KALI OF DALLAS PLANO and ALLEN
Tueller Drill - The drill whereby you practice the idea of the 21 foot rule with soft training weapons and plastic handguns( ideally)
So even if the person with a gun could shoot the person with the sword or knife before they get cut, the question remains whether or not the bullet would stop the person from cutting them.
This was a tactic used in the Philippines when the USA had control of that country. It is said that the Army switched to the .45 since people under attack by people with swords were shooting them but not stopping them.
During the American occupation of the
Philippines in the early 1900s, Moros, marked by tiger-eyes and red
headbands - signifying a resolve to kill until killed - strode singly
down the streets blading everything in their path, embracing the belief
that every slain Christian assured their places in heaven. So tenacious
was the Moros’ rampage that hundreds of reports by American soldiers
surfaced, stating that the slugs of .38-caliber pistols failed to stop
the advancing Moros. As a result of those reports, the .45-caliber
pistol was designed and issued to American servicemen.
-- from this web site
Any modern martial art should cover this as a very basic drill and concept in their self defense training. Most martial arts do not even incorporate the knife, sword and gun into their training or drills. This speaks volumes about why rational people say, "martial arts don't work"
This drill demonstrates that the old gun guy saying "Don't bring a
knife to a gun fight" is actually quite naive.
A gun is a long range close quarter combat weapon, a knife or a sword is a close range close quarter combat weapon. A gun in contact range is a liability, it can be disabled, jammed, made to go out of battery, lose the magazine, the hammer can be stopped, etc depending on the weapon. On the other hand, grabbing a knife is not a very successful strategy.
Many times at 21 feet the gun guy will dominate...but 21 feet is the FURTHEREST point where the sword guy started to be an IMMEDIATE danger. As the start distance gets less than 21 feet the person with the knife or sword starts to gain an advantage. And the news is that the knife guy will get closer before he attacks.
If you shoot someone as they charge with a sword, many times they won't be stopped. If however your arm or head is chopped off, that is the end of your ability to shoot a gun. Are you willing to trade two center mass hits on the bad guy to take a knife in your liver?
When you do this drill, keep in mind as the gun guy that you already know what is going to happen. On the street in real life you could very likely be surprised and not expecting this at all, which will slow reaction time and increase "fumble time."
The knife guy was the idea man and host of the DVD Combatant: Extreme Self Defense where Pekiti Tirsia Kali is compared side by side to wing chun, combat survival krav maga and Fast Defense. more info
From the DVD, here is an interview with Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje Jr., who
appeared in a law enforcement only video called "Surviving Edged
Weapons" where they talked about the 21 foot rule.
Here is a Pekiti Tirsia Kali demo starting live blades, blade to blade. Mandala
Guro Tim Waid is in this video, he also appears in the Combatant:
Extreme Self Defense DVD. The video goes from live blade to empty hand.
A complete overview of Pekiti Tirsia Kali.
Facts about the 21 foot rule:
Video of more knife vs. gun Tueller drill type action