Monday, October 09, 2017

Inktober Day #9 - Michael Janich's/MBC's "The Filipino Grip"

My 9th picture for Inktober is posted 1 day late :( Not easy to draw a picture a day it seems for me LOL

"Knifefighting:  A Practical Course" (1993) by Michael Janich
Pages 15-18

  1. Lay the handle of the knife across your palm.
  2. Curl the last 3 fingers of your hand tightly around the base of the handle. This is the focus of pressure for the grip and anchors the handle securely to your palm. 
  3. Curl the index finger lightly around the handle and extend your thumb parallel to the blade.


  1. Saber grip as the thumb ride along the spine of the knife
  2. With the focus of the grip on the last 3 fingers, this increases the area of your hand that is firmly in contact with the handle and anchors it securely into the palm.
  3. Shock of a hard strike is absorbed by the meaty flesh of the palm which prevents injury and maintains control of the knife.
  4. Increased contact area ensures hand will not slide down toward the blade during a powerful thrust.
  5. Natural angle of the wrist provides:
    1. wrist absorbs shock of strikes without injury
    2. deeper cuts
  6. The thumb acts as a pointer to lead the knife to its target.

NOTE:  to ensure control of the knife and prevent thumb injury, curl thumb the instant contact with target is made.

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

NOTE:  Posted 10/10 as-of 10/9



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