The ATAX “the All Terrain Ax” is an outstanding Wilderness survival, Urban survival and combatives tool. What is the ATAX? Well it’s a Knife, a skinner, a wire cutter, a range finder, a compass, an inclinometer, a clock, a wrench, a hammer, a rescue tool, a survival kit holder, a fire bow bearing, an arrow launcher and a field level and of course by binding a split stick to it well, you’ve created an AX hence the AX in ATAX. Shew! that’s a lot of stuff. You can visit Survival.com to see images showing in detail all of the ATAX’s uses.
There is a video available when you purchase the ATAX showing how to use it. The ATAX carries very easily and doesn’t get in the way like a large knife might. The specs are LOA : 5.5 inches, width 4.5 inches it is 1/4 inches thick and is made of 1095 steel ( total steel ) and weighs 16 oz. The handle is Linen Micarta and it comes with a reversible Kydex sheath for left or right use.
The ATAX created by Ron Hood is a great Wilderness and Urban survival tool, but can also be used for combatives. This is a great tool for Military, Firefighting and other hardcore professionals, or the survival enthusiast. The Urban Defense Institute in cooperation with Karen Hood and Survival.com is currently working on a combat curriculum for the ATAX.
In this video, Coach Kenny continues on “Angles of Attack: Training for Zone Defense” and uses a cane to demonstrate a two handed defense utilizing the angles of attack. Remember, this will work with just about any long object like a pool cue, etc that you can improvise into a weapon. Once you are done and have opened an avenue of escape, take off. No reason to stick around and see what other options your attacker has brought with him.
This is our latest video review, reviewing the Shanghai Shank by A.R.S. Knives (http://www.lastditchblade.com). In this video, Coach Kenny covers the excellent aspects of this knife along with some different carry options and presentation in a combative situation.
We talk a lot about the aggression it takes to survive an attack, so I think it is important to also give you the other side of the coin. Remember, there is a very fine line between aggressed and aggressor. The hardest part isn’t turning on the juice and engaging the threat with aggressive fortitude, the hardest part is turning it off once the threat has been neutralized. For many people the fear or rage that is triggered during an assault is enough to take them to a place where, even if the aggressor is down, they continue to batter their assailant. And in extreme cases have even killed the aggressor while he was down. You have a right to defend yourself, but in the eyes of the law, you do not have a right to take it farther than that.
Be mindful of the condition of your attacker. If you have him down and he is no longer a threat, anything you do to him after that fact can be used in your prosecution. It is hard, but you have to be able to de-escalate yourself the same way you escalate yourself.