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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Defending against a knife
Reviewer: Adrian Ishmael (Toronto Ontario, Canada)

Out of all the knife attack Self Defense systems I have learned in 20 years...This is the GREATEST! This video teaches you to go beyond knife defense by NEUTRALIZING the attacker who is the foundation of the knife. By defeating the attacker- the knife is no more. The techniques are very direct and powerful to the point that even I am very impressed on how easy it is to disarm and defeat the knife attack after watching this DVD. I have confronted knife attacks since I was ten years old and I was stabbed 3 times in my life. I wish I knew Sammy Franco's training system back then in the 80' and 90's. But I am very thankful that I have learned them now and I will continue to keep learning from CFA. Thank you, Mr. Franco


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Control and Conquer Volume 1
Reviewer: Larn (Arlington, Virginia)

This video will benefit both beginners and more advanced practitioners. Goes into detail about many aspects that are neglected by other self defense systems. I like the fact that you use it as a flow-along guide to go through the drills and exercises. I also ordered Volume II of Control & Conquer and was very satisfied with my purchase.


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Real knife survival training
Reviewer: Johan Randa (Lund Skane, Sweden)

This is a must see for hard-core knife survival when you are unarmed and opponent is armed with a knife hell-bent on killing you with the knife. It has drills for surviving a knife attack.


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The #1 Knife Defense Program Period!
Reviewer: Joel (Hickory Creek, Texas)

This is by far the best knife defense program that I have ever seen. As usual, Sammy Franco gives you incredible instruction in the self-preservation realities of dealing against someone who wants to carve you up. I would strongly suggest getting the Control and Conquer Package, together they provide the viewer with the #1 Knife Defense Program ever put on DVD. An absolute must-have!


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 first timer judgement
Reviewer: Michael Mellner (Campi Bisenzio Firenze, Italy)

This one comes from Italy. Well, this is the first time I purchased Sammy Franco's stuff. My expectation were uncertain, instead I was surprised by the material. Although the video quality can be better (even though it might have been a choice of Sammy Franco to offer a raw situation for a raw matter), the issues are excellent. By far the most realistic material I have seen. Other videos show only the teacher while he perform things you can immediately tell it won't happen in real life. Here instead you see guys stabbing each for real, of course with training knives. You can see the students attempting to practice defence and attack while putting virtually all their physical force to it. Definitely a must.


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Highly Recommended!
Reviewer: Michael Franklin (Perth, Great Britain)

These skills are highly effective against a knife attack, although of course they will need to be trained -the training methods provided are outstanding and will greatly improve your chances of destroying your opponent and going home alive. As very few styles adequately cover knife defenses, I strongly recommend for any martial artist to watch this high quality dvd.


4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reduce the fear of a knife attack!
Reviewer: Stephen (Kingman, Arizona)

The thought of a knife attack evokes feelings of fear in most sane people; however, Sammy Franco provides instruction devoid of mysticism and full of doable techniques. Do not be fooled; you will be cut if attack by a knife, but with this video, you can have more than a fighting chance.


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The Title Says It All!
Reviewer: Ken Burns (Gaithersburg, Maryland)

The title says it all!! It seems every time I pick up the paper the number of assaults with a knife seem to be occurring more and more often. Whether its gang related or not its scary!! If you're threatened with a knife, GET AWAY!! If you can't get away make sure you know the material in Control and Conquer (Volume 1). Mr. Franco goes through all the basics that you need to know in dealing with a knife threat. Most protective stance, footwork and movement, and most importantly control techniques. I just got the DVD and have already watched it 3 times. Now its time to start practicing!!


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The cold truth about a knife attacks
Reviewer: J.C. Meadows (Dearborn Heights, Michigan)

This video will show you the the cold truth about a knife attack. This DVD will prepare you for hands down the most dangerous weapon attack that you can fall victim to. Control and Conquer 1 brings the reality of a knife attack into focus and systematically shows you how to handle them. The DVD also has some awesome drill to get ya ready in case you find yourself under the knife.


4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Excellent knife defense training
Reviewer: jason gurnari (Louisville, Kentucky)

Army I learned how to use a knife but not how to defend against one. Over the past decade there have been a few reality based self defense DVDs on knife defense that have helped me learn how to defend against a blade. Sammy Franco's Control and Conquer is definitely one of the best. Make sure you purchase volume two also-there's no overlap at all and you only get half the story with vol. 1.


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Best Knife defense instruction
Reviewer: Nelson (Toronto Ontario, Canada)

From the get-go I knew this dvd is what I need. I have about 4 other styles of knife defense dvd's and they are all bullshit! Seriously, You face a knife you want to survive! Forget the conceptualized theoretical BS other instructors may espouse! Make this dvd part of your best of the best RBSD library. I'll say it forever, Sammy Franco is the best of the best in Reality Based Self Defense.


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prepare for a knife attack
Reviewer: Del (Valdosta, Georgia)

There's no question that facing a knife attack while unarmed is an extremely dangerous thing to do. As Mr. Franco asserts, escape is the best option. But on the streets, there may be situations where you simply can't get away. Your only hope for survival will be to fight the man unarmed. If you find yourself in that perilous situation, you'd better be prepared! This DVD shows how to neutralize an attacker armed with a knife in the safest possible way.


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Knife Defense Skills
Reviewer: David (Frederick, Maryland)

A knife attack is extremely dangerous,and without a good defense,deadly.Control and Conquer provides the necessary tactics to survive a knife attack.The four knife defense principals are explained in depth and types of knife attacks are covered.This dvd will demonstrate preparedness for attack,target defense,proper weapon control and attack tactics. Balance, stance, v-grip and footwork drills are performed so that anyone can practice these important maneuvers.If you are serious about real world self defense,then add this dvd to your collection


5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Five Stars!
Reviewer: Nico (Gaithersburg, Maryland)

In Control & Conquer 1, Sammy provides us with a concise, logical, and easy to understand strategy for defending yourself from an assailant armed with a knife. Before I watched this DVD I had a lot of misconceptions about knife-fighting. I wrongly assumed that your first objective in defending would be to disarm the weapon. I now understand that this is actually the LAST objective, as there are three things you MUST do before you attempt to disarm the weapon. If you do not, your attempt to disarm could very easily fail and you will likely be stabbed or seriously wounded, perhaps fatally. The four Knife-Defense principles Sammy teaches us in this DVD are, 1) Clear target from the knife, 2) Control the weapon, 3) Neutralize the attacker, and only then do you, 4) disarm the weapon. When you watch the mock knife attack shown where Anthony attacks Tim as realistically and forcefully as he can (with a training blade), it becomes immediately obvious that any technique that requires fine motor skills, like that of a disarm, is going to be next to impossible to perform. An enraged, adrenaline-pumped assailant is not going to allow it to happen. With this in mind, Sammy lays down the foundation for a successful defensive strategy for one of the most dangerous situations on the street. He takes you step-by-step through each of the four defense principles and shows you precisely what you need to do so you can get out alive. The concepts he teaches are simple enough that I would recommend the DVD to anyone, martial artist or not, but any serious martial artist who recognizes the danger inherent in a knife attack needs to understand the strategy Sammy has developed. I believe you will agree with me that his strategy is logical, powerful, and will be effective if practiced and executed properly. Five Stars!


4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Knife Defense Techniques
Reviewer: Richard (Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania)

Most knife defense programs are based on flashy disarms that are sure to get you killed on the street. It was very refreshing to watch an entire knife defense video without one disarm - why? Because they don't work on the street! As I've come to expect from Sammy, he provides you with a set of tactics and techniques, and most importantly, shows you how to train them. The bottom line is that if you want to become skilled at something you need training drills to master the techniques - Sammy provides you with just that!


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