Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Inktober Day #4 - Bob Kasper's/Kni-com's knifefighting stance

Continuing with the draw-at-least-once-a-day in the month of October, known as "Inktober", I drew a picture of Bob Kasper's knifefighting stance from "Bob Kapser's Tactical Knives" published in 2011. My goal is to develop a fast-draw type of skill for when I attend martial arts seminars or classes when I take some notes.

I also have started journalling.  Here are my notes on Bob Kasper's/Kni-com's knifefighting stance:


  • Foundation upon which other combative knife skills are built
  • Mobility - Advance, Retreat, Pivot, Sway, Hollow
  • Vital Area Protection - "Vertical Shielding" with the "Complementary Hand"
  • Defend and counterattack against any line of attack
  • Knife-hand position - "Cocked-and-Locked" - retracts knifehand while positioning it to deliver various cuts, slashes and thrusts
  • Guard position gives illusion of distance yet remains within striking distance


  1. Take a natural step forward
  2. Square the torso
  3. Place complementary hand in the Vertical Shield
  4. Cock-and-Lock Knife hand
  5. Guard position is a well-balanced stance that's mobile, protective, and ready for defense and counterattack
  6. Practice drawing your knife and moving into the Guard from various positions such as sitting, squatting, bending, and walking until it's natural
From "Bob Kapser's Tactical Knives" by Bob Kasper (2011), pgs 27-32

My drawings for Inktober 2017 - drawing at least 1 pic each day in October:

Hope this helps you in your Sojourn of Septillion Steps!



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