If you think that knife attacks look anything like those typically seen in martial arts classes—you can be dead wrong.
Real attacks, by people who are familiar with a knife’s properties and true potential, are a blur of short, noncommitted stabs and cuts that are practically impossible to stop.
An attacker, with any idea of what he or she is doing, will overwhelm you with a hail of cuts that will start at the nearest body part and end in a vital target. Within a second you may lose your fingers, have severed tendons of your arms, and be finished with a stab to your eye, or throat, or trunk.
If someone has taught you to block knife cuts and stabs, or to grab a knife-holding hand, you need to see the reality for a change. The video Surviving Edged Weapons by Dennis Anderson and Charles Remsberg shows the reality of edged weapons (knives, screw drivers, forks, glass shards) attacks. YOU MUST SEE IT!
See how prison inmates and knife experts practice knife fighting. See what really works and what doesn’t against a knife attack! See reenactments of actual knife attacks and how they could have been avoided. See officers “slaughtered” in spite of fancy police baton defenses and “killed” (stabbed and slashed) with a knife at distances in which they thought they could draw their guns and were safe.
This intense action-packed 85-minute video features two of the foremost American knife fighting experts: Leo Gaje, Jr. and Dan Inosanto, as well as police officers who survived knife attacks. It is the most useful knife-awareness video ever made. For civilians this video is difficult to purchase, so for your convenience here is its most informative clip posted on YouTube:
And below are more videos that expound on the points made in the above one, as well as teach about defending against knife attack (but don’t despair, you can defend yourself against a knife attack by using everyday objects as improvised weapons, for example, the Unbreakable® Umbrella):
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.
Staying cool under pressure is more important for self-defense than being physically fit and technically skilled. If you can’t control your mind what can you control?
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