In the previous self-defense tip, I have shown how to use a rolled-up glossy magazine to deflect a knife or even knock it from an assailant’s hand.
Today’s self-defense tip is about defending against a knife attack by using a jacket or any suitably substantial piece of clothing. Pay attention: The piece of clothing must have enough weight to move whatever body part of the attacker it hits. A silly slap with something as light as a T-shirt may not do.
The video below shows the basic points of using a jacket to deflect the armed hand, or to ensnare it and the knife, or possibly to knock the knife from an assailant’s hand. The rest you can learn by practicing with a partner. Use a safe training knife.
Jacket vs. Knife, Part I
Note: Do not take your jacket off when you know the knife is close and ready. Take if off as you run away or put obstacles between you and the armed attacker. There are exceptions to this rule, as there are exceptions to every rule, and knowing when to make an exception requires good judgment, which comes with experience. Anyway, I show only how to take the jacket off, not when to do it.
Having small change, little notebooks, or other such mass-adding objects in pockets helps make the impact more forceful.
A knife defense that begins with a jacket slap at the attacker’s face or the knife hand must end with a disabling disarm—which will be shown in a subsequent self-defense tip.
By the way, a jacket slap at the attacker’s face is a good move in unarmed combat too.
Now if, when attacked by a knife fighter, you had your Unbreakable® Umbrella with you, then your defense would be simpler and safer. Every whack with your Unbreakable® Umbrella has a good chance to be both disarming and disabling. It does not matter whether you strike the armed hand or the unarmed hand, a kneecap, a throat, or an eye orbit, or whether you stab the trunk. The Unbreakable® Umbrella powerfully applied to any hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, or knee, even to the meat of the limbs or the trunk, leaves a “strong and lasting impression.” In good hands, it leaves a bone-crunching, bloody strong impression. . . .
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For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.
To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Defend Against Weapons
To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …
To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.
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