I wonder if boxing would translate well to knife fighting?
Boxing is directly descended from historical (non-sport) fencing. There have been over two hundred years of evolution, but many of the principles remain unchanged. Of all striking arts, boxing places most emphasis on movement and defense. The mark of a good boxer is not that he withstands great punishment (this may make a great fighter, but not a great boxer) but that he hits without being hit. In addition, all striking takes place on the upper body, giving boxers a particular familiarity with the angles and targets of a blade-wielding opponent (think someone’s gonna try to stab you in the thigh?).
Obviously there are major holes in the curriculum, such as parrying, grappling (especially stand-up arm control) and disarms, but I can see the boxer’s fast, direct jab - a strategic rather than explosive weapon in boxing - as a deadly tool in knife combat.
I want to do some experimentation. I wonder if I could get some cheap latex knives somewhere. I’m sure I could gather a few friends for knife sparring.