SAMI Knife Fighting Concept is a blade sytem, which is based on the concepts of weapons training and its respective principles.
In order to successfully defend yourself against knife attacks, it is crucial to train the correct handling and use of a bladed weapon.
The concepts and techniques can be adapted to all kinds of weapons. This is the big advantage of SAMI Knife Fighting Concept; it enables you to become a skilled user of all kinds of weapons.
Knife – The knife is the principle weapon of the SAMI training. The knife is one of the oldest cultural assets: it used as tool, weapon, insignia, attire, artwork, as instrument of payment and for cultural rituals.
The basic form of the knife hardly changed through the course of history.
Karambit – The karambit has its origins in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Typical for the karambit is the jaw-shaped blade and the ring at the far side of the handle. Originally a working tool, the karambit is used as a weapon in many combat systems. Especially in the USA, the karambit is becoming more and more popular as tool for self-defense. The karambit comes in many different shapes and sizes, with fixed or folding blades.
The karambit is a typical weapon for close quarters combat (CQC), and it is very useful at a short range. The typical form bears many advantages, but also disadvantages. On the one hand, it is very hard to be disarmed or accidentally drop the karambit in a fight. Another advantage is the damage the weapon can make, not only during extension, but also during retraction. This can be crucial for self-defense. The karambit can be integrated into any boxing technique and can be easily hidden from a potential attacker (element of surprise!). The main disadvantage is the short range of the weapon. It can only be used in a short distance.
Given the special shape of the karambit, one must use special techniques to incorporate the talon shaped blade and the ring on the handle. It is important to specifically train the handling of this weapon. Karambit training focuses on the concepts and principles of the SAMI System and aims at perfection in the handling of the weapon.
Tomahawk/Axe – The axe, or Native American Tomahawk, is also one of the oldest weapons of mankind. As working tool and weapon an axe (or Tomahawk) was used in almost every part of the world.
The axe is usually a top-heavy weapon with a 30-50 cm long handle.
The tomahawk is a weapon for the close quarters combat (CQC), just like the knife. The main advantage of the weapon is the penetrating power, but also the ability to change the range by choking up on the handle (long or short grip). A wide range of techniques with highly damaging impact are possible. Since the Vietnam War, American soldiers use the tactical tomahawk as working tool and close combat weapon.
Machete – The machete is a knife with a very long and broad blade. Originally it was used, like most weapons, as a working tool in the woods or fields as a scythe. The machete is mostly used as a cutting weapon. In the 17th century, the machete was already used as a CQC weapon. The effect of such a blow was devastating. The advantage of this weapon is the long range and the high penetrating power.
Some of these weapons are still used in the military today.