This was posted by guest contributor Chef Jay, an east coast based professional chef.
I have read a knife skill book by Peter Hertzmann, excellent one. But real pictures would be nicer than illustrations.
Anyway here is the clip of how to properly hold your knife, how to hold your food, and knife motion. Just tips to save you from cutting yourself. Click here to bring to you to watch the clip on his website.
Just watch it then. It will save your beautiful nails and finger tips for cat fighting or manicure instead of japanese yakuza-ing your finger off one day.