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On the defence against a Knife being drawn

Unreasonable and reckless rogues, whose heated brain is not to be calmed by reason, expose themselves easily to the gravest danger, as they consider no argument, no matter how insignificant, can be settled without the drawing of a knife, which is extremely dangerous. The peace-loving could guard against this in the following way.

1.

M here kicks L with the left foot first, and then punches his face with the right fist. [Here the text and drawing don't seem to match; M is standing on L's left foot with his right. From what follows, the idea here is probably to act decisively before L is able to draw the knife.]

2.

L reaches for his pocket to get his knife and draw it; thus withdrawing his right hand from his pocket, holding the knife with it, M will insert his left hand under L's arm while he is withdrawing his hand from his pocket, and twists with his arm the other's arm backwards, which renders him powerless to draw his knife. [As the next technique shows, the knife is considered here to be still in a sheath.]

3.

In case L is faster in getting out his knife, then M is able to prevent it in the manner described above, and he consequently is about to draw it, so M grasps the right wrist of L with his right hand, and with his left hand a little higher on his arm, so he can completely twist L's arm.

4.

M here completely twists L's arm, and places it on his shoulder.

5.

To break the hand in which L is holding the knife, M brings the arm over his head to his other shoulder, where he can break it more surely [could mean the position is more secure, or makes it easier to break the arm - or both].

6.

M can also, from holding L's arm as shown in N. 3, force it on L's back, and put his left foot on the back of L's knee.

7.

M having placed his left foot on the back of L's knee, pulls the arm he is holding a little higher towards himself, and forces L to drop forward, placing then the left knee on his back, and pulling the arm even higher, L is rendered completely powerless.

8.

Again from the third plate, M can, with his right hand on the right wrist of L, and his left hand a bit higher on his arm, force L's hand towards his own breast, and simultaneously striking the right leg from underneath him with his left foot, throw L backwards, and following through, can make L wound himself with his own knife.

9.

If L, having drawn his knife, wants to cut at M from above, so M will grab him at the wrist with his left hand, and at the same time grabbing him under the elbow with the right hand, he can twist the arm outwards, and so render L helpless.

10.

Again, L wants to cut from above, so M can, from a solid stance, kick with either leg under the joint of L's hand [there is no apparent reason for this rather curious term for the wrist in this instance], sending the knife flying from his hand.