ITF Knife Defense Technique, Badass? Or No?

        Here is a video over 4 minutes long consisting of dozens of knife defense and some regular self defense techniques. There are a ton edited into the video!

ITF Taekwon-Doists like to claim their style is the true art of Taekwon-Do (yes they insist you spell it with a hyphen or else it’s not legit TKD), and the true combat fighting system and killing art. Whereas the WTF style (as they constantly call Kukki-Taekwondo) is simply a sport and a joke and sucks and is not the real Korean style as the entire country of South Korea has somehow been brainwashed to believing WTF is Taekwon-Do (since no one teaches ITF there really, unless they already first had a 4th dan in Kukkiwon).

Take a look at these knife defense techniques. Are they valid? Are they realistic? Are they badass? The music sure seems to be used in order to make you think so, and all of the yelling and cool “hard impacts” causing the assailants body to jump look exciting. Make note though, I have seen similar knife defense techniques demonstrated by Kukki-Taekwondo practitioners in much the same fashion. Such ideas for self defense are not actually foreign to the “WTF” as they call it, style of Taekwondo. But they sure want you to think so if you talk to them. So are these knife defense techniques totally awesome or what! Or, are these knife defense techniques unrealistic and simply movie, fantasy, fight scene scenarios made to pump you up and crave action flicks? Would they work and is ITF truly the killing and deadly Taekwon-Do art it claims to be or are they just trying to hard?


  1. MesYang88 says:

    I was not a fan of the ones where they blocked once then let goof the knofe hand in order to strike. i only noticed one legit disarm and only one where the diffender stuck the knife into the attacker.

    I find it interesting that they were doing a “self defence” competition. Which means they’re at least getting the students to actually think constructively and try things out. Its good to teach set self defense techniques but getting students to think about what will and will not work in times of need is very important to training.

    • White Dragon says:

      I agree with what you said, but I kind of think they were judging on the coolness factor more than efectiveness factor. I have participated in self defense competitions before as a teenager and what wins is theatrics.

      I saw maybe 1 or 2 effective techniques but the rest was really unrealistic. no one just falls over and lays still when they are swept.

      • MesYang88 says:

        Very true. I’d agree that the judges are looking for “movie” defence rather than the good, simple, practical techniques.

      • White Dragon says:

        This is why I laugh when ITF people start bashing WTF or Kukki style TKD like their art is the true TKD and super deadly about real fighting. but all I ever see is this kind of stuff which is not different than alot of WTF schools.

  2. Maqqaqqa says:

    “Knife defence” in general is a dumb idea. If the other guy has a knife then you’re not going to know about it until he’s stabbed you. No one takes out a blade, brandishes it and waits for you to get ready.
    And if, by some stroke of insanity they did do that, you should be running, not trying to get yourself stabbed.

    • MesYang88 says:

      I can tell you from experience that some people will bradish a knife as an intimidation factor without having the resolve to actually use it. A trained knife user probably won’t though.

      • White Dragon says:

        I agree. Some people also brandish knives to intimidate with FULL INTENTION to use it as well. Its not unheard of. Anything can happen in self defense. Even muggers pull out knives to rob you much like pulling a gun out to rob you without shooting you at that instant.

    • White Dragon says:

      I wouldnt say knife defense in general is a dumb idea. I would say prcticing stupid ideas with knife defense is a dumb idea. Everyone should know some basic knife attacks and defenses because you never know.

      Trained people yes do not take out knives to show off, but a lot of people do believe it or not. Many sociopaths and criminals are not actually trained. Did you not hear about the 16 year old in a high school who pulled out 2 knives and began slashing everyone he saw in site? He was definately brandishing knives.

      But I do think most of the ITF’s claims to being the super deadly “Killing Art” as that popular book’s title suggests are false and embellished as well as the fact most ITF self defense is just as stupid as WTF gyms self defense.

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