds down range? Within your training regimen, you must be at a point where weak-hand deployment is completely natural and free from odd movement.
I can’t speak for a lot of other systems. There is ambidextrous development in Win Chun, Khali, and Silat. A lot of kung fu systems carry that out as well, you know where you just should be as proficient with your weak hand as you do with your strong hand. Most systems promote weak-hand development. So, why would we expect anything different in our training?
With our weak-hand deployment, we attempt to take something that is difficult and turn it into something that is as natural as breathing. ~ Filo
Rob “Filo” Cabrera
Long time martial artist and practitioner, Rob began his journey in the arts at a young age. In his youth, Rob found himself putting a lot of what he learned to the test on the streets. After being given a “fresh start,” Rob began to focus on giving back to society, and gaining more knowledge in different martial art systems. He’s had the honor and opportunity to give back to his community and nation by training military, law enforcement, and citizens. He’s trained in Wing Tsun, Aiki-jūjutsu, MuayThai, Kung Fu, and Western Boxing; however over the past 20 years, Rob has set his focus on the Southeast Asian Martial Arts, Kali and Silat. His primary focus is armed and unarmed combat and self-defense preservation.