Did two sets of trials this weekend, on Friday and Sunday.
It's going to take a bit of time to process and analyze all of this. Part of the problem is that what I'm looking at is a huge problem. Rory said it best "if there was something that worked reliably against a knife, people would quit carrying knives."
I need and want more trials. I want to put other people in the good guy role. I want to spend six months drilling new/different tactics, and then try again.
This experiment isn't likely to end for a while.
Part of me is reluctant to stick the videos up. Not because they're bad, or because they destroy my carefully crafted image of being an invincible fighter, but because I don't want to influence further trials. One of the interesting things about Sunday was that the bad guy had to come up with their own strategy for using the knife. This lead to a little weirdness, but it also meant I was genuinely surprised most of the time. Even by (or especially by) the weird stuff.
But I said I'd share them, so I will. It will just add to the data.
Had a really good group of volunteers so far. Kind of people I'd love to gather in one place on a regular basis and bang out other stuff.
A few random thoughts to whet the appetitie.
1. Yes, controlling the armed limb is tough, generally speaking.
2. Adrenaline is a powerful drug.
3. What you think you'll do, and what you actually end up doing, do not necessarily at all correlate. In some of the trials, the plan I had in my head before the drill went off completely disappeared during the assault.
4. I wonder if reaching for the knife is instinctive/rooted in psychology and physiology. Or if I'm just predisposed to do it. More trials needed.
5. This kind of training is incredibly taxing. Granted, I had a long weekend anyway, but I was shocked as to how wiped out my body was.
I'll try to start posting vids soon. Stay tuned.