So, today I had the pleasure of training with one of the top black belts (here in America) in Silat, a Malaysian martial art that specializes in more exotic weapons, but does also use hand and foot techniques. Today we trained with two types of weapon, the cindai (chin die) which is a loose weapon, and the kerambit, which is a knife with a talon like blade. Both of these weapons are considered feminine weapons, not because they were only used by women, but because they are easy to conceal, or are unassuming, while masculine weapons are more like swords. Now, onto the kerambit and what I took away from it. The kerambit, like most weapons, was origanlly a tool that became a weapon after multiple invasions from other countries around Malaysia. The original purpose of the kerambit was to score the green husks of coconuts so that it could be easily peeled off by hand. As the kerambit became more "weaponized" the about 2 in. Blade became double-edged so that one could cut on the push and the pull. Because of the versatility of the blade, the movements with it are very fluid and smooth so that one gets as many cuts while moving down the body. During the training I asked what the major target areas were, the majority of which are fleshy or bendy bits which consist of the more accessible arteries, inside the elbow, behind the knee, the neck, the face, tendons, especially the achilles tendon, just below the sternum and hooking the blade, and the same technique just above the tailbone to sever the spinal cord. As you can see, this weapon is extremely devastating when one knows which areas to strike. Due to the nature of the knife's handle with the ring which one puts their pointer finger through, you are able to "extend" the knife by releasing the knife and flipping it so that the knife comes out at about a 30 degree angle from the top of your fist, towards the opponent. With this added length, you are able to more or less sneak the blade further, and in this configuration the blade is used to hook upwards and pull, so the strike areas would most commonly be the armpit, under the chin, and the insides of the thighes. However, in Silat, the kerambit was used as a last ditch weapon, and only used to defend one's life, if de-escalation doesn't work. The weapon can also be spelled karambit, but that is the Indonesian and Philippino spelling. I hope you enjoy what I have to share with you all!