Force Necessary: Knife


This has been the motto for The Force Necessary: Knife course for decades. All too many “knife courses” are just about dueling, like playing tag with rubber knives, or the sheer, “tough guy,” slaughtering-gutting of people, with both topics void of actual crime and war situations. This “play” creates repetition training for mindless, indiscriminate violence that lands you (and your students) in jail, or the electric chair.

  • Knife versus unarmed situations.
  • Knife versus impact weapon situations.
  • Knife versus knife situations.
  • Knife versus gun threat situations.
  • Knife problems standing though the ground. (If you are ignoring knife ground fighting, well, you are nuts.)
  • Non-lethal knife applications, a complete, system must-cover.
  • Laws and rules of assault, murder, combat, use of force.
  • How to structure your knife course themes that won’t make you sound like a murderer.
  • Possible rank and instructor development, or just train for knowledge.

“My name is W. Hock Hochheim and this is my Force Necessary:Knife course. It is a “painfully” simple course. Pun is intended. Many will say I “wrote the book” on knife combatives (see below), years ago. Truth is though, I was one of a handful of the 1990s knife  “revisionists,” a newer pioneer” that help deemphasize knife dueling and artsy applications and helped spawn over the next few decades a newer more realistic methodology of knife training.

By now you know I’ve spent most of my adult life in police work, and most of that time as a military and Texas police detective. All of my adult life has been spent studying martial arts. I have been searching, researching and training in this for more than 4 decades, and teaching “the knife” worldwide for more than 3 decades, well before it was “cool.”

“Cool?” you ask? I only teach you the very essence of knife combatives, knife methods, and self-defense-survival for the citizen, the cop and the soldier. And I do hate the term “knife fighting” and all the violent “tough guy,” macho bullshit of knife courses that will be the first step to your imprisonment. Many send the wrong message of sheer, mindless death and violence, ignorant or flippant about the harsh realities of knives, law, crime and war.

I have seen many knife fads and systems come and go. Many of them were thuggish, and are shallow or crazy-complicated and-or flashy.

Sorry, if you are looking for fancy, exotic, flashy, foreign, mysterious knife material with wacky names and odd, weird people, and violent logos? We are Force Necessary, not Force Unnecessary. In this course, we teach the following:

  • Knife vs. unarmed
  • Knife vs. stick
  • Knife vs. knife
  • Knife vs. gun threats
  • Saber and reverse grips.
  • Stress draws, use, knife grappling
  • Standing, kneeling, seated, ground
  • Lethal and less-than lethal options
  • Moral, ethical and legal issues

Criminal and military history-research reveals that a real world knife fight is more rough and tumble (like football or rugby) and less like fencing. So-called sporty “dueling” can happen, but it is an event least likely to occur in our modern times of mixed weapons in war, crime, emotion and ambush in the indoor and outdoor rural, suburban and rural environments.

In this knife combatives course, I have carefully crafted a doctrine where you will learn how to use a knife to its maximum potential in all grips: standing, kneeling, sitting and on the ground, with less-than-lethal and lethal results. This doctrine includes all the better parts of military knife fighting-such as commando knife fighting, as well as Filipino knife fighting, American and European or ‘western’ knife fighting. Also, this includes a study in criminal acts and prison knife fighting and knife self-defense. All that, plus knife combatives training innovations in skill development.

Each of the 9 levels are as simple as a beginners level.  These levels are not rocket science. Not complicated. This is not brain surgery. It is however, surgery of a different, more simple sort. Level 10 is a big combat scenario ‘black belt’ test” – so to speak.”  – Hock

The Knife book! Now also in Ebook! Hardcover color textbook, collector’s edition! The paperback black and white edition.  Over 1,700+ how-to photos  in 317 pages,  from avoidance through standing to the ground, from grip-to-grip, situations to scenarios, the most comprehensive knife book on combatives you will find anywhere, at any time! Training! Exercises! Tactics! How to train! Plus many true military knife combat stories! Click here for the book

Hock's knife combatives training book cover