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Old 12-11-2014, 10:59 AM   #11
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Default Re: Unarmed vs. Knife

Originally Posted by TheOneRonin View Post
I'm not 100% sure how that is going to work.

Are you trying to Arm Lock his attacking arm? If so, he should still get the chance to Parry your Arm Lock with his Knife.

Are you trying to Arm Lock his non-attacking arm? I'm not sure you can do that.

It doesn't specifically say that you MUST capture the attacking arm, but I'm sure that was Peter's intent.

If you've locked up the other arm, he can still attack you with the knife. I'm going to have to do some refresher reading before I can say definitively if it would be a wild swing or not.

But like Tomsdad said, you really want to get control of the knife hand/arm.
Good point. I hadn't thought of the possibility that you can't legally grab an arm from the opposing side (makes sense).
I would consider attacking from the non-weapon side anyway and just going for strikes. After all, if you are significantly more skilled than the opponent (which I presume is part of the premise here), you should be making your defenses, so the only real issue with the knife is that it can damage you on a successful parry. If you just keep striking from the non-weapon side, he will never be able to do that to you, and meanwhile you should be able to parry his attacks with your superior skill (and judicious use of retreats).
So maybe instead of Judo we should be using Karate here for maximum damage potential, with the plan being to simply beat the pulp out of the knife-wielder...
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