A blade fight is a violent physical confrontation between two or more combatants in which one or more participants is armed with a blade. A blade fight is defined by the presence of a blade as a weapon and the violent intent of the combatants to kill or incapacitate each other. The participants may be completely untrained, self-taught, or trained in one or more formal or informal systems of blade fighting. 


The blade is a close range weapon and its use in combat demands more psychological preparation than that of a firearm. The movement of the blade may look beautiful in practice but when used in a real situation can mean bloody havoc. There are primarily two ways to inflict damage with a blade - to stab with its point or to slash with the edge.


Potential students of blade fighting may be caught up with the artistry of the movement forgetting what the blade really is- a tool of maximum destruction. Serious practitioners of the blade arts have a working knowledge of surface anatomy. Roughly defined, "surface anatomy is the knowledge of what vital organs lie beneath a certain body surface.


Stab wounds are deadlier than slash wounds as a 1-inch puncture wound is sometimes enough to kill. But with a practitioner who knows surface anatomy, blade cuts may be deadly too. A cut to the brachial artery will result in loss of consciousness in 13 to 15 seconds and death in one and a half minutes. A cut to the radial artery will result in loss of consciousness in 30 seconds and death in two minutes. 


​Urban Tactical instructors focus on tactical use of the blade, blade concepts, understanding the anatomy, and psychology while using the blade. Urban Tactical instructors utilize Filipino Combat Systems as our primary source of tactical blade training. 


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