Everyone in their early childhood age would have acted as if they are the warriors while reading ancient stories. Gurkha warriors would have influenced a lot in that case. Who forgets the victory of Gurkha warriors with nothing but just kukri over opponents far mightier? It’s natural to be interested in kukri knife fighting techniques.
Followings key points should be focused if you want to learn how to use the weapon with necessary techniques.
Wearing the kukri machete:
Proper wearing of kukri is very important. You need to make sure that drawing and unsheathing of kukri knife is easier and within the comfort zone of the fighter. Belt loop holds the sheath and hand must come across the body in order to pull the knife out. Sheath
needs to be at the left side of your waist whereas it needs to be at the right-side for the left-handed. The edges must be faced forwards when sheathed. The blade is pulled out with both hands where the knife handle is grabbed by your dominant hand and scabbard is placed at position by the other. As Gurkha kukris
are sharp, make sure you are extra careful while unsheathing them. Drawing moves needs to be practiced a lot.
What about the grip of kukri?
Flexibility is the key part when it comes to weapon size and grip. Flexibility determines the movement and speed of the knife. That is why, gripping should be done in such a way that it provides greatest flexibility. Basic hammer grip has been considered the best for kukri. The other important thing is that you need to grip from the bottom end in case the handle is longer than your gripping fist size.
What about the stance?
Always keep the dominant leg one step forward. Knees should be bend ever so slightly. You observe space between your legs horizontally in this position. Weight is shared by both legs. You need to be careful that the feet should not be aligned vertically because this may lead to unbalance. Generally, 30 cm is the appropriate distance between your feet. It may alter depending on fighter’s height. Keep your right foot forward, grip the kukri in right hand and protect your left side if you are right-handed. It’s vice versa if you are left-handed.
Some specific techniques:
Body box techniques
: This technique is designed for people who are new to kukri fighting. You need to imagine a box in front of your chest but it is as narrow as your shoulder. The kukri slices and cuts in within the area of the box and is always placed front to block incoming attacks.
The Defensive Body
Blocking is the key in defensive technique.
- Back hand block is when you bring your knife before your non-dominant hand. Also, slight bending your right elbow is necessary. Straight-Hand Block
- Straight hand block deals with attacking in the diagonal strike. In this type, if someone goes diagonally for your right side, then keep your right arm bent, pointing upwards and make sure the elbow is close to your body. This helps to absorb momentum of the attack.
- Offensive strikes deal with kukri self-defense. Use of non-dangerous replicas should be made sure during trainings.
- Block into Attack Move deals with changing the previously discussed block moves into counter attack with some footwork.
- Standard slashes deal with effectiveness when slashing is done with kukri. Hence standard cuts and slash is important in case of a straightforward attack.
Conventional Gurkha Warfare:
It is best-suited technique for combat training.
- It deals with drawing the kukri quickly in any conditions, learns to cope and defend themselves against quick attacks.
- When it comes to drawing the kukri, the technique is the same as discussed previously.
- Cutting and slicing is done with little thrust.
- Surprise thrust and surprise back hand strokes are always tough to handle for the opponents.
- Angle of 1 2 & 6 must be the pattern of your fight. In the meantime, you must be quick and agile.
IN MY VIEW, Despite of all these techniques, it is very important to have self- confidence on own self. In addition to that, Excessive practice and training is the source of self-confidence.